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The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS), and the Socieded Latinoamericana de Estimulacion Cardiaca y Electrofisiologia (SOLAECE) release the 2015 HRS/EHRA/APHRS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Optimal Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Programming and Testing. 

May 12, 2017—The 2017 Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation represents a complete rewrite of the 2012 HRS/EHRA/ECAS Expert Consensus Statement. This document provides updated definitions, mechanisms, and rationale for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation and consensus recommendations concerning indications, strategies, techniques, and endpoints, technology and tools, and follow-up considerations for AF ablation. The document also provides definitions to be used in clinical trials and recommendations that will impact clinical trial design. The document was developed in joint partnership with EHRA, ECAS, APHRS, and SOLAECE. Collaborators on the document include STS, ACC, AHA, CHRS, JHRS, and SOBRAC. 

This document features a clinician summary  (an educational derivative product of the full document), a slide set  (an educational tool for electrophysiologists, cardiologists, and other licensed health care practitioners), an Executive Summary,  and an interview with Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS, by HeartRhythm Online Editor Daniel P. Morin, MD, MPH, FHRS. 

The Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation 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.

DENVER – Today, former United States President, Bill Clinton presents the keynote address at the Opening Plenary Session at Heart Rhythm 2013, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 34th Annual Scientific Sessions and this year’s premier conference on cardiac arrhythmias. Taking place at the Colorado Convention Center, Heart Rhythm 2013 builds on years of tradition and will once again bring together the world’s most noted experts to network and explore advancements in the cardiac arrhythmia field.

A largest-of-its kind study has found that women who experience menopause at a younger age are at a decreased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). The study followed nearly 18,000 women and revealed that women experiencing menopause younger than 44 years had a significantly lower risk of AF than women entering menopause between the ages of 44-50. The research was presented today at Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 36th Annual Scientific Sessions.

Yesterday, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) submitted a written testimony to the Senate Committee on Finance to share its views on Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) in the Medicare Program. HRS provided comments regarding the regulatory burden associated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) program integrity activities that negatively impact physicians and physician group practices.

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.

Misconceptions about atrial fibrillation (AF) are common among people nationwide, according to a new survey by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). More than half (56 percent) of Americans do not know that AF puts someone at a high risk of having a stroke. People are more likely to assume high risk related to other common factors like smoking, eating fried or fatty foods or drinking a lot of alcohol. HRS and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) call on Columbus residents to learn the truth about AF and encourage those who suffer from the disorder to talk to their doctors about their increased risk for stroke.

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.