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2015

April 22, 2015 — "Panic Attack Or Atrial Fibrillation? Here's How To Tell," by Jennifer J. Brown, EverydayHealth.com
According to a new study of 458 patients, sixty-eight individuals had Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) less than 10 percent of the time, according to the heart monitor they wore, yet they said on their questionnaires that they were in near-continuous AFib — over 90 percent of the time. People with a diagnosed anxiety disorder or depression disorder were the most likely to overestimate their heart symptoms. The study was published in HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.

February 3, 2015 — "Stroke Under 40," by Maureen Faille, Vitals.com
As part of the Heart Rhythm Society and National Stroke Association's AF-Impact of Stroke Survey, patient and guest blogger, Maureen Faille, discusses her experience living with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), and, ultimately, experiencing an AFib related stroke in her mid-30s. 

January 27, 2015 — "Stroke and A-Fib: A Deadly Connection" Vitals.com
David Frankel, MD, FHRS, Chair of the Heart Rhythm Society and National Stroke Association's AF-Impact of Stroke Survey Working Group notes that approximately 15 strokes every hour are caused by Atrial Fibrillation, but most people don’t know what AFib is – much less know if they have it.

 

2014

November 24, 2014 —"Bryan Crabtree Radio Show: AFib"
Atrial fibrillation is a common type of abnormal heartbeat. On the Bryan Crabtree Radio Show, Michael Gold, MD, FHRS; 1st Vice President of the Heart Rhythm Society; explains the signs, symptoms and treatment options for this heart rhythm disorder.

April 21, 2014 —"HRS.14: Latest Tech, Case Management & Many Attendees," by Candace Stuart, Cardiovascular Business
John D. Day, MD, FHRS, program Chair of the Heart Rhythm Society's 35th Annual Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, provides an overview of the meeting, including the theme, sessions and highlights attendees can look forward to.

April 1, 2014 —"New Guidelines for AFib Patients: Better Blood Thinners, Less Aspirin," by Jennifer J. Brown, Everyday Health 
Better care for patients with AFib is the goal of newly updated treatment guidelines published by HRS and other leading associations. The    
"2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation" are based on the most recent research and clinical evidence. Society President Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS gives information on the update.

February 19, 2014 —"Takes A Licking, Keeps On Ticking: 5 Heart Health Tips From an Electrophysiologist," Everyday Health 
During Heart Health Month, Society President Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS gives readers information about Atrial Fibrillation, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and  general heart healthy practices.

February 10, 2014 — "List Helps EPs Steer Clear of Inappropriate Care," by Candace Stuart, Cardiovascular Business
The Heart Rhythm Society created a list of five treatments and procedures electrophysiologists should avoid in patients with arrhythmias as part of the Choosing Wisely Initiative.

February 4, 2014 — "Start a Smart Health Exercise Program," by Gina Larson-Stoller, Vitals.com
During Heart Health Month, Society President Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS gives tips to consumers regarding heart healthy practices, including moderate exercise.

January 29, 2014 — "A Decision Deferred: Turning Off the Pacemaker," by Paula Span, New York Times
The blog post discusses a patient’s decision and rights to turn off a device. The Heart Rhythm Society is noted as a medical group that issued a consensus statement saying that “honoring a patient or surrogate request to turn off a cardiac device is both legal and ethical.” The article also mentions how HRS members and manufacturers’ were surveyed about their personal opinion about turning off a pacemaker.

 

2013

November 4, 2013 — "Treating AF: Reducing Stroke Risk With Ablation," Medscape
Heart Rhythm Society President Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS (2013-2014) sits down with Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH to discuss heart rhythm disorders, including management of Atrial Fibrillation.

September 7, 2013 — "New Atrial Fibrillation Study Reduces Stroke Risk," Be Healthy Well and Inspired
New study published in HeartRhythm Journal coincides with Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month and the Heart Rhythm Society’s third annual ‘AFib Feels Like’ campaign to help educate the public.

September 6, 2013 — "Key Concepts in Managing AFib," by Hugh Calkins, Physician's Weekly
September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, an initiative from the Heart Rhythm Society designed to increase awareness of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). By practicing evidence-based medicine, physicians can make important strides in the long-term management of patients suffering from AFib.

August 15, 2013 — "Heidi Dohse: A Winning Attitude About Heart Disease," by Jennifer K. Brown Everyday Health
Lifelong athlete Heidi Dohse has a winning attitude about heart disease. The competitive cyclist is working with the Heart Rhythm Society to raise awareness about the benefits of living an active life with a heart rhythm disorder.

August 1, 2013 — "Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Quick Action Is Key to Survival," by Kevin R. Campbell, Everyday Health
Article notes that physicians must continue to work closely with organizations like the Heart Rhythm Society in order to improve awareness and educate others about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the importance of learning CPR.

June 7, 2013 — "Heart Device 'Shock' Anxiety May Hamper Sex Life," Healthday News
Anxiety-related sexual problems occur among young adults with congenital heart disease who have implanted heart defibrillators. Their anxiety about the possibility of receiving a shock from their ICDs can lead to sexual dysfunction, according to the new study published in the June issue of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.

May 2, 2013 — "New Guide for Electrophysiology Training in Peds," by Todd Neale, MedPage Today
In the guidance, published in the May issue of HeartRhythm and endorsed by HRS, the authors tackled every aspect of advanced fellowships in pediatric and congenital electrophysiology, including the curriculum, expected procedure volumes to be achieved by graduation, a certification examination, and characteristics of centers that can house such programs.

April 28, 2013 — "HRS: Societies Share Goals In Joint Sessions," by Candace Stuart, Cardiovascular Business
Anne M. Gillis, MD, President of HRS (2012 - 2013) and a professor at the University of Calgary, will co-chair a joint session on clinical registries on May 9 at Heart Rhythm 2013 in Denver. She discusses the evolution of joint sessions and other program details.

April 10, 2013 — "Give Your Heart Some Love, Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest," Black America Web
In connection with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) "Arrest the Risk" Awareness Campaign, Dr. Kevin L. Thomas urges African Americans, who are disproportionately affected by SCA, to talk to their doctors about prevention, early intervention and appropriate treatment.

April 9, 2013 — "Effort in Detroit Puts Focus on Silent Killer," by Leonard N. Fleming, The Detroit News
In connection with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) "Arrest the Risk" Awareness Campaign, outlet puts front page focus on the need for greater awareness of SCA in Detroit and notes the work the Heart Rhythm Society is doing in the area to help educate the local public.

March 18, 2013 — "A Heartbeat Away from Stroke," Discovery Channel - TV
President-elect Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS is featured in a documentary, “A Heartbeat Away From Stroke, which explores the connection between Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and stroke, in an effort to teach viewers about the heart rhythm disorder and the importance of stroke prevention. Along with Dr. Calkins and other heart rhythm specialists, patients discuss their experiences living with AF. The documentary premieres on March 23, 8 am ET/PT on the Discovery Channel, and repeats at the same time on March 30 and April 6.

March 4, 2013 — "Appropriate Use Criteria For ICDs And CRT," Medical News Today
The Heart Rhythm Society and American College of Cardiology, along with key specialty societies, have released appropriate use criteria for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy. The document provides assessed levels of appropriateness for implanting the devices in 369 real-life clinical scenarios, with the goal of enhancing physician and patient decision making and improving care and health outcomes.

February 14, 2013 — "Know Your Heart and Your Pacemaker Now and Forever," by Mary Mulcahy, Huffington Post
Article discusses pacemakers, including end of life discussions with people implanted with the device. The Society's 2010 Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices is referenced.

February 13, 2013 — "Stakeholders Support Revision Of National Coverage Determination For Cardiac Pacemakers," by Lea Radick The Pink Sheet Daily 
Stakeholders support the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology’s request that CMS update the 27-year-old clinical indications for group II, dual-chamber pacemakers. (Subscription required)

January 22, 2013 — "iPhone App Accurately Detects Atrial Fibrillation," by Waqaar Khawar, iMedicalApps
A study published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of HRS, shows that an app can identify atrial fibrillation (AF) with a high specificity and sensitivity. A cohort of 76 adults with persistent AF were evaluated using the app before and after cardioversion.

January 17, 2013 — "Shaun Robinson Featured in Heart Rhythm Society Public Service Announcement," Essence.com
Shaun Robinson is the star of the Arrest the Risk Public Service Announcement. It's part of the "Arrest the Risk" campaign sponsored by the Heart Rhythm Society and Association of Black Cardiologists.

January 14, 2013  — "Shaun Robinson: On a Mission to Stop Sudden Cardiac Arrest," by Gina Roberts-Grey, Yahoo!Health 
Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson is a spokesperson for the Heart Rhythm Society's "Arrest the Risk" Campaign. “I want people to realize there is a difference between SCA and a heart attack and that they may even have some of the risk factors for SCA.”

 

2012

November 29, 2012 — "AF:Back to theBbasics with Dr Anne Gillis, HRS President," Dr. Ileana Pena, Heart.org
Dr. Ileana Piña interviews Heart Rhythm Society President Anne Gillis, MD, FHRS to review the epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation and the basics of treatment.

November 28, 2012 —"Heart Gadgets Test Privacy-Law Limits," by Christopher Weaver and Amy Dockser Marcus, Wall Street Journal
Article examines the debate on whether patients should have access to their medical device data. It is noted that Heart Rhythm Society Health and Information Technology Subcommittee member David L. Scher, MD, FHRS is leading efforts among doctors to help connect patients with device data.

November 7, 2012 — "The ‘Minor’ Heart Symptoms You Should Never Ignore," by Anne-Marie Botek, Aging Care
Society President, Anne M. Gillis, MD, FHRS discusses the signs, symptoms and risk factors for Atrial Fibrillation.

October 29, 2012 — "Heart Rhythm Society's New SCA Awareness Campaign," Black America Web
Tom Joyner TV radio host Deya Direct interviews Emmy-award winning journalist, best-selling author, and "Access Hollywood" co-anchor and correspondent, Shaun Robinson, about SCA in the African-American community as a result of the "Arrest the Risk" Awareness Campaign.

October 29, 2012 — "Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Higher in Blacks?," by Sheree Crute, The Root
In a survey released on Oct. 17, the Heart Rhythm Society reported that SCA claims 350,000 lives in the United States each year, at a rate of nearly 1,000 people per day. Despite the fact that SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, only 18 percent of African Americans were aware of the condition, compared with 24 percent of the larger population.

October 24, 2012 — "Black Patients at Increased Rrisk for Death from Sudden Cardiac Arrest," Cardiology Today
A national survey conducted by the Heart Rhythm Society revealed considerable gaps in perception between health care providers and patients in terms of understanding the condition, its symptoms, risk factors and treatments, especially among black patients.

October 21, 2012 — "New Sudden Cardiac Arrest Study," Partners in Health Radio
Radio host Gail Dixon interviews Walter Clair, MD, FHRS, the national spokesperson for the Heart Rhythm Society's new SCA "Arrest the Risk" campaign. Dr. Clair discusses the differences between SCA and heart attack, research from the Society's new physician and consumer survey, and appropriate treatment options for SCA.

October 19, 2012 — "Heart Rhythm Society's New SCA Awareness Campaign" Access Hollywood
Emmy-award winning journalist, best-selling author, and "Access Hollywood" co-anchor and correspondent, Shaun Robinson, lets viewers know that she is serving as the spokesperson for the "Arrest the Risk" Awareness Campaign.

October 19, 2012 — "Shaun Robinson Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest," by Mariah Caddrick, Jet Magazine
Shaun Robinson interviews with Jet magazine to bring awareness to sudden cardiac arrest through the Heart Rhythm Society's new "Arrest the Risk" campaign. As the campaign's celebrity spokesperson, Shaun discusses why it is important for African-Americans to know their family history of heart disease, as well as heart healthy tips. Jet is the No. 1 African-American newsweekly with more than 7 million readers.

October 18, 2012 — "Fox and Friends Interviews Shaun Robinson About NEW HRS Campaign," Fox and Friends
Emmy-award winning journalist, best-selling author, and "Access Hollywood" co-anchor and correspondent, Shaun Robinson, is serving as a spokesperson for the Heart Rhythm Society's new public awareness campaign, "Arrest the Risk." Ms. Robinson was interviewed by Fox and Friends on Wednesday, October 18, and discussed sudden cardiac arrest and its impact on the American population, particularly African-Americans.

October 17, 2012 — Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson (The Facts on SCA)," Studio.10 TV, Tampa Bay
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., claiming more than 350,000 lives each year-many of which could have been prevented. Emmy-award winning journalist, weekend co-anchor and correspondent for "Access Hollywood" and best-selling author Shaun Robinson has teamed with the Heart Rhythm Society to unveil a new initiative to raise awareness among consumers-specifically at risk minorities like African Americans and Hispanics-about SCA.

September 25, 2012 —"Atrial Fibrillation Tips From Professor Of Medicine," CBS-TV Washington, DC
In connection with HRS's "AFib Feels Like" Awareness Campaign, President-elect Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS shares the risks and treatment options of the disease with morning news viewers.

September 22, 2012 — "Medical Expert Talks About A Condition You May Have," CBS-TV, Los Angeles, CA
In connection with HRS's "AFib Feels Like" Awareness Campaign, HRS local member expert Leslie Saxon, MD, FHRS shares the signs, symptoms and risks of AFib with CBS (Los Angeles) television viewers. 

September 17, 2012 — "How Smart Are You About Your Heart? Know the Signs of Atrial Fibrillation," by Barbara Gay, LeadingAge.com
Article notes September is AFib Awareness Month and provides the HRS's tips about the disease, including the signs, symptoms and risks.

September 10, 2012 — "Heart Societies Refine CRT Guidance," by Todd Neale, MedPage Today
A focused update on cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) developed by the Heart Rhythm Society, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association and published in the HeartRhythm Journal, has clarified which patients gain the most benefit from the device, and also includes lowering the threshold for those with milder heart failure.

September 4, 2012 — "USC Physician Promoting Heart Disease Information To LA Seniors," by Robin Wulffson, MD,  Examiner.com
In connection with HRS's "AFib Feels Like" Awareness Campaign, HRS local member expert Leslie Saxon, MD, FHRS helps educate Los Angeles residents about the symptoms and warning signs associated with the heart rhythm disorder and encourages those who suffer from AFib to talk to their doctors about treatment options.

September 2, 2012 — "September Is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month," by Mary Kyle, EmpowHER
Article notes the signs and symptoms of AFib as well as HRS's efforts to raise the public's awareness of the heart rhythm disorder.

July 2, 2012 — "ABIM Elects Bruce D. Lindsay, MD, Chair Of Its Subspecialty Board On Clinical Cardiac ElectrophysiologyPR Leap
Society Past President (2007-2008) Bruce D. Lindsay, MD, FHRS has been named Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Subspecialty Board on Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr. Lindsay has been a member of the Subspecialty Board on Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology since 2006.

June 8, 2012 — "Mother, Daughter Gave Life-Saving Device To Kick-Start Heart" by Amy DeMelia, The Sun Chronicle
The lives of a mother and daughter in Boston who both have Long QT Syndrome and wear implantable cardioverter defibrillators are followed in the article. Society member and spokesperson for the HRS Boston Citywide Awareness Campaign, Larry Epstein, MD, is noted in the article.

May 24, 2012 — "Hudson Resident Has Change of Heart" by Paul Crocetti, Hudson Sun
Coverage related to the Heart Rhythm Society's Boston Citywide Awareness Campaign focuses on the life of a Bostonian, who is living with Atrial Fibrillation.

May 22, 2012 — "American Psychiatric Association, Heart Rhythm Society Both Give Back During Their Annual MeetingsTrade Show News Network
The Heart Rhythm Society launched a Boston Citywide Awareness Campaign to coincide with Heart Rhythm 2012 in an effort to raise awareness and support consumer education about heart rhythm disorders, particularly Atrial Fibrillation and Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

May 14, 2012 — "Guidance Issued for Young WPW Patients" by Todd Neale, MedPage Today(login required)
The PACES/HRS Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of the Asymptomatic Young Patient with a Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW, Ventricular Preexcitation) Electrocardiographic Pattern provides first-of-its-kind clinical practice guidelines on the evaluation and management of asymptomatic young patients with a WPW electrocardiographic pattern.

May 14, 2012 — "Pot Belly Boosts Risk Of Sudden Cardiac DeathU.S. News and World Report
A larger waist-to-hip ratio matters even more than body-mass index when it comes to sudden cardiac death risk, a new study presented at Heart Rhythm 2012 finds.

May 11, 2012 — "HRS 2012 Update: Ablation Beats Drugs In Safety, Efficacy In AF PatientsMass Device
Patients with atrial fibrillation who received treatment with cardiac ablation were arrhythmia-free longer than patients taking drugs, suggesting that ablation should be a 1st-order approach to managing AF, according to a new study. Findings from the Radiofrequency Ablation vs Antiarrhythmic Drugs as First-Line Therapy of Atrial Fibrillation (RAAFT 2) trial were presented at Heart Rhythm 2012.

May 11, 2012 —"Novel New Device Diagnoses Irregular Heartbeat: Small Stick-On Device Monitors Heart Rhythm For WeeksScience Daily
A study has found that a novel new heart monitoring device helped emergency room patients avoid unnecessary follow-up care. The study, "Prevalence of Arrhythmias in Emergency Department Patients Discharged Using a Novel Ambulatory Cardiac Monitor," was presented at Heart Rhythm 2012. 

May 11, 2012 — "ICDs May Not Rule Out SportsMedPage Today 
A general restriction on playing sports for patients who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator may not be warranted, researchers presented at Heart Rhythm 2012.

May 10, 2012 — "HRS: EP NPs Spend A large Amount Of Time On Device Clinic Services" by Jeff Byers, Healthcare Technology Management 
A larger waist-to-hip ratio matters even more than body-mass index when it comes to sudden cardiac death risk, a new study presented at Heart Rhythm 2012 finds.

May 8, 2012 — "HRS to Present Record Number of Abstracts" by Todd Neale, MedPage Today
An overview of Heart Rhythm 2012, the Society's 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions, is given by Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS, Chair, HRS Scientific Sessions Program Chair.

April 30, 2012 —"Remote Patient Monitoring: Economic, Medical & Legal Considerations" by Justine Cadet, Cardiovascular Business
Cardiovascular Business hosted a taped roundtable discussion on the clinical, legal and economic considerations of the remote monitoring of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) with wireless capabilities. Despite data supporting the clinical benefits of remote monitoring, some practices are resisting adoption due to the potential liability of receiving alerts on a 24-hour basis. Four experts, includingHRS Incoming President Anne M. Gillis, MD, FHRS share their opinions on how practices should approach these considerations.

March 26, 2012 — "Look For Warning Signs Of Sudden Death In Kids" by Nancy Walsh, MedPage Today
Awareness of warning signs and family history are crucial for the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in young people, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The statement is endorsed by the Heart Rhythm Society. 

March 22, 2012 — "Keeping the Beat: What You Should Know about Atrial Fibrillation" by Sarah Samaan, Healthline
The Heart Rhythm Society intends to increase awareness of Atrial Fibrillation through its “A-Fib Feels Like” campaign.

February 23, 2012 — “Society Featured In Cardiovascular Health Report,” published by Mediaplanet
The Heart Rhythm Society was featured in a special cardiovascular health report, which was distributed to 1.3 million readers in the cities with the highest occurrences of heart disease via USA Today. Society President Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS, CCDS contributed an article that explained the characteristics, symptoms and risk factors associated with atrial fibrillation. The Society also shared five ways that the public could help to save a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.

February 15, 2012 — "Market For Heart Devices Won't Get A Jolt Anytime Soon,” by Anjali Athavaley, Nasdaq
Society President Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS, CCDS is quoted in this article, which states that the domestic market for ICDs slumped an estimated 14% to 15% in the final three months of 2011, according to Bernstein Research, and is projected to be down 11% in 2011 to $3.73 billion.
 
February 9, 2012 — "Take This Advice to Heart" by The Doctors, USA Today
Article describes common therapies for heart rhythm disorders and notes study results published in the HeartRhythm Journal, which found that ablation procedures were as successful at controlling AFib in both thin and heavy people, but those who were obese and overweight showed increased vitality and less anxiety after the procedure.

 

2011

December 23, 2011 — "Do You Need an Electrophysiologist?" by Beth Orenstein, Everyday Health
Society President Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS explains the difference in medical training between a cardiologist and a heart rhythm specialist, also known as an electrophysiologist (EP), and why an irregular heartbeat diagnosis means its time to see an EP.

October 28, 2011 — "When Your Heart Skips A Beat—Or TwoMen's Health, Doctors on Call (blog)
Blog post written by Society President Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS explains the symptoms and characteristics of atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder, which affects two million Americans.

October 4, 2011 — "Patients With Implanted Cardiac Devices Should Learn About End-Of-Life Options" by Laura Kennedy, Health Behavior News Service
Article discusses the need for cardiologists and electrophysiologists to discuss the deactivation of implantable cardiac devices with patients nearing end of life. Society member David L. Hayes, MD, FHRS is quoted and the article references the Society's HRS Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs) in patients nearing end of life or requesting withdrawal of therapy.

October 4, 2011 — "Alcohol, Obesity Major Causes Of Sudden Heart DeathHealthDay News
Obesity and alcohol consumption are among the leading causes of sudden cardiac death not caused by coronary artery disease, a new study published in the HeartRhythm Journal finds.

September 28, 2011 — "Experts Point Out Signs Of Dangerous Heart RhythmHealthDay News
The article, based off of the Society's AF Awareness news release, discusses the symptoms of AF and its risk factors. The article has been picked up by over 100 media outlets to date. Society President Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS is quoted.

September 7, 2011 — "September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness MonthLive Healthy (blog)
A Texas hospital blogs about the Heart Rhythm Society's AF Awareness Campaign, "Afib Feels Likes," as well as its public service announcement.

September 2, 2011 — "Atrial Fibrillation Impacting More Americans" by HRS President-elect Anne M. Gillis, MD, FHRSChicago Tribune
The Society was featured in a special cardiovascular health report that ran as an insert in the print version of the Chicago Tribune and was also featured on the homepage of the newspaper's website. Society President-elect Anne M. Gillis, MD, FHRS educates readers about Atrial Fibrillation and why they should care about the most common heart rhythm disorder.

August 5, 2011 — "End-Of-Life Talks Key For HF PatientsMedPage Today
Article notes the Heart Rhythm Society's first-of-its-kind Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs) in patients nearing end of life or requesting withdrawal of therapy.

August 5, 2011 — "Smoking Linked to Raised Risk of Irregular Heartbeat, Study FindsHealthday News
The risk of developing atrial fibrillation is 1.32 times higher in former smokers and two times higher in current smokers, compared to people who never smoked, according to a new study in the August issue of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.

June 14, 2011—"Scrutiny For Heart Devices" by Ron Winslow, The Wall Street Journal
A new study showed that nearly 40% of patients who are candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy receive little benefit from the devices. Patients with a QRS between 120 and 150 milliseconds typically don't benefit from the devices. Society President Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS is quoted.

June 7, 2011—"House Aims To Improve A-Fib CareCardiovascular Business
The House of Representatives adopted a resolution to improve the health of individuals with AF by promoting enhanced awareness, treatment, and diagnoses. Resolution 295 was put forth by Reps Kay Granger from Texas and Dutch Ruppersberger from Maryland. The Heart Rhythm Society has applauded the House's work. Society President Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS is quoted. 

May 23, 2011—"Growing Cost, Cutbacks & Changes" by Justine Cadet, Cardiovascular Business
The article covers highlights of the Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions, which took place May 4-7, 2011 in San Francisco, CA.

May 18, 2011—"Philips, HRS Collaborate On Networked EP LabImaging Economics
Royal Philips Electronics and the Heart Rhythm Society have teamed up to showcase current and further diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment solutions for heart rhythm disorders at Heart Rhythm 2011, the Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions. The Networked Electrophysiology (EP) Lab is an educational center where advanced clinical technologies, new processes, and integrate data-sharing solutions are presented.

May 13, 2011—"Safety: Report Questions Studies on Stun Guns" by Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York TImes
While stun guns are considered a nonlethal method of restraining suspects, studies have shown that stun guns may have contributed to the deaths of suspects. Studies done by stun gun manufacturers concluded that the devices were not harmful, but independent research showed that the device is considered the most-tested less-lethal use of force technology today. This study was presented at Heart Rhythm 2011, the Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions.

May 12, 2011—"Keep MP3 Headphones 2 Centimeters Or More From Pacemaker: StudyUS News & World Report
A new study shows that when positioned properly, the headphones of MP3 players won't cause problems for patients with implantable cardiac devices. These findings were presented at Heart Rhythm 2011, the Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions.

May 6, 2011—"HRS: Mapping Tool Boosts AFib Ablation " by Chris Kaier, MedPage Today
A new mapping system can identify small focal points of atrial fibrillation electrical activation in the atrium, helping improve outcomes in those undergoing conventional pulmonary vein ablation. Individuals who received an ablation of the rotors and conventional pulmonary vein ablation had a better outcomes than those who only underwent conventional ablation. Researchers presented these findings at Heart Rhythm 2011, the Heart Rhythm Society's 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions. Society President Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS is quoted.

May 5, 2011—"Grassley Renews Call For Voluntary Disclosure By Influential Disease And Medical Advocacy Groups" Press Release
Grassley has renewed his challenge to leading advocacy groups to make public the details of the support they receive from industry and notes the Heart Rhythm Society's current level of transparency.

March 23, 2011—"New Silver Book Reveals Growing Burden Of Thrombosis And Need For Medical InnovationPR Web
The Alliance for Aging Research released a new volume of the Silver Book, which focuses on atrial fibrilation, stroke, and venous thromboembolism, the three common causes of and results of thrombosis. The Alliance also announced the launch of the AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force. Member organizations, including the Heart Rhythm Society, are working together in order to ensure that practice guidelines reflect the latest information and are effectively put into practice.

March 7, 2011—"Electricians of the Heart Treat Millions of Americans" by Andrea Boyarsky, SILive.com
A teenage rugby player passes away from sudden cardiac arrest due to cardiomegaly and biventricular hypertrophy. The article discusses the commonality of teenagers and young people dying of heart failure and what measures can be taken to reduce this cause of death. The HeartRhythm Journal's Editor-in-Chief, Douglas L. Zipes, MD, FHRS, is quoted.

March 6, 2011—"Rugby Player Called 'Big Bundle of Fun'" by Alan Gathright and Megan Jurgemeyer, KMGH Denver
The article follows a patient's experience after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Society President Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS is quoted.

February 15, 2011— "New Anticoagulant Added to AFib Recs" MedPage Today
The article discusses the Heart Rhythm Society's recommendation on the use of the recently approved anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa) as an alternative drug for stroke prevention.

January 23, 2011— "Heart Doctor Group Cooperating in Federal Investigation" New York Times
Several outlets cover the news of an ongoing Department of Justice civil investigation of ICD implants and the Heart Rhythm Society's advisory role in the investigation to lend expertise concerning proper guidelines for clinical decision making.

 

2010

December 17, 2010 — "Circ: EP Experts Seek to Improve SCD Prevention " Cardiovascular Business
The outcome of the 2009 HRS/NHBLI Expert Consensus Workshop on SCD identified knowledge gaps and offered six specific research recommendations in high priority areas for SCD prediction and prevention, according to a report published in the Nov. 30 issue of Circulation. Society President Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS is quoted.

December 13, 2010 — "CMS Grants EP Physician Speciality Code" Cardiovascular Business
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved a physician specialty code for cardiac electrophysiology, due to the efforts of the Heart Rhythm Society. Society President Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS is quoted.

December 2, 2010 - "Phone It In: Remote Monitoring Could Offer Peace of Mind for Patients with "Recalled" ICD Leads " by Steve Stiles, Heartwire (Log-In Required)
Remote monitoring can help physicians keep daily tabs on patients with implanted devices and leads subject to U.S. FDA safety advisories or recalls. Society President-elect Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS is quoted, along with several other Society members.

November 22, 2010 — "New Bloodthinners Thicken The Drug Market" by Leslie Tamura, The Washington Post
The article provides several perspectives from patients and physicians on the use of warfarin and several new anticoagulants hitting the market in the future. Society President Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS is quoted.

November 13, 2010 — "Pacemakers Keep on Ticking: Why Not Reuse Them? " by Janet Moore, Star Tribune
A study of secondhand pacemakers in developing countries has ignited a debate between proponents of the idea and makers of the cardiac-rhythm devices. Society President-Elect Bruce L. Wilkoff, MD, FHRS is quoted.

November 9, 2010 — "HRJ: Internal med docs are uncomfortable deactivating ICDs " by Cardiovascular Business
A majority of physicians are not comfortable conducting end-of-life discussions about deactivating pacemakers and implantable cardioversion-defibrillators, compared with other life-sustaining therapies, such as mechanical ventilation, according to a survey published in the November edition of HeartRhythm.

October 12, 2010 — "CPR Turns 50; Groups Enlist Congress' Support for SCA Survival" by Chris Kaiser, Cardiovascular Business
Members of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, including the Heart Rhythm Society, took their birthday celebration for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which turns 50 years old this month, to Capitol Hill in an effort to enlist congressional help in taking action to reduce deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

October 10, 2010 — "Device Shows Promise in Preventing Strokes" by Stacey Singer, The Palm Beach Post
Physicians discuss the AtriClip, a new medical device designed to eliminate the source of many strokes in people living with atrial fibrillation. Heart Rhythm Society President Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS is quoted in the article.

October 7, 2010 — "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: The Apples And Oranges Campaign" by Mary Kyle, EmpowHER
The Heart Rhythm Society's "Apples and Oranges" Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Campaign is profiled and readers learn key differences between SCA and a heart attack.

October 5, 2010 — "Women Weigh Heart-Healthy Alcohol, Breast Cancer Risk" by Liz Szabo, USA Today
The article discusses the risk associated with drinking alcohol or coffee for breast cancer survivors, while also noting that a new study published in the October issue of HeartRhythm finds that women who drink one glass of alcohol per day have a 36% lower risk of encountering sudden cardiac death.

September 30, 2010 — Heart Rhythm Society Featured in Cardiovascular Health Report
Heart Rhythm Society leaders, Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS and Richard L. Page, MD, FHRS are featured in a special cardiovascular health report that ran as an insert in the print version of the Los Angeles Times and was also featured on the homepage of the newspaper's website.

September 21, 2010 — "Standards Drawn Up for Live Case Demos at Meetings" by Cardiovascular Business
Six cardiovascular societies from around the world, including the Heart Rhythm Society, have published a statement on live case demonstrations at cardiovascular meetings.

September 9, 2010 — "HRJ: ICD Complications Decline, Medicare Patients Receive Most ICDsCardiovascular Business
Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS (2010–2011 President) discusses new data findings in the Fourth ICD Registry Update, including a trend toward a decrease in complications for new implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.

September 3, 2010 — "HRJ: Demand for EPs Rises Due To Procedural Growth" by Justine Cadet, Cardiovascular Business
According to the Heart Rhythm Society's new Workforce Study published in the September issue of HeartRhythm, there are increasing demands for EP professionals as a result of shifting demographic trends, evolving healthcare reform policies and improved procedural outcomes.

August 16, 2010 — "Cardiac Arrest Campaign Gains Recognition" by Julian Pecquet, Healthwatch
A Capitol Hill healthcare blog reports that the Heart Rhythm Society's "Apples and Oranges" Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Campaign has been named to the 2010 Associations Advance America Honor Roll.

July 27, 2010 — "Specialty Physicians Support Senate Bill To Repeal The IPAB" by Pharmacy Choice
The Heart Rhythm Society, along with other members of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, support the "Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act" (S.3653), which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board and protect individuals from Medicare cuts that could threaten their access to care.

July 20, 2010 — "Apples and Oranges Pt. 3" by Wendy Braun, Saturday Evening Post
In the final part of a series discussing the difference between heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, Immediate Past President Dr. Richard Page discusses what to do if you witness a SCA and why automated external defibrillators should be as commonplace as fire extinguishers.

June 16, 2010 — "Apples and Oranges Pt. 2" by Wendy Braun, Saturday Evening Post
Immediate Past President, Richard L. Page, MD, FHRS, discusses the risk markers and warning signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in part two of this three part series. Dr. Page also outlines ways that people can lower their risk of experiencing SCA.

June 3, 2010 — "What Is Catheter Ablation Success And What Are The Implications" by Christine Welniak and Melanie Tru Hills, StopAF.org
The article highlights the "Medical Issues After Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter" session at Heart Rhythm 2010 that examined what constitutes "success" following catheter ablation.

June 1, 2010 — "Continuing Warfarin Before Device Implantation Reduces Complications" by Cardiovascular Business
For patients undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator implantation, the continuation of warfarin with an international normalized ratio is safe and can reduce incidence of complications, according to a study published in the June edition of HeartRhythm.

May 24, 2010 — "HRS Issues Guidance On Tough Device-Withdrawal Issues" by Steve Stiles, Heartwire
The Heart Rhythm Society's "Consensus Statement on the management of CIEDS in patients nearing end of life guidance" offers detailed guidance for physicians, allied professionals and others in managing the complex issues they face when patients with pacemakers or ICDs are nearing the end of life or ask for device deactivation.

May 18, 2010 — "Experts Debate Doc Involvement, Quality Measures In Healthcare Reform" by Justine Cadet, Cardiovascular Business
Expert panelists at Heart Rhythm 2010's Opening Plenary Session discuss the impact of healthcare reform legislation, government involvement and the questions that remain about quality measures within clinical practice.

May 18, 2010 — "For ICD Patients, Blacks Die Less, Whites Have Less Readmission" by Justine Cadet, Cardiovascular Business
According to new research on outcomes in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, Caucasians had fewer hospital readmissions and African-Americans had a lower mortality rate. The research was presented at Heart Rhythm 2010.

May 16, 2010 — "Practice Counts For AFib Cryoablation" by Chrystal Phend, Medpage Today
At Heart Rhythm 2010, researchers released more results from the STOP-AF trial, which finds that cryoablation for atrial fibrillation appears to be highly dependent on operator experience for patient outcomes but not for safety. However, greater experience at this technique did not cut down on adverse events or improve safety.

May 14, 2010 — "MADIT-CRT: Avoid Apical LV Lead Position In HF Resynchronization Therapy" Steve Stiles, Medscape (Log-In Required)
In a follow-up analysis from the Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy presented at Heart Rhythm 2010, the rate of death or heart-failure hospitalization — the trial's primary end point —went up significantly for patients whose LV leads had been extended to the apex of the heart during implantation of the CRT system, compared with those with other LV lead locations.

April 20, 2010 — "Apples and Oranges" by Wendy Braun, Saturday Evening Post
The article highlights five facts about sudden cardiac arrest from the Heart Rhythm Society's "Apples and Oranges" campaign.

April 2, 2010 — "Atrial Fibrillation Linked To Increased Dementia RiskModern Medicine
Patients with atrial fibrillation -- especially those under 70 -- may have an increased risk of developing dementia, along with an increased risk of death after a dementia diagnosis, according to a study published in the April issue of HeartRhythm.

February 11, 2010 — "Defibrillator Safety Questioned" by Jonathan Rockoff, The Wall Street Journal
A new case study available on the HeartRhythm Journal's website examines two defibrillator brands made by Boston Scientific Corp. and whether the devices have a design flaw that can result in potentially life-threatening shocks to the hearts of patients.

February 4, 2010 — "Hospitals Dispute Medtronic Data on Wires" by Thomas Burton, The Wall Street Journal
The article notes two studies published in past issues of the HeartRhythm Journal examining failure rate and fracture rate of leads.

January 8, 2010 — "Study Finds RFID Readers May Affect Pacemakers, But Pose No Urgent Risk" by Mary Catherine O'Connor, RFID Journal
A study published this month in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, shows that while interrogators of passive RFID tags do cause some electromagnetic interference to implantable pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, the devices pose no urgent health risks.