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The Ascendance of CRT-P April 16, 2013

Posted by Craig Delaughter, MD, PhD in Cardiac Rhythm Management, Health Policy.
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Many implanting physicians are frustrated by the current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Coverage Decision (NCD) regarding single versus dual chamber pacemakers. Last updated in 1985, the NCD often permits only a single-chamber pacemaker when the generally accepted standard of care is to implant a dual-chamber device. This has resulted in more frequent denials for payment both to physicians and to hospitals. Many hospitals have responded by requiring physicians to complete an algorithmic, bureaucratic form justifying every dual-chamber pacemaker implant (click here to see an example). (more…)

Guest Blogger: Better than a New Bike! March 21, 2013

Posted by Heart Rhythm Society in Education.
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Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Heidi Dohse is an active woman who was diagnosed with irregular Junctional Tachycardia at a young age.  She is passionate about life, cycling and raising awareness about heart rhythm disorders. If you’re a patient interested in sharing your story, please send an email to media@hrsonline.org (Subject line: Patient Stories).

I recently did some soul searching and had an interesting insight.  Not sure I like what I found, but it is what it is…. Turns out I might have a warped sense of fun.

I really wanted to grow up to be an extreme endurance athlete. At some point I decided that I would not let little things like being 100% pacemaker dependent, dealing with heart failure and having recovered from open heart and lung surgery get in the way of my dreams. (more…)

Awareness, Knowledge, Empowerment….Inspire! March 14, 2013

Posted by Heart Rhythm Society in Education.
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Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Heidi Dohse is an active woman who was diagnosed with irregular Junctional Tachycardia at a young age.  She is passionate about life, cycling and raising awareness about heart rhythm disorders. If you’re a patient interested in sharing your story, please send an email to media@hrsonline.org (Subject line: Patient Stories).

February was Heart Month and I attended a variety of events to get the word out about heart disease.  The goal of the many organizations is to provide awareness, knowledge and empowerment to people regarding the impact heart disease has on society.  The idea is that if people are aware of the statics and causes of heart disease, then they can take action to avoid crossing the line from heart prevention to heart patient.

While I agree with these concepts, I have been a heart patient all of my life and I have a couple of additions to this message.   (more…)

Guest Blogger: Happy New Pacemaker February 5, 2013

Posted by Heart Rhythm Society in Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
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Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Heidi Dohse is an active woman who was diagnosed with irregular Junctional Tachycardia at a young age.  She is passionate about life, cycling and raising awareness about heart rhythm disorders. If you’re a patient interested in sharing your story, please send an email to media@hrsonline.org (Subject line: Patient Stories).

January is an interesting month.  It is a time for reflection as we kick off a new year and are filled with the ambition to accomplish great things.  January is also my birth month… and January is the middle of Winter.  For me, being a cyclist, that is a double whammy.  I am reminded that I am another year older and it is too darn cold / rainy / snowy to go outside and prove that age does not matter on a bike!   (more…)

EP News: Basic and Translational Research January 24, 2013

Posted by Peng-Sheng Chen, MD, FHRS in Science & Research.
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CaMKII determines mitochondrial stress responses in heart

The multifunctional Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is involved in regulating heart rhythm. In addition, it is also activated in ischemia reperfusion.

Joiner et al show that CaMKII promotes mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening and myocardial death by increasing inner membrane mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter current (I(MCU)). (more…)

Sudden Cardiac Death: Still Work to Do January 22, 2013

Posted by Rohit Mehta MD,FACC,FHRS in Cardiac Rhythm Management, Industry, Science & Research, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Uncategorized.
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News from last year’s American Heart Association meeting showed that an internally-powered pacemaker is on the horizon.

Researchers at the University of Michigan (lead author M. Amin Karami, PhD and co-authors- David J. Bradley, MD, Daniel J. Inman, PhD) have explored and developed an in-vitro mechanism to “recharge” implantable devices using a heartbeat induced vibration in the chest wall and a “harvester,” which uses piezoelectricity to functionally recharge or limitlessly supply cardiac devices. (more…)

Guest Post: Choosing Anticoagulation for Patients with AF December 21, 2012

Posted by Heart Rhythm Society in Allied Health Professionals, Atrial Fibrillation (AF), Cardiac Rhythm Management, Education, EP Physicians, Science & Research.
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Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Kenneth Ellenbogen, MD, FHRS  shares his thoughts on the recent reviews  focused on the latest  anticoagulants available to treat Afib.

For every cardiologist who struggles with choosing anticoagulation for patients with atrial fibrillation, I strongly recommend that you take a look at the latest review by Deborah Siegal and Mark A Crowther, which is featured in the European Heart Journal. (more…)

Self-Powered Pacemaker on the Horizon December 12, 2012

Posted by Rohit Mehta MD,FACC,FHRS in Cardiac Rhythm Management, Science & Research.
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News from the recent American Heart Association meeting showed that an internally-powered pacemaker is on the horizon. (more…)

Value Based Modifier: HRS Meets with CMS Chief Medical Officer November 6, 2012

Posted by David Slotwiner in Allied Health Professionals, EP Physicians, Health Policy.
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Last month I represented the Heart Rhythm Society in the Alliance of Specialty Medicine Physician Roundtable and met with senior officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) about the impact of its Value Based Payment Modifier (VBPM). Participants engaged in a meaningful, bidirectional dialogue about critical issues facing specialists as the agency moves forward with a number of quality improvement initiatives. (more…)

Guest Blogger: The New Anticoagulants – Why All the Excitement? October 31, 2012

Posted by Heart Rhythm Society in Allied Health Professionals, Atrial Fibrillation (AF), Cardiac Rhythm Management, EP Physicians, Science & Research.
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Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Kenneth Ellenbogen, MD, FHRS  shares his thoughts on the recent studies that have focused on the new oral anticoagulants available to treat Afib.

There seems to be no shortage of continued excitement about the new oral anticoagulants, and especially important is how to use these new agents in certain patients under a variety of important clinical circumstances.

In this regard, I encourage you all to look at an important paper that argues for using the CHA2DS2-VASc score as a modification of the CHADS2 score for patients who are low risk (CHADS2 score of 1) to further stratify their risk into low  and high risk. This study a must read for all clinicians as this subject affects so many of our patients.  (more…)

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