Archive - May 7, 2018

Archive - May 7, 2018

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New Study Suggests Marijuana Use Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Arrhythmias

BOSTON, MA--According to new research, smoking marijuana may not be associated with an increased risk of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) following an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or heart attack. The study also reported that marijuana users had a decreased risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib) and in-hospital mortality. The results are scheduled to be presented on Thursday, May 10 at Heart Rhythm 2018, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 39th Annual Scientific Sessions. 

The Heart Rhythm Society Releases Communication Strategies for Cybersecurity Threats to Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices

BOSTON, MA--The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) will release communication recommendations to assist healthcare professionals to understand and prepare for potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The proceedings statement outlines four key communication themes: when to notify patients, whom to notify, how to communicate with patients, and what elements to discuss with patients. The statement will be presented on Thursday, May 10, at Heart Rhythm 2018, the Heart Rhythm Society's 39th Annual Scientific Sessions.  

The relative novelty of cybersecurity threats in CIEDs is raising questions among patients and the heart rhythm care community. The rapidly changing health care environment and increasing global interconnectivity expose information technology to vulnerabilities. Hackers can potentially use these vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to medical equipment. 

Exposure to Air Pollution on Cold Days Can Trigger Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

New study presented at Heart Rhythm 2018 finds all sudden cardiac death cases in over 110,000 women took place at air pollution levels below EPA quality standards

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