Many patients suffer from fast or irregular heart rhythm disturbances that can reduce their quality of life significantly. While medication works in many cases, some patients continue to experience their arrhythmia despite adequate drug therapy.
For most heart rhythm problems, a catheter-based procedure can be carried out that firstly identifies the faulty electrical site inside the heart and subsequently eliminates it to allow the normal “sinus” rhythm to be re-established.
This website aims to inform both patients and physicians about the potential treatment option of catheter ablation.
Training and Qualification
Dr Sabine Ernst trained mainly in Germany, but also in the US (Los Angeles and Boston) and Switzerland. Her clinical expertise is focused on catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias with a special emphasis on atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and arrhythmia in complex congenital heart disease. She is licensed as a Cardiologist Specialist at the General Medical Council since October 2007 when she moved to London.
Before moving to the United Kingdom, Dr Ernst was the Director of the magnetic navigation laboratory in Hamburg, Germany (Lead Prof Dr med Karl-Heinz Kuck), where she and her team performed pioneering work in the field of complex arrhythmia treatment by remote navigation. She has the “Venia legendi” for Cardiology at the University of Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany (Privatdozentin since 2006) and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Imperial College, London.
Dr Ernst takes an active part in major cardiology meetings across the world and actively collaborates with researchers in US, Canada, Europe and Asia. As well as making educational presentations, she has played a major role in training local teams in the use of advanced electrophysiology (EP) techniques. She is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC).
Dr Ernst is a member of the educational board of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). For the last 4 consecutive years she has served as the Course Director for the European teaching course for electrophysiology at the European Heart House in Nice, France. She is a member of the EP guidelines committee for Atrial Fibrillation of the ESC and serves as the European representative in the membership committee of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). She is a founder member of the Electrophysiologist International Community Alliance (EPIC).