12th Annual Western AF Symposium Agenda

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Pre-Symposium Dinner Meeting – BUILDING A COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM IN STROKE PREVENTION IN A-FIB (6:30 – 9:00 pm)
Welcome – Walid Saliba, MD
How To Form A Partnership Between Neurologist, General Cardiologist, Gastroenterologist, Echo Cardiologist, Nephrologist & Electrophysiologist? – Physician Panel
What Is The Primary Type of LAAC Candidates You Are Referring Today? Audience Poll
CT/MR Imaging Of The Left Atrial Appendage: Can We Predict Successful Implant & Stroke Risk – Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD
Contraindicated Patients: GI Bleeder – Cardiologist- Christian Mahnkopf, Dr.med.
Future Bleeders / Cerebral Microbleeds – Neurologist – Andrew Russman, DO
Non-Compliant Patients – General Cardiologist – Michael Ezekowtz
Lifestyle Patients – EP or General Cardiologist – Devi Gopinath Nair, MD, FACC, FHRS
Afib Ablation & Indication for LAA Closure – EP – Walid Saliba, MD
Post-Implant TEE Follow-Up: Findings & Implications – Wael A. Jaber, MD
Future of LAAC: Pinnacle FLX – Walid Saliba, MD; OPTION Trial – Oussama Wazni
Audience Poll
Closing Remarks – Walid Saliba, MD

Friday, February 22, 2019

07:00 - 07:35REGISTRATION, EXHIBITS & BREAKFAST
07:35 - 07:45WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD

Session 1:

Chairs: Melvin Scheinman, MD; Fred Han, MD 

07:45 - 07:57ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: I'VE SEEN IT ALL!
Eric N. Prystowsky, MD
07:57 - 08:09MOLECULAR CARDIAC TISSUE REMODELING AFTER ABLATION OF AF IN HEART FAILURE
Michael R. Bristow, MD, PhD
08:09 - 08:21DECAAF II UPDATE
Dave Wilber, MD
08:21 - 08:32LAA CLOSURE: BEYOND THE BLEEDING PATIENT
Rahul N. Doshi, MD, FACC, FHRS
08:32 - 08:44mRNA AND GENETIC TARGETING IN AF
Reza Wakili, MD
08:44 - 09:15OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 2:

Chairs: Mark Ibrahim; Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD

09:15 - 09:27NON INVASIVE ABLATION CONCEPT: A REALITY FOR ATRIAL ABLATION
Philip Cuculich, MD
09:27 - 09:39LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE LIGATION: MORE THAN STROKE PREVENTION
 Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD 
09:39 - 09:51CHADVASC VS ATRIAL FIBROSIS FOR PREDICTING STROKE IN THE AF PATIENT
Nazem Akoum, MD, MS
09:51 - 10:03AMYLOID AND AF: WHAT ARE WE MISSING?
Wael A. Jaber, MD
10:03 - 10:30OPEN DISCUSSION
10:30 - 10:45BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 3:

Chairs: Anna Catino, MD; Wael Jaber

10:45 - 10:57THE SMART PHONE AND SMART WATCH ECG: CHANGED MONITORING
Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH
10:57 - 11:09CABANA
Douglas L. Packer, MD
11:09 - 11:21THE DILEMMA OF BLEEDING DURING AF TREATMENT
M. Edip Gurol, MD, MSc
11:21 - 11:33AF AND HEART FAILURE: CANDIDATES FOR ABLATION?
Milton Packer, MD
11:33 - 11:55OPEN DISCUSSION
11:55 - 12:40LUNCH & EXHIBITS

Session 4:

Chairs: Nazem Akoum, MD, MS; Christian Sohns, MD  

12:40 - 12:52QoL QUESTIONNAIRE VS. PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES: A COMPARISON
Benjamin A. Steinberg, MD, MHS, FACC, FHRS
12:52 - 13:04ATRIAL FIBROSIS IMAGING IS CHANIGNG THE WAY WE MANAGE AF
Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD, FHRS
13:04 - 13:16THE CASTLE AF TRIAL: MORE THAN MORTALITY BENEFIT
Johannes Brachmann, Prof. Dr.
13:16 - 13:28TEN YEARS OF DRONEDARONE: THE DATA
Stefan H. Hohnloser, MD, FACC, FHRS, FESC
13:28 - 13:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 5:

Chairs: T. Jared Bunch, MD; Partha Sardar, MD

13:45 - 13:57ROBOTICS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ONE: A TOOL FOR AF ABLATION
Takanori Yamaguchi, MD
13:57 - 14:09ATRIAL FIBROSIS PREDICTS OCCURRENCE OF AF
Christian Mahnkopf, Dr.med.
14:09 - 14:21DETECTING CELLULAR ATRIAL CHANGES IN AF USING CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY
Frank Sachse, PhD
14:21 - 14:33PLEASE TAKE SLEEP APNEA SERIOUSLY WHEN TREATING AF
Emile Daoud, MD
14:33 - 15:00OPEN DISCUSSION
15:00 - 15:15BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 6:

Chairs: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS; Emile Daoud, MD

15:15 - 15:27THE METABOLOMES PREDICTING AF
Christine Albert, MD, MPH
15:27 - 15:39MY CRYSTAL BALL FOR AF MANAGEMENT: WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY CARMA EXPERIENCE
Nassir F. Marrouche, MD
15:39 - 15:51QoL AFTER ABLATION: LESSONS FROM CABANA
Jeanne E. Poole, MD, FHRS
15:51 - 16:03HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD WE ABLATE A PATIENT WITH RECURRENT AF?
David J. Callans, MD
16:03 - 16:30OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 7:

Chairs: Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA; Ravi Ranjan, MD, PhD 

16:30 - 16:42 COMPUTATIONAL METHODS & MACHINE LEARNING IN ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD 
16:42 - 16:54 AF IN WOMEN IS ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER STROKE & LOWER TREATMENT SUCCESS RATES: EXPLANATION
Andrea M. Russo, MD 
16:54 - 17:06PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED ATRIAL FIBROTIC MYOPATHY SHOULD BE SURGICALLY ABLATED
Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD 
17:06 - 17:18PENDING FINAL CONFIRMATION
TBD
17:18 - 17:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 8:

Moderators : Walid Saliba, MD; Darryl S. Wells, MD  

17:45 - 18:45ROUNDTABLE: A PATIENT WITH LEFT ATRIAL THROMBUS ON WARFARIN/NOAC: WHAT'S NEXT?
Kamran Rizvi, Nischala Nannapaneni, Mohamed Rafa Labedi,MD, FACC, FHRS; Leenhapong Navaravong, MD;
Frederick Han; Alex Leber, Prof. Dr.; Alexies Ramirez; Mario Njeim, MD, Bengt Herweg, Melanie True Hills
6:45:00 PMADJOURNMENT

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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

Session 9:

Chairs: Jonathan Hsu, MD, MAS , Prash Sanders, MBBS, PhD

07:00 - 07:12NOVEL CONCEPTS IN ATRIAL IMAGE PROCESSING USING MACHINE LEARNING IN AF
Shireen Elhabian
07:12 - 07:24ABLATE AF BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
Oussama Wazni, MD
07:24 - 07:36GUIDELINE UPDATE AFTER CABANA & CASTLE IS NEEDED!
Gerhard Hindricks, Prof. Dr.
07:36 - 07:48PERSISTENT AF ABLATION USING A NEW & PRACTICAL APPROACH
Pierre Jais, MD
07:48 - 08:12DEBATE: NEW OAC OR LAA IF A PATIENT BLEEDS ON OAC?
NEW OAC: Stacy A. Johnson, MD
LAA CLOSURE: Boris Schmidt, MD
08:12 - 08:30OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 10:

Chairs: Thomas J. McGarry, MD; Ed Dibella 

08:30 - 08:42MRI ASSESSMENT OF LESION FORMATION: CRYO VS. RF
IMPLANTABLE MONITORING SYSEMS VS WEARABLES: WHEN & HOW

Evgueni G. Kholmovski, PhD
08:42 - 08:54IMPLANTABLE MONITORING SYSEMS VS WEARABLES: WHEN & HOW
Suneet Mittal
08:54 - 09:06HOW TO BEST IMPLEMENT WEARABLES AND SMART ECG DEVICES TO DETECT AF?
Mintu Turakhia, MD
09:06 - 09:18THE NON-PV TRIGGER: HOW TO FIND AND ABLATE
Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, FACC, FESC
09:18 - 09:45OPEN DISCUSSION.
09:45 - 10:00BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 11:

Chairs: Thomas F. Deering, MD, MBA; Mark Ibrahim 

10:00 - 10:12HOW TO BEST IMPLEMENT LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION INTO MANAGEMENT OF THE AF PATIENT
Prash Sanders, MBBS, PhD
10:12 - 10:24AF ABLATION REVERSES VENTRICULAR FIBROSIS
Jonathan M. Kalman, MBBS, PhD
10:24 - 10:36HIGH POWER SHORT DURATION RF LESIONS: LESSONS FROM MRI IMAGING
Mihail G. Chelu, MD, PhD
10:36 - 10:48GENETICS IN AF: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE UPDB
Lisa Anne Cannon-Albright, PhD
10:48 - 11:00NOT EVERY ELECTROPORATION IS THE SAME IN ABLATING ATRIAL TISSUE
Atul Verma, MD, FRCPC, FHRS
11:00 - 11:30OPEN DISCUSSION
11:30 - 12:30LUNCH & EXHIBITS

Session 12:

Chairs: Boris Schmidt, MD; Sanjiv M. Narayan, MD, PhD 

12:30 - 12:42HOW TO PROTECT THE ESOPHAGUS DURING AF ABLATION
Moussa C. Mansour, MD
12:42 - 12:54WHICH NOAC AND WHEN FOR STROKE PREVENTION IN AF?
Elaine M. Hylek, MD, MPH
12:54 - 13:06ABLATION IN ASYMPTOMATIC AF
Francis E. Marchlinski, MD
13:06 - 13:18AF MANAGEMENT IN THE CANCER PATIENT: THE CHALLENGE OF REMODELING
Anna Catino, MD
13:18 - 13:45OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 13:

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

13:45 - 13:57INITIAL EXPERIENCE WITH NOVEL RF BALLOONS
Srinivas Dukkipati
13:57 - 14:09THE CRYO BALLOON: BEYOND THE PV'S
Bradley P. Knight
14:09 - 14:21ATRIAL FIBROSIS IMAGING: THE SWEDISH HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE
Christopher J. McGann, MD
14:21 - 14:33THE TRANSMURAL LESION DURING ABLATION OF AF: IS IT IMPORTANT?
David E. Haines, MD
14:33 - 15:00OPEN DISCUSSION
15:00 - 15:15BREAK & EXHIBITS

Session 14:

Chairs: T. Jared Bunch, MD, Vikas Sharma  

15:15 - 15:27ABALTING PERSISTENT AF IN 2019
Greg Michaud
15:27 - 15:39DATA FROM THE GUIDELINES AHA/HRS AF REGISTRY
Jonathan Piccini
15:39 - 15:51NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS OF AF SIGNALS: CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS
Lin Yenn-Jiang
15:51 - 16:15OPEN DISCUSSION

Session 15:

Chairs: Greg Michaud; Gaston R. Vergara 

16:15 - 16:27MRI - PREDICTION OF RELEVANT ESOPHAGEAL THERMAL LESIONS - CORRELATING MRI AND ENDOSCOPY
Thomas Deneke, MD, PhD
16:27 - 16:39REENTERNET ACTIVITY DURING AF ABLATION: LONG-TERM OUTCOME STUDIES
Christian Sohns, MD
16:39 - 16:51ATRIAL ELECTRICAL REMODELING: THE CHALLENGE OF MAPPING AF
Ravi Ranjan
16:51 - 17:03DIASTOLIC DYSFUNCTION AND AF
Feras Bader, MD, MS, FACC
17:03 - 17:20OPEN DISCUSSION
17:20 - 17:30BREAK

Session 16:

Moderators: Edward J. Schloss, MD; John Mandrola, MD 

17:30 - 18:30ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: #ASKWAF VIA TWITTER
John Day,MD; Debbe McCall, MBA; Thomas F. Deering,MD, MBA; Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD; Charles Jazra, MD; Antonio Raviele Andy Bocheayre, Travis Scott Wall, MD