World’s Top Specialists in Cardiac Robotic Navigation Meeting at Hospital da Luz Lisboa

Hospital da Luz Lisboa will receive, in October 19 and 20, the annual congress of the Portuguese Society for Cardiac Robotic Navigation – SCRN, where the world’s most experienced cardiologists in cardiac arrhythmia treatment will be present.

This will be the second annual meeting of SCRN, an organization established in 2015 by European cardiologists, and will be dedicated to the topic: “The future of robotic technologies in cardiology”.

“The choice of our hospital to hold this meeting acknowledges the importance of Hospital da Luz Lisboa as world centre of excellence in the robotic treatment of arrhythmia”, stresses Pedro Aragão, cardiologist and coordinator of the Centre of Cardiac Rhythm from Hospital da Luz Lisboa.

The Centre of Cardiac Rhythm from Hospital da Luz Lisboa is the single one in the country and one of the three most experienced in Europe in the application of stereotactic technology for the treatment of complex cardiac arrhythmia – namely the most common, atrial fibrillation –, having already performed over two thousand interventions.

Since its opening, in April 2007, the Hospital has available the Stereotaxis, the device of cardiac magnetic navigation. It uses catheters of high flexibility and low parietal pressure, which allow lesser exposure to radiation and safer navigation than the conventional method performed manually. 

All studies concluded that the stereotactic method, besides matching the success rate of interventions using the manual technique, reduces considerably the risk of complications.

20 years of experience

In the congress, the participants will evaluate what has already been achieved in the field and anticipate what is possible and necessary to achieve in near future, in order to treat more patients efficiently.

“There is no cure yet for pathologies such as atrial fibrillation. We are already able to control earlier forms (paroxystic with low atrial enlargement), but we are far from efficient uniform treatments for the most advanced forms. It is important to develop adequate technology to understand long term persistent atrial fibrillation (that is to say years of existence)”, explains Pedro Aragão.

Together with his team, in 1996, this doctor was the first to complete the percutaneous insulation of pulmonary veins for the treatment of atrial fibrillation – the most used procedure presently worldwide.

Besides arrhythmia catheter ablation, the implant of cardioverter defibrillators, resynchronizors, pacemakers (including cardiac capsules) and event detectors are other procedures applied at the Centre of Cardiac Rhythm from Hospital da Luz Lisboa.