As a physician and software engineer, Sanjiv Narayan, MD, PhD, was intrigued by an important question — Was it possible to map the chaos of atrial fibrillation?
Starting in 2001, Narayan began using engineering and software modeling to explore ways to track the sources of atrial fibrillation.
His analyses and patient studies revealed patterns pointing to small, localized areas driving the disruptive electrical activity behind Afib. Dr. Narayan’s research confirmed that these spots, called rotors, were the origins of the chaotic electrical activity causing Afib. Though experimental studies had shown evidence of such sites, his work was the first to confirm their existence in patients with the actual disorder.
Drawing on his expertise in computers and neurophysiology, Dr. Narayan collaborated with colleagues to develop the FIRM mapping software and the elegant electric signal analysis used for FIRM ablation.