Clinical Resources

Authored and endorsed clinical documents provide three main components vital to advancements in the heart rhythm field: analysis, discussion of current issues, and suggestions for clinical application. 

HRS Clinical Document Methodology

The HRS Clinical Document Development Methodology Manual and Policies transparently declares the standards by which the HRS develops clinical practice documents, which include clinical practice guidelines, expert consensus statements, scientific statements, clinical competency statements, task force policy statements, and proceedings statements.

2003 NASPE Policy Statement: NASPE Training Requirements for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: Selection, Implantation, and Follow-Up

Allied Professional
Training
HRS Endorsed / Affirmed

July 2003—This statement provides additional information regarding maintenance of skills related to device implantation, more detailed training guidelines for CIED implantation and lead extraction, and initial guidelines for implantation of cardiac resynchronization devices that require additional leads to be placed at alternative pacing sites.

This document has been retired because it is no longer current.

2004 Guidelines on Management (Diagnosis and Treatment) of Syncope (Update)

Disorders
Atrial Fibrillation
HRS Endorsed / Affirmed

September 14, 2004 — The Task Force for the Diagnosis and Management of Syncope of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The purpose of this document is to provide specific recommendations on the diagnostic evaluation and management of syncope.

This document has been retired and replaced by "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Syncope (Version 2009)."

2004 Practice Advisory for the Perioperative Management of Patients with Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices: Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators

Device Therapy
HRS Endorsed / Affirmed

October 24, 2004 — The report, written by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force has been endorsed by the Heart Rhythm Society in 2004. It provides a synthesis and analysis of expert opinion on the perioperative management of patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs).

2008 Heart Rhythm Society/Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society Clinical Competency Statement

Training
Pediatric

May 14, 2008 — This clinical document details the training for ICD/CRT implants in patients who are either in the pediatric age range (birth–18 years of age) with or without congenital heart disease or adults with congenital heart disease. The health care team involved in the care of these patients should have knowledge and expertise about the implantation indications, implantation techniques, complications, programming, and follow-up for these devices, as well as the nontechnical treatment issues relevant to children.

This document has been retired and replaced by 2013 "Recommendations for Advanced Fellowship Training in Clinical Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology."

2017 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for Management of Patients with Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

Ventricular Arrhythmias

October 30, 2017—The 2017 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for Management of Patients with Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death, accompanied by the Executive Summary and the Systematic Review, is intended to guide management of adults who have ventricular arrhythmias or who are at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD), including diseases and syndromes associated with a risk of SCD from ventricular arrhythmias.

2017 ACC/HRS Lifelong Learning Statement for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialists

Clinical Ep
Training

November 27, 2017—The 2017 ACC/HRS Lifelong Learning Statement for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialists complements the 2015 ACC/AHA/HRS Advanced Training Statement on clinical cardiac electrophysiology by focusing on the competencies expected of practicing cardiac electrophysiologists throughout their careers. It also recognizes those competencies that exceed standard expectations and may be achieved and maintained by some cardiac electrophysiologists based on their specific training and practice focus. This document provides examples of appropriate measures for assessing competence in the context of lifelong learning.