Catheter and Surgical Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation (CAST-AF)

Catheter and Surgical Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation (CAST-AF)

This educational initiative provides one day virtual of formal presentations and interactive live CME activity developed and delivered by internationally recognized thought leaders in the field of atrial fibrillation. Accessibility to the faculty set the CAST-AF conference apart from other meetings.

CAST-AF
Course Directors

James Cox, MD
Bradley Knight, MD, FHRS
Patrick McCarthy, MD

Program Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the electrophysiology of atrial fibrillation. 
  • Cite the newest concepts of atrial electrophysiology, including differences in endocardial and epicardial conduction patterns and how they can impact the interpretation of electrophysiologic mapping.
  • Identify the advantages and limitations of activation-time mapping, voltage mapping, and phase mapping for the analysis of the electrophysiology of atrial fibrillation.
  • Apply the most advanced techniques for the catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.
  • Describe the most advanced techniques for the surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation.
  • Discuss the electrophysiological basis of catheter ablation for paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
  • Cite the current indications for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
  • Explain the current results of catheter ablation for paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. 
  • Discuss the current results of surgical ablation for non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
  • Determine the limitations of the HRS definitions of success and failure for the interventional (catheter and surgical) treatment of atrial fibrillation.
  • Examine the differences in the electrophysiology of primary ("stand-alone") and secondary ("concomitant'') atrial fibrillation.
  • Discuss the electrophysiological basis of concomitant surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing valve surgery with or without coronary artery disease.
  • Review the surgical options for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing mitral valve, aortic valve, and/or coronary artery bypass surgery.
  • Restate the currently recommended surgical lesion patterns for the concomitant surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing mitral valve, aortic valve, and/or coronary artery bypass surgery.
  • Discuss the current results of concomitant surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation during mitral valve, aortic valve, and/or coronary artery bypass surgery.
Target Audience

This CME program has been designed to meet the educational needs of Cardiologists, Electrophysiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, Internists, Cardiology Trainees, Cardiac Surgery Trainees, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses and any other health care professionals who participate in the care of atrial fibrillation.

Catheter and Surgical Therapies for Atrial Fibrillation (CAST-AF)

Date and Time August 22, 2020
7:45 am - 6:00 pm
Topics
Ablation
Atrial Fibrillation
Clinical EP
Device Therapy
Electrophysiology
Heart Failure / CRT
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