I’m still working on recapping the Heart Rhythm Society sessions from last month. It was an incredible meeting that offered vast amounts of worthwhile information. So much really–for patients, generalists and specialists alike.
Part 2 of my favorite ICD-related posts from HRS 2012 is now posted over at Trials and Fibrillations at theHeart.org.
It touches upon a few of the device-related abstracts that piqued my interest.
- The importance of sleep apnea in causing arrhythmias in patients with heart disease. Numerous studies in Cardiology have emphasized the importance of diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. The issue with sleep apnea is that low oxygen levels wreak havoc on our organs.
- The expanding and highly useful role of remote monitoring. One of the rarely talked about features of modern-day cardiac devices is their wireless monitoring capabilities. These sensors can often alert both patient and doctor of trouble in its early stages. I describe a real case of mine where a remote alert from a pacemaker might have prevented a stroke.
- A look at ICD complications, including the risk of doing ICD lead revisions, the role of gender in susceptibility to perforation, and of course…I found a few studies that highlight the benefits of watchful waiting strategies–the let a sleeping dog sleep approach.