Sunday June 29th 2014

- Patients stories

Donald F. Seemann

ICD for Ventricular Fibrillation

    Syndicated Columnist Judy Foreman

    On undergoing Catheter Ablation.

    Former Vice-President Richard Cheney

Why former Vice President Richard Cheney has an ICD.

    Author Deborah Daw Heffernan

    Living with an ICD.

    Roger Blanchette

    Sudden Cardiac Death, a survivor's story.

    Lawrence Beckmen

After frightening episodes of fainting, Lawrence Beckmen's healthy and happy lifestyle was restored.

    Sebastian Hitzig

    Millions of patients have been helped by pacemakers and ICDs. No story is as remarkable as that of Sebastian Hitzig.


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The Normal Heart
signs and symptoms
Heart Diseases &Disorders
Substances Causing Arrhythmia

Risk Factors and Preventionon


Ejection Fraction

Atrial Fibrilliation

Atrial Fibrillation causes

Non cardiovascular syncope

Patients quiz


Heart structure

Cardiac arrest

Tests for heart failure

Tilt table

Too fast heart beat

Long QT syndrome

Heart failure prevention

Heart failure risks

What to ask your doctor?

When to see a specialist?

Bioidentical hormones and Cardiac effects of anabolic steroids

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NASPE-Heart Rhythm Society is located at Six Strathmore Road, Natick, MA 01760 Phone: 508-647-0100 Fax: 508-647-0124
Copyright NASPE-Heart Rhythm Society

NASPE - Heart Rhythm Society, incorporated in 1979, has a membership of approximately 3,500 physicians and associated professionals from the United States, Canada, Mexico and many other countries. NASPE - Heart Rhythm Society is the dominant professional group representing the allied specialties of cardiac pacing and cardiac electrophysiology in North America and plays an important role not only in education but also as an intermediary between government regulatory agencies and members of the profession..

NASPE - Heart Rhythm Society maintains an active program of interaction with the administrative and legislative arms of the government on issues of relevance to the public, and the pacemaker, electrophysiologic, cardiac arrythmology, and patient communities. Examples of these issues include questions concerning appropriate reimbursement for a procedure, federal oversight on the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, guidelines for medical practice, etc. NASPE-Heart Rhythm Society's policies are established by the Board of Trustees based on counsel from the NASPE - Heart Rhythm Society Committee on Health Policy.


    The Normal Heart
    Signs & Symptoms
    Heart Diseases & Disorders
    Substances Causing Arrhythmias
    Risk Factors and Prevention
    Heart Tests

Funded by an Educational Grant from the Guidant Foundation  

Disturbances of the normal heart rhythm, or cardiac "arrhythmias," are extremely common. They may present as feelings of "palpitations," lightheadedness, shortness of breath, or truly passing out. They occur in people of all ages and in many cases may be totally without symptoms. On occasion, these arrhythmias may be dangerous, if not deadly, and their first presentation may be that of sudden cardiac death in a patient previously without symptoms.

Thankfully, we have improved methods of distinguishing those arrhythmias that are of little concern from those of a more serious nature. Important advances in monitoring the heart rhythm have allowed us to determine what heart rhythm disturbances are actually being experienced by any given patient. More importantly, we have developed certain techniques that allow us to determine an individual's risk for a more serious arrhythmia even before they actually demonstrate one. These methods of risk stratification have become increasingly employed to identify patients who may benefit from preventive therapy, most notably implanted devices called defibrillators that can shock the heart out of an otherwise fatal heart rhythm disturbance.

This special section of the NASPE-Heart Rhythm Society web site is designed to address important features of cardiac arrhythmias-what are the signs and symptoms, what factors are responsible for increasing one's risk, what are the appropriate tests in approaching an arrhythmia or predicting its occurrence, and what treatments are available to prevent and/or treat heart rhythm disturbances. We hope that you will find this information invaluable and pass it on to your family, friends, and colleagues. It is said that if one saves one life, one may save the world-let us attempt together to save many, by educating ourselves and others about this extremely important medical condition.

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