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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.

The 10th Winter Arrhythmia School is a collaboration between the Schulich Heart Program at University of Toronto, New York University, and Montreal Heart Institute. This year the educational program is divided into two streams: a devices stream and an electrophysiology stream, incorporated together for sessions of common interest. The combined sessions will be focused on innovations in device therapies, ablation approaches, as well as anti-arrhythmic and anti-thrombotic pharmacology.

WASHINGTON, DC — New research reveals that abandoning a nonfunctioning lead in an ICD patient is safe and does not pose a clinically significant risk of complication. The lead is the wire placed in the heart that transmits the heart's electrical signals to the defibrillator for interpretation. The new study published in the January edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, suggests that the practice of abandoning nonfunctioning leads does not result in additional risk to the patient and lead extraction should be reserved for cases of system infection or when large numbers of leads have been abandoned.