HRS 2016

Your commitment to patients leads to millions of lives transformed.  Our passion for advancing science leads us to you.  We look forward to seeing you at the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions in San Francisco on May 4 - 7, 2016 and invite you to join us at these exciting events.

Late Breaking Clinical Trials

Primary results for the EFFORTLESS Registry

Friday May 6, 2016
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 135, Moscone North

Performance with ~1000 patients followed for an average of ~3 years: therapy efficacy, complications, inappropriate shocks, mortality, comparison of results by subgroups

Presenter: Lucas V. A. Boersma, MD, PhD

Review the EFFORTLESS Registry

Review additional clinical data surrounding the EMBLEM™ S-ICD System

Boston Scientific Booth #1805

Stop by the Boston Scientific booth to experience our entire suite of solutions, as well as the most advanced and least invasive therapies available.

Wednesday, May 4, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 5, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday, May 6, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Find us at HRS

RHYTHMIA™ Mapping System

Interact with the world's most advanced 3D, high definition mapping system, the new generation of high-resolution ablation catheters with MicroFidelity (MiFi) sensor technology and Total Tip Cooling™ catheter design built on the BLAZER platform.

In booth speakers, dates and times:

Anish Amin, MD
Riverside Methodist, Columbus, OH
Thursday 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Rakesh Latchamsetty, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,
Thursday 4:15pm  - 4:45pm

Boon Lim, MD, PhD
Imperial College, London, UK
Friday 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Explore RHYTHMIA Mapping System


Learn about the EMBLEM S-ICD System and the next generation MRI-compatible S-ICD system* technology with AF monitoring.

*Pending FDA approval. Not available for sale in the U.S.

IMAGEREADY™ MR–Conditional Portfolio

Explore the entire portfolio of ImageReady MR-Conditional products available world-wide from Boston Scientific.*

* ImageReady MR-Conditional products not available for sale in the US

ENDURALIFE™ Battery Technology

Discover how ENDURALIFETM Battery Technology powers devices projected to be the industry's longest lasting - Boston Scientific's EL ICD and X4 CRT-D. In addition to having the longest projected longevities on the market, these high capacity Boston Scientific ICD and CRT-D devices also come equipped with 80% more battery capacity than Medtronic defibrillators.1

LATITUDE™ NXT Patient Monitoring System and LATITUDE Consult™ System

See how the entire LATITUDE NXT Remote Patient Management system and LATITUDE Consult System fluidly merges the tools and data from Boston Scientific’s trusted LATITUDE platform to give you faster, more efficient remote patient monitoring options with rapid diagnostic data plus 24/7 access to Boston Scientific’s technical analysis and expertise.


Discover WATCHMAN, a first-of-its-kind LAAC device which offers comparable stroke risk reduction and enables non-valvular AF patients to stop taking warfarin.

Preventice Solutions Booth #923

Learn how Preventice Solutions is using patient and physician insights to create revolutionary remote monitoring technologies and services.

Rhythm Theater Presentations

        Thursday, May 5, 2016
        9:35 am – 10:30 am
        Rhythm Theatre 2


CRT Response Challenges Occur in a Significant Subset of Patients

This program will review the pre-implant, intra-implant, and post-implant considerations that ultimately impact the outcome of patients that do not respond to resynchronization therapy. Topics for review include: patient selection, device selection, implant techniques, battery longevity, optimal pacing locations, programming strategies to minimize inappropriate shocks, and device diagnostic tools for health monitoring.


Chair: Suneet Mittal, MD, FHRS, The Valley Hospital Ridgewood, NJ

Joshua Cooper, MD, FHRS, Temple University Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Devi Nair, MD, Cardiac Associates of Northeast Arkansas Jonesboro, AK

Jagmeet Singh, MD, PhD, FHRS, Mass General Hospital Boston, MA

        Thursday, May 5, 2016
        12:15 pm –1:15 pm
        Rhythm Theatre 2 


Patients that can only receive a TV-ICD or S-ICD are well defined and understood. Stratification of the larger patient “grey zone” will be explored with consideration for long-term patient survival. S-ICDcurrent and future directions will be illustrated.


Chair: Kenneth A. Ellenbogen, M.D. Medical College of Virginia / VCU School of Medicine Richmond, Virginia

Reinoud E. Knops, M.D. Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Netherlands

Steven P. Kutalek, M.D. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Jeanne E. Poole, M.D. University of Washington - School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Advancing Science Suites

        Wednesday, May 4, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
        Thursday, May 5, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
        Friday, May 6, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
        Saturday, May 7, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Discover how your commitment to medical science inspires us to push the boundaries of innovation when you explore the latest in Boston Scientific technology in the Technology Suite, attend a strategy session and experience our NEW technology Simulation Room.

Please note:

  • Each Technology Suite session consists of 90-minute, open house sessions
  • Each Strategy Session consists of 45-minute, topic specific sessions with leading Boston Scientific R&D experts
  • Simulation Room experience consists of a 90-minute session with two different Boston Scientific Technologies
  • Strategy Session and Simulation Rooms are located directly across from the Technology Suite
  • Reservations are required
  • Contact your sales representative to schedule a session 
  • All attendees must sign a non-disclosure agreement before entering the suite

Abstracts, Posters and Moderated Poster Sessions

Oral Abstracts

Oral abstract sessions will take place on Thursday, May 5 and on Friday, May 6 at 1:30 pm each day.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
1:30 pm

Evaluation of a High Pass Filter Designed to Reduce Oversensing in the S-ICD
Presenter: Dominic A. Theuns, PhD
Location: AB05-01, Room 2014, Moscone West

Multiple comorbidities and response to CRT-D: Results from the MADIT-CRT long-term follow-up study
Presenter: Emily P. Zeitler, MD
Location: AB08-01

Safety of Sports for Young Patients with ICDs: Long-Term Results of the Multinational ICD Sports Registry
Presenter: Elizabeth V. Saarel, MD, FHRS
Location: AB19-01

Left Ventricular Electrical Delay (QLV) and Reduction in Mitral Regurgitation following Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Mechanistic insights from the SMART-AV Substudy
Presenter: Neal A. Chatterjee, MD
Location: AB18-01

1:45 pm

Performance of a Novel Atrial Fibrillation Detection Algorithm for Use in Patients with a Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
Presenter: Lucas V. A. Boersma, MD, PhD
Location: Room 2014, Moscone West

2:00 pm

Impact of Generator Location and Sub-Coil Fat on Subcutaneous-ICD Defibrillation Thresholds
Presenter: E. Kevin Heist, MD, PhD, FHRS
Location: Room 2014, Moscone West

Impact of BMI on Safety and Efficacy of the Subcutaneous ICD
Presenter: David S. Frankel, MD, FHRS
Location: Room 2014, Moscone West

2:30 pm

First Report on Communicating Leadless Anti-Tachycardia Pacemaker and Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator
Presenter: Fleur V.y. Tjong, MD
Location: Room 2014, Moscone West

Friday, May 6, 2016
1:30 pm
The ICD Sports Registry: Long-term Follow up
Presenter: Rachel Lampert, MD, FHRS
Location: AB25-01

Late local activation predicts response to resynchronization therapy in spite of presence of electrophysiologic markers suggestive of scar
Presenter: Seth J. Rials, MD, PHD, FHRS
Location: AB36-05

ELECTRa (European Lead Extraction ConTRolled) Registry: Long-term Outcomes on Transvenous Lead Extraction in Europe
Presenter: Maria Grazia Bongiorni, MD
Location: AB25-02

High-Resolution mapping of Complex Left Atrial Tachycardia: initial experience with the Rhythmia mapping system
Presenter: Nicolas Derval, MD
Location: AB31-05

Comparison of Complications and Shocks in Pediatric and Young Subcutanenous and Transvenous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Patients
Presenter: Anne-Floor BE. Quast, MD
Location: AB26  Room 2014, Moscone West

Poster Sessions

The abstracts selected for poster presentations will be displayed daily in EPICenter, located in Exhibit Hall D. Presenters will be at their posters for a scheduled one-hour session on one of the three days of the meeting.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Performance of the RYTHMIQ™ algorithm to minimize RV pacing: a multicenter study

Presenter: Marc Strik, MD, PhD
Location: PO01-09

The Effect of Device Programming and Delivered Therapy on High Voltage Device Longevity - The ALTITUDE Longevity Study

Presenter: Mihail G. Chelu, MD
Location: PO01-15

A Balanced Comparison of Long-term Clinical Outcomes of Subcutaneous and Transvenous Implantable Defibrillator Therapy

Presenter: Tom F. Brouwer, MD
Location: PO01-17

Patients with reduced level of physical activity are at higher risk of worsening heart failure events in 30 days

Presenter: Ramesh Hariharan, MD, FHRS
Location: PO01-133

Thursday, May 5, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Disease Severity and Exercise Testing Reduce S-ICD ECG Screening Success in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Presenter: Neil T. Srinivasan, MBChB
Location: PO02-20

Left Ventricular Function Recovery After Myocardial Infarction
Presenter: Benjamin E. Peterson, MD
Location: PO02-22

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Use and Reasons for Non-Use Among Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction after Myocardial Infarction
Presenter: Benjamin E. Peterson, MD
Location: PO02-23

Identifying risk predictors of subsequent VT/VF vs. death events in MADIT-CRT
Presenter: Barbara Szepietowska, MD
Location: PO02-17

Patients with tachypnea do not consistently demonstrate more symptoms of dyspnea
Presenter: Roy S. Small, MD
Location: PO02-46

The mechanism and critical sites of multiple atrial tachycardias due to prior AF ablation; The feasibility of the new mapping system ‘Rhythmia’
Presenter: Masateru Takigawa, MD
Location: PO02-128

Ultra-Rapid High Resolution Electroanatomical System Facilitates Accurate Activation Mapping in Atrial Tachyarrhythmia
Presenter: Shin-Huei Liu, MD
Location: PO02-84

Improved signal resolution and fewer lesion attempts using a microfidelity ablation catheter in pediatric WPW
Presenter: Bhavya Trivedi, MD
Location: PO02-55

A New Automated Ultra-high Definition Mapping System Allows Detection of Very Low Voltage Critical Signals in Scarred Human Atria Presenter: Decebal G. Latcu, MD
Location: PO02-172

 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Patients with elevated respiratory rates are at higher risk of worsening heart failure in 30 days
Presenter: Mehmet K. Aktas, MD, MBA
Location: PO03-48

EGM fractionation and organized cycle length in persistent AF using the Rhythmia mapping system
Presenter: Nathaniel Thompson, MD
Location: PO03-97

High-Density Contact Mapping of Left Atrial Flutters Complicating Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
Presenter: Matthew S. Baker, MD
Location: PO03-134

Finding the critical isthmus of reentrant scar-related atrial arrhythmias based on electrophysiological properties: new data from the automated ultra-high definition mapping 
Presenter: Decebal G. Latcu, MD
Location: PO03-92 

Friday, May 6, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Long-term follow-up of the two-incision implantation technique for the subcutaneous ICD
Presenter: Reinoud E. Knops, MD
Location: PO04-12

Implantation Performance of a Quadripolar Left Ventricular Family of Leads
Presenter: Peter L. Gallagher, MD
Location: P04-16

Prognostic Significance of Prolonged PR interval and Relation of AV delay Programming to Clinical Benefit with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy by PR Interval in Mild Heart Failure Patients with Left Bundle Branch Block
Presenter: Yitschak Biton, MD
Location: PO06-04

Safety of the Watchman Procedure when Performed with Uninterrupted Therapeutic Oral Anticoagulation
Presenter: Douglas N. Gibson, MD
Location: PO04-217

 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Performance and Usage of Proximal Electrodes in Quadripolar Left Ventricular Pacing Leads: Are All Leads Created Equally?
Presenter: Nigel Gupta, MD
Location: P05-48

Acuity X4 Quadripolar Lead Electrode Spacing and the 3D Spiral Bias
Presenter: Lili Liu, MD, MSc
Location: P05-17

Increased QT Variability Is Associated with Heart Failure Events in Patients from the MADIT-CRT Trial
Presenter: Yuriy Shapovalov, MD
Location: PO05-51

A Cost Analysis of Stroke in Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation:  Left Atrial Appendage Closure versus Warfarin versus Non-warfarin Oral Anticoagulants
Presenter: Vivek Y. Reddy
Location: PO05-120
Review the PROTECT AF & PREVAIL Studies

Similarity Analysis of the Signals Obtained From Ultra-Rapid High Resolution Electroanatomical System is Feasible and Accurate in AF Rotor Identification
Presenter: Li-Wei Lo, MD
Location: PO05-81

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The economic impact of longevity of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for cardiac resynchronization therapy from a healthcare service perspective

Presenter: Maurizio Landolina, MD
Location: PO0-46

The Effect of Weight Change on Inappropriate Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy: a MADIT-CRT Substudy
Presenter: Usama Daimee, MD
Location: PO06-04

Impact of Baseline Heart Rate on Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Results from the Multi-Center SMART AV Trial
Presenter: Jim W. Cheung, MD
Location: PO06-43

Patterns of physical activity and survival following CRT-D implantation:  The ALTITUDE Activity Study
Presenter: Daniel B. Kramer, MD
Location: PO06-16

High Density Mapping Challenging Conventional Criteria of CTI Block
Presenter: Elvis Teijeira-Fernandez, MD, PhD
Location: PO06-172

VT isthmus characteristics and conduction velocities: Insight from High Density mapping 
Presenter: Frederic Sacher, MD, PhD
Location: PO06-100 

Moderated Poster Sessions

Each moderated poster presentation will be 15 minutes in length, led by the Presenting Author and will include comments from an Expert Moderator. The moderated poster sessions will be presented in the "poster theater" section of poster town.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

1:45 pm -2:00pm
Voltage threshold for high density mapping catheter with short interspaced small electrodes 
Presenter: Frederic Sacher, MD, PhD
Location: AB14-02

2:30 pm - 2:45pm
Dislodgment Rates of Implanted DF4 ICD Leads Increase in the Presence of Atrial and Coronary Sinus Leads
Presenter: Steven P. Kutalek, MD, FHRS
Location: AB06-05

 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Dislodgment Rates of Implanted DF4 ICD Leads Increase in the Presence of Atrial and Coronary Sinus Leads
Presenter: Steven P. Kutalek, MD, FHRS
Location: AB06-05

Friday, May 6, 2016

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Entrainment Mapping of Atrial Arrhythmias is now Obsolete in the Era of Rapid High Density 3D Mapping
Presenters: Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, PhD. University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
Location: TBD

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Entrainment Mapping is Not Obsolete in the Era of Rapid High Density 3D Mapping
Presenters: Jonathan M. Kalman, MBBS, PhD, FHRS. Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Location: TBD

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Incidence and Predictors of Phrenic Nerve Stimulation following Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy System Implantation of a Quadripolar Lead
Presenter: Devi G. Nair, MD, FHRS
Location: AB36-02

Hands-On Education Session: The Case Study Method

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Rooms 120-125,  Moscone Center

Find us at HRS

The Hands-On Education Session is a must-attend event for a complete curriculum. This session allows you the opportunity to supplement the Allied Professional Forums with engaging, tactile training on industry's latest technology and therapies. The case studies and topics discussed in Allied Professionals Forum will be correlated to the Hands-On Educational Session to create a comprehensive experience.

Boston Scientific education representatives will on hand to facilitate one-on-one demonstrations of technology and equipment, also referencing case based learning examples in arrhythmia and device patients. Technologies include:

- ZOOM™ LATITUDE™ Programming System

- LATITUDE Consult™ / LATITUDE NXT™ Remote Patient Management system / LATITUDE Link™ Data Management System

- EMBLEM™ S-ICD System

- RHYTHMIA™ Mapping System with IntellaMap Orion™ Mapping Catheter / IntellaTip MiFi XP Ablation Catheter


The Hands-On session will be complimented by three interactive discussions in the round between key opinion leaders in electrophysiology and participants regarding best practices on a variety of today's relevant EP topics.

The Cutting Edge: How do you Integrate “Personal Health Devices” into Practice?
Amy Kleinhans, CRNP Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Novel and “Not-so-Novel” Radiation Reduction Strategies: Share your Best Practice
Belinda H. Scott, MHA Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA
1 pm – 1:15 pm

The Dreaded Device Infection: Discuss your Best Practices to Prevent CIED Infections
Ruth A. Madden, RN, MPH Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Sessions and Events

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Left Atrial Appendage Summit: New Frontier of Left Atrial Appendage Closure

Join world-renowned experts in a discussion dedicated to Left Atrial Appendage Closure devices and strategies.  The program includes a review of the LAA anatomy, and the scientific evidence supporting appendage closure as an effective therapy for stroke risk reduction for patients with atrial fibrillation. Following the review of the key clinical issues, the program will conclude with insights from the US Food and Drug Administration and Heart Rhythm Society about existing gaps in the scientific data and tools to effectively and efficiently gather data on current and future devices.

Learn more about the WATCHMAN LAAC Device

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Marriott Marquis - San Francisco, 780 Mission Street, Yerba Buena Salon 7 (Lower B2 Level)

Innovations in EP: Insights into the First High Definition Mapping System and First LAA Closure Device for Stroke Risk Reduction

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with RHYTHMIA mapping experts as they present case studies and discuss how they successfully incorporated the RHYTHMIA Mapping System into their practice, as well as WATCHMAN implanting experts for a discussion of how WATCHMAN is changing stroke risk management and considerations for creating a successful WATCHMAN program.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the concept of mapping resolution and its influence on arrhythmia mapping

- Learn a systematic approach to mapping complex atrial arrhythmias

- Understand the benefits of high resolution mapping for AF
- Understand the role WATCHMAN plays in current NVAF stroke risk management landscape
- Understand the importance of patient and referring physician education of WATCHMAN therapy
- Learn more about patient identification and selection


Elad Anter, MD

Shephal Doshi, MD

Doug Gibson, MD

Pierre Jaïs, MD

Karen Phillips, MD

This program is by invitation only.  Please contact Shannon Dupé with questions:, +1 (949) 400-6184

Friday, May 6, 2016, 5:45 am – 7:30 am
Marriott Marquis - San Francisco, 780 Mission Street, Yerba Buena Rooms 4-6 (Lower B2 Level)

Optimizing S-ICD® Implant Efficiency and Outcomes

Learning Objective: Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with expert implanters who will share their personal implant learning experiences and how they successfully integrated the S-ICD into their practices and institutions.

· Clarify myths associated with S-ICD implants

· Discuss best practices and techniques for successful device implantation

· Review implant variables that can impact S-ICD performance


Reinoud Knops, MD

Martin Burke, DO

Steven Kutalek, MD

George Mark, MD

This program is by invitation only.  Please contact Shannon Dupé with questions:, +1 (949) 400-6184

These programs are not part of Heart Rhythm 2016 Official Scientific Sessions as planned by the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions Program Committee. This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Heart Rhythm Society. This event does not qualify for continuing medical education (CME) credit.

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:00 am – 7:30 am
Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street, Tower Salon A

This symposium is intended to provide Fellows and Emerging EPs with an overview of economic drivers of a value-based agenda in healthcare reform, and to explore some likely challenges they will face in early practice.

· Compare past, present, and anticipated changes in the health care environment

· Explain economic factors that influence health care decisions

· Discuss how physicians can better demonstrate their value

· Understand how economic data can be used for strategic decision making in quality patient care

· Outline a vision for an improved health care system


Dr. Brad Sutton, MD, MBA, University of Louisville

Please contact Shannon Dupé to register:, +1 (949) 400-6184