About this event

  • Date and time Wed 14 Dec 2022 from 8:55am to 4:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Cardiology

Join the first general day of the academic year for an overview of atrial fibrillation and its diagnosis, management and approaches.

The programme will explore the history of AF, its clinical and ECG diagnosis, epidemiology, pathophysiology and management strategies. The latter will include stroke prevention, rate and rhythm control and the role of interventional therapies such as catheter ablation and cardiac devices.

Participants will be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of AF 
  • Diagnose AF via ECG recordings, and differentiate it from other arrhythmias 
  • Assess thrombotic risk and choose optimal stroke prevention strategies in AF 
  • Consider rate and rhythm control options for AF, and understand referral pathways 
  • Have a basic understanding of non-pharmacological approaches to managing AF 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered event participants up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

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This activity has been supported by Boston Scientific and Medtronic in the form of an educational grant. 

Please note that the company(s) listed above have had no input into the arrangement or educational content of this activity.

Key speakers

Dr Rui Providencia

Cardiology Consultant, Barts Heart Centre and Associate Professor, University College London

Speaker's biography

After training in Portugal and France, Dr Rui Providencia moved to London in 2014. Initially he was a fellow at The Heart Hospital, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Hospitals, and later at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he was appointed Consultant in 2017. Rui is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Informatics, University College London. He runs a weekly arrhythmia clinic at Newham University Hospital and performs electrophysiology procedures at Barts on a weekly basis.

Rui is an expert in Evidence Synthesis and has been the Coordinating Editor for the Cochrane Heart Group since 2018. Rui has authored > 270 peer-reviewed publications, and his main interest is atrial fibrillation with emphasis on: epidemiology, genomics/proteomics/novel drug target identification, & novel catheter ablation technologies.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Adam Graham, Consultant Cardiologist, East Sussex Healthcare Trust

Epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and a glimpse into the future

Dr Rui Providencia, Cardiology Consultant, Barts Heart Centre and Associate Professor, University College London

Atrial arrhythmias and the grown-up congenital heart disease patient

Dr Vinit Sawhney, Cardiology Consultant, Barts Heart Centre

Case review

Dr Adam Graham

Comfort break
Preventing Stroke in atrial fibrillation: Eastbourne stroke pathway

Dr Raj Dulai, Clinical Research Fellow, East Sussex Healthcare Trust

Atrial fibrillation ablation as first line therapy?

Dr Adam Graham

Sham atrial fibrillation study

Dr Raj Dulai

Atrial fibrillation and heart failure

Dr Justo Julia Calvo, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Sussex Hospital

Hybrid atrial fibrillation ablation

Dr Riyaz Kaba, Consultant Cardiologist, St Georges University Hospital

Comfort break
Question and answer session
Closing remarks
Close of meeting




Registration for this event will close on 14 December 2022 at 7:55am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time  

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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