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New EHRA White Book published

For the first time, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) White Book on the status of electrophysiology in the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) member countries has been published as a full EP Europace supplement, and in the form of comparative statistics, which allows for new analysis of trends and changes, say the authors.1

The way in which the data are presented gives the opportunity to see, for example, the impact of new training initiatives, the foundation of working groups, or the change in the number of practising centres, the authors say. It can also help us to understand and estimate the impact of the economic crisis on the use of cost-intensive therapy such as ablation or pacemaker/implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation, they add.

The 2012 data in the 2013 edition reveal changes in quite a considerable number of countries and show, for example, that in some countries from the eastern European area the implant rates for ICDs and implanted pulse generators (IPGs) by far exceed those of some western countries, meaning that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is not necessarily the driver for high or low rates of therapy use.

The authors invite the international community including physicians, research scientists, healthcare providers, and healthcare economists to enjoy the 2013 edition of the EHRA White Book and the EP Europace supplement.

References

1. Arribas F, Auricchio A, Boriani G, et al. Statistics on the use of cardiac electronic devices and electrophysiological procedures in 55 ESC countries: 2013 report from the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). Europace 2014;16:i1–i78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/europace/euu049

Published on: May 28, 2014

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