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Jose Merino (Hospital General Universitario La Paz, Madrid) discusses recent advances in technology to improve complex ablation success rates for atrial fibrillation (AF) and/or ventricular tachycardia (VT), including new imaging techniques, and unmet needs relating to complex ablation for AF/VT, including the need for more accurate maps to target lesions and better integration of new imaging techniques with the mapping system currently in use on a daily basis. Dr Merino also highlights the current recurrence rates for AF and/or VT following complex ablation, but explains that this will improve with the advent of new techniques and new technologies in balloons and catheters. He also describes the key components of a successful complex ablation procedure. Filmed at EHRA 2018, Barcelona. Questions: 1. How have recent advances in technology improved complex ablation success rates for atrial fibrillation (AF) and/or ventricular tachycardia (VT)? 0:07 2. What are the unmet needs or clinical challenges relating to complex ablation for AF and/or VT? 1:10 3. What are the current recurrence rates for AF and/or VT following complex ablation? 2:15 4. Please can you describe the key components of a successful complex ablation procedure? 3:19
Dipak Kotecha (Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham) discusses the FAST trial - the first long-term follow-up of a randomised trial comparing thoracoscopic surgical atrial fibrillation ablation with catheter ablation with the aim of rhythm control. Thoracoscopic ablation is a more surgical procedure with a dedicated atrial fibrillation surgeon who makes thoracoscopy ports and then can inspect the heart and do epicardial atrial fibrillation ablation outside of the heart. At the same time, they can do additional lines that cannot be done by electrophysiologists and can isolate the left atrial appendage. Both arms of the trial evidenced a sharp recurrence of atrial fibrillation, but over time the thoracoscopic patients did a lot better in terms of less atrial arrhythmia, less use of anti-arrhythmic drugs, and less additional procedures required whereas three quarters of the patients who received catheter ablation redeveloped some form of atrial arrhythmia over the seven years of follow-up. Filmed at EHRA 2018, Barcelona. Questions: 1. What was the background and rationale behind the FAST trial? 0:07 2. What were the key results you presented at this meeting? 0:25 3. What are the next steps in this area of research over the coming years? 2:45 4. What are the practical implications and challenges? 3:53

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Jose Merino (Hospital General Universitario La Paz, Madrid) discusses recent advances in technology to improve complex ablation success rates for atrial fibrillation (AF) and/or ventricular tachycardia (VT), including new imaging techniques, and unmet needs relating to complex ablation for AF/VT,...
Dipak Kotecha (Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham) discusses the FAST trial - the first long-term follow-up of a randomised trial comparing thoracoscopic surgical atrial fibrillation ablation with catheter ablation with the aim of rhythm control. Thoracoscopic ablation...
Claudio Tondo (Centro Cardiologico Monzio, Milan) discusses the benefits of hybrid ablation compared to the currently approved ablation methods in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The hybrid ablation approach involves a combination of surgery with electrophysiological cathater ablation. It...
Jose Merino discusses the latest evidence on preventing embolism, phrenic palsy, and erosion of the coronary arteries in ventricular tachycardia ablation; how to tackle complications in other complex arrhythmia ablation, such as left atrial arrhythmia, and what the important advances in this area...
Erik Wissner gives his opinions on some of the hot topics in arrhythmia and electrophysiology, including the impact of registry data on future advances in atrial fibrillation ablation.
Moloy Das gives his opinions on the relevance of atrial tachyarrhythmia recurrences in the immediate period following atrial fibrillation ablation, the current understanding about the mechanisms leading to early recurrence of AT (ERAT) following radiofrequency ablation, and the rationale for the...

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