Catheter Ablation Course


CME: 28.25; CE: 28.25


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Activity Description:

The Heart Rhythm Society's 2011 Catheter Ablation Course, New Tips, Techniques, and Technologies for Complex Arrhythmias, featured world-renowned experts discussing detailed patient cases with a step-by-step analysis. This renowned course provided a current, in-depth review of approaches to complex ablation for the spectrum of cardiac arrhythmias including: atrial fibrillation, complex atrial arrhythmias after AF ablation or in congenital heart disease, atrial tachycardias and atypical flutters, and ventricular arrhythmias with or without associated heart disease.

Through case-based presentations, participants were able to relate personal techniques and experiences to that of the faculty in order to facilitate appropriate diagnosis and successful, safe ablation. The format and workshops provided opportunities for one-on-one and small group discussions with experts in the field as well as fellow colleagues. Participants were encouraged to bring case presentations of their own for discussion and review.

A Fundamentals of Ablation Pre-Course was offered Saturday, September 10, 2011. The Pre-Course, included with the course registration, focused on the diagnosis and ablation of common arrhythmias providing participants with the knowledge base necessary to understand the advanced topics covered during the main course. Participants in the early stages of their career and those who desire an update in fundamentals wre encouraged to attend.


Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL USA 

Course Directors/Faculty:

Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS | William G. Stevenson, MD, FHRS |
David J. Wilber, MD, FHRS, CCDS

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the mechanisms underlying cardiac arrhythmias amenable to ablation:
    • Supraventricular tachycardias
    • Complex atrial flutters
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • Ventricular tachycardias
  • Distinguish both normal and abnormal cardiac anatomy and its role in the genesis of arrhythmias and ablations strategy
  • Identify and minimize the major risks associated with ablation
  • Assess the value and limitations of high-end technology in the ablation process
  • Identify the role for pre-and intraprocedural imaging techniques to optimize outcomes and maximize safety of ablation procedures
  • Identify the best ablative energy source for specific cardiac arrhythmias and understand the underlying mechanisms of action

Target Audience:

  • Electrophysiologists
  • Electrophysiology Fellows
  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiac Surgeons
  • Technologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners

Accreditation Statement:

The Heart Rhythm Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure Statement:

It is the policy of the Heart Rhythm Society to ensure balance, independent objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its certified educational programs. Everyone involved in the planning and participation of continuing medical education activities are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations. In accordance with the ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, all faculty and planning partners must disclose any financial relationship(s) or other relationship(s) held within the past 12 months. The Heart Rhythm Society implements a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners. Detailed disclosure information will be disclosed prior to the activity and in the activity slides.


The Catheter Ablation Course provides a forum for the open exchange and discussion of research results and scientific advancements in the field of cardiovascular pacing and electrophysiology; however, the Society makes no representation or warranty as to the truth, originality, or accuracy of the information presented at the Catheter Ablation Course or in materials distributed in connection with them. Nor are the views expressed by the individual speakers necessarily the views of the Society. The Heart Rhythm Society supports the ACCME's policy on evidence-based content and encourages faculty to adhere to these standards when planning a presentation.

Contact Information:

Greaton Sellers
Tel: 202-464-3400