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Global EP Summit 2024 Will Keep You Current in a Fast-Changing Discipline

Sixth annual CME course takes place in Cleveland Sept. 20-21

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Rapid changes in electrophysiology (EP) prompted Cleveland Clinic to offer its inaugural Global EP Summit in 2019. Since then, the changes have only accelerated, but the summit’s objectives remain the same for its sixth annual offering this year — on Fri.-Sat., Sept. 20-21, at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown (ccfcme.org/globalep24).

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“The Global EP Summit 2024 brings together leaders from EP groups all over the world to exchange ideas in a way that’s accessible to all attendees,” says course co-director Tyler Taigen, MD. “Our goal is to create a forum to discuss and even debate top clinical questions and challenges and then follow that with a firsthand look at new and future approaches from leading innovators in the world.”

The two-day CME course features a powerhouse faculty of more than 40 Cleveland Clinic experts plus 16 guest faculty from across the U.S. as well as Canada and Europe. Scores of experts in EP are joined by leading authorities in other cardiac subspecialties, cardiac surgery, vascular neurology and beyond to keep participants up to speed across the spectrum of EP practice and research.

Broad scope, brisk pace

“This year’s summit will highlight the latest advances in pulsed-field ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), management of ventricular tachycardia (VT), left atrial appendage (LAA) closure, lead management and device therapy,” notes course director Oussama Wazni, MD, MBA. “There will also be expert discussions on the latest in syncope management and case-based discussions covering many aspects of clinical EP.”

The summit’s 11 sessions will cover a broad scope of content at a brisk pace. Individual presentations are well focused, at 10 minutes each, but collectively address the essentials for clinicians in all key areas of EP practice. A few examples:

  • The kickoff session, on hot topics in AF ablation, features 10 timely topics with a particular concentration on leading issues in pulsed-field ablation.
  • A session on clinical management of AF tackles eight distinct aspects of care spanning everything from the benefits of early rhythm control to the prospects for predicting and preventing AF.
  • A session on LAA closure explores issues and strategies across 10 presentations ranging from takeaways from the Cleveland Clinic-led WATCH-TAVR trial to new devices to use of the hybrid Convergent procedure.
  • A session on ventricular arrhythmia management addresses key issues and questions in VT care across seven presentations that culminate in a 20-minute roundtable discussion on multidisciplinary approaches.

Additional sessions address other fundamental EP areas, including stroke prevention in AF, pacing and lead management, and sudden cardiac death.

Some eclectic offerings too

Following coverage of these core topics during the full day on Friday and the first half of Saturday morning, the remainder of the summit features a number of more eclectic sessions:

  • An “Innovations in EP” session shares updates from Cleveland Clinic’s VT and AF registries as well as a discussion of AF and the gut microbiome, updates on artificial intelligence in EP, and more.
  • A special debate features pro and con arguments on the role of cardioneuroablation in vasovagal syncope.
  • A “Cleveland Clinic EP in Action” session shares insights from EP quality improvement initiatives and from challenging case scenarios.
  • A concluding open forum features case-based discussions of key issues in EP practice from preceding portions of the summit.

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Midafternoon adjournment on Saturday allows attendees to enjoy the rest of the weekend during one of the most lovely times of the year in Northeast Ohio.

“We urge electrophysiologists and other cardiovascular clinicians to join us at this gathering of global experts for updates in all aspects of clinical EP as well as the latest science and innovation,” says course co-director Pasquale Santangeli, MD, PhD. In addition to Drs. Santangeli, Wazni and Taigen, the summit is co-directed by Ayman Hussein, MD, and Walid Saliba, MD.

Further information, including registration, is at ccfcme.org/globalep24. Early-bird pricing ends Aug. 20.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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