2014 EP Meetings

In the February 2014 issue of EP Lab Digest®, Paul J. Wang, MD, Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Stanford University School of Medicine, presents information on the 2014 Stanford Biodesign New Arrhythmia Technologies Retreat. The event will take place Tuesday, May 6, from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and bring together electrophysiology experts on the Stanford University campus. The program is directed by Dr. Wang and Dr. Paul G. Yock, Director of the Program in Biodesign at Stanford. The 2014 Stanford Biodesign New Arrhythmia Technologies Retreat will also feature a unique “rapid-fire format” in which each of the speakers presents in a 10-minute session (please check the article for a full listing of the program faculty). This program provides a special opportunity for interaction and networking with many of the world’s experts in electrophysiology, one day before the start of the Heart Rhythm conference. It is not to be missed!

To register for this this event, please visit their website. In addition, check out EP Lab Digest®’s calendar for an updated listing of EP events in your area! 


Upcoming AF Symposium

The upcoming 19th Annual Boston AF Symposium is scheduled to take place January 9-11, 2014 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida. This symposium, which was initiated in 1995, has become a major scientific forum for health care professionals to learn about the most recent advances in the field of atrial fibrillation. We look forward to this year’s scientific program! Just some of the highlights include sessions on Alternative Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation (presented by Eric Prystowsky, MD), The Ablation Lesion or the Atrial Disease: Lessons Learned from DECAAF (presented by Nassir Marrouche, MD), and Renal Denervation for AF – Physiology, Mechanisms of Action and Rationale in AF (presented by Vivek Reddy, MD). The meeting will also include satellite case presentations on topics such as Individualized Cryoballoon Ablation for PAF (presented by Boris Schmidt, MD and KR Julian Chun, MD) and Thermal Balloon Ablation for Paroxysmal AF (presented by David Haines, MD). Other hot topics from this year’s meeting include Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices for Stroke Prevention and Current Clinical Trials and Registries in Atrial Fibrillation.

For additional information on various featured topics from the meeting, please check out articles in the January issue of EP Lab Digest®, including Dr. Khan Pohlel and Dr. Kent R. Nilsson’s case on LAA exclusion using the LARIAT suture delivery device (SentreHeart, Inc.) or the clinical trial overview of the CardioFocus HeartLight® Ablation System from Dr. Frank A. Cuoco and colleagues.

In addition, while you’re attending the meeting, don’t forget to stop by EP Lab Digest@’s booth (#617)! See you there!

Call for Authors!

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2014! It has been an exciting year in the field of cardiac electrophysiology, and another successful year for EP Lab Digest®. We’re currently slating articles for our upcoming January 2014 issue, which will be distributed at the AF Symposium in Orlando, Florida. The 19th Annual Boston AF Symposium will take place January 9-11, 2014 at their new location, the Orlando World Center Marriott. Since its inception in 1995, this meeting has become a major scientific program at which health care professionals can learn about the latest advances in atrial fibrillation research and management.

Interested in writing? We invite you to contribute an article to this special issue! It’s a great opportunity to have your article seen and read by colleagues in your field. We hope you’ll share a recent case study or technique used for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Please contact Jodie Elrod for more information about deadlines and article guidelines.

Highlights from Heart Rhythm 2013

The Heart Rhythm Society’s 34th Annual Scientific Sessions took place May 8-11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Included here is a brief summary of some of the clinical news highlights from the conference:

• St. Jude Medical Announces Results from Independent Analysis of Optim-Insulated Defibrillation Leads in Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Session at Heart Rhythm 2013

• Biosense Webster Reports Compelling Results from Ground-Breaking SMART-AF IDE Study on the Safety and Effectiveness of the THERMOCOOL® SMARTTOUCH™ Catheter

• New Four-Year Data from Boston Scientific Demonstrated WATCHMAN® Device was Superior to Warfarin for Mortality and Primary Efficacy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation in Long-Term Follow-Up of the PROTECT AF Trial

• Endosense Underscores Significance of Contact Force Parameters with New Study Data at Heart Rhythm 2013

• Nanostim Announces Preliminary Results from LEADLESS Study in Late-Breaking Clinical Trial at Heart Rhythm 2013

• Use of TYRX Antibacterial Envelope Associated with Extremely Low 90-Day Cardiac Device Infection Rates

• Landmark Study Demonstrates Lower Rate of Inappropriate Shocks in Patients with Sorin Dual Chamber ICD Devices

Biventricular Pacing Reduces Symptoms and Improves Quality-of-Life in AV Block Patients with Heart Failure and Reduced Pumping Function

• Three Scientific Societies Collaborate to Release Expert Consensus Statement on Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Inherited Primary Arrhythmias Syndromes

In addition, to see more HRS-related news from the meeting, please visit the Heart Rhythm Society website.

For more information on this news and more, please check out our Heart Rhythm conference highlights article in the upcoming June 2013 issue of EP Lab Digest®!

Opportunities for the EP Lab Professional

This upcoming Sunday, February 10th, marks the start of Cardiovascular Professionals Week, so we’d like to take a moment to share just a few of the latest opportunities for those in the EP field!


Included in EP Lab Digest®’s February 2013 issue is the monthly update from the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP). In this feature the SICP includes information on how to become more active in committees within the SICP, such as the Industry Committee or Education Committee. They also list their upcoming Signature RCIS and RCES Review Courses, as well as specially discounted rates to the New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) conference in June.


Also, if you’re looking for a job in EP, be sure to check out EP Lab Digest®’s newly updated list of available EP job openings! From the East Coast to the West Coast, we feature listings from all over the U.S.!

Boston AF Symposium – 2013

This Thursday marks the start of the 18th Annual Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, taking place January 17-19, 2013 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston. This is EP Lab Digest®’s 12th visit to this major scientific forum since our publication launch in September 2001. We look forward to seeing colleagues in the field as well as learning about the latest advances and strategies in the management of atrial fibrillation.


In a special blog this month, contributor Dr. Rishi Anand speaks with Dr. Moussa Mansour, one of the Course Directors of the 2013 Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, about what to expect at this year’s meeting. Dr. Mansour notes there are several highlighted sessions this year, including featured sessions on new stroke prevention techniques, new catheter ablation techniques and mapping tools for atrial fibrillation, and information on clinical trials and regulatory issues.


We hope you will come by EP Lab Digest®’s booth (#902) at the meeting and say hello! In addition, for the latest updates and news from the Boston AF Symposium, please visit http://www.eplabdigest.com!