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 .

This is the 8th year for the International Symposium on Ventricular Arrhythmias: Pathophysiology and Therapy. Using a combination of didactic presentations, panel discussions, and questions and answer sessions, our goal is to educate the participants on state-of-the-art information pertaining to the pathophysiology and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. There will also be VT related cases streamed live from the University of Pennsylvania during which a moderated panel discussion and question and answer session will occur to educate and demonstrate to the audience members the most up to date techniques for complex ablation and other procedures.

A new study shows that atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of dementia in older adults who have not had a stroke and have normal baseline cognitive function. The meta-analysis, published in the November edition of HeartRhythm,the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, is the first-of-its-kind to observe a large population of patients over a relatively long follow-up period. The study results support an independent longitudinal relationship between the two conditions, therefore associating the presence of AF with greater risk of developing dementia.