Description

This educational initiative provides 2 days of formal presentations and interactive live CME activity developed and delivered by internationally recognized thought leaders in the field of atrial fibrillation. Accessibility to the faculty set the CAST-AF conference apart from other meetings.

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Learning Objectives

1.       Discuss the electrophysiology of atrial fibrillation

2.       Cite the newest concepts of atrial electrophysiology, including differences in endocardial and epicardial conduction patterns and how they can impact the interpretation of electrophysiologic mapping

3.       Identify the advantages and limitations of activation-time mapping, voltage mapping, and phase mapping for the analysis of the electrophysiology of atrial fibrillation

4.       Apply the most advanced techniques for the catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

5.       Describe the most advanced techniques for the surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation

6.       Discuss the electrophysiological basis of catheter ablation for paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

7.       Cite the current indications for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

8.       Explain the current results of catheter ablation for paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

9.       Discuss the current results of surgical ablation for non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

10.    Determine the limitations of the HRS definitions of success and failure for the interventional (catheter and surgical) treatment of atrial fibrillation

11.    Examine the differences in the electrophysiology of primary (“stand-alone”) and secondary (“concomitant”) atrial fibrillation

12.    Discuss the electrophysiological basis of concomitant surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing valve surgery with or without coronary artery disease.

13.    Review the surgical options for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing mitral valve, aortic valve, and/or coronary artery bypass surgery

14.    Restate the currently recommended surgical lesion patterns for the concomitant surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing mitral valve, aortic valve, and/or coronary artery bypass surgery

15.    Discuss the current results of concomitant surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation during mitral valve, aortic valve, and/or coronary artery bypass surgery.

 

Target Audience

This CME program has been designed to meet the educational needs of Cardiologists, Electrophysiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, Internists, Cardiology Trainees, Cardiac Surgery Trainees, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and any other health care professionals who participate in the care of atrial fibrillation.

Accreditation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of  14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

COURSE DIRECTORS

James Cox, MD
Surgical Director,
Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders
Professor of Surgery
Director, Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation Program
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Bradley Knight, MD
Medical Director,
Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders
Chester C. and Deborah M. Cooley
Distinguished Professor of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Director, Comprehensive Atrial
Fibrillation Program
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Patrick McCarthy, MD
Executive Director,
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Vice President,
Northwestern Medical Group
Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery
Northwestern Medicine

Registration information

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Hotel Information

Loews Chicago Hotel
455 North Park Drive
Chicago, IL 60611, US

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