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Sudden cardiac death (SCD) remains a major public health problem in developed countries. Nonetheless, the last two decades have witnessed many advances in the epidemiology of SCD, its prediction and prevention.
We have learned that approximately half of these events occur in individuals without a previously diagnosed heart disease. The proportion of the presenting arrhythmia in patients with cardiac arrest has somewhat changed from ventricular fibrillation towards pulseless electrical activity and asystole. These observations, if further confirmed, may challenge previous strategies of risk stratification and the management of survivors of cardiac arrest.
Despite efforts to identify patients with clinical, anatomic, autonomic, electrical, and/or transient risk factors, the predictive accuracy of relevant diagnostic tests remains often inconclusive. Further progress in this field can be expected by imaging studies that are playing an increasing role in identification of high-risk patients. There have been major advances in the understanding of the role of genetics and we have clearly entered in an era in which knowledge of the genotype will contribute to a better individualization of the management of patients at risk for life-threatening arrhythmias of genetic origin. While the use of implantable defibrillators has been a tremendous advance in patients at risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmias, the use of automatic external defibrillators and wearable defibrillators is a recent advance that allows potential SCD prevention in more patients. New strategies to improve outcomes in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are being developed.
We decided to organize this symposium to update and review the most critical new data on epidemiology, risk stratification and prevention of SCD. Both of us have been involved in this topic for many years and our institutions guarantee the scientific level of such meeting.
With the major support of the “Fondazione Internazionale Menarini” we have succeeded in bringing together an outstanding faculty which includes the world leaders in the field.
The structure of the meeting is such to allow adequate discussion time and interaction between audience and faculty.
The city of Prague has been selected for the venue not only because of its location but also for the further promotion of the integration of the Eastern part of Europe. We look forward to seeing you in Prague!

Presidents of the Meeting
Professor Peter J. Schwartz
Professor Josef Kautzner

Symposium Programme

18.30 – 19.00
Key Note lecture

Sudden Cardiac Death in 2017

S. S. Chugh (Los Angeles, US)
09.00 – 11.00
Session I: Overview on Epidemiology

SD in Europe and in the world

J. Tfelt-Hansen (Copenaghen, DK)

Out of hospital Cardiac Arrest

X. Jouven (Paris, FR)

Genetics of SD

S. Kääb (Munich, DE)

Coffee break

Hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy and sudden cardiac death

M. Shenasa (San Jose, USA)

Sudden Death in Athletes

D. Corrado (Padua, IT)

Sudden Death in Ischemic Heart Disease

A. E. Buxton (Boston, US)

Buffet Lunch


S. Hohnloser (Frankfurt, DE)


N. Dagres (Leipzig, DE), G. Hindricks (Leipzig, DE)

Sympathetic Denervation

P. J. Schwartz (Milan, I)

Coffee Break

Ablation for life-threatening arrhythmias

J. Kautzner (Prague, CZ)

New approaches for ICDs

R. Cappato (Milan, I)
08.30 – 10.30
Session IV: ECG/Arrhythmia Imaging and Sudden Death

Non Invasive ECG Imaging: mapping the arrhythmic substrate

Y. Rudy (Washington, US)

ECG and Autonomic Markers for Sudden Death

A. Bauer (Munich, DE)


J. Bax (Leiden, NL

Coffee Break

10.30 – 14.15
Session V: Sudden Death and Specific Conditions - II

Genetics of sudden cardiac death

L. Crotti (Milan, IT)


A. A. M. Wilde (Amsterdam, NL)


P. Elliott (London, UK)

Toward the future with iPS

M. Gnecchi (Pavia, IT)

Key Note lecture Hopes and Disappointments with Antiarrhythmic Drugs

A. J. Camm (London, UK)

Buffet Lunch

General Information

Meeting venue
Municipal House - Nám. Republiky 5, 111 21 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Registration hours:
Thursday, March 30th: 05.30 p.m. to 07.00 p.m.
Friday, March 31st: 08.00 a.m. to 04.45 p.m.
Saturday, April 1st: 07.30 a.m. to 01.15 p.m.

Official language
English. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.

No registration fee is required to attend the Conference. Please return the registration form to:
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An application has been made for Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation of this event by Avec to the following institutions:
- European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)
- European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC)

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits
Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that have actually been spent in the educational activity.

Technical facilities
A Slide Center with PCs (Windows and Macintosh operating systems) will be available for Speakers to preview and finalize their presentations. Speakers are kindly requested to submit their presentations on USB flash drive to the Slide Center technicians at least one hour before their talks.

Slide Centre opening hours
Thursday, March 30th: 05.30 p.m. to 07.00 p.m. Friday, March 31st: 08.00 a.m. to 04.45 p.m. Saturday, April 1st: 07.30 a.m. to 01.15 p.m.

Lunch and coffee breaks
Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided on the conference premises.

Abstracts book
Participants will receive the Abstract book at the Registration Desk.

Attendance certificate
The attendance certificate will be provided on-site upon request at the Registration Desk


Department of Cardiology
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Munich (Germany)
Jeroen J. BAX
Department of Cardiology
Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)
Leiden (The Netherlands)
Alfred E. BUXTON
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston (U.S.A.)
A. John CAMM
Molecular & Clinical Sciences Researche Institute
St. George’s University of London
London (United Kingdom)
Riccardo CAPPATO
Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Research Center at IRCCS Humanitas Research Center of Milan
Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Center at Humanitas Gavazzeni Clinics of Bergamo
Milan and Bergamo (Italy)
Sumeet S. CHUGH
Heart Rhythm Center
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles (U.S.A.)
Domenico CORRADO
Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences
University of Padua Medical School
Padua (Italy)
Department of Cardiology, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano
Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Pavia
Milan and Pavia (Italy)
Nikolaos DAGRES
Department of Electrophysiology
University Leipzig - Heart Center
Leipzig (Germany)
UCL Institute for Cardiovascular Science
Centre for Heart Muscle Disease&
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
London (United Kingdom)
Massimiliano GNECCHI
Department of Molecular Medicine - Cardiology Unit
University of Pavia
Pavia (Italy)
Department of Electrophysiology
University Leipzig - Heart Center
Leipzig (Germany)
Department of Cardiology
Division of Clinical Electrophysiology
J. W. Goethe University
Frankfurt (Germany)
Department of Cardiology
European Georges-Pompidou Hospital
Paris Sudden Death Expertise Center
Inserm U970 (PARCC)
Paris (France)
Stefan KÄÄB
Department of Cardiology
LMU Munich University Hospital
Munich (Germany)
Department of Cardiology
Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Prague (Czech Republic)
Yoram RUDY
Cardiac Bioelectricity and Arrhythmia Center (CBAC)
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis (U.S.A.)
Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin
IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano
Milan (Italy)
Mohammad SHENASA
Department of Cardiovascular Services
O'Connor Hospital
Heart & Rhythm Medical Group
San Jose (U.S.A.)
Department of Cardiology
The Heart Centre, University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Arthur A. M. WILDE
Heart Centre
Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


Congress Venue

  • Municipal House
  • Nám. Republiky 5, 111 21 Prague 1, Czech Republic