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Nearly 200 leaders in the field of electrophysiology (EP) from Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as experts from across the United States, gathered at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center on March 3 and 4 to discuss treating complex arrhythmias, a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm.

TCAI hosted its third international meeting, EP Live 2016, as a way for physicians to come together to learn more about the full scope of EP procedures, ultimately improving patient care across the globe.

Arrhythmias are caused by problems with the heart’s electrical system, and many are treated using modern ablation procedures, which involve burning, freezing or neutralizing portions of the heart muscle where abnormal electrical pulses set off the irregular heartbeats. EP Live is designed to help attendees gain a better understanding of techniques used to treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, as well as the most effective ways to implant complex devices and extract malfunctioning devices.

Live cases broadcast from the state-of-the-art laboratories at St. David’s Medical Center, with expert commentary, serve as the primary teaching tool during EP Live. The intensive, two-day educational meeting is designed for practicing clinical cardiac electrophysiologists, electrophysiologist fellows and general cardiologists.

The conference also featured demonstrations by a number of TCAI physicians, led by Andrea Natale, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., cardiac electrophysiologist and executive medical director of TCAI and EP Live course director. Physicians who attended received a maximum of 16 American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit hours.

The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center is one of the world’s preeminent centers dedicated to the latest treatment advances for correcting arrhythmias. For more information, visit

Time Warner Cable News recently shared a news story about the conference.

Pictured above (L to R): Don Wilkerson (chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center) and Andrea Natale, M.D. (executive medical director of TCAI and EP Live course director) attend the third EP Live conference on Friday, March 4, 2016 hosted at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center.

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