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Conference Description

The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute is the largest cardiovascular practice in the U.S. No hospital in America sees more patients for heart and vascular conditions than Cleveland Clinic. Our caregivers have collectively seen it all and experienced it all. For the 22nd consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked as the best in the nation, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “2016-17 Best Hospitals.” What does that mean to you? It means that as a conference attendee, you’ll have the ability to learn from our team of experts - skilled and experienced doctors and allied professionals.

As a leader in quality professional education, it is our pleasure to host, in collaboration with the Heart Rhythm Society Allied Professionals Community of Practice, a comprehensive review of Electrophysiology. This CME event will provide a complete overview of current trends, ideas and innovations in heart rhythm care. It is designed to provide comprehensive, quality education for allied professionals at any point along their career path.

Based on feedback from our 2016 conference attendees, we are expanding the conference to allow participation in more than one breakout session. All breakout sessions will be offered on Friday and repeated on Saturday. Breakout sessions include basic device therapy for those with less than one year of device experience, advanced device therapy, and AF and VT sessions. The basic and advanced device therapy breakout sessions will join together for one hour of case based troubleshooting with an expert panel. We invite you to submit your most difficult cases for discussion by our panel of experts.

Also new this year is a must attend heart dissection lab offered on Friday evening. This is a hands-on experience that will allow attendees to view the anatomical structures of the heart that impact electrophysiology. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to ablate cardiac tissue. Our hope is that you will make this a must attend conference in 2017.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the programming, troubleshooting, and maintenance of CIEDs
  • Identify inherited arrhythmia syndromes and explain optimal patient management
  • Compare and contrast medications used to treat heart rhythm disorders
  • Explain the heart-kidney connection and the impact on patient outcomes
  • Describe indications for left atrial appendage occlusion devices
  • Discuss lead management options and lead extraction guidelines
  • Explain risk factor modification, anticoagulation for stroke prevention and antiarrhythmic drug treatment for AF
  • Describe the role of surgical ablation for AF
  • Explain indications for CRT devices including techniques to ensure optimal response
  • Describe the imaging modalities utilized in treating heart rhythm disorders
  • Explain the diagnosis and treatment of Syncope and POTS
  • Describe new technologies used in caring for heart rhythm patients in the ambulatory setting
  • Identify the anatomical structures of the heart that impact electrophysiology

Target Audience

This program is designed for allied professionals including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and technologists who care for patients with heart rhythm disorders.