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Dr. Hurwitz is Director of the Electrophysiology Lab at Medical City Hospital in Dallas. She is President of the North Texas Electrophysiology Society and has been involved in multiple Heart Rhythm Society activities, including the Women’s Leadership Initiative, serving as the HRS representative for the American Medical Association, and chairing the Membership Committee.

Dr. Van Hare is Director of Pediatric Cardiology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. He is the Co-Director of the St. Louis Children’s Heart Center. His clinical interests focus on heart rhythm disorders in children, and in adults with congenital heart disease; radiofrequency catheter ablation, cryoablation, pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, (ICD), implantation and follow-up.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Medical Device Safety Communication announcing a firmware update that addresses 2 previously reported safety concerns. The update includes a battery performance alert and improved cybersecurity for certain high voltage implantable cardiac devices (ICDs and CRT-Ds). Abbott has sent a medical device advisory to physicians making them aware of the firmware update.