• HRC2024
  • 6 - 8 Oct 2024

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10:00 - 15:00 AF Association Patients Day Hall 8a
10:00 - 15:00 STARS Patients Day Executive Room 2

AF Association Patients Day AF Association Patients Day - Hall 8a - 10:00 - 15:00

Chair: Prof Carlos Morillo, Miss Fang Feng Ting, Dr John Cannon Calgary, CA, Watford, UK, Stanton, UK
10:00 Welcome

• Welcome and introduction to AF Association – what is new and what more can we do?

• What are the different types of AF and why does this matter? What is Atrial Flutter and how is it different from Atrial Fibrillation?
Dr John Cannon Stanton, UK
10:15 Managing Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

• What are management options? Lifestyle, drugs and ablation

• Managing my lifestyle to manage my AF

• Medications for rate and rhythm control – how can they help my symptoms?
Amiodarone / Beta-blockers / Flecainide / Digoxin
How often should I have my medication reviewed?

• So, if AF is an irregular rhythm why do they speak about rate control and not rhythm control?
Dr Boon Lim London, UK
10:50 Preventing AF-related Strokes

• Preventing an AF-related stroke, the importance of anticoagulation: What are the benefits of DOACs Vs Warfarin?

• New developments in preventing AF-related Strokes: Factor XI inhibitors
Dr Boon Lim London, UK
11:25 All about Ablations

• Ablation – there seem to be so many options – does it matter which ablation I have?
o Catheter Ablation
o Cryoablation
o Hybrid AF Ablation
o Radiofrequency Ablation
o Surgical Ablation
o Pulsed Field Ablation

• What are the risks and side effects of ablation?

• What happens if I have a recurrence in symptoms after ablation?

• Life after an ablation – does it work for all?
Prof Carlos Morillo Calgary, CA
12:00 Break
13:00 New Technology

• Which digital devices can I use that will help my doctor in monitoring my care?

• What NEW technology can we expect to see to monitor AF?
Dr Mark Tanner Chichester, UK
13:35 Group Discussions

• How much exercise is too much? - At what point do I need to stop?

• Is there a link with AF and Dementia?

• When should I call an ambulance or go to A&E?

• Ectopic Beats are they dangerous?

• Why do ectopic beats occur after large meals / alcohol / caffeine?

• Why does AF happen at night when I am resting in bed?

• How do I deal with stress and anxiety? Who can help?
Dr Boon Lim, Prof Carlos Morillo, Dr John Cannon London, UK, Calgary, CA, Stanton, UK
14:25 Living with AF - Patients perspective

• Summary of living with AF
Mr Alex Knibbs Cumbria, UK
15:00 Close

STARS Patients Day STARS Patients Day - Executive Room 2 - 10:00 - 15:00

Chair: Prof Richard Sutton, Dr Robert Sheldon Monte Carlo, MC, Calgary, CA
10:00 Welcome and what’s new at STARS?

• Introduction to the various types of Syncope
Mrs Trudie Lobban Winchester, UK
10:05 Situational Syncope

• The many triggers are either ignored or not identified by GPs but can cause havoc to a patient and their employment. (For example: Cough Syncope in a lorry driver)
Dr Boon Lim London, UK
10:20 Reflex Anoxic Seizures (RAS) - a condition not to be misdiagnosed as epilepsy

• How to differentiate between breath-holding and Reflex Anoxic Seizures (RAS) episodes

• What is an Anoxic Epileptic Seizure (AES)
Dr Norah Yap London, UK
10:35 Complexity of Syncope in the elderly

• Never assume the cause of a fall is the slipper!
Dr Melanie Dani London, UK
10:50 Cardiac Syncope

• Syncope is a symptom - not a condition and cardiac Syncope may be a symptom of an inherited or underlying cardiac condition
Prof Derek Connelly Glasgow, UK
11:05 Tilt Table Testing and Insertable Cardiac Monitors (ICM)

• After an ECG these two tests may be considered for investigation of Syncope
Prof Artur Fedorowski Stockholm, SE
11:20 Reflex Syncope (Vasovagal Syncope) vs Psychogenic Blackouts

• How to distinguish pseudosyncope (PPS) from Syncope
Dr Nicholas Gall London, UK
11:35 Q&A
12:00 Break
13:00 Syncope

• When to pace, when to ablate, when to medicate
Dr William Foster Worcester, UK
13:15 Can Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) be misdiagnosed as Orthostatic Hypotension?

• Features, management, and medication may overlap but there are differences
Dr Mehran Asgari Inverness, UK
13:30 Driving and Syncope – what do the guidelines and DVLA say? Dr Paul Cooper Manchester, UK
13:45 Living with Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension) and how you can help yourself

• Find out what the symptoms of low blood pressure are, and how to manage and find out the best treatment options for you
Prof Satish Raj Calgary, CA
14:00 Patient Story
14:15 Q&A
15:00 Close

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