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WASHINGTON, DC — March 1, 2010 – Analysis of ICD patients enrolled in four different trials found patients with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (VA) treated only with antitachycardia pacing (ATP) have higher survival rates than VA patients who experienced at least one shock-treated episode. According to research published in the March edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, 80.2% of VA episodes were successfully treated with ATP-only therapy from an ICD.

DENVER, May 13, 2010 – A new study based on a large cohort of patients proves strategic programming of implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices (CRT-D) reduces shocks. The results are part of a shock reduction late-breaking clinical trial presented today at Heart Rhythm 2010, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Sessions. According to the trial, strategic programming results in overall shock reduction between 17 and 28 percent depending on the programming of specific variables.

DENVER, May 13, 2010 – According to a new study released today at Heart Rhythm 2010, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Sessions, remote monitoring proves effective for earlier detection of arrhythmic events and pacemaker dysfunction in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The study is the first to consider using remote monitoring on elderly patients to detect and treat AF compared to standard follow-up procedures.

DENVER, May 13, 2010 – Common herbal and nonherbal supplements, such as garlic, ginkgo and essential fatty acids, contribute to an increased risk of health complications in patients treated with warfarin. According to a new study released today at Heart Rhythm 2010, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Sessions, eight out of the top ten supplements commonly taken by American consumers have been reported to impact the effectiveness of warfarin and overall safety of the individual.

DENVER, May 13, 2010 – African Americans have a significantly lower incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) compared to Caucasians despite a higher prevalence of risk factors for this specific type of arrhythmia. According to a new study presented today at Heart Rhythm 2010, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Sessions, Caucasians are 60 percent more likely than African Americans to develop AF following heart surgery.