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Arrhythmia Update Plus 2019

February 6 to February 9, 2019


Wednesday, February 6th
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Welcome reception (cocktail)
Thursday, February 7th
7:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction Stuart J. Connolly, MD
Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
L. Brent Mitchell, MD
7:15 a.m. COMPASS – New Analyses
  • Cost-benefit, bleeding, heart failure, polyvascular disease
John Eikelboom, MBBS, MSc
7:45 a.m. Arrhythmias and Heart Failure
  • Heart failure prevalence in patients with ventricular arrhythmia
  • Role of the EP before and after the device implantation
  • Use of implanted device tools
Jeff Healey, MD, MSC
8:15 a.m. New Trials in Stroke Prevention
  • ESUS, POINT, PFO closure
Robert Hart, MD
8:45 a.m. Health Break
9:00 a.m. Update on Syncope Management
  • Pace or monitor the patient with bifascicular block?
  • Does anything work for fainting?
Carlos A. Morillo, MD
9:30 a.m. Improving Delivery of Care to the HF Patient
  • What works?
  • Do clinics make a difference?
  • ICU at home – can it be done?
Sean Virani, MD, MSc
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Fireside Chat 1:
Is Every PAD Patient a High-Risk Patient and Should We Treat Them as CAD Patients?
John Eikelboom, MBBS, MSc
11:30 a.m. End of Morning Agenda
  Meet the Expert (45 min. each)  
1:30 p.m. Hands-On Echo Challenge Hisham Dokainish, MD
2:15 p.m. Optimization of Care at Time of HF Discharge Sean Virani, MD, MSc
3:00 p.m. Managing the Complicated Heart Failure Patient with an Atrial Arrhythmia – Ablation or Drugs? Jeff Healey, MD, MSC
3:45 p.m. Stroke Cases Relevant to Cardiologists Robert Hart, MD
4:30 p.m. 8th Annual Residents’ Case Challenge  
6:30 p.m. End of Afternoon Agenda
Friday, February 8th
7:00 a.m. Summary of Previous Day and Look Ahead Chairs
7:15 a.m. Cardioversion Debate: AF Cardioversion Causes Stroke and All Patients Should Be Anticoagulated
  • Pro – Dr. Mitchell
  • Con – Dr. Healey
L. Brent Mitchell, MD
Jeff Healey, MD, MSC
7:45 a.m. New Trials in Heart Failure
  • others
Sean Virani, MD, MSc
8:15 a.m. Anticoagulation Reversal- What is the Evidence?
  • Andexanet, Pradaxa, etc.
  • Guidelines
Stuart J. Connolly, MD
8:45 a.m. Health Break
9:00 a.m. Case Studies of Patients with AF and Heart Failure Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
9:30 a.m. Up-to-date Management of Diabetes in Cardiology G.B. John Mancini, MD
10:00 a.m. AF Ablation to Prevent Stroke and Death
  • New mortality trials
  • Have we made progress?
L. Brent Mitchell, MD
10:30 a.m. Fireside Chat 2:
Anti-diabetic Agents: How to Successfully Manage the Side Effect Profile
G.B. John Mancini, MD
11:30 a.m. End of Morning Agenda
  Workshops — Case Studies (1hr each)  
1:30 p.m. Acute AF in the ED L. Brent Mitchell, MD
2:30 p.m. Decision to Replace Aortic Valve in the Mild Sx TBD
3:30 p.m. High-Risk and Vulnerable AF Patients Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
4:30 p.m. Syncope Cases Carlos A. Morillo, MD
5:30 p.m. End of Afternoon Agenda
Saturday, February 9th
7:00 a.m. Summary of Previous Day and Look Ahead Chairs
7:15 a.m. The Patient with CAD and AF
  • New trials of treatment after PCI
  • Better to use rivaroxaban plus ASA or stay with higher dose rivaroxaban alone?
Stuart J. Connolly, MD
7:45 a.m. New Paradigms in CAD Prevention: A Focus on Residual Risk Due to Lipids and Inflammation? G.B. John Mancini, MD
8:15 a.m. My Patient Bled on a NOAC – Now What/When/If Restarting NOAC? Deborah Siegal, MD
8:45 a.m. Conclusion Chairs
9:00 a.m. Conference End
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Welcome Reception (Buffet Dinner)
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
7:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Stuart Connolly, MD
Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
L. Brent Mitchell, MD
7:05 a.m. Case Studies in Silent AF Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
7:35 a.m. Case Studies – Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: Devices/Surgery Jeff Healey, MD, MSc
8:05 a.m. Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Peripheral Artery Disease – Role of Anticoagulation Sonia Anand, MD, PhD
8:35 a.m. Health Break
9:00 a.m. Cardioprotection in Chronic Atherosclerosis: Is COMPASS a New Paradigm? John Eikelboom, MBBS, MSc
9:30 a.m. Antithrombotic Therapy in AF: 3 Decades of Progress – Where to Next? Stuart Connolly, MD
10:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m.
Annual Needs Assessment in Cardiology (ANAC)  
  Meet the Experts  
2:00 p.m. Meet the Experts – Long QT or Brugada Pattern on ECG: When and How to React? Andrew Krahn, MD
2:30 p.m. Meet the Experts – Echocardiography Hisham Dokainish, MD
3:00 p.m. Meet the Experts – Atrial Fibrillation – New Insights Jeff Healey, MD, MSc
4:00 p.m. Seventh Annual Residents’ Case Challenge (4:00–6:00 p.m.)  
6:00 p.m. Cocktail & Light Bites (6:00–7:00 p.m.)
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
7:00 a.m. Role of SGLT2 Inhibitors and GLP-1 Receptors in Cardioprotection David Fitchett, MD
7:30 a.m. Mechanism of Cardioprotection in Diabetes G.B. John Mancini, MD
8:00 a.m. Health Break
  Hotline Sessions – New Randomized Clinical Trials
8:30 a.m.
BRUISE 2 David Birnie, MD
9:00 a.m.
CASTLE and Other Upcoming AF Outcome Trials Jeff Healey, MD, MSc
9:30 a.m.
Recent Trials of NOACs in Cancer Gary Raskob, PhD
10:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m.
Annual Needs Assessment in Cardiology (ANAC)  
  Meet the Experts  
2:00 p.m. Meet the Experts – Insights from CANTOS Jacques Genest, MD
2:30 p.m. Meet the Experts – Insights from COMPASS John Eikelboom, MBBS, MSc
3:00 p.m. Meet the Experts – Role of Cardiologists in the Management of Patients with Diabetes David Fitchett, MD
4:00 p.m. Workshop Sessions - (One hour sessions, repeated - Choose two to attend)
1. Treatment of AF in Coronary Disease L. Brent Mitchell, MD
2. Managing Diabetes: A Primer for Cardiologists G. B. John Mancini, MD
3. Inflammation in Coronary Artery Disease Jacques Genest, MD
4. Aortopathy Diagnosis and Management Gabrielle Horne, MBBS, PhD
5. Current Issues in Venous Thromboembolism Treatment Gary Raskob, PhD
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
7:00 a.m. Modulating Inflammation to Prevent ASCVD: the CANTOS and CIRT trials Jacques Genest, MD
7:30 a.m. ECG Quiz George Klein, MD
8:00 a.m. Aortopathy...When to Worry and What To Do? Marfan and More Gabrielle Horne, MBBS, PhD
8:30 a.m. Health Break
9:00 a.m. PCSK9 to Reduce Cardiovascular Events: Effective? Cost Effective? Jean Grégoire, MD
9:30 a.m. Innovation in Cardiac Rhythm Devices: S-ICD, MRI-Compatible, Remote Monitoring, and More L. Brent Mitchell, MD
10:00 a.m. End of Program
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception: Buffet Dinner (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Stuart J. Connolly, MD
Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
L. Brent Mitchell, MD
7:05 a.m. What’s New in AF Diagnosis and Treatment? Stuart J. Connolly, MD
7:25 a.m. Case Studies in Stroke Prevention with NOACs and Warfarin (Including Valvular Heart Disease) Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
7:55 a.m. Importance of Controlling Bleeding in Use of Antithrombotic Therapy — What are the Data? Reversal of Anticoagulation — Idarucizumab, Andexanet and PCC — What are the Results of these Studies? John Eikelboom, MD, MSc
8:30 a.m. Health break
9:00 a.m. ECG Analysis and Quiz — Wide Complex Tachycardia Adrian Baranchuk, MD
9:30 a.m. Controversies in Prevention — Salt Guidelines, Lipids and Hypertension Lessons from HOPE 3, SPRINT Jacques Genest, MD
Self-Learning Activity Annual Needs Assessment in Cardiology (ANAC) — (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)*  
Self-Learning Activity Annual Needs Assessment in Cardiology (ANAC) — (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)*  
3:30 p.m. Meet the Experts — Pericardial Disease Using Echocardiography — (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) Hisham Dokainish, MD
5:00 p.m. Sixth Annual Residents’ Case Challenge (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)  
7:00 p.m. Cocktail & light bites (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
Friday, February 3, 2017
— Managing Sudden Unexplained Death and Cardiac Arrest in the Young
— Lessons from the First 1000 patients in the CASPER Registry
Andrew Krahn, MD
7:35 a.m. Case Studies in Pacemaker/ICD Therapy — When to (Not) Implant, Device Detected AF, … L. Brent Mitchell, MD
8:10 a.m. An Intelligent Approach to the Patient Referred for Syncope Carlos Morillo, MD
8:40 a.m. Health break
  Hotline sessions
9:00 a.m. The ALPS Study — Amio Lido and Placebo in Cardiac Arrest Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
9:20 a.m. VT Ablation — VANISH Study John Sapp, MD
9:40 a.m. PIONEER — Double/Triple Antithrombotic Therapy in ACS John Eikelboom, MD, MSc
Self-Learning Activity Annual Needs Assessment in Cardiology (ANAC) — (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)*  
Self-Learning Activity Annual Needs Assessment in Cardiology (ANAC) — (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)*  
3:30 p.m. Meet the Experts — Novel Approaches to Thromboembolism Prevention in AF — (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) John Eikelboom, MD, Msc
5:00 p.m. Workshop Sessions (One Hour Each, Repeated - Choose two to attend)
1. Case studies in CHF Anique Ducharme, MD, MSc
2. ECG Cases Adrian Baranchuk, MD
3. Arrhythmia in Pregnancy Eaine Gordon, MD
4. Long QT, Brugada and Other Inherited Arrhythmias Seen as Out-Patients Andrew Krahn, MD
Saturday, February 4, 2017
7:00 a.m. Can we Deliver Care Better in Canada? And How? Sacha Bhatia, MD
7:30 a.m. New Options for CHF Sacubitril — Sartan (Entresto), Ivabradine, Strength Training, Self Help Apps Anique Ducharme, MD, MSc
8:00 a.m. A 72 Year Old Male with Persistent Systematic AF
  The Case Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
  The Argument for Recommending Ablation Carlos Morillo, MD
  The Argument for Recommending Amiodarone Stuart J. Connolly, MD
8:30 a.m. Health break
9:00 a.m. Mass Screening to Detect AF — Effective, Cost-Effective? Jeff Healey, MD, MSc
9:30 a.m. What’s New in the Cath Lab — Mitral Clip, Other Devices, Total Artery Occlusion Chris Buller, MD
10:00 a.m. End of Program

*This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Canadian Cardiovascular Society on 21/12/16 and expires 12/17. Remember to visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of # hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7:00 p.m. Welcome reception: Buffet dinner 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
7:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Stuart J. Connolly, MD
Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
L. Brent Mitchell, MD
7:05 a.m. What have we learned about NOACs from the real world studies? Stuart J. Connolly, MD
7:40 a.m. Case studies in stroke prevention with NOACs and warfarin Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
8:15 a.m. Managing acute bleeding on oral anticoagulation in the era of the new NOAC antidotes Deborah Siegal, MD, MSc
8:50 a.m. Health break
9:20 a.m. Managing patients with both CAD and AF: Risks and benefits of dual antiplatelet and triple therapy Jean-François Tanguay, MD
9:55 a.m. Exercise and the heart: How much is good, how much is too much? Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
4:00 p.m. Fifth Annual Residents’ Case Challenge Elaine Gordon, MD
Victoria Korley, MD
6:00 p.m. Cocktail & light bites (6:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 29, 2016
7:00 a.m. Innovations in surgical management of valvular heart disease - KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Tirone E. David, MD
7:35 a.m. Improving our understanding of the large RCTs of NOACS in AF Stuart J. Connolly, MD
8:10 a.m. Differential diagnosis of narrow complex tachycardias Adrian Baranchuk, MD
8:45 a.m. Health break
9:15 a.m. ECG Update Adrian Baranchuk, MD
  Hotline sessions
9:30 a.m. Leadless pacemaker L. Brent Mitchell, MD
9:50 a.m. Results of CHAMPION - Pressure monitoring in CHF Anique Ducharme, MD, MSc
10:10 a.m. New insights from MADIT-CRT, MIRACLE and REVERSE Michel White, MD
4:00 p.m. Workshop sessions (One hour sessions will repeat at 5:00 p.m.)
1. Case studies | When heart failure and arrhythmias meet: Who is guilty? Should we treat both? Anique Ducharme, MD, MSc
Michel White, MD
2. Ventricular arrhythmia (frequent PVCs, ventricular tachycardia, ablation) L. Brent Mitchell, MD
John L. Sapp, MD
3. Case studies in syncope (when to worry, what tests to order) Adrian Baranchuk, MD
George J. Klein, MD
4. Atrial fibrillation management Paul Dorian, MD, MSc
Jean-François Tanguay, MD
Saturday, January 30, 2016
7:00 a.m. Update in management of acute/severe heart failure (including mechanical support modalities) Michel White, MD
7:35 a.m. Case studies of patients with tachycardia and bradycardia in heart failure Anique Ducharme, MD, MSc
8:10 a.m. Update on ablation for atrial fibrillation: Risk and benefits George J. Klein, MD
8:45 a.m. Health break
9:20 a.m. Cardiac arrest in normal hearts and inherited cardiomyopathy Andrew D. Krahn, MD
9:55 a.m. Does this patient need a device? Cases in CRT and ICD John L. Sapp, MD
10:30 a.m. End of Program

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