At the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress (26–30 August, Barcelona, Spain), the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) released an analytical supplement to the 10th EHRA White Book. The EHRA White Book, which is supported by Biotronik, is the annual collection of data about the number of cardiac rhythm device implantations and catheter ablations.
A press release reports that this year’s edition features contributions from 53 out of 56 ESC member countries. The supplement to EHRA White Book 2017, published in the EP Europace journal, provides an in-depth 10-year comparative analysis. Additionally, an interactive website, ehra-whitebook-analysis.com, has been launched that enables users to digitally extract national data sets from the EHRA White Book and to perform additional analyses.
The EHRA White Book 2017 EP Europace supplement shows that implantation and ablation procedure rates per million population are highest in Western European countries, followed by Northern and Southern European countries. While procedure rates are lower in eastern European and non-European ESC member countries, these regions also present the highest growth rate over the past 10 years.
EHRA White Book co-coordinator David O Arnar (National University Hospital of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland), comments: “At 10 years, the EHRA White Book analysis offers a unique insight into the trends of arrhythmia care. With this invaluable analysis, we can raise awareness about inequalities in the treatment of arrhythmias not only among the cardiology community, but also among clinical administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders of care. This can potentially inspire new approaches and initiatives to improve accessibility and harmonise patient care.”
Also, an analysis of trends found in the EHRA White Book was presented at ESC Congress 2017 by Béla Merkely (Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary) during the session “Fighting sudden cardiac death: challenges and new strategies”.
The EHRA White Book 2017 and the EP Europace supplement can be downloaded from the EHRA/ESC website.