Defibrillation, or shock, can be the only way to stop certain heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, before they kill. If the heart beats too quickly, the chambers, or ventricles, will not have enough time to fill with blood and pump blood to the rest of the body, which can cause death. For people at high risk for the deadliest forms of arrhythmias – called ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation – an internal “shocking” device may be the best protection against sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
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Several medications are used to treat, prevent, or lessen the frequency or severity of abnormal heart rhythms. This group of medications is called antiarrhythmics.
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Twitter Chat sessions allow HRS members to engage with each other through an interactive social media channel. These sessions are led by subject matter experts and allow for a live open discussion on a specific topic on Twitter and a webinar-style platform. The sessions have a designated hashtag which attendees can tweet questions and comments before and during the scheduled event. Panelists then answer and debate in a live recorded webinar and respond on Twitter.
The Rhythm Management Summit will host 70 experienced EP physicians from the Middle East & North Africa regions to bring you talks on guidelines and advancements in devices, electrophysiology, and LAA closure technologies. Three international researchers will be the speakers at the summit, in addition to dedicated lectures for local EP societies to present cases and have an interactive discussions during this event.
The Nancy L. Stephenson Award for Exemplary Industry/HRS Partnership celebrates an Industry professional who has modeled an exemplary Industry/Heart Rhythm Society relationship and has promoted the advancement of the field!
Each year the Heart Rhythm Society recognizes outstanding contributions to the field and to the Society through the Society’s Recognition Awards.
The time it takes for help and treatment to occur is a life and death situation during SCA. Ninety-five percent of those who experience SCA die because they do not receive life-saving defibrillation within four to six minutes, before brain and permanent death begin to occur.
The heart’s electrical system is responsible for making and conducting signals that trigger the heart to beat. These signals prompt the heart’s muscle to contract. With each contraction, blood is pumped throughout the body. The process begins in the upper chambers of the heart (atria), which pump blood into the lower chambers (ventricles).
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs abruptly and without warning, and two-thirds of SCA deaths occur without any prior indications of heart disease. In fact, SCA can happen to people of all ages and health conditions.