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Heart Rhythm Society Releases Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

March 06, 2012

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).

Heart Health Matters: New Research Shows Majority of Americans in the Dark About Severity of Heart Rhythm Disorders

February 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — According to a new survey issued by the Heart Rhythm Society, the majority of Americans are unaware of two serious and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorders, atrial fibrillation (AF) and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In fact, only one in three Americans have ever heard of AF or recognize the number of lives claimed each year from SCA. Throughout February, Heart Health Month, the Heart Rhythm Society spotlights the need for public education on heart rhythm disorders affecting millions of people, and the specialists best suited to treat them – electrophysiologists.

Obesity Predicts Higher Quality of Life Outcomes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Following Catheter Ablation

December 01, 2011

WASHINGTON — New study shows significant increase in quality of life (QoL) among overweight patients following ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), compared to patients with a lower body mass index (BMI) where no substantial improvement was observed.  The study, published in the December edition of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, reveals an association between BMI and a change in QoL between the pre- and postablation periods in a large AF patient cohort.  The study also verifies comparable procedural success rates of ablation in both overweight and lean patients.

Recovery Phase of Treadmill Stress Test Unmasks Concealed Long QT Syndrome with High Accuracy

November 03, 2011

WASHINGTON, November 3, 2011 — New study indicates strong diagnostic ability of treadmill exercise stress testing to uncover Long QT syndrome (LQTS) in patients. In the study, investigators from the Mayo Clinic show how the recovery phase displays significant and maladaptive changes in the QTc unveiling the most common LQTS type, LQT1. The study, published in the November edition of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, is the largest, single-center study of treadmill exercise stress testing in patients with genetically proven LQTS, as well as those who were dismissed as normal.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition Issues a Call to Action: Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

October 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2011 — In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC), in cooperation with the Congressional Heart and Stroke Caucus, is hosting "Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest," a two-hour event that will teach the basics of Hands-Only CPR and use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) on Wednesday, October 26, from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer.

ECG Screenings in Over 32,000 Young Adults Efficiently Identifies Potential Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

October 03, 2011

WASHINGTON — A new study proves the importance of electrocardiographic (ECG) screenings to identify heart abnormalities in young adults, including both athletes and non-athletes.  The study, published in the October edition of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, demonstrates the success of a high-volume ECG screening program designed to identify potential life-threatening heart arrhythmias in high school students.  Of the more than 32,000 students screened, ECG abnormalities that may be associated with the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) were identified in over 800 students.

Alcohol Intake and Obesity Among Significant Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death Independent of Coronary Artery Disease

October 03, 2011

WASHINGTON — New study results reveal underlying causes of nonischemic sudden cardiac death (SCD) – those causes not related to coronary artery disease (CAD) – including alcohol, obesity and myocardial fibrosis.  The study, published in the October edition of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, also reinforces CAD as one of the most prevalent causes of SCD in the general population.  Furthermore, the results establish specific causes of nonischemic SCD in different age groups, including people under the age of 40.

Cigarette Smoking Results in an Increased Risk of Developing Atrial Fibrillation

August 02, 2011

WASHINGTON — Results from a large, United States based cohort study show that current smokers double their risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) compared to people who have never smoked, after more than 13 years of follow-up. The study, published in the August edition of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, indicates a trend towards significantly lower risk of developing AF for those who quit smoking cigarettes versus those who continue to smoke.

Coronary Artery Disease is an Independent Predictor of Early Atrial Fibrillation Development Following Heart Attack

July 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — Results from a case control study show that coronary artery disease affecting the atrial branches is an independent predictor for new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) after acute myocardial infarction (MI), or heart attack. The study, published in the July edition of HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, evaluated the characteristics associated with the development of new-onset AF in a cohort of consecutive patients with acute MI.

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