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ESCeL platform: the tool to ­improve the harmoni­sation of ­cardiology education and training

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.

Recommendations for the peri­operative management of patients with cardiac implantable electronic device

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.

Long-term follow-up after closure of patent foramen ovale

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.

Rivaroxaban dissolves postinfarction left ventricular thrombus

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.

A patient with arrhythmias and infective cardiac disease

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.

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome­ and diverticulosis of the heart?

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.

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