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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON — Does it feel like a fish flopping, thunder rumbling or drums pounding in your chest? If so, you may be suffering from a serious heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation (AF). To help potential AF sufferers make that connection, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is kicking off AF Awareness Month with the “A-Fib Feels Like” campaign.
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.
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.