Practicing cardiologist Sanjiv M Narayan, MD, PhD, helped to develop an innovative new therapy for patients affect by atrial fibrillation known as driver mapping while holding a professorship at the University of California, San Diego. This therapy is being increasingly used at treatment centers around the world. Dr. Sanjiv Narayan currently serves as professor of medicine at Stanford University, where he is also co-director of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center at Stanford Health Care.
In 2017, Stanford’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine launched a dedicated center for cardiac arrhythmia research, the Stanford Center for Arrhythmia Research, with the goals of building on the success of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and focusing on an interdisciplinary approach. One of the goals of the research center is to ensure that findings in a laboratory setting are brought all the way to patients in the examination room.
The center uses innovative treatments developed at Stanford, including cryoablation and mapping based ablation. As one example, computer analysis of activation based on physiological information is used in FIRM to map areas of the heart that are appropriate for ablation (destroying or ablating problematic cells in the heart). As another example, capitalizing on their interdisciplinary goals, the center also developed the Hybrid Surgical-Catheter Ablation Program, combining the work of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to help achieve successful results for patients.