Archive - Feb 22, 2012

Archive - Feb 22, 2012

Survey Reveals Discordance Among Physicians in Following ICD Guidelines

More than one-quarter of physicians surveyed never refer patients with the intent of consideration for a primary prevention implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD),  including 7% of cardiologists, accoring to survey results published in Heart Rhythm. 

To determine concordance with primary prevention ICD guidelines from the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Society, reserachres mailed surveys to a random national sample of 3,000 physicians. One third each specialized in general cardiology, internal medicine and family medicine. Fifteen percent surveyed believe ventreicular arrhythmias are required before a primary prevention ICD is indicated, 36% think an ejection fraction >40% warrants a primary prevention ICD and 25% would refer a patient for a primary prevention ICD within 40 days of a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

ECG Experts Gather to Improve Identification of Athletes at Risk

SEATTLE – On Feb. 13-14, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) partnered with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Sports Cardiology Section, the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES), other leading U.S. cardiologists, the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), and the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center (F-MARC) in an effort to define ECG interpretation standards in athletes and develop a comprehensive online training module for physicians around the world to gain expertise in ECG interpretation and the proper evaluation of ECG abnormalities suggestive of a pathologic cardiovascular disorder.

Hosted by AMSSM 1st Vice President Jonathan Drezner, MD, the meeting in Seattle, Wash., brought together many of the world’s premier sports cardiologists and sports medicine physicians, including participants from the U.S., Italy, Sweden, U.K., Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, and Qatar.

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