EHRA/HRS/APHRS/LAHRS Expert Consensus on Risk Assessment in Cardiac Arrhythmias: Use the Right Tool for the Right Outcome
June 15, 2020—The expert consensus statement recommends how best to determine the likelihood of developing a heart rhythm disorder and how to assess the risk for poor outcome in patients with that condition. The document focuses on atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder and a major cause of disabling stroke, and ventricular tachyarrhythmia (fast heart rate), a leading cause of sudden cardiac death.
The document intends to describe and review status of performing risk assessment in different patient populations with cardiac diseases or conditions with high risk of developing such. The objective is to raise awareness of using the right risk assessment tool for a given outcome in a given population and to provide physicians with practical proposals that may lead to improvement of patient care in this regard. For quick reference, subsections start with a table that contains consensus statements.