“Despite significant advances in our understanding of atrial fibrillation (AF) mechanisms in the last 15 years, ablation outcomes remain suboptimal.” However, a new treatment called Focal Impulse & Rotor Modulation (FIRM) ablation “has been shown to improve ablation outcome[s] compared with conventional ablation alone.” (Journal of Thoracic Disease)
Sanjiv Narayan, MD, PhD, a cardiac electrophysiologist and professor of cardiac medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, is the lead pioneer behind FIRM ablation. This procedure transcends typical ablation treatments by mapping patient-specific electrical impulses in the heart. Dr. Narayan helped create the patented algorithm responsible for this complex mapping process. Creating a custom map of each heart’s unique electrical impulse activity allows cardiologists to perform FIRM ablation procedures that cause less destruction to atrial tissues than traditional ablation techniques.