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8th Prague Workshop on Catheter Ablation

with Live Demonstrations

April 4-5, 2005

Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine Prague, Czech Republic

Dear Colleague,

     Welcome to the 8th international Prague workshop on catheter ablation with live demonstrations.
     One of the main topics of this meeting is how to deal with patients after surgical correction for congenital heart disease who develop various postincisional arrhythmias. In order to get in depth knowledge of anatomy after the most frequent surgical procedures for congenital heart disease, both principles of surgery and postprocedural cardiac imaging will be reviewed. This introduction will be followed by lectures about clinical utility of non-contact mapping and electroanatomical mapping in this setting, and finally by two live cases. As in previous years, interesting case reports or the results of your studies will be discussed in a special session.
     Thanks to one of the three principal sponsors, Biosense Webster , Inc, you will have a unique opportunity to listen to a lecture about the newest version of electroanatomical mapping system that employs full image integration
- CARTO MERGETM, and to watch catheter ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation navigated by this system.
     The last case of the meeting will deal with catheter ablation of focal left ventricular outflow tract tachycardia navigated by intracardiac echocardiography. After a review lecture, you will follow the live case from the catheterization laboratory.
     We will also include few short industry-sponsored lectures on technical advances in mapping and/or catheter ablation.
     As usually, the scientific programme will be followed by a reception that will take place in a special place close to the historical Prague Castle.
     We hope that you will find the workshop interesting and look forward to meeting you in Prague.

Josef Kautzner, MD, PhD, FESC
Head, Department of Cardiology, IKEM
David J Callans, Philadelphia, USA
Paolo Della Bella, Milan, Italy
Eduard R Holman, Leiden, The Netherlands
Thorsten Lewalter, Bonn, Germany
Thomas Paul, Göttingen, Germany
Anders Kirstein Pedersen, Aarhus, Denmark
Stephan Willems, Hamburg, Germany

Jan Bytešník
Robert Čihák
Roman Gebauer
Josef Kautzner
Petr Peichl
Vlastimil Vančura


(Ms Hana Hudecová)
Na zástřelu 11/108
169 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic
Tel.: + 420 2 5100 8219
Fax: + 420 2 2051 6834
e-mail: hh@ccl.cz

Congress Centre IKEM, Vídeňská 1958/9, 140 21 Prague 4, Czech Republic

Monday, April 4, 2005
8.00-8.30 Registration
8.30-8.35 Welcome address J. Kautzner (Prague)
Block 1:
Chairmen: AK Pedersen (Aarhus), J Kautzner (Prague)
8.35-9.05 Surgery for congenital heart disease as a predisposition for postoperative tachyarrhythmias
R. Gebauer (Prague)
9.05-9.35 Cardiac imaging after heart surgery for congenital heart disease
ER Holman (Leiden)
9.35-10.05 Catheter ablation of arrhythmias after surgery for congenital heart disease using a non-contact mapping system
T Paul (Göttingen)
10.05-10.30 coffee break
10:30-13:00 Live case 1
(T Paul, R Čihák)
13.00-14.00 lunch
Block 2:
Chairmen: T Paul (Göttingen), J Bytešník (Prague)
14.00-14.30 Catheter ablation of postincisional arrhythmias using electroanatomical mapping
AK Pedersen (Aarhus)
14.30-14.45 Innovative medical technology for intelligent patient treatment
U Tegtmeyer (Biotronik, Berlin)
14.45-17.00 Live case 2
(AK Pedersen, J Kautzner)
17.00-17.30 coffee break
17.30-19.00 Short communications
Block 3:
Chairmen: M Táborský (Prague), R Čihák (Prague)
17.30-17.40 Left atrial atypical flutter - what is the appropriate ablation strategy to treat the arrhythmia?
M Fiala, J Chovančík, R Neuwirth, H Szymeczek, I Nykl, R Nevralová, M Branný ( Třinec, Czech Republic)
17.40-17.50 An electrogram-guided approach for fast, effective and safe catheter ablation of the slow pathway for elimination of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia
M Efremidis, A Sideris, S Kounas, D Evangelou, S Xidonas, K Letsas, L Pappas, D Kardara, F Kardaras ( Athens, Greece)
17.50-18.00 Cavotricuspid isthmus catheter ablation across inferior vena cava filter
L Haman, P Pařízek (Hradec Králové, Czech Republic)
18.00-18.10 Different patients, devices, approaches: 4 years experience in surgical ablation
O Kalejs, R Lacis, U Strazdins, E Strike, N Porite, JJ Volkolakovs (Riga, Latvia)
18.10-18.20 Catheter ablation of atrial flutter after multivalvular diseases surgical correction
E Pokouchalov (Novosibirsk, Russia)
18.20-18.30 Electroanatomical mapping and radiofrequency ablation of postincisional atrial and ventricular tachycardia after correction of tetralogy of Fallot
P Peichl, J Kautzner, R.Čihák, H. Mlčochová (Prague, Czech Republic)
18.30-19.00 Discussion
19:00 Departure for get-together reception
19.30-23.30 Get-together reception
Klášterní restaurace Strahov (Strahov Monastery Restaurant)
Strahovské nádvoří 302, Praha 1

Possibility of visiting Strahov Library before the reception

Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Block 4:
Chairmen: DJ Callans (Philadelphia), R Čihák (Prague)
8.30-8.45 The role of imaging in catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation
J Kautzner (Prague)
8.45-9.15 Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation supported by image integration
P Della Bella (Milan)
9.15-9.30 Digital image fusion: Anatomy and Activation
S Willems (Hamburg)
9.30-12.00 Live case 3
(P. Della Bella, J. Kautzner, P. Peichl)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
Block 5:
Chairmen: J Bytešník (Prague), J Kautzner (Prague)
13.00-13.30 Catheter ablation of idiopathic left ventricular outflow tract tachycardias guided by intracardiac echocardiography
DJ Callans (Philadelphia)
13.30-13.45 New clinical experience with gold ablation
T Lewalter (Bonn)
13.45-16.45 Live case 4
(D.J. Callans, R. Čihák)


The workshop is organized with substantial financial contribution from the "Modern Treatment of Arrhythmias Endowment Fund" and the Working Group on Arrhythmias and Cardiac Pacing of the Czech Society of Cardiology

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

We wish to thank especially to our principal sponsors and patrons:

Biosense Webster



We also wish to thank to our main sponsors:


Registration can be made either via on-line registration form placed on the workshop website or by submitting the attached off-line registration form by fax or post. Full payment of the registration fee as well as accommodation is requested.
Off-line registration
up to March 4, 2005
from March 5, 2005
200 EUR
250 EUR

February 21, 2005

Please send your abstract by e-mail to workshop secretariat.
The text of abstract should not exceed A5 format.
Room allotment in following hotels has been booked for workshop participants. Rooms will be allocated according to your request in the registration form on first come first serve basis. Please note that the prepayment is required to quarantee your room reservation. Rates are quoted including breakfast.

Vladar Hotel ****
Na Dvorcich 1781/4, 140 00 Praha 4
A small family hotel in the quiet settings, 6 minutes walk from the nearest metro 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: metro station "Budejovicka" (line C), then 6 minutes walk. Connection to the Workshop venue: from "Budejovicka" metro station by bus line 193 to the stop "Zelená Louka".
Workshop rates:
single room - 82 EUR
one bed in double room - 48 EUR

Pauliny Hotel ***
Horackova 1096/3, 140 00 Praha 4
A family-run hotel is situated in a quiet neighbourhood of Prague 4, close to metro station "Pankrác". The hotel was opened in 1992 and contains 32 rooms, restaurant and 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 metro, line C, station "Pankrac", 10 minutes from the station. Connection to the Workshop venue: by the metro to "Budejovicka" station and from here by bus line 193 to the stop "Zelena Louka" or to "Kacerov" metro station and from here by bus line 114.
Workshop rates:
single room - 61 EUR
one bed in double room - 38 EUR

TOP Hotel ****
Blazimska 1781/4, 149 00 Praha 4
The hotel is situated in a very quiet environment with pleasant rooms. In contains four restaurants including one with an open terrace and an internet café. Hotel facilities provide enough room for relaxation and sports (tennis, table tennis, bowling, squash, fitness centre, aerobic studio, sauna, solarium and massage). Access from the city centre: metro station "Chodov" (line C), from here bus line 115 that stops directly in front of the hotel. The travel from "Chodov" metro station to the hotel takes approximately 15 minutes. Connection to the Workshop venue: Back by bus line 115 to "Chodov" metro station, take the metro to "Budejovicka" station and from here by bus line 193 to the stop "Zelena Louka".
Workshop rates:
single room - 66 EUR
one bed in double room - 40 EUR

  • 90 % refundable for cancellations received by March 1, 2005 (10 % charged as the administration fee)
  • no refund for cancellations received after March 1, 2005


  • cancellation by February 28, 2005 - full refund
  • cancellation between March 1 - 14, 2005 - 90 % refund (10 % charged as the administration fee)
  • cancellation between March 14 and March 28, 2005 - 50 % refund (50 % charged as the cancellation fee)
  • cancellation after March 28, 2005 - no refund
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