CHICAGO, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society's (HRS) 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, kicks off at McCormick Place in Chicago where leading clinicians, scientists, researchers, educators and innovators from around the world present and discuss groundbreaking research for the care of cardiac arrhythmias. The theme of this year's meeting is "Together We Can" to reinforce the importance of global collaboration to propel the field of electrophysiology (EP) forward.
Heart Rhythm 2017 continues to attract world renowned experts and includes more than 8,500 attendees from more than 75 countries, 1,300 scientific abstracts, 250 educational sessions and 130 exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services. The meeting focuses on the latest in science, education and technology with interactive learning formats, wide range of topic areas to meet the needs of every attendee and unlimited opportunities for networking.
"The EP field continues to advance at a rapid pace and Heart Rhythm 2017 is the ideal opportunity to bring the EP community together to discuss the latest clinical advances and innovative technologies," said Michael Gold, MD, FHRS, president of the Heart Rhythm Society. "With new events on the agenda and more networking opportunities than ever before, we look forward to seeing how this global collaboration will work to continue to advance patient care."
Special events and sessions during Heart Rhythm 2017 include:
- Opening Plenary Session: On Wednesday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m., Hugh Evans, humanitarian, social entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO at Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project will bring his unique outlook on "Becoming a Citizen of the World" and how the EP community can work together to make a global impact.
- Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Summit: On Wednesday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m., the AF Summit will provide a comprehensive review of AF ablation and evolving therapies.
- Lead and Device Management Summit: On Wednesday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m., the Lead & Device Management Summit will focus on present and future treatment options as well as the pros and cons of new treatment modalities.
- Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) and Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) Summit: On Wednesday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m., the VT/VF Summit will provide a state-of-the art discussion on all aspects of managing patients with arrhythmogenic heart disease.
- Live Case Presentations: On Thursday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m., attendees can observe real-time, case-procedures conducted by leading EP clinicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago. These sessions are facilitated by an expert panel of physicians, providing a unique learning opportunity for debate and discussion.
New to this year's meeting includes the following events:
- First-Ever Heart Rhythm Bowl: A quiz competition for EP fellows-in-training will include 16 teams of four, representing regions around the world. The Bowl will kick off on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m. with the final round taking place on Thursday, May 11 at 12:15 p.m.
- Catheter Ablation Master Class: On Friday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m., an expert, Warren M. Jackman, MD, FHRS, will choose a highly relevant topic and start with giving a lecture, followed by case presentations unknown to him. Attendees will learn more about the specific topic and participate in a Q&A session.
- Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Town Hall: On Friday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m., the "Holy MACRA! A Town Hall on How Medicare Payment Reform is Impacting EP Practice" Town Hall will discuss how the Society is working to improve the regulation and maximize opportunities for bonus payments.
- The New Science of Leadership and the Power to Persuade: On Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 a.m., HRS launches the first in a series of professional development programs. This event is in collaboration with PhysicianCEO™ and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University geared towards attendees who want to develop the skills needed to take a leadership role either within their own organization or within HRS.
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Scientists, clinicians, and HRS leadership will be available to discuss specific sessions and heart rhythm innovations further. Visit the Press Room (Room 270) at McCormick Place or contact Allison Kassel (904) 728-2145. Qualified media are invited to attend. Click here for more information.
Heart Rhythm 2017 is the most comprehensive educational program for heart rhythm professionals, featuring more than 250 educational sessions and more than 130 exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services. The Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions have become the must-attend event of the year, allowing the exchange of new vital ideas and information among colleagues from every corner of the globe. For more information, visit www.hrssessions.org.
About the Heart Rhythm Society
The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 5,900 heart rhythm professionals in more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.HRSonline.org.
Allison Kassel: (904) 728-2145
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