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Heart Rhythm Society Partners with Webmd® Education To Help Increase Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation

December 11, 2017

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), in partnership with WebMD® Education, announces the launch of a free, online educational tool called “How to Reduce Your Risk of Stroke Due to AFib.” The new tool is part of a larger series of educational activities hosted by WebMD Education to help patients, caregivers and those who may be living at risk to learn more about various medical conditions. The AFib-focused tool is an easy to use, interactive activity delivering important information straight into the hands of the user. This is the first collaboration between HRS and WebMD Education.  

IAC Releases Cardiovascular Catheterization Accreditation Program

October 20, 2017

Working in concert, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP) and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) announce the release of the IAC Cardiovascular Catheterization accreditation program. Representatives from these organizations, as well as pediatric cardiologist and nurse members-at-large, have developed standards and created the accreditation process. The program establishes quality metrics and provides a rigorous evaluation through clinical peer review of the facility’s processes, documentation, and imaging critical to quality patient care as it relates to cardiovascular catheterization procedures.

Cardiology Societies to Expand Maintenance of Certification Offerings


October 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The American College of Cardiology (ACC), Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) have announced a partnership to develop new modules to help subspecialty cardiologists potentially meet collaborative maintenance pathway requirements equivalent to satisfying the ABIM’s current 10-year MOC examination.

Heart Rhythm Society Releases New Expert Consensus Statement On Lead Management and Extraction

September 15, 2017

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) issued an international consensus statement that comprehensively addresses lead management for patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The 2017 HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Lead Management and Extraction was presented today at the 10th Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS) Annual Scientific Session held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (JHRS). The expert consensus statement is the first to have a comprehensive discussion of lead management issues, including lead extraction, and is an update to the 2009 HRS lead extraction clinical document.   

New Expert Consensus Statement On Catheter And Surgical Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation Presented At Heart Rhythm 2017

May 12, 2017

Today, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) in joint partnership with the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society (ECAS), Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS), and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estimulación Cardíaca y Electrofisiología (SOLAECE) issued an international consensus statement that provides a state-of-the-art review of the indications, techniques, and outcomes of catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). The 2017 HRS/EHRA/ECAS/APHRS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation, first issued in 2007, and again in 2012, represents a state-of-the art review of the field of catheter and surgical ablation of AF. This document is a complete and comprehensive revision of the 2012 statement and was presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.  

Long-Term Results Show Wireless Device is Effective for Heart Failure Patients

May 12, 2017

New study proves safety of novel, wireless pacing system, WiSE-CRT (Wireless Stimulation Endocardially for cardiac resynchronization therapy) two years after implantation. The study is the first to report on the medium-long term feasibility of the leadless pacing system for heart failure patients and was presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.

New Study Shows Delayed Use Of Blood Thinners For Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk Of Dementia

May 12, 2017

A new study found that dementia rates increase with delays in starting anticoagulation treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). The large study included more than 76,230 AF patients with no prior history of dementia that were treated with an antiplatelet or warfarin. The results were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, and show that warfarin, in particular, can increase the risk of dementia long-term. 

Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators Prove To Be Safe For Pediatric Patients At Risk For Sudden Cardiac Arrest

May 11, 2017

A new study shows that the use of a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) is safe and effective in treating ventricular arrhythmias for pediatric patients who are at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). The study represents the largest pediatric patient population to date when evaluating the WCD as a therapy option. The findings of the study were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.

Artificial Intelligence Automatically Detects Atrial Fibrillation Using Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Sensor

May 11, 2017

A new study shows that the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor, when paired with an artificial intelligence-based algorithm, can detect a serious and often symptomless heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (AF). The new research uses a deep neural network based on photoplethysmographic (PPG) sensors commonly found in smart watches. The results of this study were presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.

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