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Newest Version of the National ICD Registry Captures Lead Data and Pediatric Procedures for the First Time

March 11, 2013

The National ICD Registry®, a repository of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation data developed through a partnership of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), released the National ICD Registry Report: Version 2.1. The new version expands upon the 2009 Annual Report to now include data on leads and pediatric implants to reflect recent advancements in healthcare. This report is featured online in HeartRhythm, the official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.

Heart Rhythm Society And Association Of Black Cardiologists Launch 10-City "Arrest The Risk" Initiative To Educate African Americans About Deadly Impact Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

February 05, 2013

During February Heart Health Month, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) are urging consumers, particularly African Americans, to "Arrest The Risk." Responsible for more than 350,000 U.S. deaths each year, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Approximately 95 percent of SCA cases result in death; however, it is proven most deadly in African Americans. To help reduce the incidence of SCA among African Americans, HRS and ABC are announcing a 10-city initiative to educate at-risk communities and provide resources regarding risk factors and recommended treatments to prevent SCA.

New Research Uncovers Independent Association Between Atrial Fibrillation and Dementia in Older Population

November 01, 2012

A new study shows that atrial fibrillation (AF) increases the risk of dementia in older adults who have not had a stroke and have normal baseline cognitive function. The meta-analysis, published in the November edition of HeartRhythm,the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, is the first-of-its-kind to observe a large population of patients over a relatively long follow-up period. The study results support an independent longitudinal relationship between the two conditions, therefore associating the presence of AF with greater risk of developing dementia. 

Lack of Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Leads to Increased Risk of Death for African Americans, Warns Heart Rhythm Society

October 17, 2012

Lack of awareness and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) puts African Americans at greater risk of death from the condition, according to a new national survey released today by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The survey findings uncovered significant perception gaps between healthcare providers and consumers when it comes to understanding the condition, its symptoms, risk factors and treatments. Responsible for more than 350,000 U.S. deaths each year, SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Approximately 95 percent of SCA cases result in death; however, it is proven most deadly in African Americans.

Heart Rhythm Society and The American College of Cardiology Foundation Release Expert Consensus Statement on Pacemaker Device and Mode Selection

July 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), today released the HRS/ACCF Expert Consensus Statement on Pacemaker Device and Mode Selection.The expert consensus statement was developed in collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, endorsed by the American Heart Association, and published online today as part of the August edition of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, as well as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The statement is the first of its kind to specifically address pacemaker device and mode selection, expanding upon the ACC/AHA/HRS 2008 guidelines for device-based therapy of cardiac rhythm abnormalities.

Heart Rhythm Society Selected a Winner In The 33rd Annual Telly Awards

July 02, 2012

Washington – The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, has been named a Bronze winner in the “Health & Wellness” category of the 33rd Annual Telly Awards for its Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Patient Education DVD. HRS was selected among great competition as this year’s Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

Alliance for Specialty Medicine Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012

Washington, DC, June 28, 2012 – The Alliance of Specialty Medicine released the following statement in reaction to today's ruling by the United States Supreme Court:

“While we certainly respect the Supreme Court’s decision, we will not be deterred from working to reform or repeal certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are onerous to the practice of medicine and are detrimental to patients’ access to quality care.

The Heart Rhythm Society Announces Dr. Anne Gillis as Organization's 34th President

May 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 – Anne M. Gillis, MD, FHRS, was named the president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) during the 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions, held in Boston last week. Announced during the Presidents’ Reception on Friday, May 11th, Dr. Gillis now serves as the 34th president of HRS and the second international president preceded by Bernard S. Goldman, MD (1982-1983).

Pediatric And Congenital Electrophysiology Society And Heart Rhythm Society Issue Expert Statement On Management Of Asymptomatic Patients With Wolff-Parkinson-White

May 11, 2012

BOSTON – The Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) release the PACES/HRS Expert Consensus Statement on the Management of the Asymptomatic Young Patient with a Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW, Ventricular Preexcitation) Electrocardiographic Pattern.  The expert consensus statement presented today at Heart Rhythm 2012, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions, provides first-of-its-kind clinical practice guidelines on the evaluation and management of asymptomatic young patients with a WPW electrocardiographic pattern.

Analysis Of Omni Registry Data Shows Appropriate Therapeutic Benefit And Outcomes In Primary Prevention Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Therapy

May 11, 2012

BOSTON – A retrospective analysis of data from the OMNI Registry, a large-scale, longitudinal registry of nearly 3,000 heart device patients, revealed that primary prevention non-evidence-based (NEB) implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) recipients had similar therapeutic benefits and outcomes as evidence-based (EB) ICD recipients.  These findings are being presented today at Heart Rhythm 2012, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions.

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