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WORLD-RENOWNED EXPERTS

Our all-star faculty of world-renowned atrial fibrillation experts will help you to understand what you need to know about Afib.

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GET ANSWERS

You will learn what Afib is, why it is a problem, and how to cope with it, including your options for getting in rhythm and staying in rhythm.

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ASK QUESTIONS

Have you ever wanted to ask your questions of top Afib experts, or engage in a dialogue with them? Now is your chance.

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

About The Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference

The 2016 Get in Rhythm, Stay in RhythmTM  Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference will provide vital information and resources for you and your loved ones.

StopAfib.org invites you to this weekend conference to help patients and their families understand atrial fibrillation, manage treatment, and possibly become afib free.

As the most common irregular heartbeat, afib can disrupt your life, work, and peace of mind. A serious health threat, afib can lead to stroke, heart failure, or dementia. The conference provides information and valuable resources to better manage your condition and reclaim your life from afib. Through this conference you can get in rhythm and stay in rhythm.

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. During the Get in Rhythm, Stay in RhythmTM conference, attendees will have the chance to interact with these afib experts through panels and question-and-answer sessions.

Because StopAfib.org is a non-profit organization created by patients for patients, the information at the patient conference is easy to understand and is tailored to those who are living with this serious condition.

Here is your invitation to attend the Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference

Join Us September 16–18, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

Why You Should Attend In Person
This conference is for you if:
  • Your afib disrupts your work, your life, your play, or your family
  • You are frustrated from trying to live with your afib
  • You are afraid that your afib may lead to a stroke, heart failure, or dementia
  • You have questions about what you can do to manage your afib
  • You want to get rid of your afib and get your life back

Our all-star faculty of world-renowned atrial fibrillation experts will help you to understand what you need to know about afib and how to work with your healthcare team to get the best results. They will explain your options for treating afib and talk about the most recent developments in afib treatment. They will provide much-needed answers to your questions.

The purpose of this conference is to help patients and their families learn what they need to know to understand afib, manage their treatment, and even get rid of their afib.

Showing up matters to you, and to your family, too. You will learn what afib is, why it is a problem, and how to cope with it, including your options for getting in rhythm and staying in rhythm. Have you ever wanted to ask your questions of top afib experts, or engage in a dialogue with them? Now is your chance. One attendee said that he got thousands of dollars’ worth of value just from the discussions with the experts during the breaks. You just can’t do that if you’re not here.

Need more reasons to attend? How about this? Many have found their solution and are no longer in afib. And those who have chosen to live with afib and have attended previously are always the first to register because they cannot imagine missing out on the latest information that could truly be life-saving. Attendees have come from throughout the United States as well as Canada, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.

So don’t wait. Register now as seating will be limited.

Where

Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
4440 West John Carpenter
Irving, Texas, USA, 75063

The Get in Rhythm, Stay in RhythmTM Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference offers only a limited number of seats. Don’t miss out.
Learn More & Register Now!

Faculty

We are featuring world-renowned afib experts, the ones that doctors learn from at their medical conferences. You’ll want to be here in person so you can:

  • Hear about the work and research of these afib pioneers and innovators
  • Learn about the latest treatment options and what you need to know
  • Ask these experts your questions
  • Even ask them more questions during the breaks

One attendee told us last year that he got thousands of dollars’ worth of value just from the discussions during the breaks. You just can’t do that if you’re not here.

Click on each faculty member’s photo to learn more about them.
Ralph Damiano, MD

Ralph Damiano, MD

Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Luigi DiBiase, MD

Luigi DiBiase, MD

Electrophysiologist

Director of Arrhythmia Services, Section Head of Electrophysiology; Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Einstein/Montefiore. Sr Researcher, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, TX

James Edgerton, MD

James Edgerton, MD

Surgeon

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Plano, TX

Patrick Ellinor, MD

Patrick Ellinor, MD

Electrophysiologist

Director, Arrhythmia/Step Down Unit with Appointments to Cardiovascular Research Center and Center for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

Steve Hoff, MD

Steve Hoff, MD

Cardiovascular Surgeon

Cardiovascular Surgeon, Orlando Regional Medical Center<br /> Associate Professor of Surgery-University of Central Florida School of Medicine<br /> Orlando, FL

Elaine Hylek, MD

Elaine Hylek, MD

Professor of Medicine

Director, Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Service, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA

Bradley P. Knight, MD

Bradley P. Knight, MD

Electrophysiologist

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Center of Heart Rhythm Disorders at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Robert Kowal, MD

Robert Kowal, MD

Electrophysiologist

Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital

Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD

Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD

Electrophysiologist

Director, Center for Excellence in AF and Complex Arrhythmias, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Rachel Lampert, MD

Rachel Lampert, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology / Electrophysiology)

Yale School of Medicine

Nassir Marrouche, MD

Nassir Marrouche, MD

Electrophysiologist

Executive Director, Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research & Management Center at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Pamela J. McCabe, PhD

Pamela J. McCabe, PhD

Nurse Scientist & Assistant Professor of Nursing

Nurse Scientist in the Division of Nursing Research, Mayo Clinic and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Sanjiv Narayan, MD

Sanjiv Narayan, MD

Electrophysiologist

Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA

Andrea Natale, MD

Andrea Natale, MD

Electrophysiologist

Executive Medical Director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center, Austin, TX

Doug Packer, MD

Doug Packer, MD

Electrophysiologist

Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Eric Prystowsky, MD

Eric Prystowsky, MD

Electrophysiologist

Cardiologist, St. Vincent Medical Group; Director, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital

Mintu Turakhia, MD

Mintu Turakhia, MD

Electrophysiologist

Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University

Vivek Reddy, MD

Vivek Reddy, MD

Electrophysiologist

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

David Van Wagoner, PhD

David Van Wagoner, PhD

Translational Scientist

David Van Wagoner, PhD, is a Translational Scientist who works with physicians in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic

David J. Wilber, MD

David J. Wilber, MD

Electrophysiologist

Director of the Division of Cardiology and the Cardiovascular Institute at Loyola University Medical Center

Randall Wolf, MD

Randall Wolf, MD

Surgeon

Surgical Innovator of the Wolf Mini-Maze Procedure

Mellanie True Hills, CSP

Mellanie True Hills, CSP

Founder of StopAfib.org

Award-winning Author, Survivor, Heart Health Expert, and Patient Advocate

Sign up for the StopAfib.org Newsletter at the bottom of the page to get notified as we add more faculty members.

Sponsors

These sponsors have generously supported the conference

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Agenda

September 16, 2016
Friday

8:30 – 10:00 Afib Overview
• What is Afib and How is it Diagnosed?
• Types of Afib and Overview of Risk Factors
• Why Does Afib Run in Families?
• What Patients Should Know about the Basic Science of Afib
• Q&A

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Exhibitors

10:30 – 12:00 Afib Risk Factors
• Endurance Exercise, Stress, and Air Pollution
• Sleep Apnea
• High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Obesity
• Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (provided) and Visit Exhibitors

1:00 – 2:30 Managing Afib
• Treating Afib with Medications
• Medications for Preventing Strokes
• Non-medication Management of Afib
• Q&A

2:30 – 3:00 Break and Visit Exhibitors

3:00 – 4:30 Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occlusion
• LAA Occlusion Devices
• What is Involved in Having an LAA Procedure
• Anatomy of the LAA and Stroke Prevention
• Q&A

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap Up

September 17, 2016
Saturday

8:30 – 10:00 Catheter Ablation: Procedures & Tools Panel
• Radiofrequency Ablation
• Cryoballoon Ablation
• Laser Balloon & Ablation Innovations
• Rotors and FIRM Ablation
• What Do We Know from Ablation Trials
• Q&A

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Exhibitors

10:30 – 12:00 Catheter Ablation: Management and Complicated Patients
• Ablation of Persistent/Complicated Afib
• Impact of Fibrosis
• Management of Anticoagulants and Stroke Prevention For Ablation
• How to Improve Ablation Outcomes
• Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (provided) and Visit Exhibitors

1:00 – 2:00 Surgery Panel
• Open-chest/Concomitant Maze Procedures
• Minimally-invasive Maze Procedures
• Hybrid Procedures
• Q&A

2:00 – 3:00 How to Choose the Right Procedure Panel
• Surgeons and Electrophysiologists on Choosing the Right Procedure

3:00 – 3:30 Break and Visit Exhibitors

3:30 – 4:30 Patient Panel
• Living with Afib and How They Made Treatment Decisions

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap Up

September 18, 2016
Sunday

8:30 – 10:00 Groundbreaking Sessions
• Monitoring and Digital/Mobile Health
• Gender-Related Issues for Afib Patients

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Visit Exhibitors

10:30 – 12:00 Getting the Best Care Panel and Wrap-Up
• Partnering with Your Doctor
• Creating an Effective Healthcare Team
• Q&A
• Takeaways
• Closing

Travel

The conference will be in Dallas, Texas, which is in the center of the country and easy to reach from just about anywhere.

The Hotel

For your convenience, StopAfib.org has secured discounted rooms at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, host hotel for this year’s patient conference on September 16th-18th, 2016.
Staying in the host hotel makes it easier to get to the event each day on time and to network with your fellow attendees. You will have less walking and less stress, and no parking place to find each day.

September will be here before you know it, so take time now to book your rooms and enjoy special group discounts. Discounted rooms are available for our event at the group rate of $119.00 per night until August 22nd, 2016 (based on availability). As an added bonus, this special rate includes complimentary guest room Internet.

To secure your room, please use this link to preview the hotel and book online, or call the hotel directly at 888-627-8190 and use the group code “StopAfib.org Get In Rhythm Patient Conference”. Should you wish to extend your stay, rooms are also available 3 days before and 3 days after the event at the group rate (based on hotel availability). We recommend booking your flight to arrive at least the day or evening prior so you can check in for the conference and be well rested and ready for the event.

Confirmation emails with additional details will soon follow that should answer any questions you may have on the program. In the meantime, if you have any problems securing your reservation at the discounted group rate, please email Chelsea@poweredbysage.com.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Register

Make Your Decision To Change Your Life Now!

Reserve your seat today for the 2016 Get in Rhythm, Stay in RhythmTM Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference

Because of the intimate nature of the 2016 Get in Rhythm, Stay in RhythmTM Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference, a limited number of seats are available.

Register now, and for your $127 investment, you’ll get:

2.5 days of expert presentations, learning from medical professionals at the forefront of this field.
Live Q&A opportunities at the end of each presentation, where you get your questions answered and hear expert answers to questions from patients experiencing health issues similar to yours.
• Allotted time each day to visit exhibitors who are sharing the most up-to-date information and tools related to afib and your health.
Opportunities to talk with panel members and other patients between sessions.
• A delicious (and afib-healthy) lunch on Friday and Saturday and snack breaks each morning and afternoon.

Remember, seating is limited. If you’re ready to live your healthiest possible life, click “Register Now” to join us at the conference in September.

Early Bird

General Admission

Early Bird

ALL ACCESS
Entrance To The Event
Access to our general sessions ($297 Value)
2 Lunches and 5 Breaks
Good for two delicious lunches and five snack breaks. ($375 Value)
Friday Evening Gala Reception
Visit with doctors and other afib patients during our VIP reception. ($75 Value)
$127
$157 (Only $30 more)

Need More Reasons to Attend?

Watch the Video from Our Most Recent Conference

and See What Attendees Had to Say!

“The information I received at the 2015 conference saved my life. I left empowered and educated on how to get my life back.”
“All 10 out of 10. Most useful, very informative. Glad I made the trip from Los Angeles.”
“Everything was top notch and very well presented and very helpful to me personally. Thank you.”
“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!”
“Fantastic! So grateful for how StopAfib.org has changed our lives.”
“Thank you so much for offering this program! The content has empowered me to trust my instincts and move forward with seeking a specialist for my mother.”
“It was the most informative program I’ve ever attended.”
“Very informative conference. Excellent speakers with a wide variety of knowledge. Food was very good and service excellent”

“Venue was wonderful. Food was outstanding. Worth more than the ticket price! The ideal amount of time. Worth the trip.”
“Wonderful! Better than 90% of all types of conferences I have attended. Speakers were excellent, especially the cardiac surgeons. Practical and informing.”
“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.”
“Excellent, excellent, excellent! Food and venue were top notch. Speakers were beyond knowledgeable.”
“Extremely helpful topics, panel discussions, sponsors, and food. Most thoughtful and well-planned.”
“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.”
“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, wonderful arrangement by StopAfib.org in providing the conference”
“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. “
“Excellent speakers; great info to go back and talk to my cardiologist about.”
“Wonderful! Great presentations, great food, and great location. Thank you!”
“Well organized, great food, great speakers.”
“Absolutely awesome! Outstanding program (what a cast-list!). Top rate facility and food/service. You know how to do this!”

Have Questions? We're Here To Help You.

The StopAfib.org team is happy to answer any questions you might have about the event, or registration.

We are working to make the 2016 Get in Rhythm, Stay in RhythmTM Atrial Fibrillation Patient Conference the most valuable event you will attend for taking back control of your health and your life. We want to know what we can do to make your experience as smooth possible.

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