WASHINGTON, DC — The Heart Rhythm Society applauds the passage of H.R. 1380, the “Josh Miller HEARTS Act,” a legislation that establishes a federal grant program to help fund the placement of automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs) at elementary and secondary schools across the country. While also requiring school personnel to receive training in the operation of AEDs, the legislation will increase public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and the importance of AEDs in schools.

Lack of awareness and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) puts African Americans at greater risk of death from the condition, according to a new national survey released today by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The survey findings uncovered significant perception gaps between healthcare providers and consumers when it comes to understanding the condition, its symptoms, risk factors and treatments. Responsible for more than 350,000 U.S. deaths each year, SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Approximately 95 percent of SCA cases result in death; however, it is proven most deadly in African Americans.

WASHINGTON – New research strongly indicates the need for a revision of criteria to effectively evaluate the presence of right ventricular structural, functional and electrical abnormalities. A recent study, published in the July edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, analyzed the clinical characteristics and diagnostic evaluation including genetic testing of a large group of patients newly identified with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D). The study is the largest of its kind and included over one hundred newly diagnosed ARVC/D patients.

WASHINGTON, DC — The Heart Rhythm Society applauds the introduction of Senate Resolution SRES 220 which calls for the designation of September as National Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Awareness Month. The resolution reinforces the need to raise awareness and garner support for initiatives affecting AF, a condition that impacts roughly 2.2 million Americans.

WASHINGTON, DC — New research reveals T-wave morphology parameters contain predictive value for mortality in the general population, independent of other clinical risk factors. A study published in the August edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, indicates that T-wave morphology parameters may allow health care professionals to better assess arrhythmia vulnerability in patients, and the prognostic value is uniquely related to cardiovascular mortality and seems to be gender specific.

WASHINGTON, DC — The ICD Registry™, a repository of ICD implantation data developed through a partnership of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology Foundation, has released the ICD Registry Annual Report 2008. This is the third annual review of the Registry and is published in the September edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.