May 9th, 2013

Blogging from HRS 2013: VT/VF Summit, and Bill Clinton Too!

Several Cardiology Fellows who are attending the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver this week are blogging for CardioExchange. The Fellows include Luis Garcia, Sandeep Goyal, and Amit Mehrotra. You can view the next post here.

Yesterday was the 1st day of the HRS 2013 sessions. I had the pleasure of attending the VT/VF Summit and President Clinton’s address.

As an incoming ep fellow attempting to absorb as much as mentally possible, the VT/VF Summit served as a fantastic start! It was a tremendous, day-long event that began with Dr. Josephson’s early work on VT mapping and ended with Dr. Dixit’s presentation on surgical therapies for VT. Notable presentations by Dr. Zipes on autonomic modulation, Dr. Hutchinson on imaging utilization for characterization of VT, and Dr. Asirvatham’s presentation on novel therapeutic approaches highlighted the event. The summit offered a wonderful framework of the state of ventricular tachyarrhythmias.

President Clinton’s plenary address filled the entire theater at the Denver Convention Center! His usual gravitas certainly captured the attention of all. He focused on the features of equality, instability, and consumption of care as important features of the current healthcare system. He highlighted the phenomena of the positive interdependence we have in our world today (i.e., technology, resource utilization), his own experience with cardiovascular disease, and the need for novel solutions to the changing global health care milieu.

Overall, a great start, and I’m looking forward to some late breakers and electrograms!!

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