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Cardiac tachyarrhythmias and patient values and preferences for their management
Cardiac tachyarrhythmias are recurrent or chronic and in some cases life-threatening conditions. Heart rhythm disturbances are often highly symptomatic and the psychological impact of the disease can be significant. Patients' beliefs and knowledge about their health (and illness), medications, and healthcare they receive are important determinants of whether or not they accept recommended treatments; influence their coping responses to their illness and treatment; adherence to recommended therapy; and ultimately affects health outcomes. Incorporation of patients' values and preferences for therapy should now be considered as an integral part of the decision-making process and treatment strategy. It is important to acknowledge and understand the impact of cardiac tachyarrhythmias on the patient. To address this issue, a Task Force was convened by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), and endorsed by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS), and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estimulación Cardíaca y Electrofisiología (SOLEACE), with the remit to comprehensively review the published evidence available, to publish a joint consensus document on patient values and preferences for the management of cardiac tachyarrhythmias, and to provide up-to-date consensus recommendations for use in clinical practice.
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Why Do Some Lifters Pass Out from Heavy Deadlifts?
When you’re pushing your body to new limits, such as hitting maximal deadlifts, there’s always a chance (often small) of injury. We’ve seen a few viral videos of lifters passing out from lifts lately on Instagram, and of course the comments section is war zone.
Survival Benefit from Primary Prevention Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
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Crowdsourcing campaign looks to improve heart health diagnosis
The initiative asks people to donate heart rhythm data through the Heart for Heart smartphone app. Users do so by placing their finger over their phone’s camera and flash.