Research coming from Vadim Fedorov is focused on finding a cure for patients with persistent forms of atrial fibrillation. Flourescent dye and four infrared cameras are used to capture 40,000 recordings of the heart’s electical patterns, revealing a 3D map of electical activity within the heart. This is much different than current practices of obtaining only 200 images from only one side of the heart. The 3D map allows Fedorov to pinpoint the exact areas causing atrial fibrillation, which would be the target for ablation therapy. Fedorov’s research may be a solution to resolving persistent atrial fibrillation which has been widely considered incurable as well as take guess work out of current ablation practices.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. (2017, February 1). Scientists study live human hearts to see what sustains irregular heartbeats. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 7, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170201094831.htm