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Working group on e-Cardiology teams up with the European Heart Rhythm Association

A joint-initiative took place during the annual EHRA EUROPACE 2013: Meeting in Athens in June 2013

The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Congress (EuroPace) June 2013 in Athens, Greece, was attended by many members of the ESC and other organisations as well as by many other specialists in electrophysiology. With over 5000 participants, the meeting was a great success.

In the past, the ESC Working Group (WG) on e-Cardiology and the EHRA have joined forces, as many members of both the WG and EHRA share the same areas of interest and expertise. Although the scope of the WG e-Cardiology is wider and not restricted to the analysis of cardiac electrical activities and diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmia, e.g. imaging and telecardiology, are important areas for the WG,it is a fact that electrophysiologists are heavy users of imaging and are also early adopters of Telemedicine. This makes the annual EHRA Congress a perfect place to exchange science between the more clinically orientated participants and the more technically orientated members of the WG on e-Cardiology.

Realising this, the board of the EHRA and the nucleus of theWG on e-Cardiology teamed up and the EHRA offered the WG to organise several symposia during this year’s congress in which the members of the WG e-Cardiology and other invited experts presented their recent work and shared their knowledge. Abroad spectrum of different topicswas addressed, in which Prof. Georg Schmidt took the lead as WG nucleus member in the scientific programme committee of this year’s Congress.

The topics ranged from ‘how-to measure’ (scientific performance, complexity in biosignals, cardiac arrhythmic risk, and clinical usefulness of risk predictors) to more basic research-orientated symposia, for example, ‘Channelopathies’, in which genetics and genomics of cardiac arrhythmias and sodium channel abnormalities and cardiac conduction diseases were discussed. Another interesting symposium was in the translational format about multi-modality imaging of cardiac arrhythmias. Here, newly developed imaging and electrophysiology methods were combined, e.g. in visualising the electrocardiogram on a multi-slice computed tomography model and integration of three-dimensional mapping and MRI for epicardial ventricular tachycardia ablation.


Particularly in these translational scientific areas, it is of great importance that the different WGs and associations within the ESC join forces and work together. The scientific challenges are becoming more and more complex and even experts need to keep a broad scope. Physicians working in electrophysiology need imaging and as that becomes more complex, dedicated imaging experts are necessary to develop the next stage. Engineers working in these two particular fields need to link it all together as the way forward will most likely be, of multi-modality, whether signals or images are concerned. It is anticipated that this successful initiative will act as a template for future cooperation between different WGs and associations working together, to improve scientific research in Cardiology.

Read more from the European Heart Journal article.