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THE ATRIAL FIBRILLATION PATIENT CONFERENCE


DALLAS, TX | AUGUST 4-6, 2017

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If you're living with atrial fibrillation (or are the family member of someone who is), and you want to understand what you need to know - and do - to get the best results from your healthcare, this is for you …

Discover Your Options—Based on the Most Recent Developments in Afib Research—for Managing Your Treatment and Reclaiming Your Life. 

You CAN find solutions that empower you to live without fear, and truly enjoy life again. You CAN get your life back. We'll show you how.

From the desk of Mellanie True Hills
Founder, StopAfib.org

If you're living with afib, some of the following may sound familiar: 

  • Your afib disrupts your work, your life, your play, and/or your family. You find yourself terrified, exhausted, emotionally drained, and possibly financially devastated. 
  • You're frustrated from living with your afib. From emergency room visits and huge medical bills, to canceled vacation plans, to an inability to work, life just isn't the same
  • You are afraid your afib may lead to a stroke, heart failure, or dementia, which feel like fates worse than death
  • There is so much information out there about how to manage your afib … and so much of it is junk that you don't know how to sort the good from the bad. You're constantly wondering what you can trust and what you can't. 
  • You wish you could get rid of your afib, and get your life back


If any or all of these resonate with you, you're in the right place, and you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2.7 and 6.1 million people in the United States are living with afib, and that number is expected to increase as the population ages. 

While living with afib may, at times, be frustrating, scary, or confusing, I want you to know that there is hope. There are lots of options for treating afib, possibilities when it comes to getting rid of it. 

You can manage your afib - possibly even getting rid of it altogether - and get your life back. 

Imagine getting back to the way you were years ago … doing things you love, exercising, making and keeping plans, and finishing normal daily tasks (like work and laundry) without a second thought. Imagine going to work and actually thinking about work—and not your afib. 

Imagine knowing the path for your treatment, and charting it out with confidence. 

Imagine becoming more active, losing weight, and not visiting the hospital on a regular basis. 

This can be your reality … and you can do it all without obsessing over your afib. 

How? 

By staying on the forefront of what's happening in the field. 

“Now that my Afib is not a problem, I am returning to my high quality of life, and am able to return to my world travels (with a backpack) and my camera. I am presently completing a book of my photos of faces from around the world.” 

"The information I received at the 2015 conference saved my life. I left empowered and educated on how to get my life back." – Keanan 

"Fantastic! So grateful for how StopAfib.org changed our lives." 

"The speakers are excellent. I've been to many medical conferences and this beats them all. The best part is the speakers hang around for questions." 

2016 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Highlights

Before I explain, I'd like to tell you my own story, so you know how I can help, and why I'm so passionate about doing so! 

I'm Mellanie True Hills, an afib patient and survivor who has been afib-free for more than 11 years after undergoing a surgical procedure. 

I'm also the founder of StopAfib.org, which has been the #1 arrhythmia website worldwide, and in the top heart disease sites alongside the websites of the American Heart Association, the British Heart Foundation, the American College of Cardiology, and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. 

StopAfib.org is devoted to increasing your knowledge about afib, helping you improve your quality of life if you're living with it, and helping you avoid an afib-related stroke. 

I created Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month (September), worldwide, and worked with medical societies to get it officially declared as National Atrial Fibrillation Month by the US Senate. I co-chair the Global Sign Against Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation Task Force of organizations focused on wiping out afib-strokes worldwide. 

I was the first non-clinician to participate in the guidelines process, with the 2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation, and I serve on think tanks with many of the world's leading expert doctors, and speak on faculty at medical conferences. 

I wasn't always an afib expert, but I've always been a pioneer. 

In the early 1990s, I was an Internet pioneer at J.C. Penney Company, Inc., where I led the creation of one of the earliest corporate websites, as well as an intranet and supplier extranet. I also spoke at some of the earliest Internet events. I was the executive in charge of the intranet at Dell, Inc. and was a Strategic Thought Leader for our Global 500 high tech and automotive manufacturing customers at Cisco Systems.  

In March 2003, after a flight, I experienced symptoms often related to heart attack in women, and was diagnosed with coronary artery blockage. I almost died during an interventional procedure to place a stent. About seven months later, after another flight, my heart skipped some beats and started racing. At the emergency room, they determined that I had blood clots and a close call with a stroke due to atrial fibrillation—which I'd never heard of. 

My doctors prescribed a beta blocker and an anticoagulant. I was never stable on the anticoagulant, ping-ponging from one extreme to the other: sometimes at risk for a clot and stroke, and other times at risk for a bleed. In the summer of 2005, research showed that about one-fourth of those on this anticoagulant are not stable, due to genetic reasons. I knew I could not continue to live with this nightmare of never being stable and always feeling like I was a stroke waiting to happen. That's when I discovered a new surgical procedure. 

In September 2005, I underwent a mini maze surgery, and I became afib free. 

With the freedom to go and do, without fear and anxiety, I got my life back. 

Now, it's my life's work to help other people living with afib do the same. 

Those living with afib have a 500% greater stroke risk than those without. They also have a one-in-three lifetime risk of having a stroke, and women tend to have a greater stroke risk than men do. 

It is my mission to spread awareness of how to prevent afib-related strokes. 

StopAfib.org is a patient-driven website, meant to educate, so you can become a proactive member of your healthcare team. 

(Of course, the information on the website isn't meant to replace the relationship you build with the members of your healthcare team.) 

Because of all this, I knew that those living with afib could benefit from an event where they could hear from - and talk with - experts in the field. 

So we at StopAfib.org created the Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference in 2013 to provide vital information and resources for people living with afib, and their loved ones. 

"My first afib conference. I was amazed at everything. So very glad I was able to come. Thank you!" 

"I gained a massive amount of general and specific info from your terrific speakers that will be valuable in my afib treatment." 

"Program a win-win of me and my wife. Food was outstanding, great vendors. Next time I will not be afraid of attending." 

"Very informative conference. Excellent speakers with a wide variety of knowledge. Food was very good and service excellent." 

You're officially invited to … 

The 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™
Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference

… August 4-6, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. 

During the Conference, All-Star, World-Renowned Atrial Fibrillation Experts Will Share the Most Recent Developments about Afib Treatment, Along with Ways You Can Work with Your Healthcare Team for the Best Possible Results. 

Plus, you'll have the chance to interact with these experts through panels and question-and-answer sessions, and during breaks. 

This year, we’ve added new content and new speakers, so this information will be fresh, even if you’ve attended past conferences.

"Wonderful! Better than 90% of all types of conferences I have attended. Speakers were excellent, especially the cardiac surgeons. Practical and informing." 

"I was very impressed with the overall program (speakers, agenda, Q&A, and even food). Thank you very much. A job extremely well done." 

"Excellent speakers; great info to go back and talk to my cardiologist about." 

Here's our agenda: 

Schedule and Agenda

Day One – Friday, August 4

8:30 – 10:00 Epidemiology & Basic Science For Afib Patients

  • Epidemiology for Afib Patients — Emelia Benjamin, MD (New Faculty & Content) 
  • Basic Science for Afib Patients — Jose Jalife, MD (New Faculty & Content) 
  • Q&A 


10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Sponsors 

10:30 – 12:00 Managing Afib and Stroke Prevention – Part 1 

  • Sinus Rhythm: Bridge to the Future – Eric Prystowsky, MD (New Content)
  • Medications for Preventing Strokes – Thomas Deering, MD (New Faculty)
  • Q&A 


12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (provided) and Visit Sponsors 

1:30 – 3:00 Managing Afib and Stroke Prevention – Part 2 

  • Devices for Preventing Strokes – Christopher Ellis, MD 
  • Monitoring of Afib – Suneet Mittal, MD (New Faculty & Content)
  • Women & Afib – Andrea Russo, MD (New Faculty & Content)
  • Q&A 

 

3:00 – 3:30 Break and Visit Sponsors 

3:30 – 4:30 Panel Discussion: Getting the Best Care (New Faculty)

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap Up 

5:30 – 7:30 Gala VIP Reception (All Access Badge Holders)

Day Two – Saturday, August 5

8:30 – 10:00 Catheter Ablation Procedures & Tools 

  • RF and FIRM Ablation – Paul Wang, MD (New Faculty)
  • Cryoballoon Ablation and aMAZE – Suneet Mittal, MD (New Faculty)
  • Fibrosis – Nassir Marrouche, MD 
  • Laser Balloon & Ablation Innovations – Invited (New Faculty) 
  • Q&A 


10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Sponsors 

10:30 – 12:00 Catheter Ablation of Complicated Afib 

  • Ablation of Complicated Afib – Andrea Natale, MD 
  • Left Atrial Appendage Management – Luigi DiBiase, MD, PhD 
  • Where Are We With Ablation, and Where Are We Going? – Douglas Packer, MD (New Content) 
  • Q&A 


12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (provided) and Visit Sponsors 

1:30 – 3:00 Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation Panel 

  • Indications for AF Surgery & Open Chest/Concomitant Maze — Ralph Damiano, MD (New Content)
  • Minimally-Invasive Surgical Ablation (Mini-Maze) — Randall Wolf, MD 
  • Hybrid Procedures — Invited 
  • Q&A 


3:00 – 3:30 Break and Visit Sponsors 

3:30 – 4:30 How to Choose the Right Procedures – Panel Discussion 

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap Up

Day Three – Sunday, August 6

8:30 – 10:00 Special Topics & Patient Panel (New Content)

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Sponsors 

10:30 – 12:00 Living with Afib, Takeaways, & Closing

In short, you and your family members will develop a better understanding of afib and: 

  • The risk factors that can cause it. 
  • Why it's a problem (including the relationship between afib and strokes, and how to prevent strokes). 
  • How it's treated with medications. 
  • What procedures are available if medications don't work. 
  • Lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your afib burden. 
  • How to work effectively with your doctors. 
  • What the future holds. 

 

And remember, you'll also have the opportunity to hear from and speak with the innovators themselves! 

Our Faculty

We are featuring world-renowned afib experts: the people doctors learn from at their medical conferences. 

Dr. Thomas Deering
Christopher Ellis, MD
Dr. Andrea Russo

We do everything we can to ensure you walk away feeling in better control of your afib, so you can live a happier, more fulfilling life. 

"Brilliant conference. I have attended many conferences of all types. Yours was the best in organization, presentation, venue and food. Thanks." 

"It was very exciting to listen to these pioneers of afib treatment. The topics and speakers were excellent as well as the food." 

"Loved every minute of it. So much information. Exhibits well presented. Food – oh wow! Fantastic." 

"The conference surpassed my expectations. It was very informative. The food was wonderful. So appreciate how good it was while being healthy." 

It's our goal to give you what you need to work with your healthcare team to create and manage the best possible treatment plan, adhere to that plan, and increase your confidence as you manage your afib and prevent afib-related strokes. 

When you attend the 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference, live and in person, you receive: 

  • Access to 16 hours of sessions, including presentations, panels, and Q&A sessions. 
  • Access to our private Facebook group, where you can interact with other people living with afib, and their family members. 
  • A program book, including the schedule, faculty bios, information about sponsors, and a place to take notes. 

 

And when you take advantage of our All Access Pass, you'll also receive access to our Gala VIP Reception Friday night, where you can sit down and have informal discussions with the world's most famous afib experts! 

Plus, you'll have the opportunity to see our sponsor exhibits, where you can get answers about content delivered during the faculty presentations. Sponsors will show the most leading-edge devices used in treating afib, talk about their medications and clinical trials, and provide take-home materials. 

All of this takes place at The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas. 

Fairmont Dallas

1717 N. Akard Street 

Dallas, TX 75201 

Phone: 214-720-2020

Our 2017 Get In Rhythm. Stay In Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference will be held at the historic Fairmont Hotel in the heart of the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas.

Book Your Room at the Fairmont Dallas

Fairmont Dallas
StopAfib.org Room Block
from $119/night + taxes
To secure your room, please call the hotel directly
(866) 540-4427 

Request the “StopAfib.org Get In Rhythm” group block to receive our discounted group rate. 

Should you wish to extend your stay, rooms are also offered 3 days prior to the event and 3 days after at the group rate (based on hotel availability). To maximize your experience, we recommend booking your flight to arrive at least the day or evening prior so you can be well rested and ready for the event. 

You can also preview the hotel and make reservations on the web. Simply click the 

"Reseve Your Room Now" button below.

Now, you may be wondering about the investment for the 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference. 

Because we want this event to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, we've kept the investment level low. 

Showing up matters to you, and to your family. Many attendees have found their solution and are no longer in afib. People who attended previously, and who have chosen to manage their afib (as opposed to electing to have a procedure) are always the first to register for the annual conference, because they don't want to miss out on the latest, potentially life-saving information they'll hear. Also, while we’ve heard from people who aren’t sure whether the conference is worth traveling for, international attendees are often the first to register, which we believe proves that it is! 

"Venue was wonderful. Food was outstanding. Worth more than the ticket price! The ideal amount of time. Worth the trip." 

"All 10 out of 10. Most useful, very informative. Glad I made the trip from Los Angeles." 

That being said, when you take advantage of our Early Bird pricing, tickets for the All Access Pass are just $197, and tickets for General Admission are just $167. After that, the investment level increases to $227 for All Access and $197 for General Admission.  

Both General Admission and All Access include two lunches and five snack breaks, and a discount on last year's Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference Livestream + Video Replay, so you can learn everything you can before attending this year—which means you'll get even more out of the live event. The All Access Pass also includes a Gala VIP Reception on Friday night. 

"All 10 out of 10. Most useful, very informative. Glad I made the trip from Los Angeles." 

"Venue was wonderful. Food was outstanding. Worth more than the ticket price! The ideal amount of time. Worth the trip." 

Gold Sponsors

BMS-Pfizer

Silver Sponsors

Donors

Co-Sponsors

Promo Partners

Promo Partners

Mineral Water Sponsor

Are you ready to reserve your spot? Or do you still have questions?

Here are our answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently:

FAQ

Q: Why is it important for me to attend live? Can't I get the same benefit from watching it on livestream, or watching the recordings? 

A: Attending via livestream is a great option if it's your only option, but it's just not the same as attending in-person. When you attend in-person, you have the unique opportunity to speak with the top experts in afib, and to ask them your questions. You can't do that if you're not there! One of our past attendees said he got thousands of dollars in value just from talking to experts between sessions. Plus, the video recordings aren't available for as long as several months after the event—and this information is up-to-date, NOW.  

Q: Where can I purchase the 2016 conference livestream recordings? 

A: Buy last year's livestream recordings here.

Q: Travel is too expensive and too much of a hassle. How can I justify this monetary and time investment? 

A: First and foremost, this is the primary reason we require such a minimal investment for the conference itself—we want to make it as accessible as possible! Also, we announce the dates of the conference many months in advance so you can get very reasonable airfare. The group rates we've negotiated at the hotel—just $119 per night, including Internet—are an incredible bargain, especially for such a fantastic hotel in the Dallas Arts District. Staying at the conference hotel makes it easy to get to and from the meeting in just minutes. Also, you can get these rates for three days before and three days after the conference, so you can make a vacation out of your visit. Once you reserve your spot, we'll give you all the details you need about ground transportation, parking, etc. 

Q: I'm not up to traveling. Can I still attend? 

A: If you're truly not up to traveling, you may be able to take advantage of our livestream option; but please keep in mind that we won’t know whether we’ll be able to offer a livestream option until just days before the event. The only way to ensure you get this potentially life-saving information is to attend in person. Either way, consider this event an investment in your health. If you work with your healthcare team to implement what you learn, it's possible you'll be able to attend in-person next year. 

Q: Why can't you bring the conference to me in my city? 

A: We hear this request over and over, and we'd LOVE to bring the conference to as many cities as possible. Truthfully, it's a lot of work to put on this conference, and even more work to get the top faculty—the ones from whom you most want to hear—all in one place at one time. We must make it convenient for them, so we hold it in a city with direct flights from where most major heart centers are located—which means it's easy for YOU to get here, too. 

Q: Information related to afib seems confusing and overwhelming. How can I be sure I'll understand what the experts are saying? 

A: This is an event created by patients, for patients. Everything you learn will be directed toward patients! And keep in mind that we're leaving plenty of time for questions and answers, so you can get any clarifications you need. Also, if we are able to take video of the entire event, then you can watch it multiple times if you'd like to get as much value from the presentations and Q&A.

Q: Is there a guarantee or cancellation policy? 

A: Because of the extremely low investment level (in fact, the ticket price is less than the cost of food alone—which is $300 per person, or $375 if you attend the gala), all conference admission sales are final. If you can't attend, please let us know before the conference, in case we may be able to accommodate you in a different way.

So now are you ready? 

Are you ready to become educated and empowered, and get your life back? 

Yes, Mellanie! I'm ready. Reserve my spot at the 2017 Get in Rhythm. Stay in Rhythm.™ Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference. 

I understand that I have several options for attending: 

MOST POPULAR

All Access

$227 $197

General Sessions Featuring Renowned Afib Experts
($300 Value)

Visit Sponsors

2 Lunches & 5 Breaks
($375 Value)

Live Q&A Opportunities

$100 Discount on 2016 AF Patient Conference Livestream + Video Replay

Friday Evening Gala VIP Reception ($75 Value) 

 ALL SESSIONS

General Admission

$197 $167

General Sessions Featuring Renowned Afib Experts
($300 Value)

Visit Sponsors

2 Lunches & 5 Breaks
($375 Value)

Live Q&A Opportunities

$100 Discount on 2016 AF Patient Conference Livestream + Video Replay

Right now, you have a choice: 

  • You can choose not to attend the Conference, stay in afib, and continue experiencing the disruptions to your everyday life. Or … 
  • You can take action now, join us in Dallas, and begin learning how to become an active member of your healthcare team, and create a treatment plan that works for you … so you can get your life back! In fact, we have dozens of folks who are not coming back this year because as a result of what they learned at the conference last year, they're afib-free. Will you be among those who will be afib-free from attending the 2017 conference?  


I look forward to seeing you in August, in Dallas. 

To your health, 

Mellanie True Hills
Founder, StopAfib.org 

P.S. This is your chance to potentially get your life back, starting now. Enroll today, and we'll see you in August. 

"Very impressed. Food was excellent and nutritious. Speakers were more than excellent. Never expected such a high-quality experience on all levels. I am so grateful!" 

"It was the most informative program I've ever attended." 

"Absolutely awesome! Outstanding program (what a cast-list!). Top rate facility and food/service. You know how to do this." 

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