Clinical Guidelines & Documents

Authored and endorsed clinical documents provide three main components vital to advancements in the heart rhythm field: analysis, discussion of current issues, and suggestions for clinical application. The Society plans to release three new documents during the 2017 HRS Scientific Sessions:

  1. 2017 HRS/EHRA/APHRS/ECAS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
    Scope: An update of the 2012 HRS/EHRA/ECAS Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation that will include recommendations for patient selection, procedural techniques, patient management and follow-up, definitions, endpoints, and research trial design.
  2. 2017 HRS Expert Consensus Statement on MRI and Radiation Exposure in Patients with CIEDs
    Scope: This document will review the safety considerations and management of the CIED patients requiring imaging. The document will also describe the indications and considerations for MRI-conditional CIEDs, as well as protocols and programming for MRI imaging in patients with CIEDs.
  3. 2017 HRS Expert Consensus on CIED Lead Management and Extraction
    Scope: An update of the 2009 Expert Consensus Statement on Lead Extraction in Patients with CIEDs that will include definitions, identification and management of lead failure, recalls and advisories, indications for lead extraction, periprocedural patient management, facility and operator training considerations, data management, registries and trial design.

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Featured Clinical Documents

24842 SCAI/ACC/HRS Institutional and Operator Requirements for Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion

December 10, 2015 - The evolution of LAA occlusion technology has spanned nearly two decades and three FDA panel hearings, leading to FDA approval in 2015. As this technology becomes clinically available to a broader population of patients, it is essential that physician stakeholders establish criteria for the performance of these procedures that will be used in granting initial and ongoing privileges. These criteria are offered to support The Joint Commission mandate that medical staff privileges be granted on the basis of professional criteria specified in the medical staff bylaws to ensure safe and effective patient-centered care.

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22544 2014 HRS/NSA Survey of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke: Gaps in Knowledge and Perspective, Opportunities for Improvement

May 13, 2015 - The Heart Rhythm Society, in partnership with the National Stroke Association, developed an survey initiative that sought characterize the impact of stroke on AF patients and their caregivers; gaps in knowledge and perspective among physicians and patients; and barriers to effective communication and optimal anticoagulation use.

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