Heart Rhythm Congress 2013 - Post meeting report

Published
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Heart Rhythm Congress 2013

The eighth annual Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC) took place at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham UK from 20-23 October 2013.

Over 3,000 delegates were in attendance with a significant increase in the number of abstracts submitted from both doctors and allied professionals; a further oral abstract session was developed to support this growth. 

Sessions included at HRC 2013:

• Interactive tutorials,
• Accreditation courses,
• Electrophysiology (EP) training,
• Hosted meetings tailored for Commissioners and policy makers, service providers, primary care, secondary and tertiary and cardiac and arrhythmia nurse specialists.

Key updates:

During the Heart Rhythm UK Annual General Meeting, held during the congress on Tuesday 22 October, Heart Rhythm UK was formally relaunched as the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS). BHRS welcomes feedback from its members on this change and on topics to be included in next year’s congress. 

An ECG quiz was held in the exhibition area on Monday 21 October. Hosted by Dr Derek Rowlands, the event was well attended and marked a new interactive twist and opportunity for engagement.

Exhibition:
The trade fair held at HRC was a success once again, in line with the improved infrastructure of the ICC. Over 45 exhibitors had stands and were showcasing the latest in technology and treatments. The exhibition ran throughout the three scientific days of the congress.

Sessions of note:

On Monday 21, the Paediatric and Congenital Heart Session included debates on whether a paediatric device service should be run by a cardiac physiologist and another on whether or not all schools should have an automated external defibrillator (AED) available.

Renowned electrophysiologist Prof Pedro Brugada also attended Heart Rhythm Congress for the first time, participating in the Boston Scientific session titled Improving Patient Outcomes in a Challenging Healthcare Environment.
Those interested in attending Heart Rhythm Congress 2014, 5-8 October 2014 can register their interest at www.heartrhythmcongress.org

Delegates are also invited to attend next year’s Regional Cardiac Update Meetings organised by Arrhythmia Alliance. Each of these meetings provides a platform for education, as well as sharing best practice and information on topics such as device and drug treatments, atrial fibrillation and syncope. In addition these meetings will be an opportunity to network locally with healthcare professionals in all areas of cardiac service provision, academic institutions and professional bodies. Ten cardiac update meetings took place in the UK during 2013; it is hoped this year interest will lead to a growth in this number.

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