Since writing about how obesity acts directly on the atria I have received a number of good questions. Most centered around the permanency and reversibility of fat-related cardiac effects. Even my partner mentioned to me that fat actually inserts itself between heart muscle cells. Wonder where he read that?
Questions about a post are always a good sign. For two reasons: first, someone actually read the post, and second, it stimulates me to learn more on the matter.
One of the things I love about the practice of medicine is how doctors learn from each other. I needed to know more about atrial scarring. So what did I do?
I knew that one of the world’s experts on this topic, a fellow electrophysiologist named Professor Nassir Marrouche (University of Utah), had recently joined the twitter-sphere. I tweeted the question to him and in less than a day, he kindly sent me a beautiful link to the Utah classification of AF–along with three excellent studies they have published on the topic.
You can read more about the update over at Trials and Fibrillations.