AF ablation Atrial fibrillation

A new opportunity…Trials and Fibrillations

I am very excited. Nervous too. The ante has been upped.

240,000 members
– 60,000 cardiologists
– 38,000 other physicians
– 66,000 Health care professionals.

That’s the a website where one can find the latest developments in cardiology and cardiovascular research, including heartwire news and commentary by some of the world’s top cardiologists.

It’s a real honor to join this very prominent and respected team.

My new blog on has the cheeky name, Trials and Fibrillations.

My task is to speak about heart rhythm matters in the real world of private practice. As the THO’s audience includes mostly medical folks, my language will be slightly more technical and the topics clinical.

Like big races, steep climbs and gnarly mountain-bike trails are, the greater the risk, the more the reward. The challenge of writing before this many smart people feels the same. I’m just a regular doctor, and surely less than a regular word guy.

But this is the thing about bike racers and heart docs: doers as we are, we tend to treat apprehension with healthy doses of effort. We try. “Don’t want bad outcomes?…Don’t do anything,” I was once told by a respected surgeon after telling him of a less than ideal procedural outcome.

In my first post, I ask what we are doing with AF ablation. Does the bigness of the hammer fit the size of the nail?

AF ablation: What are we doing?

Special thanks to Shelley Wood and Steven Rourke from heartwire for giving me this great chance.


8 replies on “A new opportunity…Trials and Fibrillations”

DITTO to previous comment. we groupies don’t need to understand the details; just being tagalongs and getting a drift has its rewards. thanks

Congrats! I love your blog and have learned so much. As a regular reader of, I’ll have another place to find you. I love being an educated patient, and my doc appreciates it too.

Congratulations, John! This is well-deserved. are lucky to be able to recruit you.

You have a unique writing style that is easy to understand, yet very detailed and based on solid scientific findings.

I just hope you still find time to keep your own blog going. I write for WAO, and will cross-post for ACP starting this month, but my own blogs continue to be the main focus of my day-to-day efforts to maintain a digital archive of relevant medical news.

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