AUSTIN, Texas, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 3 and 4, 2016, the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David's Medical Center hosted its third international symposium on complex arrhythmias, EP Live 2016. Nearly 200 leaders in the field of electrophysiology (EP) from Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as experts from across the United States, attended the two-day educational conference, including practicing clinical cardiac electrophysiologists, electrophysiologist fellows and general cardiologists who have an interest in treating complex arrhythmias—a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm.
EP Live 2016 used live and recorded cases with expert commentary as the primary teaching tool. Cases were broadcast from some of the world's premier treatment centers, such as TCAI, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, UCLA Health System, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Loyola University, Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Lancaster General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. It featured demonstrations by Dr. Natale, as well as a number of TCAI physicians, such as course co-director, Amin Al-Ahmad, M.D., as well as Rodney Horton, M.D.; Patrick Hranitzky, M.D.; Robert Canby, M.D.; Joseph Gallinghouse, M.D.; Shane Bailey, M.D.; Javier Sanchez, M.D.; David Burkhardt, M.D. and Jason Zagrodsky, M.D.
"We are pleased to see so many of the world's top cardiac specialists come together, under one roof, to learn about the newest and most effective procedures to treat cardiac arrhythmias," Andrea Natale, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., cardiac electrophysiologist and executive medical director of TCAI and EP Live course director, said. "This allows us to improve patient care by educating physicians about the latest advances in interventional cardiac electrophysiology, as well as new tools and technology to safely and effectively treat patients who suffer from arrhythmias."
EP Live provided attending physicians with a better understanding of techniques used to treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, as well as implant complex devices and extract malfunctioning devices. Cases included procedures to treat endocardial and epicardial VT ablation, AF ablation, AF Rotors and post-AF arrhythmias; balloon cases; Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy implants; lead extraction and venoplasty.
EP Live also featured new technology, such as the latest generation of the EpiAccess™ System to access the pericardial cavity of the heart during an epicardial ablation.
Physicians received a maximum of 16 American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit™ hours at the conference.
The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center is one of the world's preeminent centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting arrhythmias. The center is led by Dr. Natale, who is at the forefront of advancing treatment for A Fib, leading numerous clinical trials, and participating in the development of new technologies and procedures.
All presentations will be available for online Continuing Medical Education (CME) in June 2016. For more information, visit TCAInstitute.com/EPLive.
Erin Ochoa and Kristin Marcum
Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
SOURCE Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center