Final Programme

International Faculty:
J.Brachmann (Coburg, Germany)
A.Capucci (Piacenza, Italy)
Y.Ho (London, UK)
M. Hocini (Bordeaux, France)
G.Y.Lip (Birmingham, UK)
L.Macle (Montreal, Canada)
N.Marrouche (Cleveland, USA)
A.Natale (Cleveland, USA)
A.Raviele (Venice-Mestre, Italy)
A.Revishvili (Moscow, Russia)
J.Vogt (Bad Oeynhausen, Germany)

Local Faculty:
J.Bytešník, R.Čihák, J.Kautzner,
H.Mlčochová, P.Peichl, V.Vančura
(Prague, Czech Republic)

Workshop Secretariat:
(Ms Hana Hudecová)
Na zástřelu 11/108,
169 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic
Tel.:+420 251 008 219
Fax:+420 251 008 242
e-mail: hh@ccl.cz
www.prague-rhythm.cz, www.ccl.cz

Official Language:

V e n u e :
Congress Centre IKEM
Vídeňská 1958/9, 140 21 Prague 4, Czech Republic

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Dear Colleague,
Welcome to the 7th Prague Workshop on Catheter Ablation. Like in previous years, topic-oriented review lectures followed by full live demonstrations from the electrophysiological laboratory will dominate the meeting. This year, atrial fibrilation has been selected as a leading theme for the whole workshop and you will have an opportunity to watch four different approaches to ablation of this complex arrhythmia, including conventional circumferential lasso mapping, intracardiac echocardiography, three dimensional location system and/or the use of cryoenergy. To provide you with more comprehensive background information, the meeting will start with a series of state-of-the-art lectures on anatomy of the left atrium and pulmonary veins, on pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation and atrial remodelling, on novel concepts of drug treatment, pacing prevention and therapy and/or surgical ablation.
      For less experienced, idiopathic ventricular tachycardia originating from the outflow tract was selected as the second topic of the workshop and conventional ablation will be demonstrated.
      Interesting case reports and/or other observations will be discussed in a special session devoted to short communications, and the scientific programme will also comprise short industry-sponsored lectures on technical advances in mapping and/or catheter ablation.
      Last but not least, you all are cordially invited for get-together reception that will take place in a special place in the middle of historical Prague town centre.
      We hope that you will find the meeting both useful and stimulating for your practice and wish you a pleasant stay in the city of Prague.

Josef Kautzner, MD, PhD, FESC
Head, Department of Cardiology, IKEM

Final Programme

Sunday, March 21, 2004

14.00 - 15.00 Registration
15.00 - 15.05 Welcome address
J Kautzner (Prague)

Session 1:
Chairmen: A. Raviele (Venice-Mestre), J. Kautzner (Prague)

15.05 - 15.35 Atrial fibrillation:classification and pathophysiology
A Raviele (Venice-Mestre)
15.35 - 16.05 Anatomy and atrial fibrillation: implications for catheter ablation
Y Ho (London)
16.05- 16.35 Drug treatment for atrial fibrillation:the first-line approach
A Capucci (Piacenza)
16.35 - 17.00 Coffee break

Session 2:
Chairmen: G. Lip (Birmingham), J. Bytešník (Prague)

17.00 - 17.30 Antithrombotic and anticoagulation therapy in atrial fibrillation
G Lip (Birmingham)
17.30 - 18.00 The role of device therapy for atrial fibrillation: hype or hope?
J Brachmann (Coburg)
18.00 - 18.30 Surgery for atrial fibrillation: the past, the presence and the future
A Revishvili (Moscow)

Session 3:
Chairmen: A. Revishvili (Moscow), R. Čihák (Prague)

18.30 - 19.30 Short Communications
1. T. Lewalter, S. Wurtz (Berlin, Germany)
Gold Tip Electrode Catheters - a New Deep Lesion Technology for Ablation ?
2. J. Dostal, *V. Bulkova (Brussels, Belgium and *Prague, Czech Republic)
Cost Effectiveness of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation
3. P. Neužil, M. Táborský , J. Weishet, P. Michálek, L.Šedivá (Prague, Czech Republic).
Epicardial Mapping of Ischemic "VT" Patient
4. M. Fiala (Třinec, Czech Republic)
Reasons for the Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation after Catheter Ablation in the Left Atrium - Findings during Reablation
5. A.V. Ardashev, P.A. Novoselskiy, V.V. Chepenko, A.O. Kucherik (Moscow, Russia)
Nonlinear Dynamic Method Could Predict Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence
6. H. Mlčochová , R. Čihák, J. Kautzner, J. Tintěra, M. Želízko (Prague, Czech Republic)
Pulmonary Vein Stenosis after Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: do symptoms correlate with severity?
7. D. Catanzariti, M. Maines, G.Vergara (Rovereto, Italy)
An Irregular, Narrow QRS Complex Tachycardia with VA and AV Block: learning while or before burning?

19.30 - 21.00 Buffet reception at IKEM

Monday, March 22, 2004

08:00 - 08:30 Registration

Session 4:
Chairs: M. Hocini (Bordeaux), J. Kautzner (Prague)

08.30 - 09.00 Intracardiac echocardiography and catheter ablation of atrial guiding a transseptal puncture
A Natale (Cleveland)
N. Marrouche (Cleveland)
09.00 - 12.00 Live demonstration No 1
Medtronic sponsored lecture
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

Session 5:
Chairs: N. Marrouche (Cleveland), R. Čihák (Prague)

13.00 - 13.30 Mapping-guided catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation:can atrial fibrillation be caught by lasso?
M. Hocini (Bordeaux)
13.30 - 16.30 Live demonstration No 2
CryoCath sponsored lecture
16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break

Session 6:
Chairmen: M. Táborský (Prague), J. Bytešník (Prague)

17.00 - 17.30 Catheter ablation of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia:not always a piece of cake
J. Kautzner (Prague)
17.30 - 19.00 Live demonstration No 3
19.30 Workshop reception
Michna Palace, Újezd 450/40, Prague 1
The baroque Michna Palace with the fountain and an atrium is the gem of the Lesser Town architecture.The first references to this palace date back to 1579.In 1623 the palace was bought by Pavel Michna from Vacinov who gave to the building the shape we can see nowadays and who had the rich interior stucco decoration made.The palace stayed in the possession of the Michna family for almost 50 years.In 1767 the building was gained by the local administration office that installed the military armoury and the munitions production workshop here.The Capital of Prague overtook the Michna Palace in 1914 and in 1921 it has been sold to the „Sokol “ – a physical education association that adjusted the palace to the physical training gyms. Nowadays some of the splendid baroque rooms are used for social events and parties.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004
08.00 - 08.30 Registration

Session 7:
Chairs: L. Macle (Montreal), R. Čihák (Prague)

08.30 - 09.00 Catheter ablation of atrial fibril lation using cryoenergy: the advent of the ice era
J Vogt (Bad Oeynhausen)
09.00 - 09.15 Coffee break
09.00 - 12.00 Live demonstration No. 4
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

Session 8:
Chairs: J.Vogt (Bad Oeynhausen), J. Bytešník (Prague)

13.00 - 13.30 3D reconstruction of atrial ana tomy using NavX TM:the role in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation
L Macle (Montreal)
13.30 - 13.45 Coffee break
13.45 - 16.30 Live demonstration No 5
Biophysics of radiofrequency ablation
S. Shpun (Tirat-Hacarmel)
16.30 - 16.35 Closing remarks

The organizing committee is very grateful for the financial assistance of many supporters that made the Prague Workshop possible.

Principal sponsor:

Major sponsors:
"Modern Treatment of Arrhythmias" Foundation (Nadační fond "Moderní léčba arytmií")
"Heart Rhythm" Foundation (Nadační fond "Srdeční rytmus")

Other sponsors:

Full payment of the registration fee as well as accommodation is requested.From 31 January 2004, on-line registration will be available at www.prague-rhythm.cz/register.php.
Off-line registration

300 EUR up to February 6, 2004
350 EUR after February 6, 2004

February 6, 2004
The organizing committee welcomes active participation in the session devoted to short communications on interesting case reports and/or other brief reports regarding catheter ablation. The presentation should not exceed 7 minutes and is followed by a short discussion.Title of presentation, names of authors, institu- tion and a brief summary is required at the time of your registra- tion and should be sent by e-mail to the workshop secretariat.

Room allotment in the following hotels has been booked for Workshop participants.Rooms will be allocated according to your request in the registration form on the first come first serve basis. Please note that the prepayment is required to quarantee your room reservation.Rates are quoted including breakfast.


  • 90 %refundable for cancellations received by February 15, 2004
    (10 %charged as the administration fee)
  • no refund for cancellations received after February 15, 2004


  • cancellation by February 14, 2004 – full refund
  • cancellation between February 15 -28, 2004 -90 %refund (10 % charged as the administration fee)
  • cancellation between February 28 and March 15, 2004 – 50 %% refund (50 %charged as the cancellation fee)
  • cancellation after March 15, 2004 – no refund

Vladar Hotel ****
Na Dvorcich 1781/4, 140 00 Praha 4
A small family hotel in the quiet settings, 6 minutes walk from the nearest underground station.The untypical room equipment in the art nouveau style will make you feel like home.Local restaurant is focused on traditional Bohemian dishes but you can also find delicious meals of the international cuisine.Rooms are equipped with bath and WC, safe, minibar, satellite TV, direct dial phone. Access from the city centre:underground station "Budejovicka" (line C), then 6 minutes walk.Connection to the Workshop venue: from "Budejovicka"” metro station by bus No..193 the stop "Zelena Louka".

Workshop rates:
single room -77 EUR
one bed in double room – 45 EUR

Pauliny Hotel ***
Horackova 1096/3, 140 00 Praha 4
A family-run hotel is situated in the quiet part of Prague 4, nevertheless close to the metro station "Pankrac" and to international communications.The hotel was opened in 1992 and except for 32 hotel rooms has one restaurant and a lobby bar.Rooms are equipped with WC and bath or shower, TV with satelite programs, radio alarm clock and telephone with direct dialling. Access from the city centre by the underground, line C, station "Pankrac", 10 minutes from the station.Connection to the Workshop venue:by the underground to "Budejovicka" station and from here by bus No.193 to the stop "Zelena Louka" or to "Kacerov" metro station and from here by bus No.114.

Workshop rates:
single room – 57 EUR
one bed in double room – 36 EUR

TOP Hotel ****
Blazimska 1781/4, 149 00 Praha 4
The hotel is situated in a very quiet environment, and so all rooms offer guests enough calm for quality rest and relaxation.In its premises you can find 4 restaurants, one of them with the open terrace, and an internet café.The hotel facilities offer the large space for relaxation and sport such as tennis, table tennis, bowling, squash, fitness centre, aerobic studio, sauna, solarium or massage. Access from the city centre:underground station "Chodov" ((line C), from here bus No.115 that stops directly in front of the hotel. The journey from "Chodov" to hotel lasts app..15 minutes.Connection to the Workshop venue:Back by bus No.115 to "Chodov" underground station, take the underground to “Budejovicka ” station and from here by bus No.193 to the stop "Zelena Louka".

Workshop rates:
single room – 53 EUR
one bed in double room – 32 EUR

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