New studies shed light on important heart health topics including gender and insurance disparities, screenings for young athletes and weight-loss surgery outcomes

/ PRNewswire / — This week at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s (HRS) 35th Annual Scientific Sessions, new research was unveiled that will advance the electrophysiology (EP) field and ultimately improve overall patient care.
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The meeting included internationally recognized speakers and a wide variety of sessions that offered attendees first-hand knowledge and a chance to engage in the emerging technologies of the future.

Three feature studies presented at Heart Rhythm 2014 this week include:

  • Insurance & Gender Disparities in Care: For the first time in nearly a decade, new analysis of ICD implants in the United States shows a majority of implants are performed on people with insurance and more commonly in the male population…read more.
  • Heart Screenings & Young Athletes: New study found that adding an electrocardiogram (ECG) to existing pre-participation screening of high school athletes increases the likelihood of identifying disorders associated with sudden cardiac death…read more.
  • Weight–loss Surgery & Heart Health: New research found bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, to be an effective way to control weight in morbidly obese patients who are at risk for developing life–threatening arrhythmia, called atrial fibrillation…read more.

Heart Rhythm 2014 will conclude on Saturday, May 10th in San Francisco. For more information about additional research presented at Scientific Sessions this week, please visit

Heart Rhythm 2015 will be held in Boston next May.


About the Heart Rhythm Society
The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 5,800 heart rhythm professionals in more than 72 countries around the world. For more information, visit

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