The 8th Saint Petersburg School of Arrhythmology took place on October 15–17 as part of the Regional Forum of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery at Almazov Centre. This year’s School saw a record number of participants – more than 600 cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, imaging specialists, biologists, both from near and far abroad.
The versatile programme was devoted to the advanced diagnostic methods, relevant aspects of drug and interventional approaches to the treatment of rhythm and conduction disorders, prevention of complications and reduction of sudden cardiac death risks.
The event featured a course on ECG diagnosis, symposia on pediatric arrhythmology, hereditary cardiomyopathies and sudden death, a workshop on the extraction of endocardial electrodes and care for patients with complications in cardiac pacing. The two-day satellite symposia were devoted to anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy. Also, ECG quizzes and sessions of young arrhythmologists were held.
For the first time, each School participant had so many training opportunities with arrhythmology procedure simulators. They practiced the implantation of a pacemaker, defibrillator, triple-chamber CRT device, catheter ablation technique for supraventricular tachycardia, and atrial fibrillation.
The event featured a total of 12 symposia, 9 workshops and 25 showcase surgical procedures with detailed case study.