Development of nanomaterials for use in cardiac mapping
Department of Medicine
Friday, February 3, 2017
C2 361 (Reading Room)
Host: Vivek Maheshwari
Abstract: Atrial fibrillation is the most common rhythm disturbance seen in clinical practice. One of the main treatments for this condition includes catheter ablation in which catheters are positioned within the chambers of the heart in order to record the abnormal electrical circuits with a view to destroying these circuits. Although these procedures are reasonably successful for certain types of this arrhythmia there are continuing limitations in recording these electrical circuits with a view to destroying them. These include the inability of the catheters to record simultaneous electrical signals in order to process the mechanism responsible for the arrhythmia. The main aim of this presentation is to explain what technology we currently use and discuss potential materials which may be useful in the development of the next generation of catheters for this procedure.
Dr Glover is an assistant professor of cardiac electrophysiology and chief of the cardiac arrhythmia program in Queens University, Kingston Ontario. He has a special interest in the catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias and has recently published a book in this field covering all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology.