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A decade of information on the use of cardiac implantable electronic devices and interventional electrophysiological procedures in the European Society of Cardiology Countries

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Subtitle:2017 report from the European Heart Rhythm Association
Aims The aim of this analysis was to provide comprehensive information on invasive cardiac arrhythmia therapies in the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) area over the past 10 years. Methods and results The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) has collected data on invasive arrhythmia therapies since 2008. This year 53 of the 56 ESC member countries provided data for the EHRA White Book. Here we present updated data on procedure rates together with information on demographics, economy, vital statistics, local healthcare systems and training activities. Considerable heterogeneity in the access to invasive arrhythmia therapies still exists across the five geographical ESC regions. In 2016, the device implantation rates per million population were 3-6 times higher in the Western region than in the non-European and Eastern ESC member countries. Catheter ablation activity was highest in the Western countries followed by the Northern and Southern areas. In the nonEuropean countries, atrial fibrillation ablation rate was more than tenfold lower than in the European countries. On the other hand, the growth rate over the past ten years was highest in the non-European and Eastern countries. In some Eastern European countries with relative low gross domestic product the procedure rates exceeded the average values. Conclusion It was encouraging to note that during the past decade the growth in invasive arrhythmia therapies was greatest in the areas historically with relatively low activity. Nevertheless, there is substantial disparity and continued efforts are needed to improve harmonization of cardiac arrhythmia therapies in the ESC area.
Journal: Europace : European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology : Journal of the Working Groups on Cardiac Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology
ISSN: 1099-5129
Volume: 19
Pages: 1 - 90
Publication year:2017