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2022 UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Atrial Fibrillation Symposium

May 16, 2022

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Atrial Fibrillation Symposium: A Multidisciplinary Approach, is an annual symposium featuring a range of discussions about the latest advancements in the care of atrial fibrillation patients. The 2022 symposium included in-depth discussions about AFib, surgical management of the condition, a review of complex cases, and more. 

View the presentations below. 

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Screening for AF: What the Cardiologist Needs to Know

Aditya Bhonsale, MD, gives an overview of the importance of screening patients for atrial fibrillation, in addition to screening strategies, screening in older adults, and more. 

Stroke Prevention in AF: LAA Closure

Madhurmeet Singh, DO, discusses the connection between AFib and stroke and elaborates on surgical and treatment strategies. 

The Dynamic Duo: Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Failure

Jessica Huston, MD, and Krishna Kancharla, MD, discuss the overlap of AFib and heart failure, “rate vs. rhythm” control strategies, and more. 

AF Ablation: Practice Changing Trials

Sandeep K. Jain, MD, reviews clinical trials that have informed much of modern AFib treatment. 

Facing the Challenge of Persistent Symptomatic AF: A Collaborative Approach

AFib can be persistent in some patients. Andrew Voigt, MD, discusses treatment strategies for persistent Afib, in addition to the collaborative approach taken by UPMC experts. 

Device Detected AF: Anticoagulation (What should we do?)

William W. Barrington, MD, discusses subclinical episodes of AFib and how they should be addressed. 

Lifestyle Modification – First Line Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation

Mehak Dhande, MD, discusses lifestyle and risk factor modification for AFib, in addition to its connection to obesity and physical activity. 

Ablation as First Line Treatment for AF

Genevieve Everett, MD, discusses treatment of a patient with a complex case – AFib and end-stage renal disease. 

Refractory AF with Tachycardia Mediated HF

Konstantinos Aronis, MD, reviews the management of a patient with AFib and heart failure.