13th Annual Western AF Symposium Agenda

Western A-Fib Symposium prides itself on a dynamic and supremely current agenda with leading experts. For this reason, the program is continually transforming as it incorporates breaking updates in the field. You are welcome to check this document up to the program date for such changes.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

THE WHAT, WHY & HOW OF BUILDING AN INTERDISCIPLINARY AF PROGRAM

Program Director Suneet Mittal, M.D. Director, Electrophysiology Valley Health System Ridgewood, New Jersey

Thursday, February 27, 2020

6:00 p.m. Reception
6:20 Welcome Suneet Mittal, M.D.
6:30 Addressing the AF Epidemic Janet Han, M.D.
6:45 Diagnosis and Monitoring of AF Suneet Mittal, M.D.
7:00 Cryo Lab Efficiencies / Same Day Discharge Jason Andrade, M.D.
7:15 ILRs and AF Burden Bharath Reddy, M.D.
7:30 Utilizing Device Diagnostics & Programming Anish Amin, M.D.
7:45 Break
8:00 EMRs to Identify Gaps in the Care of AF Patients Sanjaya Gupta, M.D.
8:15 Building a Best in Class AF Program Prash Sanders, M.D.
8:35 Panel Discussion – Optimizing Patient Management All Faculty
9:05 Q & A
9:20 Adjourn

THIS IS AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAM OFFERED BY MEDTRONIC, NOT PART OF WAF CME. To reserve a seat for this program, please use this registration link: https://medtronic.cvent.com/d/lnqjc4

Pre-Symposium Dinner: A Multi-Specialty Collaborative Approach for Stroke Prevention IN A-FIB PATIENTS

Date : February 27, 2020
Time : 6:00–9:20 p.m
Location : Sheraton Park City Park City, Utah
Check “Yes” to reserve a spot at the registration link : https://westernaf.com/2020/register/

PROGRAM FACULTY

Amin, M.D.
Ohio Health
Columbus, Ohio
Jason Andrade, M.D.
Vancouver General
Vancouver, Canada
Sanjaya Gupta, M.D.
St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants University of Missouri-Kansas City Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Janet K. Han, M.D.
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Los Angeles, California
Prash Sanders, M.D.
University of Adelaid
Adelaid, Australia
Bharath M. Reddy, M.D.
New York Methodist-Cornell Heart Center Brooklyn, New York

Thursday, February 27, 2020

17:30 - 19:30WELCOME RECEPTION

Friday, February 28, 2020

07:00 - 07:30REGISTRATION, EXHIBITS & Continental Breakfast
07:30 - 07:45WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD - CME Course Director

Session 1:

Chairs: Melvin Scheinman, MD; Alex Baher 

07:45 - 07:57ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: REVIEWING OUTCOME TRIALS IN 12 MINUTES
Eric N. Prystowsky, MD 
07:57 - 08:09REMODELING IN AF & HEART FAILURE: A MOLECULAR PERSPECTIVE
Michael R. Bristow, MD, PhD
08:09 - 08:21ARTICLES FROM JACCEP: PAPERS PUBLISHED 2019 THAT CHANGED A-FIB PRACTICE
David J. Wilber, MD
08:21 - 08:32LAA CLOSURE: CURRENT INDICATIONS
Oussam Wazni, MD
08:32 - 08:44ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN EP: THREAT OR HELP?
Hamid Ghanbari, MD, MPH
08:44 - 09:15OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 2:

CHAIRS: Luigi DiBiase, MD, PhD; Oussama Wazni, MD

09:15 - 09:27NON-INVASIVE ABLATION OF AF: CHALLENGES & PROPOSED SOLUTIONS
Phillip Cuculich, MD
09:27 - 09:39ENDURANCE TRAINING IS ASSOCIATED WITH INCREASED LEFT ATRIAL FIBROSIS
David Peritz, MD
09:39 - 09:51ATRIAL FIBROSIS REDEFINING THE WAY TO MANAGE ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
Nazem Akoum, MD, MS
09:51 - 10:03MAKE HEALTH GREAT AGAIN: DIGITAL HEALTH DRIVES POPULATION HEALTH NOT MONETIZATION OF SICKNESS
Nick Peters
10:03 - 10:15THE 2017 CONSENSUS DOCUMENT ON AF ABLATION: IS AN UPDATE NEEDED?
Hugh Calkins, MD
10:15 - 10:30OPEN DISCUSSION
10:30 - 10:45BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 3:

CHAIRS: Takanori Yamaguchi, MD, David J. Wilbur, MD

10:45 - 10:57THE SMART PHONE & SMART WATCH ECG: PROSPECTIVES & MISSING DATA
Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH
10:57 - 11:09ABLATION - NO BETTER THAN ANTI-ARRHYTHMICS, BUT! LESSONS FROM CABANA
Douglas L. Packer, MD 
11:09 - 11:21NOAC vs WARFARIN FROM THE NEUROLOGIST'S PERSPECTIVE
M. Edip Gurol, MD
11:21 - 11:33ATRIAL MYOPATHY FROM THE HEART FAILURE POINT OF VIEW
Milton Packer, MD
11:33 - 12:00OPEN DISCUSSION
12:00 - 12:40LUNCH & EXHIBITS

Session 4:

Chairs: Luigi DiBiase, MD, PhD; Tina Baykaner, MD, MPH 

12:40 - 12:52DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PATIENT-REPORTED OUTCOMES & QoL
Sana M. Al-Khatib, MD
12:52 - 13:04ATRIAL MR IMAGING: FUNCTION, STRUCTURE & BEYOND
Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD, FHRS
13:04 - 13:16EPICARDIAL VS ENDOCARDIAL LAA ISOLATION
Randall J. Lee, MD, PhD
13:16 - 13:28THE ABLATION LESION: A MULTI-MODALITY EXPERIMENT
Chao Huang, MD
13:28 - 13:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 5:

CHAIRS: T. Jared Bunch, MD; Krishna Sundar, MD

13:45 - 13:57MANAGEMENT OF PERSISTENT LAA THROMBUS
Boris, Schmidt, MD
13:57 - 14:09ATRIAL HIGH RATE EVENTS: CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE AND TREATMENT
Mikhael El Chami, MD
14:09 - 14:21PATHOPHYSIOLOGY & THE IMPACT OF SLEEP APNEA THERAPY IN A-FIB Download
Emile Daoud, MD
14:21 - 14:33SUBCLINICAL AF: DETECTION & CLINICAL RELEVANCE
Michael R. Gold, MD, PhD

14:33 - 15:00OPEN DISCUSSION
15:00 - 15:15BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 6:

CHAIRS: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS; Christian Mahnkopf , Dr. Med Download

15:15 - 15:27AF SCREENING IN THE POPULATION: HOW DIGITAL HEALTH CHANGES STATISTICAL REALITIES
Christine Albert, MD, MPH 
15:27 - 15:39DECAAF II: DESIGN & EXPECTATIONS
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD
15:39 - 15:51AF BURDEN: THE CABANA LESSON
Jeanne E. Poole, MD, FHRS
15:51 - 16:03THE IMPACT OF RE-DO AF ABLATION PROCEDURES ON LONG-TERM STROKE & MORTALITY RISKS
David J. Callans, MD 
16:03 - 16:30OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 7:

MODERATORS: Darryl S. Wells, MD; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy

16:30 - 17:30 ROUNDTABLE: AN AF PATIENT ON WARFARIN PRESENTED WITH MAJOR BLEED: CHANGE TO NOAC OR LAA CLOSURE?
Alex Leber, Prof. Dr.; Christian Mahnkopf, MD; Alexies Ramirez, MD; Mellanie True Hills, CSP, Bassam Wanna, MD;

Session 8:

CHAIRS: Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA; Roger Freedman  

17:30 - 17:42MULTIPLE APPROACHES TO MAP ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD 
17:42 - 17:54GENDER DIFFERENCES IN AF OUTCOMES: EXPLAIN IT!
Andrea M. Russo, MD 

17:54 - 18:06ATRIAL FIBROTIC MYOPATHY - A SURGICAL TARGET
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD 

18:06 - 18:18ATRIAL FIBRILLATION & DIASTOLIC DYSFUNCTION
Feras Bader, MD, FACC
18:18 - 18:45OPEN DISCUSSION
18:45ADJOURNMENT

Saturday, February 29, 2020

06:30 - 07:00CHECK-IN, EXHIBITS & Continental Breakfast

Session 9:

CHAIRS: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS; Luis C. Saenz, MD

07:00 - 07:12ABLATE AF & CLOSE THE APPENDAGE: EXAMPLES & DATA
Rahul Doshi, MD
07:12 - 07:24A HOME-BASED EDUCATION & LEARNING PROGRAM FOR A-FIB: THE HELP-AF STUDY
Prashanthan Sanders, MBBS, PhD
07:24 - 07:36AFTER CABANA & CASTLE AF: POTENTIAL IMPACT ON THE GUIDELINES
Gerhard Hindricks, Prof. Dr.
07:36 - 07:48WILL ELECTROPORATION CHANGE AF ABLATION FOREVER?
Pierre Jais, MD
07:48 - 08:12DEBATE: DO WE NEED A SHAM TRIAL TO PROVE THE EFFICACY OF AF ABLATION?
Pro: John Mandrola, MD
Con: Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, FACC, FESC
08:12 - 08:30OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 10:

MODERATORS: Ahmad Karim, MD; Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MD 

08:30 - 09:05ROUNDTABLE: I USE THIS ENERGY SOURCE FOR MY AF ABLATION
Luis C. Saenz, MD; Kamran Rizvi, MD; Mario Njeim, MD; Sammy Khatib, MD

Session 11:

CHAIRS: Christopher J. McGann, MD; Gaston Vergara, MD  

09:05 - 09:17MRI ASSESSMENT OF FIBROSIS & LESIONS: LESSONS FROM DECAAF
Eugene G. Kholmovski, PhD 
09:17 - 09:29THE VALUE OF LONG-TERM MONITORING IN IMPROVING OUTCOMES
Suneet Mittal, MD
09:29 - 09:41WEARABLES TO HELP ADOPTING PILL-IN-THE-POCKET ANTICOAGULATION FOR AF
Mintu Turakhia, MD 
09:41 - 09:53CASTLE-AF: THE BURDEN LESSON
Christian Sohns, MD
09:53 - 10:20OPEN DISCUSSION
10:20 - 10:35BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 12:

CHAIRS: Gerhard Hindricks, MD, MBA; Mark Ibrahim, MD 

10:35 - 10:47NOVEL CONCEPTS IN LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE CLOSURE DEVICES IMPROVING SAFETY & EFFICACY
Vivek Reddy, MD
10:47 - 10:59DRONADERONE FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE
Carina Blomstrom Lundquist, Prof;
10:59 - 11:11HIGH POWER SHORT DURATION RF: SAFETY & EFFICACY
Mihail G. Chelu, MD, PhD 
11:11 - 11:23GENETICS IN AF: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE UPDB
Brent Wilson, MD, PhD
11:23 - 11:35STARAF II LEADING TO STARAF III
Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, FHRS

11:35 - 12:00OPEN DISCUSSION

12:00 - 13:00LUNCH & EXHIBITS
12:00 - 12:40DECAAF STUDY
12:15-13:00MEET THE EXPERTS: CHALLENGES & CONTROVERSIES IN LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE CLOSURE
Moussa Mansour, MD (Chair); Rahul Doshi, MD; Jonathan C. Hsu, MD, MAS

Session 13:

CHAIRS: Christian Mahnkopf, MD; Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD 

13:00 - 13:12HOW TO PROTECT THE ESOPHAGUS DURING AF ABLATION
Moussa C. Mansour, MD
13:12 - 13:24WHY DO WE STILL USE WARFARIN IN 2020?
Elaine M. Hylek, MD, MPH
13:24 - 13:36MRI-BASED COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF FIBROTIC SUBSTRATE IN CRYPTOGENIC STROKE
Patrick Boyle, PhD, PEng, FHRS
13:36 - 13:48CATHETERIZED OPTICAL APPROACHES FOR DETECTION OF ATRIAL REMODELING
Frank Sachse, PhD
13:48 - 14:15OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 14:

CHAIRS: Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, FHRS; Edward J. Schloss, MD 

14:15 - 14:27ATRIAL FIBROSIS PER MRI: PREDICTIVE MODELS
Natalia Trayanova, PhD
14:27 - 14:39CRYO BALLOON TO TARGET ATRIAL FIBROSIS
Bassam Wanna, MD
14:39 - 14:51ATRIAL FAILURE: CAUSE OR CONSEQUENCE OF AF?
Felipe Bisbal, MD
14:51 - 15:03MANIPULATING THERMODYNAMICS TO CONTROL LESION CREATION
David E. Haines, MD
15:03 - 15:30OPEN DISCUSSION
15:30 - 15:45BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 15:

CHAIRS: Felipe Bisbal, MD, PhD, FESC; Christian Sohns, MD

15:45 - 15:56ABLATING PERSISTENT AF IN 2019
Gregory F. Michaud, MD
15:56 - 16:07EMPIRICAL PV ISOLATION FOR AF: NO NEED TO CHECK FOR ISOLATION?
Jason Andrade, MD, FRCPC, FHRS
16:07 - 16:18DE-CHANNELING OF MRI DETECTED SCAR TO TREAT RECURRENT ARRHYTHMIAS POST-AF ABLATION
Takanori Yamaguchi, MD
16:18 - 16:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 16:

CHAIRS: David E. Haines, MD; Gregory F. Michaud, D 

16:45 - 16:56MRI - PREDICTION OF RELEVANT ESOPHAGEAL THERMAL LESIONS: CORRELATING MRI AND ENDOSCOPY
Thomas Deneke, MD, PhD
16:56 - 17:07A PATIENT WITH AF POSTS THE QUESTION: WHEN & IF ANTICOAGULATION CAN BE STOPPED
Bradley P. Knight, MD
17:07 - 17:30OPEN DISCUSSION
17:30 - 17:40BREAK

Session 17:

CHAIRS: Edward J. Schloss, MD; Janet K. Han, MD, FACC, FHRS 

17:40 - 18:40ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: #ASKWAF: CASTLE AF & CABANA UNPLUGGED (Twitter Questions)
John D. Day, MD; Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA; Uzodinma Emerenini, MD; Debbe McCall, MBA; Luis C. Saenz, MD
18:40ADJOURNMENT