Taking into consideration the reality of the free movement of doctors and patients across borders, the cardiology community feels a strong need for the harmonisation of training and education of European health professionals.
This joint position paper gives a concise overview of the pre-, intra- and postoperative issues and management of pacemaker and defibrillator carriers in the setting of electrocautery used for surgery.
Percutaneous patent foramen ovale closure has been shown to be safe and feasible with a variety of devices. The authors report the late clinical results of their early experience with one of the first commercially available devices, the Sideris Buttoned Occluder.
Short duration rivaroxaban was effective for the treatment of left ventricular thrombus in a patient under DAPT after drug-eluting stent implantation for STEMI, and at low bleeding risk.
In western countries patients with a Trypanosoma cruzi infection and with Chagas cardiomyopathy are rare. The authors report the case of a patient with Chagas cardiomyopathy in Switzerland.
A 77-year-old woman with a history of short palpitations lasting seconds, syncope, and one (undocumented) episode of tachycardia lasting 2 hours was referred for electrophysiologic testing. There was no evidence of structural heart disease based on echocardiography.