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It took another 10 years, after a positive response of a different Review Board,before the first alcohol septal ablation (ASA) could be performed at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London 25 years ago.1
The very first patient, after having been informed in great length and meticulous detail about all possible risks,agreed to an experimental procedure, the outcome of which could not be defined.
She had severe left ventricular hypertrophy that created an impressive and highly
symptomatic outflow tract gradient despite pacing and drug treatment; after the ablation on June 18, 1994, she remained asymptomatic for >20 years.