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.

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."

2008 Task Force 6: Training in Specialized Electrophysiology, Cardiac Pacing, and Arrhythmia Management

Allied Professional
Training
HRS Endorsed / Affirmed

February 2008 — This document is the result of a close collaboration between the American College of Cardiology's Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training (COCATS) Task Force 6 and the Heart Rhythm Society. This Task Force 6 Report is 1 of 13 COCATS 3 Task Force Reports, which encompass training recommendations for the fellowship programs in adult cardiovascular medicine.

2007 ACC/AHA Guidelines on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation and Care for Noncardiac Surgery

Device Therapy
HRS Endorsed / Affirmed

December 19, 2007 — These guidelines are intended for physicians and nonphysician caregivers who are involved in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. They provide a framework for considering cardiac risk of noncardiac surgery in a variety of patient and surgical situations.

This document has been retired and replaced by "2009 ACCF/AHA Focused Update on Perioperative Beta Blockade."

A Practical Guide for Clinicians Who Treat Patients with Amiodarone: 2007

Clinical EP

July 28, 2007 — Amiodarone is commonly used to treat supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias in various inpatient and outpatient settings. Because of adverse drug reactions, proper use is essential to deriving optimal benefits from the drug with the least risk.

This document has been retired because it is no longer current.

2007 AHA/ACC/HRS SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT: Recommendations for the Standardization and Interpretation of the Electrocardiogram, Part I and Part II

Clinical EP

March 2007 — Part I - This statement examines the relation of the resting ECG to its technology. Its purpose is to foster understanding of how the modern ECG is derived and displayed and to establish standards that will improve the accuracy and usefulness of the ECG in practice. Part II -This statement provides a concise list of diagnostic terms for ECG interpretation that can be shared by students, teachers, and readers of electrocardiography.

2006 ACC/AHA Update of the Clinical Competence Statement on Invasive Electrophysiology Studies, Catheter Ablation, and Cardioversion

Allied Professional
Training
HRS Endorsed / Affirmed

October 2006 — Developed in collaboration With the Heart Rhythm Society, this competence statement was designed to assist in the assessment of physicians' competence on a procedure-specific basis. The update specifies the minimum education, training, experience, and cognitive and technical skills necessary for the competent performance of invasive cardiac electrophysiology, catheter ablation, and cardioversion.

2006 ACC/AHA/ESC Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Arrhythmias
HRS Endorsed / Affirmed

August 15, 2006 — A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the European Society of Cardiology Committee for Practice Guidelines. This document has been retired and replaced by "2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."