New Trials and Fibrillations post: Update on atrial scarring and fibrosis — The Utah classification of AF

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?

Tweet…of course.

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.

JMM