38th Annual Conference of International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology April 17-21, 2013 San Jose, California, USA

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Conference report

38th Annual Conference of International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology April 17-21, 2013 San Jose, California, USA

by Ljuba Bacharova, International Laser Center, Bratislava, Slovak Republik
Konstantin Kamyshev*, Russian New University, Moscow, Russia

* Corresponding author:
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The 38th Annual Conference of International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology (ISCE) was successfully held during April 17-21, 2013 in San Jose, California, USA. Over 100 delegates participated in the five day Conference, which brought together medical doctors, medical equipment engineers and R&D sectors, businessmen, scientists and researchers involved in all aspects of electrocardiology, which issues were discussed in depth to provide up-to-date information to the world. The meeting provided a great information platform for researchers to communicate with each other and resulted in great exchange of knowledge. Delegates came from USA, Finland, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Slovak Republic, Russia, UK, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, Germany and other countries.

The conference theme was "Engineering aspects of automated rhythm analysis during12- lead electrocardiography”. Sessions included J wave syndromes, Telecardiology, ECG databases, Sudden cardiac death, T-wave variability.

The scientific program was a rich mix of formats, ranging from keynote sessions featuring many well-known speakers to highly interactive discussion sessions. Presentations defined and analyzed the most important ideas and opportunities and were thought-provoking and stimulating. Adequate time for discussion was allowed. The conference included 7 keynote sessions and 2 poster sessions. Scientific session’s established active contribution from researchers and principal investigators, and the Poster presentations were phenomenally excellent.

A series of lectures by Honorable guests and members marked the commencement of the event. We were honoured to have Kjell Nikus, M.D., Tampere University Hospital and Paul Kligfield, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, officially opened the conference and held the first session. The main speakers were Richard Gregg, Philips Medical Systems, Andover MA USA; Charles Antzelevitch, Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica NY USA; Peter Macfarlane, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Scotland UK; Roger Abächerli, Schiller AG, Baar, SWITZERLAND; Larisa Tereschchenko, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA; Raimond Winslow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA; Mikkel Schoos, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen DENMARK; Marek Malik, St. George's University of London, London UK; Barbara J. Drew, UCSF, San Francisco CA USA; and many others.

However, the main focus and benefit of the ISCE conference is on the discussion at the posters. Sufficient time is devoted for each poster session and there are no other parallel activities or sessions. The authors and participants really utilize the time devoted to the posters presentations. These vivid discussions provide qualified feedback to authors, create a basis for exchanging of ideas, for developing new ideas and potentially for future collaboration. A lot of posters were presented at ISCE conference this year. Among them were posters of Deodato Assanelli, University of Brescia, Brescia ITALY; Jose Vicente, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring MD USA; Dimitrios Poulikakos, St. George's University of London, London UK; Vincent Jacquemet, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Montreal CANADA; Massimo Rivolta, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan ITALY; and others.

ISCE 2013 gave great opportunity for investigators from all over the world to share their ideas cause this year there were a lot of universities becoming members of ISCE and participating in the conference for the first time. Russian New University was among them. It was also the only organization from Russian Federation attending the ISCE conference 2013. The poster describing the latest scientific achievements of university Laboratory of Human Cardiovascular System (Russian New University, Moscow, Russia) was displayed and appreciated by all attendees. "I want to express our pleasure at having Konstantin Kamyshev attend the recent Annual Meeting of the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology in San Jose, California. His participation in ISCE was greatly appreciated and we hope to see him and/or other representatives of Russian New University and Cardiometry attend future Meetings” said Rory Childers, President of ISCE.

Scientific programm

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Engineering aspects of automated rhythm analysis during 12-lead electrocardiography

Organizers: Paul Kligfield, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY USA

Eric Helfenbein, Philips Medical Systems, Andover MA USA
Paul Kligfield, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY USA
Robert M. Farrell, GE Healthcare, Wauwatosa WI USA
Basic engineering issues for rhythm detection

Richard Gregg, Philips Medical Systems, Andover MA USA
Sensitivity-specificity tradeoff for arrhythmia detection

Johan de Bie, Mortara Instrument, Milwaukee WI USA
Detection of atrial flutter and tachycardia in a 10-second 12-lead ECG

Shen Luo, Mindray Biomedical, Mahwah NJ USA
Evaluation of rhythm and pacemaker performance for 12-lead electrocardiographs

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Session I: Papers from submitted abstracts

Chair: Paul Kligfield, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY USA
Co-chair: Kjell Nikus, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere FINLAND

Paul Kligfield, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York NY USA
Jørgen Kanters, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen DENMARK
T-wave morphology combination score, heart rate and the QT interval as risk predictors for all-cause-mortality in the general population

Reza Firoozabadi, Philips Healthcare, Thousand Oaks CA USA
Predicting defibrillation success in sudden cardiac arrest patients

Phyllis Stein, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO USA
24-hour Holter-derived VPC counts and incident outcomes in older adults: The cardiovascular health study

Jean-Philippe Couderc, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester NY USA
Combination of T-wave alternans and QT variability predicts ICD discharge in MADIT II patients

Session II: J wave syndromes and sudden cardiac death. From cell to bedside

Chair: Charles Antzelevitch, Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica NY USA
Co-chair: Peter Macfarlane, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Scotland UK

Charles Antzelevitch, Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica NY USA
Peter Macfarlane, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Scotland UK
ECG distinctions, prevalence and nomenclature

Charles Antzelevitch, Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica NY USA
Genetics, cellular and ionic mechanisms and approach to therapy

Arnon Adler, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel Aviv ISRAEL
Risk stratification of early repolarization

Poster Session 1

Salah Al-Zaiti, University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY USA
Predicting mortality using heterogeneity of ventricular repolarization: A metaanalysis. Findings from a global population of 362,816 patients

Deodato Assanelli, University of Brescia, Brescia ITALY
T-wave axis deviation and left ventricular hypertrophy interaction in the MOLI SANI project

Ljuba Bacharova, International Laser Center, Bratislava SLOVAK REPUBLIC
The effect of periinfarction block on the QRS complex and ST segment patterns: A model study

Said Yama Fakhri, University Hospital, Copenhagen DENMARK
Novel electrocardiographic pre-hospital salvage score outperforms reperfusion delay for prediction of left ventricular function in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction

Arzhang Fallahi, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York NY USA
EKG and angiographic correlation in patients with acute anteroseptal versus extensive anterior STEMI

Konstantin Kamyshev, Russian New University, Moscow RUSSIA
Fundamental research on the mechanism of cardiovascular system hemodynamics selfregulation. Determination of the norm-pathology boundary for the basic hemodynamic parameters and analysis of the compensation mechanism as a method of revealing the underlying causes of the disease

Michele M Pelter, University of Nevada, Reno Nevada USA
Transient myocardial ischemia among Non-STEMI and unstable angina patients treated with invasive versus conservative treatment

David Pickham, University of California, San Francisco CA USA
Development of ECG abnormalities in the first year after heart transplantation

Dimitrios Poulikakos, St. George's University of London, London UK
T wave morphology descriptors during haemodialysis

Autumn Schumacher, Georgia Regents University, Augusta GA USA
Defibrillation threshold testing does not cause acute electrocardiographic changes in cardiomyopathy patients undergoing insertion of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Jose Vicente, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring MD USA
Gender differences in the evolution of spatial QRS-T angle and ventricular gradient with age

Sofieke Wijers, University Med. Center Utrecht, Utrecht THE NETHERLANDS
Proposing a new ECG parameter for risk stratification in repolarization dependent ventricular arrhythmias: STVQT

Session III: Telecardiology

Chair: Roger Abächerli, Schiller AG, Baar, SWITZERLAND
Co-chair: Peter Clemmensen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen DENMARK

Roger Abächerli, Schiller AG, Baar, SWITZERLAND
Lemuel Cunha, Federal University, Belo Horizonte BRAZIL
Main features of a Brazilian large scale telecardiology network

Richard Gregg, Philips Healthcare, Andover MA USA
Comparing ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction criteria for left bundle branch block

Salah Al-Zaiti, University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY USA
Novel technical solutions for ECG transmission: Clinical perspectives

Peter Clemmensen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen DENMARK
Prehospital diagnosis and transfers of patients with acute coronary syndrome

Friday, 19 April 2013

Session IV: ECG databases/Sudden cardiac death

Chair: Larisa Tereschchenko, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA
Co-chair: Konrad Brockmeier, University of Köln, Köln GERMANY

Larisa Tereschchenko, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA
Raimond Winslow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA
A web-based tool for managing and analyzing ECG data

Larisa Tereschchenko, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD USA
ECG as a screening tool in the general population

Adriaan van Oosterom, Radboud University, Nijmegen THE NETHERLANDS
Repolarization features as detectable from electrocardiograms and electrograms

Joseph E. Marine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA
ECG features suggesting a potentially life-threatening arrhythmia as the cause for syncope

Mathias Baumert, University of Adelaide, Adelaide AUSTRALIA
Symbolic analysis of coupling between heart rate, blood pressure and respiration

Poster Session 2

Roger Abächerli, SCHILLER AG, Baar SWITZERLAND
Is it possible to reduce the false positive diagnostic statements in young athlete ECG screening?

Deodato Assanelli, University of Brescia, Brescia ITALY
T-wave axis deviation and left ventricular hypertrophy interaction in diabetes and hypertension (MOLI SANI project)

Han Chengzong, Philips Healthcare, Andover MA USA
Comparison of QT heart rate correction methods during drug-induced QT prolongation in rabbit

Simon Chien, Philips Healthcare, Andover MA USA
A software algorithm for detection of biventricular pacemaker pulses in the surface ECG

Dirk Feild, Philips Healthcare, Thousand Oaks CA USA
Evaluation of a real-time automated algorithm for ST measurement

Patricia Harris, University of California, San Francisco CA USA
Heart rate turbulence in patients with respiratory failure

Vincent Jacquemet, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Montreal CANADA
Consistency of QTc measurements in atrial flutter patients before and after catheter ablation

David Pickham, University of California, San Francisco CA USA
Association between endomyocardial tissue biopsies and right ventricular conduction delays

Mads Riemann, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen DENMARK
Absence of potassium channel interacting protein 2 delays conduction in the mouse ECG

Massimo Rivolta, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan ITALY
Quantification of ventricular repolarization heterogeneity during sotalol administration using the V-index

John J Wang, Philips Healthcare, Andover MA USA
On transformations for estimating body-surface potential maps from the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram

Sofieke Wijers, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS
Acute, short, and long term ‘reverse’ electrical remodeling after biventricular pacing in patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy

Wojciech Zareba, University of Rochester, Rochester NY USA
ECG parameters and cardiac resynchronization therapy

Session V: Jos Willems Young Investigators Competition

Chair: Mary G. Carey, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester NY USA
Co-chair: Shen Luo, MindRay Biomedical, Mahwah NJ USA

Mary G. Carey, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester NY USA
Mikkel Schoos, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen DENMARK
A novel pre-hospital electrocardiogram score predicts myocardial salvage in patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, evaluated by cardiac magnetic resonance

Michael Daly, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Northern Ireland UK
Epicardial potentials derived from the body surface potential map using inverse electrocardiography improve diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction: A prospective study

Lars Johannesen, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring MD USA
Going beyond QT: Integrated electrocardiographic and vectorcardiographic analysis of 20 QTc-prolonging drugs

Peter van Dam, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen THE NETHERLANDS
Quantitative spatial cardiac localization of PVCs and pacemakers using the 12 lead ECG

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Session VI: T-wave variability

Chair: Marek Malik, St. George's University of London, London UK
Co-chair: Robert Lux, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT USA

Marek Malik, St. George's University of London, London UK
Richard Verrier, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA USA
Electrophysiology of T-wave alternans: Cellular mechanism and insights derived from large animal models

Marek Malik, St. George's University of London, London UK
QT interval and T wave variability during provocative test

Joel Xue, GE Healthcare, Wauwatosa WI USA
T wave variation detection, an industrial perspective of research and development

Derek Exner, University of Calgary, Calgary CANADA
Clinical application of T-wave alternans

Georg Schmidt, Technische Universität, München GERMANY
Low frequency oscillations of T-wave vector predict mortality in post-infarction patients

David G. Strauss, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring MD USA
Going beyond QT interval in the assessment of electrocardiographic drug effects

Yochai Birnbaum, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX USA
High risk ECG patterns in ACS – need for guideline revision

Session VII: Patient monitoring alarm fatigue: Potential device based solutions

Chair: Barbara J. Drew, UCSF, San Francisco CA USA
Co-chair: John Wang, Philips Healthcare, Andover MA USA

Barbara J. Drew, UCSF, San Francisco CA USA
Alex Chen, Mortara Instrument, Milwaukee WI USA
Reduction of false alarms in the detection of lethal arrhythmias in patient monitoring

Xiao Hu, UCLA, Los Angeles CA USA
Integrated utilization of monitor alarms to detect patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest in hospital

Mikko Kaski, GE Healthcare, Helsinki FINLAND
Reduction of false and irrelevant ECG alarms in monitoring

John Wang, Philips Healthcare, Andover MA USA
Alarms for real-time ECG/arrhythmia monitoring: Review of potential device solutions

On the whole, the 38th Annual Conference of ISCE was a great success. The delegates built professional networks to share knowledge and made friends with each other. Informal interactions contributed strongly to the quality of the meeting. Conference business was conducted in an open and democratic fashion.

Thanks to all the attendees of the 38th Annual Conference of International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology
April 17-21, 2013
San Jose, California, USA

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