13th Annual Western AF Symposium Agenda

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Friday, February 28, 2020

07:00 - 07:30REGISTRATION, EXHIBITS & BREAKFAST SNACKS
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 PROSPECTIVE
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
Philip Cuculich, MD
09:27 - 09:39ATRIAL FIBROSIS IN ENDURANCE ATHLETES: INCIDENCE &IMPLICATION FOR MANAGEMENT
David Peritz, MD
09:39 - 09:51IMAGING ATRIAL FIBROSIS REDEFINING THE WAY TO MANAGE AF
Nazem Akoum, MD, MS
09:51 - 10:03THE 2017 CONSENSUS DOCUMENT ON AF ABLIATION: IS AN UPDATE NEEDED?
Hugh Calkins, MD
10:03 - 10:30OPEN DISCUSSION
10:30 - 10:45BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 3:

CHAIRS: Takanori Yamaguchi 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-ARRYTHMICS, 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 - 13:57ROBOTICS & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ONE: A TOOL FOR AF ABLATION
Boris Schmidt, Dr.
13:57 - 14:09A-FIB DETECTED ON ROUTINE IMPLANTED DEVICE INTERROGATION: CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS
Mikhael El Chami, MD
14:09 - 14:21PATHOPHYSIOLOGY & THE IMPACT OF SLEEP APNEA THERAPY IN A-FIB
Emile Daud, MD
14:21 - 14:33HOW A NON-ECG SMARTWATCH OR SMART WRISTBAND CAN HELP THE AF PATIENT

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

Session 6:

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

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 - 15:51TBA
TBA
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 AF IN WOMEN IS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER STROKE & LOWER TREATMENT SUCCESS RATES: EXPLANATION
Mohamed Rafa Labedi,MD, FACC, FHRS; Leenhapong Navaravong, MD; Alexies Ramirez, MD;
Alex Leber, Prof. Dr.; Melanie True Hills, CSP, Steve Rechenmacher, 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 & DYSTOLIC DYSFUNCTION
Feras Bader, MD, FACC
18:18 - 18:45OPEN DISCUSSION
6:45:00 PMADJOURNMENT

Saturday, February 29, 2020

06:30 - 07:00CHECK-IN, EXHIBITS & BREAKFAST SNACKS

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: 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: NEED FOR SHAM AF ABLATION PROCEDURE
Pro: John Mandrola, MD
Con: Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, FACC, FESC
08:12 - 08:30OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 10:

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

08:30 - 09:05ROUNDTABLE: I USE THIS ENERGY SOURCE FOR MY AF ABLATION
MD; Amin Al-Ahmad; Kamran Rizvi, MD; Mario Njeim, MD; Sammy Khatib, MD

Session 11:

CHAIRS: Johannes Brachmann, MD, MBA; Christopher J. McGann, 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 - 10:59TBA
TBA
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

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 - 13:36SUBCLINICAL AF: DETECTION & CLINICAL RELEVANCE
Michael R. Gold, MD, PhD
13:36 - 13:48DETECTING CELLULAR ATRIAL REMODELING USING CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY
Frank Sachse, PhD
13:48 - 14:15OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 14:

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

14:15 - 14:27NEUROMODULATION: A REALITY FOR TREATING A-FIB?
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD
14:27 - 14:39CRYO BALLOON TO TARGET ATRIAL FIBROSIS
Bassam Wanna, MD
14:39 - 14:51ATRIAL FAILURE: NEW EP DISEASE
Felipe Bisbal, MD
14:51 - 15:03 HOW ABLATION LESION SAFETY & EFFICACY CHANGED IN THE LAST 25 YEARS
David E. Haines, MD
15:03 - 15:30OPEN DISCUSSION
15:03 - 15:30BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 15:

CHAIRS:  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 ARRYTHMIAS POST-AF ABLATION
Takanori Yamaguchi, MD
16:18 - 16:45OPEN DISCUSSION
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 16:

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

17:40 - 18:40ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: #CASTLE AF & CABANA UNPLUGGED: ABLATION OF AF & HEART FAILURE
John D. Day,MD; Debbe McCall, MBA; Thomas Deering; Luis C. Saenz, MD
6:40 PMADJOURNMENT