Management of Arrhythmias in Various Clinical Settings

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Monday, April 4, 8:00-9:30 AM

One of the most important trends to surface in the last few years is the quest to make diagnosis and treatment highly individualized. This session pays homage to that therapy by presenting various scenarios where management of the patient demands a more personalized approach.

One concern for asymptomatic cardiac abnormalities is in athletes. A modeling study in 2010 by Stanford researchers found that screening young athletes with 12-lead ECG, along with an intensive cardiac history, reduces deaths and is cost effective. But how do you manage athletes with abnormal rhythms once they are revealed? This session should help you better understand that, as well as other groups of patients that present with arrhythmias.

It's been noted that patients are rarely admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) with a primary diagnosis of arrhythmia. The arrhythmias develop in the ICU and are generally related to underlying disease. Some researchers posit these arrhythmias could be related to mechanical ventilators, vasopressors, analgesia and sedation, or inflammation. Managing these patients can be challenging, as they have comorbidities that could put them at greater risk for adverse events. A lecture in this session focuses on this vulnerable patient population and seeks to elucidate the solutions.

After this session, you will be well versed to manage the wide range of patients who present with abnormal rhythms.

Speaker Information

  • Mark S. Link, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston -- Management of Arrhythmias in the Athlete
  • Emile G. Daoud, MD, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, -- Managing and Preventing Post-Operative AF
  • Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD, UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Los Angeles -- Managing Arrhythmias in the ICU Setting
  • Suneet Mittal, MD, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City -- Managing Symptomatic Ventricular Ectopy
  • Rod S. Passman, MD, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago -- Tachycardia-Mediated Cardiomyopathy