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WASHINGTON, DC — New multicenter research reveals that female patients fail ablation procedures more often than male patients, according to a study published in the February edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heat Rhythm Society. The study also shows that males undergo catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation five times as often as females and typically with significantly fewer complications.

The vision of the 2013 Women's Career and Leadership Development Conference for Women Cardiologists and Cardiothoracic Surgeons is to diversify the cardiology and cardiothoracic field by creating a vibrant community of women cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons that will strengthen their non-clinical professional skills, provide opportunities to enhance their professional standing, and encourage them to assume leadership positions in the field and within the American College of Cardiology.

The Symposium will focus broadly on emerging technology and therapies to include all phases of the innovation process, (e.g., ongoing or recently completed studies on devices, ablation, and mapping). The program addresses hot topics on basic, pediatric and adult electrophysiology, including multidisciplinary approaches in treatment of AF, HF, and prevention of SCD. Courses on CRT, AF ablation and ECG workshop are included in the program. The program, abstracts and registration information are available on the Symposium website .

The meeting will present current and future management on sudden cardiac death, new drug and ablation treatment for atrial fibrillation, pacing and ICD advances, cardiac resynchronization techniques, remote patient monitoring, and advances in neuromodulation for heart failure and hypertension. The well received certificate Cardiac Rhythm Management Course will continue, and new courses on EPS/ECG added.