Andrea Natale and EP Live Go Virtual in 2020

As COVID-19 continues to maintain a strong presence across the nation and throughout the world, most group events have been forced to reduce in size or have been canceled altogether. These rules apply to entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concerts, and athletic stadiums, as well as educational and business-related events.

To avoid rescheduling or loss of the overall experience, all academic institutions have gone virtual to keep education moving forward. EPLive 2020 is following this path and will be presenting its event virtually this year.

What Is EPLive?

EPLive takes place every other year in Austin, Texas and Milan, Italy. They have also been held in Dubai, India, and Colombia In Austin, Texas, it is hosted by the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmias Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, where Dr. Andrea Natale currently serves as the Executive Medical Director. 2020’s virtual event will mark its fifth edition.

EPLive is a two-day, intensive educational opportunity for practicing clinical cardiac electrophysiologists, electrophysiology fellows, and general cardiologists who are interested in treating patients with complex cardiac arrhythmias.

An arrhythmia is a condition where the heart beats irregularly, resulting in ongoing health issues, other heart conditions, reduced quality of life, and in some cases, increased stroke risk. EPLive broadcasts live cardiac electrophysiology cases from the new, state-of-the-art electrophysiology center at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Each year, EPLive brings together leaders, researchers, educators, and clinicians in the field of electrophysiology from Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States.

This two-day conference, led by Dr. Natale, allows experts, as well those wanting to learn more, to share the latest advances in interventional cardiac procedures and discuss the most successful ways to expand electrophysiology treatment options for patients with the goal of improving cardiac care for all patients worldwide.

The 2020 EPLive Conference

EPLive 2020 has taken place on December 3 and 4. The 2020 EPLive virtual event consists of four sections, including AF ablation, VT ablation, devices, and new technologies. In addition to these educational sections, a panel of electrophysiology experts from around the world will provide commentary and discussion. Attendees will view and study both live and previously recorded cases to enhance learning and further advancement in treating cardiac arrhythmias.

Live cases are presented from the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and other world-renowned cardiology centers, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Houston Methodist Hospital, Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Penn Medicine, UCLA University of Chicago Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Vanderbilt University in the United States. International medical centers include the Arrhythmia Center at CardioInfantil Foundation, Monzino Cardiology Center, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, and Vancouver General Hospital.

The live and recorded cases from these notable institutions have focused on some of the most relevant topics in electrophysiology today, including balloon cases, CRT implants, venoplasty, post-AFib atrial arrhythmias, and VT ablation, among many others. Dr. Natale is already at work organizing the Milan edition of EPLive 2021, which may tentatively be both in remote and in-person mode.

The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute

The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, is one of the world’s leading centers dedicated to researching and implementing the latest treatment advances in heart rhythm correction. Dr. Andrea Natale has brought more than 30 years of experience and passion for cardiac electrophysiology to St. David’s Medical Center, where his team continues to pave the way for new advancements in cardiology through clinical trials and research and development.

About Dr. Andrea Natale

Dr. Andrea Natale is a renowned clinician, educator, and researcher who has dedicated 30 years to caring for patients and educating future generations of cardiology professionals. Having written more than 600 articles featured in various publications and books, Dr. Natale has shared his wisdom with thousands. Before serving as the executive director at Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, Dr. Natale held positions at various renowned cardiology centers throughout the United States, including nearly a decade at the Cleveland Clinic. During his time in Ohio, he led the Department of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology and served as the medical director for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Atrial Fibrillation.

Dr. Natale has been an educator at many of the world’s foremost academic institutes, including Dell Medical School, Duke University, and Stanford University. In addition to EPLive, Dr. Natale has been an honored invited speaker at hundreds of medical conferences and symposia worldwide. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology while being on the editorial boards at several other well-known cardiology journals and publications.

EPLive is one of Dr. Natale’s many accomplishments. As a distinguished doctor, researcher, and compassionate clinician, Dr. Natale has dedicated his career to improving patient health and the future of cardiac electrophysiology. His team at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute continues to work on innovations and advancements in cardiology treatment, including robotic devices and specialized ablation catheters. Despite all of his academic and scientific accomplishments, Dr. Natale continues his work in Austin with one primary goal in mind: ensuring improved quality of life for patients living with cardiac arrhythmias.

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