AUSTIN, Texas — On March 3 and 4, 2016, the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center hosted its third international symposium on complex arrhythmias, EP Live 2016. Nearly 200 leaders in the field of electrophysiology (EP) from Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as experts from across the United States, attended the two-day educational conference, including practicing clinical cardiac electrophysiologists, electrophysiologist fellows and general cardiologists who have an interest in treating complex arrhythmias—a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm.

EP Live 2016 used live and recorded cases with expert commentary as the primary teaching tool. Cases were broadcast from some of the world’s premier treatment centers, such as TCAI, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, UCLA Health System, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Loyola University, Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Lancaster General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. It featured demonstrations by Dr. Natale, as well as a number of TCAI physicians, such as course co-director, Amin Al-Ahmad, M.D., as well as Rodney Horton, M.D.; Patrick Hranitzky, M.D.; Robert Canby, M.D.; Joseph Gallinghouse, M.D.; Shane Bailey, M.D.; Javier Sanchez, M.D.; David Burkhardt, M.D. and Jason Zagrodsky, M.D.

“We are pleased to see so many of the world’s top cardiac specialists come together, under one roof, to learn about the newest and most effective procedures to treat cardiac arrhythmias,” Andrea Natale, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., cardiac electrophysiologist and executive medical director of TCAI and EP Live course director, said. “This allows us to improve patient care by educating physicians about the latest advances in interventional cardiac electrophysiology, as well as new tools and technology to safely and effectively treat patients who suffer from arrhythmias.”

EP Live provided attending physicians with a better understanding of techniques used to treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, as well as implant complex devices and extract malfunctioning devices. Cases included procedures to treat endocardial and epicardial VT ablation, AF ablation, AF Rotors and post-AF arrhythmias; balloon cases; Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy implants; lead extraction and venoplasty.

EP Live also featured new technology, such as the latest generation of the EpiAccess™ System to access the pericardial cavity of the heart during an epicardial ablation.

Physicians received a maximum of 16 American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit hours at the conference.

The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center is one of the world’s preeminent centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting arrhythmias. The center is led by Dr. Natale, who is at the forefront of advancing treatment for A Fib, leading numerous clinical trials, and participating in the development of new technologies and procedures.

All presentations will be available for online Continuing Medical Education (CME) in June 2016.

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center is one of the world’s preeminent centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting abnormal heart rhythms such as Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib). The center is led by Executive Medical Director Andrea Natale, M.D., a world-renowned expert in the field. Natale is at the forefront of advancing treatment for A Fib, leading numerous clinical trials and participating in the development of new technologies and procedures. TCAI is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership—in 2014. For more information, please visit TCAInstitute.com

St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership—and as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics in January 2012. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, located at 919 East 32nd Street in Austin; Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Blvd.; and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, located in Georgetown at 2000 Scenic Drive. The three campuses offer a full range of medical specialties, as well as many other innovative healthcare services.

St. David’s Medical Center in central Austin includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David’s Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute and the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; a fertility center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

St. David’s Medical Center was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for seven consecutive years, from 2010 to 2016. Truven Health Analytics also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2016. Additionally, St. David’s Medical Center received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, for the fifth consecutive year, and the hospital received Healthgrades’ 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for the second consecutive year. For more information, please visit StDavids.com