Scientific Program

Heart Rhythm Society’s 36th Annual Scientific Sessions had something for everyone — from networking opportunities to the latest science, education, and technology — focusing on the ideas, people, and technology that continue to propel our field forward.

Program Highlights and Events

AF Summit — "Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation" the 2015 AF Summit is an all-day program providing a comprehensive review of AF ablation and evolving therapies that are changing the field.  Session topics include the science of stroke and atrial fibrillation, the unmet challenge of longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation, new technologies for AF ablation, and a look at how approaches to AF ablation have changed over time. Attendees will leave this session with advanced knowledge of this rapidly evolving field.

Allied Professionals Forums  — three complimentary forums were offered: Forum I will explore basic to advanced concepts in cardiac rhythm device patient management, and Forum II will provide an overview of EP fundamentals those progresses from basic to advanced content. Forum III is new this year and offers patient management content geared toward advanced clinical care providers.

Basic/Translational Science Forum“Emerging Science in AF” is a half-day program comprised of state-of-the-art talks relevant to experimental cellular electrophysiology, transcriptional, signaling and genetic pathways important for atrial fibrillation. This year’s forum places particular emphasis on integrating diverse biological concepts to better understand mechanisms important for atrial fibrillation, and features the Douglas P. Zipes Lectureship presented by Jose Jaliffe, MD, PhD, FHRS.

Lead & Device Management Summit — represents a “hot topic” for the EP field. Building on the massive success of previous years the program has been further developed and refined to include the hottest topics in the field, presented by the most knowledgeable experts. This year, the Lead & Device Management Summit will focus on present problems and issues as well as new treatment modalities.
A separate registration fee is required for the day-long session.

Joint Sessions —  these collaborative sessions provided an ongoing opportunity for societies/associations in the heart rhythm community to enhance the overall quality and scientific excellence of the meeting through global exchange of ideas and best practices

Mini Board Review Sessions — held on Saturday, May 16, these sessions discussed complex questions from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) certification exams.

VT/VF Summit“A State of the Art, Multidisciplinary Approach to Care of the Patient with Ventricular Arrhythmias” provided a state-of-the art discussion regarding all aspects of managing patients with ventricular arrhythmias. The basic and clinical science importance to understanding the mechanisms of VT, VT/SCD, device therapies, and interventions in VT/VF will be discussed by experts in this field.