Munich, Germany August 28 2012: Recommendations for the practical management of CRT patients have been set out for the first time in an international consensus statement on cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart failure.
The 2012 Expert Consensus Statement on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) in Heart Failure: Implant and Follow-up Recommendations and Management was developed by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) in the US, and will be published in their respective journals, EP Europace and HeartRhythm.
CRT was developed 20 years ago in Europe and the United States and has reached maturity as a major heart failure therapy. The therapy has risen in popularity, with more than 200,000 devices implanted worldwide last year and more than one million over the last 10 years.
The clinical indications for CRT are clearly outlined in the 2007 ESC guidelines, which were updated in 2010, and US guidelines from 2008. These guidelines are supported by robust evidence from randomised clinical trials.
This consensus statement is particularly unique because it incorporates expert consensus from Europe and North America.
"We have very strong recommendations regarding clinical indications based on the clinical evidence and these are covered in multiple guidelines," said Professor Jean-Claude Daubert, joint task force co-chair and Professor of Cardiology and Vascular Diseases, University of Rennes 1, France. "CRT therapy improves symptoms, cardiac function, hospitalization rates and mortality in a broad range of patients with heart failure."
He added: "On the contrary, until now we did not have a consensual document on the practical aspects of this therapy. Our goal was to establish a consensus statement on how to manage CRT patients before, during and after the implantation procedure. W
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