Cardiac Rhythm Management


Activity Description

The activity features discussions on major advancements in contact force sensing ablation. The distinguished faculty share their expert insights and clinical experiences including: workflows, best practices, and integrating contact force information with advanced mapping technologies.

The experts evaluate the results of the SMART-AF clinical trial examining the safety and 12-month efficacy of a new ThermoCool® SmartTouch® Catheter, and discuss outcomes related to reducing procedure time, RF time, and fluoroscopy in clinical practice. At the conclusion of the webcast, participants are empowered to put contact force information in context to achieve optimal outcomes in catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias.

Webcast Format

The presentation format consists of synched audio and HD video, along with the presenter’s slides.

Cardiac Rhythm Management

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Click on the session title listed below to view each presentation.



What is the Role of Contact Force in Ablation? Pre-Clinical Study Review
Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, PhD



Locations of High Contact Force During Left Atrial Mapping in Atrial Fibrillation Patients: Pre-Clinical Study Discussion
Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, PhD



Impact of Contact Force on VT Cases
David Wilber, MD FAHA, FACC, FHRS



Contact Force Sensing: How It Teaches Us to Apply Biophysics for Better Ablation Problems: VT too?
Douglas Packer, MD



What’s Your Optimal Contact Force?
Douglas Packer, MD



How SmartTouch® has changed my practice: Defining Anatomy
Richard Schilling, MD, FRCP



Contact Force vs. Electrograms in Confirming PVI
Richard Schilling, MD, FRCP


Cardiac Rhythm Management

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Amir Jadidi, MD
Universitäts-Herzzentrum Freiburg
Krozingen, Germany



Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, PhD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK



Andrea Natale, MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC
Texas Cardiac Institute, St. David’s Medical Center
Austin, TX



Douglas Packer, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN


Richard Schilling MD, FRCP
St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Queen Mary University
London, UK


David Wilber, MD FAHA, FACC, FHRS
Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Objectives & Target Audience

Target Audience

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of electrophysiologists, cardiologists, electrophysiology lab allied professionals, and other physicians and associated healthcare professionals managing patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review the results of landmark clinical trial data that evaluate the safety and outcomes of a new contact force catheter.
  • Evaluate secondary study outcomes related to reduction in procedure time, RF time, and fluoroscopy
  • Discuss workflows and best practices associated with the implementation of contact force
  • Examine how contact force information can be integrated with advanced mapping technologies.
  • Put contact force information in context with expected future advances to improve ablation of complex arrhythmias.



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Cardiac Rhythm Management