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The most common cause of SCA is a dangerous and abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). In VF, the electrical signals that control the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) become chaotic. This sends the ventricles into fibrillation, an extremely rapid and irregular quivering that cannot effectively pump blood to the body.

Atrial flutter (AFL) is a common abnormal heart rhythm, similar to atrial fibrillation, the most common abnormal heart rhythm. Both conditions are types of supraventricular (above the ventricles) tachycardia (rapid heart beat). In AFL, the upper chambers (atria) of the heart beat too fast, which results in atrial muscle contractions that are faster than and out of sync with the lower chambers (ventricles).

EP Live 2018

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EP Live is a 2-day intensive educational meeting targeting practicing electrophysiologists as well as fellows in training. The meeting consists of four sections: AF ablation, VT ablation, devices and new technologies. In addition, a panel of recognized experts will provide commentary and discussion. Previously recorded cases will also be shown.

By far, the Global CardioVascular Clinical Trialists Forum (CVCT), now in its 14th year, provides the best annual update and in-depth understanding of the trials shaping the evidence base of modern cardiology.

Join academics, trialists, regulators, R&D experts and young investigators for an interactive exchange covering all areas of CV trials. CVCT Forum is the only event focusing specifically on clinical trials in cardiovascular disease that brings together key decision makers, conceivers of clinical trial protocols, investigators, regulatory authorities, clinical research associations, cardiologists, general practitioners, epidemiologists and industry.

The International Forum of Arrhythmias’ main focus is to update in mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias in a collegial atmosphere as interactive as possible and case based if applicable. Sessions on basic clinical electrophysiology will also be provided. The most popular parts of the IFA, Heart Failure Summit and  Atrial Fibrillation Forum will take place this year as well with the contribution of the global leaders in the  field. You are invited to attend the IFA to be part of the latest science. For more information, please visit www.uccvs2018.org .

The international CMR community will gather in Barcelona for CMR 2018, a joint EuroCMR*/SCMR meeting organised by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR).

CMR 2018 will focus on the theme of “Improving Clinical Value by Technical Advances”, emphasizing the common goal of improving clinical outcomes in cardiovascular disease through innovation in basic MR development and medical engineering.

By providing a space where experts from all over the world with different experience and background share knowledge, the meeting offers more than 35 hours of presentations and cutting-edge information both on a novice and advanced level.

The Duke Sports Cardiology and Sudden Death in Athletes Symposium has been designed to enhance learners’ knowledge and their competency to incorporate evidence-based updates in the care of athletes in order to mitigate their risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). Other topics will include evaluating the unique characteristics of an athlete’s heart, prescribing appropriate testing strategies and effectively interpreting test results, as well as the pros and cons of using EKG screening in athletes.