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.

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

The target audience for this activity includes healthcare providers who manage patients with a-fib.

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.

 

Faculty

Course Directors

James Cox, MD
Professor of Surgery
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Bradley Knight, MD
Chester C. and Deborah M. Cooley Distinguished Professor of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Patrick McCarthy, MD
Executive Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Chief of Cardiac Surgery in the Department of Surgery
Heller-Sacks Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor of Surgery and McCormick School of Engineering
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Planning Committee

Susan Kim, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Olga Kislitsina, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Vera Rigolin, MD
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Past-President, American Society of Echocardiography
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ranya Sweis, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Jane Wilcox, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Faculty Speakers

Robert Bonow, MD
Vice Chair for Development and Innovation, Department of Medicine
Max and Lilly Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Andrei Churyla, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Charles Davidson, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FAHA
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine
Clinical Chief, Cardiology
Medical Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Professor of Medicine (ten.)
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Al Lin, MD
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

S Chris Malaisrie, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Rod Passman, MD
Jules J. Reingold Professor of Electrophysiology
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

James Thomas, MD
Professor of Medicine
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Guest Speakers

Niv Ad, MD

Amin Al-Ahmad, MD

Jason Andrade, MD

Vinay Bdhwar, MD

Graydon Beatty, MD

Stefano Benussi, MD

Gianluigi Bisleri, MD

Steve Bolling, MD

Kathleen Brooks, MD

John Camm, MD

Michael Carrel, MD

Manuel Castella, MD

Mike Dale, MD

Ralph Damiano, MD

Tom De Potter, MD

Marek Ehrlich, MD

Christopher Ellis, MD

Syd Gaynor, MD

David Haines, MD

Gerhard Hindricks, MD

Rodney Horton, MD

Bradley Horst, MD

James Irwin, MD

Saibal Kar, MD

Hans Kottkamp, MD

Mark La Meir, MD

Randy Lee, MD

Nassir Marrouche, MD

Kim Mezo, MD

Greg Michaud, MD

Fred Morady, MD

Sanjiv Narayan, MD

Andrea Natale, MD

Frank Pelosi, MD

Bart Putte, MD, PhD

Amiran Revishvili, MD, PhD

Harold Roberts, MD

Andrea Russo, MD

Sacha Salzberg, MD, Pd

Richard Schuessler, MD

Russ Seibert, MD

HF Tse, MD, PhD

Atul Verma, MD

Timo Weimar, MD

Richard Whitlock, MD

Uri Yaron, MD

Registration information

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Hotel Information

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

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