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Heart Rhythm 2012 | May 9-12, 2012

HRS 2012
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Monday May 14 2012

  • Guidance Issued for Young WPW Patients

    BOSTON — Not all asymptomatic young patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White electrocardiographic pattern will require ablation, according to a consensus statement from pediatric and adult electrophysiologists.

  • Higher Failure Rate with Riata Leads Affirmed

    BOSTON — St. Jude Medical's Riata implantable cardioverter-defibrillator leads — which have been recalled — are more likely to fail than other leads, a multicenter study confirmed.

Sunday May 13 2012

  • Watchman Viable Option in Select Afib Patients

    BOSTON — In atrial fibrillation patients unable to take oral anticoagulation, an investigational device that closes off the left atrial appendage appears to prevent strokes when used with aspirin and clopidogrel, a nonrandomized registry study showed.

Saturday May 12 2012

  • Ablation Could Be First-Line Afib Therapy

    BOSTON — For patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, radiofrequency ablation was superior to antiarrhythmic drug therapy as first-line treatment, a randomized trial showed.

Friday May 11 2012

  • New ICD Safe, Effective

    BOSTON — An investigational, fully subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) that does not require transvenous leads looks like it may soon be an option for patients at risk for sudden cardiac death.

  • ICD May Not Rule Out Sports

    BOSTON — A general restriction on playing sports for patients who have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator may not be warranted, researchers found.

  • MRI Safe for Patients with Cardiac Devices

    BOSTON — Performing non-thoracic MRI scans at 1.5 Tesla appears to be safe for patients with ICDs and pacemakers, a multicenter registry study showed.

Thursday May 10 2012

  • Big Midsection May Up Risk of Dying Suddenly

    BOSTON — Carrying too much weight in the belly — having an apple shape — may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death, researchers found.

  • Stroke Risk Tool Predicts Statin Benefit

    BOSTON — The CHADS2 score — used to determine stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation — may help identify patients who will most benefit from statins for primary prevention of the arrhythmia, researchers found.

Tuesday May 8 2012

  • HRS to Present Record Number of Abstracts

    BOSTON — This year's meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society will be the biggest yet and will have something for everyone, according to the chair of the meeting's scientific sessions program committee.