XXX International Congress on  Electrocardiology      Midnight  Sun  Symposium
Update in cardiac electrophysiology in 2003 will be held in Saariselkä, Lapland, 260 km north of the Arctic Circle.

The symposium focuses on two hot topics:

  •  How to document the abnormality in cardiac
  •  How to ablate paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

    A special Midnight Sun Lecture will be given by a
    renowned electrophysiologist.


    Participants are encouraged to submit posters.

    Posters are presented with a computer, which is provided by the organizer when needed. When using organizer's computer the poster must be in PowerPoint format. Posters will be viewed during coffee breaks. When sending a paper, it should be marked as a poster for Midnight Sun Symposium. Please follow the Instructions for Submission of Papers

  • Midnight Sun Symposium
    June 15-17, 2003   Saariselkä, Lapland, Finland

    Advances in the Therapy of Atrial Fibrillation and Detection of
    Abnormal Cardiac Repolarization     Return to Top

    June 15, 2003

    13.00     Arrival to Saariselkä
    13.00-15.00   Accommodation and registration
    Opening remarks, President of Finnish Cardiac Society
    Dr. Markku Mäkijärvi, Helsinki, Finland
    General overview of the topics
    Chairmen: Dr. Pekka Raatikainen  and  Dr. Mario Gonzalez
    The impact of atrial fibrillation on mortality, morbitity and health care costs.
    Dr. Lauri Toivonen, Helsinki, Finland
    Epidemiology and prediction of sudden arrhythmic death.
    Dr. Heikki Huikuri, Oulu, Finland
    Word or a lecture from the sponsor.
    St Jude Medical
    16.35-17.30  Poster presentations, Coffee and Exhibition.
    19.45  Busses to Midnight Sun Dinner
    20.30   Midnight Sun Dinner, Restaurant Huippu in Kaunispää fjell.

    Midnight Sun Honorary Lecture. (informal dress code)
    100 year-old ECG: Changing concepts on measurement and interpretation of cardiac repolarization.
    Dr. Michael Franz, Washington, USA

    June 16, 2003

    How to ablate paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?
    Chairmen: Dr. Markku Mäkijärvi  and  Dr. Carlo Pappone
    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. US experience.
    Dr. Mario Gonzalez, Gainesville, USA

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Electroanatomic approach.
    Dr. Carlo Pappone, Milan, Italy

    Word or lecture from the sponsor.
    Biosense Webster, Johnson&Johnson Company
    10.35-11.00  Coffee and Exhibition.

    Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation.
    Dr. Hans Kottkamp, Leibzig, Germany

    Ablation of atrial fibrillation in "a low volume center".
    Dr. Pekka Raatikainen, Oulu, Finland

    Word or lecture from the sponsor.
    WL Medical
    Lunch and Exhibition 
    Detection of abnormalities in cardiac repolarization
    Chairmen: Dr. Heikki Huikuri  and  Dr. Michael Franz

    Genesis and quantitative analysis of T-wave. An overview.
    Dr. Michael Franz, Washington, USA
    T-wave morphology. Analysis methods and prognostic significance.
    Dr. Marek Malik, London, UK.
    14.50-15.20 Coffee and Exhibition

    T-wave alternans. Concepts on genesis of TWA and clinical applications of TWA measurement.
    Dr. Thomas Klingenheben, Frankfurt, Germany

    QT-interval dynamics. Analysis methods and  potential clinical applications.
    Dr. Matti Viitasalo, Helsinki, Finland
    Word or a lecture from the sponsor.
    17.30 Departure from Saariselkä for Siida Museum.
    18.30   Siida Museum, coffee served.

    Arrival back to Saariselkä.

    June 17, 2003

    Critical appraisal on new diagnostic and therapeutic methods
    Chairmen: Dr. Pekka Raatikainen  and  Dr. Markku Mäkijärvi.

    Biases of the methods and studies assessing the risk for sudden arrhythmic death.
    Introduction: Dr. Heikki Huikuri Comments: Dr. Michael Franz, Dr. Thomas Klingenheben, Dr. Marek Malik. Discussion: all participants.

    Impact of the methods used for ablation, patient selection and volume of the center on the results of ablation of atrial fibrillation.
    Introduction: Dr. Lauri Toivonen. Comments: Dr. Mario Gonzales, Dr. Hans Kottkamp, Dr. Carlo Pappone. Discussion: all participants.
    10.30-10.35  Closing remarks. Dr. Markku Mäkijärvi.
    11.00   Transportation to the airport.

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    Reference ECG-mapping etalons improve the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial ischemia according to departure isointegral surface maps
    Slavomíra Filipová, Bratislav, Slovak Republic

    Effects of different atrial pacing modes evaluated by intracardiac signal-averaged ECG
    Andrzej Kutarski, Lublin, Poland

    Conventionally and intraatriallly recorded SA ECG P wave parameters - is it connected with frequency of AF recurrences?
    Andrzej Kutarski, Lublin, Poland

    Arrhythmia after the biventricular pacing system implantation
    Andrzej Kutarski, Lublin, Poland

    Effect of premature atrial contraction on QT interval duration in patients with previous myocardial infarction and ventricular arrhythmias
    Krzysztof Szydlo, Katowice, Poland

    Effect of ventricular premature contraction on QT interval duration in patients with previous myocardial infarction and ventricular arrhythmias
    Krzysztof Szydlo, Katowice, Poland

    Computer simulation and cellular basis of coronary T wave
    Takeshi Tsutsumi, Yokohama City, Japan

    Circumferential pulmonary vein ablation for atrial fibrillation using purely anatomic approach
    Anna-Maria Wnuk-Wojnar, Katowice, Poland

    Linear ablation during sinus rhythm for life-threatening ventricular tachycardia in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy using CARTO system
    Anna-Maria Wnuk-Wojnar, Katowice, Poland


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