Convergent Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation: Advanced Understanding and Practical Discussion


This CME-accredited virtual symposium combines presentations from leading practitioners, discussions, and procedural videos to look at the latest data, patient selection, fundamentals of the procedure and the set-up of a convergent AF programme.

The cornerstone of atrial fibrillation (AF) is electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins (PV). In patients with non-paroxysmal AF, PV isolation alone is insufficient and one needs to modify the atrial arrhythmogenic substrate. AF ablation is now a common procedure and mostly performed using a transvenous, endocardial approach with catheters. For patients with persistent AF however, this procedure is not sufficient.

There is a growing movement towards a convergent procedure management strategy, used alongside standard catheterisation techniques to optimise patient outcomes. More and more research suggests that an integrated approach involving multidisciplinary teams (of electrophysiologists and surgeons) may lead to improved success rates and increased patient satisfaction.

Convergent procedure is a promising therapy for patients’ refractory to standard AF treatment, however the approach involves some challenges that require specific attention from the medical specialities involved. Whilst a relatively new way of working for both EPs and surgeons, the benefits and best ways of implementing this in clinical practice are still largely unknown.

Endorsed by the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS), this programme has been accredited by the European Board of Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 1 hour of External CME credits.

This programme is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from AtriCure. The scientific programme has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

Target Audience

This programme is intended to educate:

  • Electrophysiologists
  • General Cardiologists

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the need for optimal approaches to atrial ablation and identify patients for whom a convergent procedure approach is indicated
  • Describe the convergent procedure and the role of electrophysiologist and surgeon
  • Discuss current clinical understanding of the convergent procedure including emerging data and the role of the left atrial appendage in ablation


In compliance with EBAC / EACCME guidelines, all speakers/chairpersons participating in this programme have disclosed or indicated potential conflicts of interest which might cause a bias in the presentations.

The Organising Committee/Course Director is responsible for ensuring that all potential conflicts of interest relevant to the event are declared to the audience prior to the CME activities.

This activity has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant from AtriCure.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC)
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Introduction to the topic – Dr Yuri Blaauw

Who is a candidate for the convergence procedure and what is the evidence? – Dr Syed Ahsan

How to perform the convergent procedure and address the left atrial appendage – Dr Felix Yang

How to set-up a successful convergent ablation programme – Dr Riyaz Kaba

Dr Yuri Blaauw (Moderator) Electrophysiologist, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Dr Syed Ahsan Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK

Dr Riyaz Kaba Consultant Cardiologist, St George's Hospital, London, UK

Dr Felix Yang Associate Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Maimonides Medical Center, NY, US


The event ‘Convergent Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation: Advanced Understanding and Practical Discussion’ is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 1 hour of external CME credits.

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that have actually been spent in the educational activity. EBAC works according to the quality standards of the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), which is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

Through an agreement between the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EBAC External CME credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EBAC credit to AMA credit can be found on the AMA website.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC)
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