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Authors & Content

The website has been developed under the direction of the European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology.

The content of this website is original and is based on recommendations in accordance with European Practice Guidelines.

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Task Force:





Prof Christian Sticherling

Dr. Sticherling heads of the arrhythmia unit at the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland. He runs a busy atrial fibrillation clinic and overlooks one of the busiest ablation programs in the country. Another area of interest is pacemaker, defibrillator and CRT therapy as well as the prevention of sudden cardiac death

Dr. Dipen Shah

Professor Dipen Shah is the director of cardiac electrophysiology at the University Hospitals Geneva. He specialises in catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atypical flutters and VT with structural heart disease as well as clinical research for these arrhythmias and in developing new ablation technologies.

Dr. Martin Martinek

Senior Consultant for Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Angiology, and Intensive Care Medicine. European Accreditation for EP, PM, and ICD (EHRA).

Head of Device Therapy Department, Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen, Linz, Austria. Electrophysiologist at Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen and University Hospital St. Pölten, Austria.

Main research areas: Atrial Fibrillation and Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardias.

Prof Helmut Puererfellner

Dr. Pürerfellner is a full-time cardiologist heading the Department of Electrophysiology in the Ordensklinikum KH der Elisabethinen in Linz/Austria. The department is a well known institution for the treatment of all kinds of arrhythmias accepting patients from Austria and abroad. He is heavily involved in EHRA affairs serving as the current Treasurer in the Executive Board.

Prof. Gregory YH Lip

Prof Lip is Professor at the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Liverpool and Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom. He has a longstanding clinical and research interest into atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Maxim Didenko

Maxim Didenko MD, PhD is a Head of department of interventional arrhythmology and associated professor in the Military Medical Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia; member of the EHRA Educational committee from 2015. He has authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters on management of arrhythmias, cardiac devices and clinical electrophysiology. He developed and now editor of the website for doctors and patients - He perform more then 150 EP procedures per year during more then 15 years (ablations and implantations of cardiac implantable electronic devices).

Mr. Reinder Evertz

Dr. R. Evertz is a Cardiologist working full-time as an Electrophysiologist in the Radboudumc, a university hospital in the Netherlands. He is member of the Dutch Society of Cardiology and European Heart and Rhythm Association.

Dr Deirdre Lane

Deirdre Lane, PhD is a Reader in Cardiovascular Health at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her major research interest is atrial fibrillation, particularly focussing on patient education and patients’ perceptions of the condition and anticoagulation treatment, and how atrial fibrillation affects quality of life and emotional well-being.

Dr. Christian Meyer

Christian Meyer, MD, MA, is professor of clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the University Heart Center Hamburg where about 2000 ablation procedures per year are performed to treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias. His major clinical and research interest are lifestyle-related and interventional possibilities to promote heart rhythm health, especially in patients with structural heart disease. He is part of a team having developed the "AFib Companion" app for empowerment of patients with atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Maria Grazia Bongiorni

Dr. Maria Grazia Bongiorni is a certified Associate Professor of Cardiology and she is Director of the Arrhythmology Division of Cardiothoracic Department at University Hospital of Pisa. Dr. Bongiorni is the head of an International Referral Center for Biventricular, ICD and PM Implant, Transvenous Lead Extraction, Catheter Ablation. EHRA member, worked in several committee and served as Chair the European Lead Extraction ConTRolled (ELECTRa) Registry.

Mellanie True Hills

Mellanie True Hills is an atrial fibrillation patient, internationally-known author, non-profit founder and CEO, and passionate advocate for patients. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of, a global atrial fibrillation patient advocacy organization with a mission to rid the world of strokes.

Prof. Jean-Yves Le Heuzey

Professor Jean-Yves Le Heuzey is Professor of Cardiology, Georges Pompidou Hospital, René Descartes University in Paris. He is an arrhythmologist, his main topic is atrial fibrillation, especially in the fields of pharmacological treatments, antiarrhythmic and antithrombotic drugs. Professor Le Heuzey is the past president of the French Society of Cardiology (presidency 2016 -2017). He has given over 450 lectures including 160 for international audiences, and written near 250 papers.

Dr Mark Earley

Dr Earley is an experienced electrophysiologist based at the Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He has a particular clinical and research interest in the mapping and ablation of atrial fibrillation. He is part of the team that developed the AF Companion app to assist patients with AF deciding on their best treatment.

Prof. Richard Schilling

Professor Schilling established the arrhythmia research program at St Bartholomew's Hospital. He has a busy clinical practice specialising in interventional ablation for complex arrhythmia. He was one of the team that led the successful merger of the Heart Hospital and Barts trust cardiovascular units to form the biggest cardiovascular centre in the UK. He now serves as the clinical director for strategy and commercial for Barts Hospital. He is the medical director for the Arrhythmia Alliance and the Atrial Fibrillation association, two international charities supporting patients with heart rhythm problems through education and influencing government policy.

Dr. Natasja de Groot

Prof. Dr. Natasja MS de Groot, works as cardiologist-electrophysiologist at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is director of the laboratory of translational electrophysiology and principal investigator of the Academic Center of Excellence of Atrial Fibrillation and the Medical Delta Cardiac Arrhythmia Lab. She founded together with Prof. Dr. B. Brundel the Atrial Fibrillation Innovation Platform, a foundation aimed at co-creating research projects together with patients.

Christian Elsner

Christian Elsner is an MD and studied Business Administration and Human medicine in Leipzig and Chicago. Christian has over 100 scientific publications in the field of health economics and eHealth. He worked for more than 15 years in different management positions and is CFO and member of the board of the university clinic of Mainz in Germany.

The translation of this website for patients, has been reviewed by:

  • France : Groupe de travail de Rythmologie et stimulation cardiaque - Prof. Jacques Mansourati & Dr. Jérôme Taieb
  • Italy : Associazione Italiana Aritmologia e Cardiostimolazione (AIAC) - Dr. Renato Ricci
  • Spain: Sociedad Espanola de Cardiologia / Seccion de Electrofisiologia y Arritmias - Prof. José M Guerra Ramos
  • Germany : German Working Group on Cellular Electrophysiology - Prof. Niels Voigt
  • Portugal : Associação Portuguesa de Arritmologia, Pacing e Electrofisiologia (APAPE) - Prof. Mario M. Oliveira
  • Sweden : Arbetsgruppen för arytmi - Dr. Dritan Poci
  • Russia : Russian Arrhythmia Society of Clinical Electrophysiology, Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing - Dr. Vladislav Kuptsov
  • Poland : Sekcja Rytmu Serca Polskiego Towarzystwa Kardiologicznego - Prof. Maciej Sterlinsk

Consultant for scientific accuracy:

  • Prof. Fiorenzo Gaita

Website management:

  • European Society of Cardiology Web Department