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Fourteenth Symposium on Cardiac Arrhythmias:
Practical Approach
to Heart Rhythm Disorders

Presented by

Texas Heart Institute

February 16,  2013

The Houstonian Hotel
Houston, Texas

Online registration has now ended. Registration on site will be available.

Program Overview

For normal heart rhythm, there must be an orderly propagation of electrical impulses throughout the myocardium. When this orderly progression is disrupted for any reason, potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmias can result. In the United States alone, 9 million people have heart failure or structural heart disease, both of which can result in electrophysiological changes that make the heart more vulnerable to electrical instability and resultant cardiac arrhythmias. Given recent advances in the field, experts agree that physicians' knowledge and treatment practices can differ from current best practice. Symposium organizers have noted this knowledge/treatment gap through a variety of measures and have created this educational event as a means of meeting the unmet educational need of the target audience.

This symposium will focus on recent findings regarding common problems facing physicians who treat patients with cardiac arrhythmias. The faculty will discuss evaluation and treatment of patients with supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias, including pharmacologic therapies and the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators and biventricular pacing. The molecular and cellular basis of conduction disturbances will also be discussed with the goal of providing insights into the fundamental mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias and the identification of appropriate targets for antiarrhythmic therapy.

Interactive case presentations will provide clinicians and faculty the opportunity to discuss specific treatment challenges and to learn methods that will be useful in their practices.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this symposium, participants should be able to -

  • Summarize recent findings regarding treatment of atrial fibrillation inclusive of various adult populations.
  • Describe common troubleshooting of single- and dual-chambered implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
  • Cite the mechanisms of action of antiarrhythmic medications for their safe and effective use.
  • Summarize available therapies for the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation.
  • Recognize ECG findings of tachycardias

Target Audience

Cardiologists, Cardiologists with an interest in electrophysiology, Cardiac Electrophysiologists, Internists with an interest in cardiology, THI cardiology fellows, SLEH Cath lab technicians, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and General Practitioners.

Preliminary Program Schedule

Saturday February 16, 2013  

7:30 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.   Welcome by Ali Massumi, MD  

Session I                  

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.       
Guideline Update and Current Choices in Atrial Fibrillation
Eric Prystowsky, MD                        

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
History and Current Status of Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
Abdi Rasekh, MD             

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Stroke Prevention and Atrial Fibrillation: Drugs and Devices
Mehdi Razavi, MD

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.   Panel Discussion & Q&A 

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.   Break  

Session II                       

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.        
Advances in Non-Pharmacological Management of Heart Failure
Nilesh Mathuria, MD  

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.        
ICD Troubleshooting for the Non-EP Physician
Mohammad Saeed, MD  

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.         
Arrhythmic Implications of Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacements  
Ali Massumi, MD   

11:45 – 12:00 noon   Panel Discussion & Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.     Lunch  

Session III 

1:00– 1:30 p.m. 
EP Jeopardy  
J. Michael Bensler, MD   

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. 
ECG Recognition of SVTs  
C. Thomas Peter, MD 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  
Case Presentations 
THI Electrophysiology Fellows   

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks 
Ali Massumi, MD  

3:00 p.m.   Adjourn 

See the brochure for more details.

Program Director

Dr. Ali Massumi

Ali Massumi, MD
Director, Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital


Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Meeting Site and Lodging 

The symposium will be held at the The Houstonian Hotel, 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas 77024. Phone: 713-680-2626.


The Houstonian Hotel is offering a special conference rate of $199 plus tax, per night. Reservations can be made by calling 713-685-6810 and requesting the Texas Heart Institute rate. 

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, February 8, 2013 in order for a refund to be issued. A $25 processing fee will be assessed each cancellation. Refunds cannot be made for those who register but do not attend the scheduled activities. Texas Heart Institute reserves the right to cancel this activity if registration is deemed insufficient.


Registration fee includes all course materials, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon break. 
$ 99 Early Registration Fee  (register by February 1, 2013)
$129 Late Registration Fee  (after February 1) 
$ 69 Other Registration*      

* Fellows-in-training, residents, registered nurses, and allied health professionals. Fellows and residents must provide a statement from their

Online registration has now ended. Registration on site will be available.

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