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WASHINGTON, DC — New multicenter research reveals that female patients fail ablation procedures more often than male patients, according to a study published in the February edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heat Rhythm Society. The study also shows that males undergo catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation five times as often as females and typically with significantly fewer complications.

BOSTON, May 13, 2009 — Safe and effective management of patients with cardiovascular implantable devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) is a complex and evolving issue. To ensure that physicians and facilities are adequately prepared to determine if and when lead extraction is necessary and to give patients the best possible care during these procedures, the Heart Rhythm Society has developed Transvenous Lead Extraction: Heart Rhythm Society Expert Consensus Statement on Facilities, Training, Indications and Patient Management.The consensus statement was released today at Heart Rhythm 2009, the Society’s 30th Annual Scientific Sessions.

BOSTON, May 14, 2009 — Catheter ablation is now an important therapy option to be considered when trying to control recurrent ventricular tachycardias (VT). To ensure that physicians have up to date knowledge of this evolving therapy, which can be life-saving for some patients, and promote the best patient care, the European Heart Rhythm Association and the Heart Rhythm Society have prepared EHRA/HRS Expert Consensus on Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Arrhythmias. The consensus statement was released today at Heart Rhythm 2009, the Society’s 30th Annual Scientific Sessions.

WASHINGTON —  The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), written in joint partnership with European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society (ECAS), issues an international consensus statement on indications, techniques and outcomes of catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF).