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Disparities found in management of hospitalised patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 

New research suggests that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are not used as frequently for females and patients of colour, despite the increased use of ICDs...
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Medtronic leads pilot programme to address disparities in sudden cardiac arrest care

Medtronic has announced a pilot programme with Mpirik to address disparities in care associated with the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition...

Sex and race disparities found in ICD interventions for cardiac patients

Results of a clinical trial show stark disparities in the use of life-saving implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) interventions based on sex and race, suggesting...

Low referral rates and treatment disparities lead to underuse of ICDs in indicated patients

Implantable cardiac devices are underused, with widespread gender and race treatment disparities, and low referral rates to electrophysiologists, according to the findings from three...
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Racial and gender disparities in care exist for patients newly-diagnosed with atrial fibrillation

New study published in HeartRhythm shows differences in the utilisation of atrial fibrillation therapies in a large nationwide population.
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Big disparities in the treatment of arrhythmias across Europe

Latest statistics on pacemakers and implantable cardiac devices were presented at Europace 2009. Germany has one of the highest ICD implant rates in Europe.
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AHA scientific statement offers insight into sleep-disordered breathing and its link to arrhythmia

A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) provides guidance about sleep-disordered breathing and its association with the development of cardiac arrhythmia.  Published...

HRS 2022: AI-based app used to detect left-ventricular dysfunction

Use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based app using electrocardiogram (ECG) signals recorded with an Apple Watch is able to identify left-ventricular dysfunction, research presented...
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Racial minorities less likely to receive CPR

Black and Hispanic individuals experiencing a cardiac arrest either at home or in public are substantially less likely to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from...

American Heart Association issues call for action on structural racism in cardiovascular care

Structural racism is a major cause of poor health and premature death from heart disease and stroke, according to a presidential advisory issued today...

AHA 2020: Higher level of fitness reduces atrial fibrillation risk

Higher fitness levels reduced the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) by 30‒50% in a study of male, African American veterans, according to preliminary...

Air pollution exposure multiplies risk of stroke in AF patients

Sufferers of atrial fibrillation (AF) who are exposed to greater levels of pollution have a 1.2-fold higher risk of stroke than their peers who...

JAHA retracts paper calling for end to cardiology diversity programmes

The Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) has retracted a paper published in March 2020, which drew criticism due to its conclusions about race and the role of affirmative action within...

Women taking beta blockers for hypertension may have higher risk of heart failure with...

Women taking beta blockers for hypertension with no prior history of cardiovascular disease have a nearly 5% higher risk for heart failure than men...

COVID-19: NCDR Chest Pain-MI, CathPCI registries to review effect of virus on heart disease...

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is to collect COVID-19 data through the NCDR Chest Pain-MI and CathPCI registries with the aim of capturing...

ACC partners with AED device company for cardiac arrest alliance

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and automated external defibrillator (AED) technology start-up HeartHero have formed an alliance aimed at making a “significant impact”...

American College of Cardiology names its first director of diversity and inclusion

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has announced the appointment of Ranna Parekh as its first director of diversity and inclusion. Parekh will work...

More work needed to “untangle reasons” for gender gap in cardiovascular research

Writing in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, David Ouyang (Stanford University, Falk Research Center, Palo Alto, USA) and others report that while the number...

Pacemakers safely reused in Mexico highlight potential of recycling CIEDs

Recycling or reusing cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) could bring down costs for low-income or uninsured patients. A small study presented at the 30th...

New performance and quality measures for treating heart attack patients

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released updated clinical performance and quality measures to benchmark and improve...

Caucasians have a higher incidence of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest but risk of death...

There is a lack of sufficient data about the effect of racial differences on outcomes following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Therefore, Karuppiah Arunachalam and...

Saving lives with re-used cardiac implantable electronic devices

Behzad Pavri (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, USA) is an advocate for re-use of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) as life-saving medical technology for...

The impact of the humanitarian EP

Inspired by the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Scientific Sessions opening plenary theme “Becoming a citizen of the world” and the key speaker, Hugh...

Four out of 10 AF patients may not receive necessary stroke-prevention medication

Many patients with an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation, are not receiving recommended blood thinning medication they need to prevent strokes, according to...

Latest statistics show heart failure on the rise

The number of adults living with heart failure increased from about 5.7 million (2009-2012) to about 6.5 million (2011-2014), according to the American Heart...

Sixty-five percent of women cardiologists experience discrimination at work, ACC survey shows

Cardiologists are highly satisfied in their careers; however, disparities remain between the career experiences of men and women, according to the American College of...

EHRA releases White Book 2016 EP Europace Supplement

The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and the EP Europace journal have released the supplement to its ninth annual EHRA White Book, developed in...
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American Heart Association update shows that one in every three deaths in the USA...

This update-which has been produced since 1958-is made up from the most-recent data available compiled by the AHA, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government sources.

Many atrial fibrillation patients at high risk of stroke fail to receive guideline-recommended oral...

First phase II data demonstrating anticoagulant prescribing patterns in North America now available from GLORIA-AF Registry programme.
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National campaign launched in USA to help increase diversity in clinical trials

The "I'm In" campaign will help to educate underrepresented populations about clinical trial participation in USA.
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“Implantable devices are not a luxury”

Implantable devices for treating cardiac arrhythmias, which include ICD's, are underused in parts of Europe. Conclusions of the ICD for Life Summit (Belgrade, Serbia, 19-20 October).
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Reused ICDs function normally without an increased risk of complications

Behzad Pavri, Philadelphia, USA, and colleagues have found that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) with three or more years of estimated remaining battery life can be reused, delivering life-saving therapy without increasing the risk of complications.

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Anne Gillis, current president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), talked to Cardiac Rhythm News about her career achievements, her plans for the HRS and the role of the society to encourage women into electrophysiology.
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Camm: “The true incidence of sudden cardiac death in USA and Europe is unknown”

John Camm, St Georges University of London, United Kingdom, overviewed the incidence of sudden cardiac death in Europe and USA at the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)-Europace Congress in Madrid, Spain (26-29 June 2011)
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MADIT-CRT data show women received greater benefit from CRT-Ds than men

The sub-analysis demonstrated that both men and women experienced benefit from CRT but women experienced a 70% reduction in heart failure events compared to a 35% reduction for men.
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New study uncovers gender disparity in ablation treatment and outcomes for AF

Study published in HeartRhythm Journal shows female patients undergo catheter ablation less often and experience more complications than males
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Europace 2009 calls for more remote monitoring of implantable devices

More European countries need to embrace the remote monitoring of cardiac implantable devices, rather than offering face to face clinic visits, concluded a press briefing at Europace 2009.

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