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May 11, 2017—The 2017 HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiation Exposure in Patients with Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices presents recommendations intended to help health care providers of various backgrounds involved in the care of adult and pediatric patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) who are to undergo magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and/or radiation treatment. The document also addresses the safety of employees with CIEDs who may come into an MRI environment.

This document features a clinician summary  — an educational derivative product of the full document.

The MRI and Radiation Exposure in Patients with CIEDs pocket card, a valuable educational reference tool created in partnership with Guideline Central, is available across multiple platforms, including print, electronic media, and the Guideline Central mobile app. Visit www.guidelinecentral.com to access the pocket card. 

May 8, 2017—Ambulatory ECG (AECG) is commonly used in a variety of clinical contexts to detect cardiac arrhythmias and/or arrhythmia patterns that are not readily obtained from the standard ECG. Accurate and timely characterization of arrhythmias is crucial to direct therapies that can have an important impact on diagnosis, prognosis, or patient symptom status. The rhythm information derived from the large variety of AECG recording systems can often lead to appropriate and patient-specific medical and interventional management. This document provides background and framework from which to apply AECG techniques in clinical practice, as well as clinical research.

The Heart Rhythm Society endorsed the document on July 11, 2017

November 6, 2017—The purpose of this document as an adjunct to the EHRA practical guide, issued in 2014 on ways to reduce radiation dose for patients and staff during electrophysiological procedures, is to describe the current knowledge on the risks and to inform about current international recommendations and legislation on occupational exposure in the electrophysiology laboratory to personnel with childbearing potential and during pregnancy.

The Heart Rhythm Society endorsed the document on May 30, 2017.

July 5, 2017—Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, occurring in 1–2% of the general population. An earlier detection of AF could allow an earlier adequate management to avoid later complications. Screening for AF is not yet recommended by all scientific AF guidelines, even in specific at-risk populations. This document summarizes the available data, discusses the different strategies, and highlights the importance of implicating all stakeholders from the various health systems.

To support consumer education about heart rhythm disorders, the Heart Rhythm Society has launched a Citywide Awareness Campaign in Denver to improve knowledge about symptoms, warning signs, and available treatment options. The initiative takes place in conjuction with Heart Rhythm 2013, the Society's 34th Annual Scientific Sessions.

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.

Today, Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society’s (HRS) 36th Annual Scientific Sessions and this year’s leading conference on cardiac arrhythmias commences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This year’s meeting will focus on the power of interactivity – how networks, both technological and personal, are connecting to propel the science, discovery, and innovation of the electrophysiology (EP) field.