BOSTON, May 13, 2009 — Despite a higher prevalence of risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), African Americans have a markedly lower prevalence of AF compared to Caucasians. The new study presented at Heart Rhythm 2009, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 30th Annual Scientific Sessions, is the largest of its kind to prove that race has a direct impact on the occurrence of AF, most notably when comparing African Americans to Caucasians.
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WASHINGTON, DC — A study published in the May edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, found that many non-prescription weight-loss supplements that are accessible online may have hidden heart health risks. Eight out of 12 weight-loss supplements analyzed contained one or more ingredients associated with life-threatening cardiac complications such as ventricular arrhythmias, cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death.
The article “Association of Physician Certification and Outcomes Among Patients Receiving an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator” was published in the April 22nd issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In response to this article, the Heart Rhythm Society would like to reiterate its position on the positive correlation between electrophysiology certification and improved outcomes following ICD implantation.
ORLANDO, FL — The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) announce a new collaboration to deliver free, unlimited access to Cardiosource’s Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Clinical Collections containing relevant, up-to-date information for cardiology professionals.
WASHINGTON, DC — The Heart Rhythm Society applauds the introduction of House Resolution 255 which calls for a National Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Awareness Month in September. Introduced by Representative C.A. ‘”Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD) and co-sponsored by Kay Granger (R-TX), the resolution will support efforts to raise awareness about AF which impacts approximately 2.2 million Americans each day as well as promote prevention and advance optimal patient care.
WASHINGTON, DC — New research reveals that black and Hispanic patients who were eligible for cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) were less likely to receive therapy than eligible white patients. The study also found that both minority groups were more likely to meet established criteria and white patients were more likely to receive CRT-D outside of published guidelines. The new study published in the March edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, is the first of its kind to examine and compare Hispanic, white and black patients within a national study population.
WASHINGTON, DC — New research proves that increased QT variability is an independent predictor of ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) in men, while in women, QT variability alone does not pose a risk of arrhythmic events. The new study published in the February edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, confirms that gender does in fact play a significant role in predicting the risk of VT/VF. The study goes on to reveal that QT variability, when not correlated to heart rate variability, is a uniquely significant predictor of arrhythmic events in women.
WASHINGTON, DC — New research reveals that abandoning a nonfunctioning lead in an ICD patient is safe and does not pose a clinically significant risk of complication. The lead is the wire placed in the heart that transmits the heart's electrical signals to the defibrillator for interpretation. The new study published in the January edition of the HeartRhythm Journal, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, suggests that the practice of abandoning nonfunctioning leads does not result in additional risk to the patient and lead extraction should be reserved for cases of system infection or when large numbers of leads have been abandoned.