New research has found that bariatric surgery is an effective way to control weight in morbidly obese patients who are at risk for developing atrial fibrillation (AF). Bariatric or weight loss surgery is an operation on the stomach that limits food intake and is typically recommended for patients who are unable to lose weight on their own through diet and exercise. The first study of its kind to look at the relationship between AF and bariatric surgery on a large patient population was presented today at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 35th Annual Scientific Sessions. View the full study.
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Today, Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s (HRS) 35th Annual Scientific Sessions and this year’s premier conference on cardiac arrhythmias begins at the Moscone Center. Heart Rhythm 2014 takes a profound look into the advancement of medical technology while once again creating a global exchange of ideas and best practices in order to promote optimal patient care worldwide.
The Heart Rhythm Society has launched a citywide awareness campaign in San Francisco to improve knowledge about symptoms, warning signs and available treatment options for atrial fibrillation (also known as AF or AFib), the most prevalent type of irregular heartbeat that impacts approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S.
The 2014 Guideline for the Management of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation includes recommendations for an increased use of radio frequency ablation in the treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation, the addition of three new anticoagulants to treatment options, a diminished role in the use of aspirin, and a more comprehensive risk calculator.
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) today released its list of specific treatments and procedures related to heart rhythm disorders that are not always necessary. HRS developed the list as part of Choosing Wisely®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation launched in 2012 aimed at curbing the use of certain tests and procedures that are not supported by clinical research.
Nearly four million Americans suffer from arrhythmias each year[i] . Arrhythmias or heart rhythm disorders affect the electrical system of the heart and often cause an irregular pulse. During Heart Health Month this February, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is calling on all Americans to take action to prevent and treat heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation (AF), which can lead to more serious health issues such as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, more than a dozen leading medical specialty societies, including the Heart Rhythm Society, will release new lists of specific tests or procedures in early 2014 that they say are commonly ordered but not always necessary and could cause harm.
A new study shows catheter ablation, a common procedure used to treat heart rhythm disorders, may reduce stroke risk for those with atrial fibrillation (AF) – the most common arrhythmia. The multicenter study, published in the September edition of HeartRhythm,the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), is the first to show AF ablation patients have significantly lower risk of stroke compared to AF patients who do not undergo ablation regardless of stroke risk profile.
Leading medical specialty societies will release more than 30 new lists of specific tests or procedures they say are commonly ordered but not always necessary and could cause harm as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the ABIM Foundation announced. As part of the campaign, the Heart Rhythm Society will release its list in early February 2014.
Yesterday, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) submitted a written testimony to the Senate Committee on Finance to share its views on Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) in the Medicare Program. HRS provided comments regarding the regulatory burden associated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) program integrity activities that negatively impact physicians and physician group practices.