Penn Medicine Experts Present New Research on Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias at the 2014 Heart Rhythm Society Meeting

Presentations Include Findings on How to Reduce Pain and Improve Patient Satisfaction with Arrhythmia Procedures

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SAN FRANCISCO – Experts from the Penn Medicine Cardiovascular Institute and the Cardiac Arrhythmia Program will present new research and participate in expert panel discussions at the 35th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) May 7-10, 2014 in San Francisco.

“As one of the largest electrophysiology programs in the U.S., our researchers are constantly striving to improve patient care and further refine cutting edge treatment options for heart arrhythmias,” said Francis Marchlinski, MD, professor of Medicine and director of Electrophysiology at Penn. “The depth and breadth of our presentations at the HRS meeting shows our commitment to advancing cardiovascular care and allows us the opportunity to collaborate with other leaders in the field.”

In one of the studies being presented at the meeting, Penn Medicine researchers have identified effective techniques for reducing pain and improving patient satisfaction after electrophysiology procedures (Abstract # PO04-30, Nancy Cash, DNP, CRNP). Other research highlights gender differences in triggers for atrial fibrillation (Abstract # PO03-97, Erica Zado, PA-C) and how a patient’s age might affect a doctor’s ability to accurately interpret the results of an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) (Abstract # PO03-128, Shingo Maeda, MD).

Other significant research findings from Penn Medicine cardiovascular experts include a new method to map a critical nerve and avoid injury during pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), a treatment for atrial fibrillation (Abstract # PO04-103, Greg Supple, MD) and long-term outcomes for treating patients who have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a form of heart disease that usually appears in adulthood and can lead to an abnormal heartbeat, with cardiac ablation (Abstract # PO04-123, Pasquale Santangeli, MD, PhD).

To arrange interviews with any of these presenters or other Penn physicians who will be in attendance and can provide outside comment on other sessions, please call 215-796-4829, or email jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu. All research results are embargoed until the time they are presented during the conference. All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Thursday, May 8

3:30 PM

Abstract # PO03-97 - Gender differences in prevalence and distribution of provocable, non- pulmonary vein triggers found during atrial fibrillation
Erica Zado, PA-C

Abstract # PO03-128 - Age-dependent changes in left ventricular outflow tract
Shingo Maeda, MD

Friday, May 9

9:30 AM

Abstract # PO04-123 - Long-term outcome with VT Ablation in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
Pasquale Santangeli, MD, PhD

Abstract # PO04-103 - High Output pacing to Map the Right Phrenic Nerve & Avoid Injury During Antral Isolation of Right Pulmonary Veins
Greg Supple, MD

Abstract # PO04-30 - Improving post EP Procedure Pain
Nancy Cash, DNP, CRNP

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