JAFIB : A comprehensive resource for Afib ....
Credits:Andrea Natale MD, F.A.C.C, FHRS
Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute @ St Davids Medical Center, Austin, TX & Consulting Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine Department, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
On this anniversary issue, I wanted to congratulate you and
thank you for making the Journal of Atrial Fibrillation (JAFIB) a great
success. With specific focus on atrial fibrillation we were able to surpass our
targets for the past year with your active participation and support. With
continued progress made in the diagnostic and therapeutic tools in treating AF,
this past year has witnessed a period of consolidation and introspection of
what we have been doing. We have come to agree that pulmonary veins are a major
source arrhythmia initiation and maintenance and should be the primary target
The role of atrial substrate modification in the form of linear atrial
ablation, complex fractionated atrial electrograms, AF nests, ganglionated
plexi has continued to be interest for AF experts. Magnetic and robotic guided
ablation systems have made significant inroads in the field and have been
quickly integrated into AF ablation. While multi electrode radiofrequency
ablation and laser balloon ablation have gained more ground on the clinical
application front, single electrode radiofrequency ablation catheters have made
remarkable strides with variety of options and features. This year will see the
release of more robust electroanatomic mapping systems that will enhance the
accuracy and ease of arrhythmia ablation.
Patient education has been a top priority for JAIB. Meet the
expert feature has enjoyed phenomenal patronage and has addressed the queries
of hundreds of patients. On this anniversary issue we have made some
substantial changes the web interface to enhance the ease of navigation.
Virtual AF clinic, procedural videos, online surveys, international AF ablation
registry are some of the things that will be available for use. I take this
opportunity to once again thank all the authors, reviewers, patients, editorial
board and technical team members for making JAFIB such great success. In a very
short period of time your contributions have made JAFIB (www.jafib.com) the top online arrhythmias and
cardiovascular web resource. Our goal of becoming a comprehensive online
resource for atrial fibrillation is not too far away. We hope to serve you at
the highest quality.
Andrea Natale MD, FACC, FHRS