Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Master’s Degree courses

Interventional Electrophysiology – Complex Ventricular Arrhythmias a.a. 2022/23

Length1 year

Program overview and learning goals

The management and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias represent the most complex part of cardiac electrophysiology.

Complex ventricular arrhythmias require prompt intervention as well as intensive pre- and post-procedure care. The procedural model for the advanced treatment of the patient with ventricular tachycardia provides for a complex joint organization with other specialist figures such as cardio-anaesthesiologists and in some cases even cardiac surgeons. The therapy of ventricular arrhythmias involves both a pharmacological approach and, in specific cases, an interventional one. These are generally performed percutaneously but in some cases require epicardial access (by subxiphoid puncture). This interventional approach is the prerogative of large hospitals as it requires a high level of competence of the entire team as well as dedicated instruments and, in specific cases, haemodynamic support. The complexity of the procedure is therefore considerable and requires training in the electrophysiological field, both technical and cultural.

The Master trains professional figures capable of carrying out a complete control and best management of the patient presenting complex ventricular arrhythmias which goes from the correct interrogation and programming of devices such as defibrillators up to the management of the electrophysiology room, choice of the best material for the procedure, and perform the ablative treatment knowing how to skilfully interpret the information of the intracavitary signals.

This Master is proposed as a super-specialist completion of the training process of the School of Specialization in Cardiology, capable of providing adequate technical and clinical training for the professional figures who can be actresses in the Interventional Cardiology Centres. The course is aimed at doctors who have adequate requirements, in particular basic knowledge of electrophysiology and pacing. The activation of this Master stems from the need to adapt the academic training and to maintain the high quality of the assistance activity on the Italian national territory.

Program Director
Prof. Carlo Pappone

Scientific Program Coordinators
Dr. Paolo Della Bella
Dr. Caterina Bisceglia

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