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9th Prague Workshop on Catheter Ablation

with Live Demonstrations

March 5-7, 2006

Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Prague, Czech Republic

under the auspices of the Czech Society of Cardiology
and its Working Group on Arrhythmias and Cardiac Pacing

Final Programme


The workshop is organized with substantial financial contribution from the "Modern Treatment of Arrhythmias" Endowment Fund

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 / patrons:

BiosenseWebster   Cardion s.r.o. (official distributor of St Jude Medical)   Hansen Medical, Inc

Medtronic, Inc    Siemens

We also wish to thank to our main sponsors:

Biotronik GmbH

Euromedical       Bard

Dear Colleagues,

    It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the 9th international Prague workshop on catheter ablation with live demonstrations. I would like to remember you that 9 years have already elapsed since the first meeting in 1998. The intention at that time was to promote the knowledge in rapidly developing field of catheter ablation in the Czech Republic and other countries of the former Eastern block. The concept was simple, select distinguished world electrophysiologists who agree to participate and let them to demonstrate different ablation strategies or techniques from the beginning to the end. In the same time, the audience should have an opportunity to interact - ask questions or express their suggestions during the entire procedure. Growing number of attendees from many countries (not necessarily from former communist states) and the fact that many of them come almost every year suggest that the concept remains still attractive and even more important in this period of enormous technological progress. Demonstration of novel technologies is important for many electrophysiologists when considering further development of their laboratories. All this was only possible with continuous support of the endowment fund "Modern Treatment of Arrhythmias" and also through the generous sponsorship of the industry.

    Encouraged by the above tradition, we have decided to focus our attention this year on the topic of ventricular tachycardias in structural heart disease and demonstrate different approaches to their interventional treatment using modern technologies. In order to get in depth knowledge of the topic, definition of the substrate, electrocardiographic manifestation, possibility of its imaging, history of catheter ablation and opportunity for complete exclusion of the substrate by the surgeon will be reviewed. This introduction will be followed by lectures about clinical utility of non-contact mapping and electroanatomical mapping in this setting, another review about epicardial access and finally by three live cases. As in previous years, interesting case reports or other short presentations will be discussed in a special session.

    Thanks to Hansen Medical, Inc, you will have a unique opportunity to listen to a lecture about early experience with robotic navigation of the ablation catheter and to watch catheter ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation using this system.

    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 in the historical centre of Prague.

    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

Michael M Alshibaya, Moscow, Russia
Jacques MT de Bakker, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Martin Borggrefe, Mannheim, Germany
Andrea Natale, Cleveland, USA
Mauricio Scanavacca, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Richard J Schilling, London, UK
Hein JJ Wellens, Maastricht, The Netherlands
David J Wilber, Maywood, USA
Jan Bytešník
Robert Čihák
Josef Kautzner
Hanka Mlčochová
Petr Peichl
Vlastimil Vančura
Dan Wichterle


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

(Ms Hana Hudecová)
Na zástřelu 11/108
169 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Tel.: + 420 251 008 219
Fax: + 420 220 516 834
e-mail: hh@ccl.cz


Sunday, March 5, 2006

14.00-15.00 Registration
15.00-15.10 Welcome address
J Kautzner (Prague, Czech Republic)
Chairmen: HJJ Wellens (Maastricht), J Kautzner (Prague)

15.10-15.40 Myocardial substrate for ventricular tachycardia
J M T de Bakker (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

15.40-16.10 What we can learn from ECG in ventricular tachycardia?
H J J Wellens (Maastrich, The Netherlands)

16.10-16.40 Current options for imaging of the myocardial substrate
Josef Kautzner (Prague, Czech Republic)

16.40-17.00 Coffee break

Chairmen: M Borggrefe (Mannheim), J Bytešník (Prague)
17.00-17.30 History and presence of catheter ablation
Martin Borggrefe (Mannheim,G ermany)

17.30-18.00 Ventricular restoration and substrate exclusion: how to kill two birds with one stone
Michael Alshibaya (Moscow, Russia)

18.00-18.15 Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter - technical innovations (Biotronik Lecture)
Thorsten Lewalter (Bonn, Germany)

18:15 - 19:00 Short Communications

The use of pVAD to facilitate catheter ablation of unstable VT after myocardial infarction.
P Neužil, Š Královec, V Reddy, L Šedivá, V Pavlíček, P Formánek (Prague, Czech Republic)

Proarrhythmic effect of cardiac resynchronization therapy in a patient with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy - successful catheter ablation.
P Peichl, H Mlčochová, R Čihák, J Kautzner (Prague, Czech Republic)

Atrial tachycardia from left superior vena cava.
S Yashin, YY Dumpis, AB Vainstein (Sankt-Petersburg, Russia)

Left- or right-sided accessory pathway? Perimitral block can result in error in location of accessory pathway.
O Jiravský, M Fiala, J Chovančík, R Neuwirth, R Nevřalová, I Nykl, M Branny (Třinec, Czech Republic)

Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: the reasons for procedure inefficiency.
E Pokoushalov (Novosibirsk, Russia)

19:00 Welcome cocktail in the Congress Hall foyer

Monday, March 6, 2006

08:00 - 8:30 Registration
Chairmen: R Schilling (London), R Čihák (Prague)

08.30-09.00 Epicardial approach to ablation of ventricular tachycardia
M Scanavacca (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

09.00-09.15 High density mapping on PV isolation (BARD lecture)
T Lewalter (Bonn, Germany)

09.15 Live demonstration No 1
M Scanavacca, J Kautzner

from 10:30 Coffee break

Chairmen: D Wilber (Maywood), J Kautzner (Prague)
11.30-12.00 Catheter ablation of post-infarction ventricular tachycardia using non-contact mapping
R Schilling (London, United Kingdom)

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00 Live demonstration No 2
R Schilling, R Čihák

Chairmen: M Scanavacca (Sao Paulo), J Bytešník (Prague)
16.00-16.30 Catheter ablation of post-infarction ventricular tachycardia using electroanatomical mapping
D WIlber (Maywood, USA)

16:30 - 16:45 Coffee break

16.45 Live demonstration No 3
D Wilber, J Kautzner

19:30 coach transfer for Get-together reception

20:00 Get-together reception

Czech Museum of Music (České muzeum hudby)
Karmelitská 2, 118 00 Praha 1

Czech Museum of Music (České muzeum hudby) 
Karmelitská 2, 118 00 Praha 1

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Chairmen: P Neužil (Prague), J Kautzner (Prague)
08.30-09.00 Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation -
A Natale (Cleveland, USA)

09.00 Live demonstration No 4

from 10.00 Coffee break

13.00 Adjourn


Professor Josef Kautzner, MD, PhD,
Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague
e-mail: joka@medicon.cz

Up to February 10, 2006: EUR 200
From February 11, 2006: EUR 250
For members of the Czech Society of Cardiology, registration fee will be covered by the Society.

Due to limited capacity of the auditorium, registrations will be accepted on first come-first served basis. Please return the completed registration form to Workshop secretariat by fax or post. On-line registration will be available from the workshop website from January 15, 2006.
on-line registration form

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, institution and a brief summary is required at the time of your registration and should be sent by e-mail to the 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 guarantee your room reservation. Rates are quoted including breakfast and VAT.

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 unconventional room equipment in 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
one bed in double room
78 EUR
46 EUR

VYSEHRAD Hotel ****
Marie Cibulkové 29, 140 00 Praha 4

Hotel Vysehrad was opened in 1995 and is furnished in the 19th century decorative style. Just a few steps distance from the underground station Vysehrad makes this hotel easily accessible from the city centre by the underground - the station Museum on the top of the Wenceslas Square is the second one from here.
Rooms are equipped with bathroom and WC, radio, TV with satelite connection, safe deposit box, telephone, hair dryer and minibar. Hotel guests can park their car in safe hotel garage. Restaurant Libuse and lobby bar are at disposal for the hotel guests.
Access to city centre: underground station Vysehrad within walking distance.
Connection to the Workshop venue: by the underground either to station Kacerov and from here by bus No. 114 to the stop Zelena Louka or to Budejovicka station and from here by bus No. 193 to the stop Zelena Louka.

Workshop rates:
single room
one bed in double room
72 EUR
44 EUR

TOP Hotel ****
Blazimska 1781/4, 149 00 Praha 4

The hotel is situated in a very quiet environment, 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
one bed in double room
66 EUR
45 EUR

INOS Hotel ***
Sinkulova 23/77, 147 00 Praha 4

This newly opened hotel lies in a quiet neighbourhood Prague 4, 10 minutes walk from the underground station "Prazskeho povstani". All rooms are equipped with WC, shower or bath and hairdryer, TV with radio set and phone with direct out dial. Hotel room doors have been installed with key card system. Guests arriving by car can use the hotel garage with a capacity of 20 vehicles. Lobby bar provides refreshment for the guests and all floors are approachable by the elevator. Free internet access is available in all rooms.
Access from the city centre: either by underground - line C, nearest stop "Prazskeho povstani" or by tram No. 3 or 17, stop "Podolska vodarna".
Connection to the Workshop venue: On foot or by bus No. 148 to underground station "Prazskeho povstani", from here to "Kacerov" station, from "Kacerov" by bus No. 114 to the stop "Zelena Louka" or you can get off the underground at "Budejovicka" and use bus No. 193.

Workshop rates:
single room
one bed in double room
58 EUR
31 EUR



  • 90 % refundable for cancellations received by February 15, 2006 (10 % charged as the administration fee)
  • no refund for cancellations received after February 1, 2006


  • cancellation by January 29, 2006 - full refund
  • cancellation between January 30 - February 15, 2006 - 90 % refund (10 % charged as the administration fee)
  • cancellation between February 16 - February 28, 2006 - 50 % refund (50 % charged as the cancellation fee)
  • cancellation after February 28, 2006 - no refund

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