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Heart Rhythm Society Releases New Expert Consensus Statement On Lead Management and Extraction

September 15, 2017

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) issued an international consensus statement that comprehensively addresses lead management for patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The 2017 HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Lead Management and Extraction was presented today at the 10th Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS) Annual Scientific Session held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (JHRS). The expert consensus statement is the first to have a comprehensive discussion of lead management issues, including lead extraction, and is an update to the 2009 HRS lead extraction clinical document.   

New Expert Consensus Statement On Catheter And Surgical Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation Presented At Heart Rhythm 2017

May 12, 2017

Today, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) in joint partnership with the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society (ECAS), Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS), and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estimulación Cardíaca y Electrofisiología (SOLAECE) issued an international consensus statement that provides a state-of-the-art review of the indications, techniques, and outcomes of catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). The 2017 HRS/EHRA/ECAS/APHRS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation, first issued in 2007, and again in 2012, represents a state-of-the art review of the field of catheter and surgical ablation of AF. This document is a complete and comprehensive revision of the 2012 statement and was presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.  

Long-Term Results Show Wireless Device is Effective for Heart Failure Patients

May 12, 2017

New study proves safety of novel, wireless pacing system, WiSE-CRT (Wireless Stimulation Endocardially for cardiac resynchronization therapy) two years after implantation. The study is the first to report on the medium-long term feasibility of the leadless pacing system for heart failure patients and was presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.

New Study Shows Delayed Use Of Blood Thinners For Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk Of Dementia

May 12, 2017

A new study found that dementia rates increase with delays in starting anticoagulation treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). The large study included more than 76,230 AF patients with no prior history of dementia that were treated with an antiplatelet or warfarin. The results were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, and show that warfarin, in particular, can increase the risk of dementia long-term. 

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators Prove To Be Safe For Pediatric Patients At Risk For Sudden Cardiac Arrest

May 11, 2017

A new study shows that the use of a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) is safe and effective in treating ventricular arrhythmias for pediatric patients who are at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). The study represents the largest pediatric patient population to date when evaluating the WCD as a therapy option. The findings of the study were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.

Artificial Intelligence Automatically Detects Atrial Fibrillation Using Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Sensor

May 11, 2017

A new study shows that the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor, when paired with an artificial intelligence-based algorithm, can detect a serious and often symptomless heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (AF). The new research uses a deep neural network based on photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors commonly found in smart watches. The results of this study were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.

Heart Rhythm Society Releases New Expert Consensus Statement On Magnetic Resonance Imaging And Radiation Exposure In Patients With Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices

May 11, 2017

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) released a first-of-its-kind consensus statement in the United States on indications of patients who undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiation exposure with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The expert writing group presented the recommendations included in the 2017 HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiation Exposure in Patients with Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.  

Heart Rhythm Society Hosts Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago Showcasing Cutting Edge Research and Technology

May 10, 2017

Today, Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s (HRS) 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, kicks off at McCormick Place in Chicago where leading clinicians, scientists, researchers, educators and innovators from around the world present and discuss groundbreaking research for the care of cardiac arrhythmias. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Together We Can” to reinforce the importance of global collaboration to propel the field of electrophysiology (EP) forward. 

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