a better way to treat A-fib using "pulsed field ablation"

Just read online in our local Sarasota, Fl paper, that our public hospital physicians are among the first in the nation peforming Pulsed Field Ablation.  A breakthrough therapy to treat people with atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart rhythms.  Treatment of patients with paroxsmal(periodic) or persistent atrial fibrillation.

Traditionally, catheter ablation is a technique in which heart tissue is treated with extreme heat(radiofrequency ablation) or cold(cryotherapy) to destroy the tissue triggering A-fib.  The breakthrought PFA delivers fast, controlled electrical pulses through a cardiac ablation catheter to achieve the same therapuetic effect on the heart tissue.

Studies suggest it could become a safer alternative to traditional catheter ablation because PFA does not use heat or freezing temperatures, which may reduce the risk of scarring to adjacent, healthy tissue.

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Excellent news

by Gemita - 2024-03-11 15:26:00

Thank you new to pace for this welcome news.  I attach a couple of links for further reading for anyone interested.   

I see our Royal Papworth Hospital in the UK performed the UK’s first pulsed field ablation to treat atrial fibrillation in June 2022 so it has been around a little while.

You will have to ask your Cardiologist about this ablation during your next visit new to pace and whether you would be a suitable patient?   



Link for UK Members

by Penguin - 2024-03-11 15:27:02


Thanks NTP - interesting thread. 

This link provides info on the UK's centre for this technique and mentions a research study which may be worth investigating? 

Whoops - double posting of the same article! 


a-fib treatment

by new to pace.... - 2024-03-11 16:33:25

thanks Gemita had thought about asking. Have that written to ask along with a Echo test.  Although most of my A-fib's  are  a reaction to my foods that i am sensitve to.

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a-fib treatment

by Lurker - 2024-03-12 09:32:17

Tnx new to pace.  With a bit research I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the dr that inserted my PM is considered a world leader in the use of pulsed field ablation.




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