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Women in Electrophysiology


 

In the continuity of the ESC 'Women at Heart' Initiative (launched in 2005), The EHRA Women in EP Committee mission is to emphasize the unique aspects of female gender in patients with cardiac arrhythmias and in health care professionals working in Electrophysiology.

Women in EP Committee Members  

  • Prof Andrea Sarkozy (Chair), Belgium
  • Prof Sabine Ernst, UK
  • Prof Cecilia Linde, Sweden                                                                                              
  • Dr Rachel Ter Bekke, The Netherlands                                 
  • Dr Cecilia Maria Gonzalez, Belgium
  • Prof. Isabel Deisenhofer, Germany

The Women in EP committee is launching a new initiative. Its purpose is to create a database in order to identify and connect female professionals working in the field of electrophysiology. This database will also help the committee to identify professionals who would be interested in scientific exposure.

You can join the Women in EP database voluntarily through this short questionnaire

Join us!

Welcome address

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the dedicated area for the Women in EP committee of the European Heart Rhythm Association.

This committee was created:

  • To heighten the awareness of female specific aspects of cardiac arrhythmias
  • To initiate and support research specific to female patients  
  • To encourage  female cardiology trainees to choose electrophysiology and support other female electrophysiologists throughout their career.

Multiple studies have shown that sex significantly influences basic electrophysiological properties of the cardiac cells leading to intriguing sex dependent cellular differences in normal and diseased conditions.

At the clinical level, female patients are frequently underrepresented in clinical trials and therefore valid scientific conclusions are not provided about this patient population. For example, atrial fibrillation has a similar incidence in male and female patients. However, the vast majority of trials evaluating catheter ablation therapy have included less than 25% female patients.

Similarly, in the recent large, randomised controlled trials of new oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation only 35-40% of the patients were female. Similar data is evident in trials evaluating ICD and cardiac resynchronisation therapies. An important objective of the committee is to close these gaps through stimulating high quality basic and clinical research on female patients.

We would like to achieve this through international surveys, registries and randomised controlled clinical trials including a male to female patient ratio that reflects the natural incidence of the disease in question.

Although a growing percentage of cardiology trainees are women, it seems that the percentage of female trainees in clinical electrophysiology is not increasing proportionally. A recent survey indicated that the main reasons not to choose electrophysiology as a specialisation are the fear of radiation exposure and the absence of role models.

Our committee would like to increase the  visibility of female electrophysiologists and stimulate the dissemination of evidence-based information about radiation exposure during and outside of pregnancy. The stimulation of urgently needed additional research on radiation exposure to medical personnel and on the safe use of radiation will benefit the whole invasive cardiology community.

Also, given that the female members of our association are significantly younger, we work in close collaboration with the EHRA Young EP committee.

Prof A. Sarkozy, EHRA Women in EP Chair

Prof. Gerhard Hindricks, EHRA President 

Resources

Women in EP Survey

In order to better understand the needs of the female EP community, the Women in EP Committee conducted in October 2014 a survey among female members of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Check out the results here

A resources folder on radiation exposure is also available

Radiation Exposure Bibliography
Soon available a document for sex differences in clinical arrhythmias