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Rotor, Rotor Everywhere…. Nor any Place to Find….


Great to see many of you at the 36th Annual Heart Rhythm Society Annual sessions in Boston past week. It became quite obvious that the next frontier that is ahead of us is clearly the success bar for persistent atrial fibrillation therapy. What particularly bemused us was the amount of interest in the concept of rotors. Attempts to find rotors using non-contact mapping, contact mapping and body surface mapping are quite interesting and exciting. And then there is the counter argument that questions the very existence of rotors. Big companies, start-up companies and companies yet to form …. Everyone wants to solve this puzzle of rotors. A large percentage of abstracts related to persistent AF had their fair share of rotors. It is perhaps important to remind ourselves of the saga of the sailor from the “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. For the years ahead of us the search for this elusive, invisible, untamable perpetrators of AF shall continue.

Credits: Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy MD; Andrea Natale MD



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