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The Advanced EHRA course in Alexandria

The field of electrophysiology has witnessed a major clinical expansion as well as technical advancement in the last decade. In spite of all enormous developments, the future of the cardiac diseases continues to pose major challenge.
In North coast, Alexandria, the EHRA advanced cardiac electrophysiology course was held, 8-9 June 2013.
The course was organized by Prof. Mostafa Nawar (Professor of Cardiology, Alexandria University) & Prof. Wagdi Galal (Professor of Cardiology, Ain Shams University & President of ECRA).
It aimed at teaching advanced concepts about arrhythmias and their therapeutic approaches. It also included an important part on risk stratification in cardiogenic syndromes. Item presented included: how to perform transseptal catheterization, potential use of rotational angiography and integrated imaging in ablation, ablation of macro reentrant atrial tachycardia and atypical flutter, complex decisions in genetic arrhythmias and channelopathies, pulmonary vein ablation for atrial fibrillation(A.F), radiation exposure, idiopathic ventricular tachycardia(VT) from the outflow tracts and Purkinje fibers, new technologies and new techniques:

robotic systems, MRI and CT in substrate ablation for VT, epicardial VT ablation, VT ablation in patients with structural heart diseases, and ablation of ventricular fibrillation.
In addition three sessions were organized to solve EHRA accreditation exam style questions in interaction between audience and lecturers.
It was directed by Dr. Hein Heidbuchel. The lectures were delivered by Dr. Hein Heidbuchel, Dr. Matthias Antz, Dr. Laszlo Saghy & Dr. Eric Schulze-Bahr.

By Dr. Alaa AlAnany
MSC, Cardiology – Ain Shams University

The Egyptian Cardiac Rhythm Association (ECRA) hosted The EHRA advanced cardiac electrophysiology in the charming city of Alexandria, the course was directed by Prof. Hein Heidbuchel and coordinated by Prof. Moustafa Nawar.
The course this year was an extension of the last years’ basic course, it included advanced concepts of arrhythmias and their therapeutic approaches, risk stratification of congenital arrhythmogenic syndromes as well as preparation for EHRA certification exam.
More than 50 electrophysiologists attended the course among them Prof. Wagdy Galal, Prof. Samir Rafla, Prof. Mervat Aboulmaty and many electrophysiologists from most of Egyptian universities and cardiac institutes. The course was interactive and the faculty were impressed by the level of the Egyptian electrophsiologists and their rich and deep discussions.
Prof. Heidbuchel pointed out that Egypt is the first country outside the European Union to host the course. The success of the course has encouraged the EHRA organization to organize the course in other countries in the region like Dubai. He promised to organize The EHRA device course in Cairo next year. He wished the best for The ECRA members, noting the fast progress of electrophysiology in Egypt.

By Dr.Hesham Seif
Lecturer of Cardiology – Zagazig University