Ablation of atrial fibrillation No. 1000 at Hospital da Luz

On 8 June last, the Hospital da Luz Heart Rhythm Center performed the 1,000th ablation of atrial fibrillation, one of the most effective interventions in the treatment of this disease. The intervention was carried out by a team led by cardiologist Pedro Adragão, coordinator of the Heart Rhythm Center. In this center, opened at the Hospital da Luz in 2007, over 2,300 procedures have been performed, the most important, after ablation of atrial fibrillation, being the implantation of cardioverter defibrillators, pacemakers and cardiac resynchronizers.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Its prevalence increases with age, present in about 2% of patients over 50 and 10% over 80. In the long term, this arrhythmia increases the risk of stroke, congestive heart failure and death. It is also associated with several co-morbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and sleep apnea.

The Heart Rhythm Center is one of the innovative and differentiating areas of the Hospital da Luz, and has the most modern and best equipped arrhythmology intervention unit in the country, combining new technology with conventional medicine to offer a complete treatment to patients with abnormal heart rhythms.