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Engaging with all our members: New and old, near and far

EHRA congress news

Arrhythmias and Device Therapy

van-gelder-isabelle-2019.jpgProf. Isabelle van Gelder is Chair of EHRA’s Membership Pillar and Chair of the National Cardiac Societies (NCS) Committee.

She explains, “Within EHRA, it is important that we increase engagement with all existing members across ESC member countries and encourage new memberships so that we can all work together to improve the quality of patient care and reduce the impact of cardiac arrhythmias.”

“In the coming year, an important task is to improve EHRA’s visibility and engagement with all ESC member states. One way we can do this is to continue to organise joint sessions, where EHRA experts lead presentations at electrophysiology (EP) NCS and EP Working Group meetings. Joint sessions provide an opportunity for EP NCS and EP Working Group members to interact with EHRA experts and learn more about advances in EP and also about the Association.”

“Recent joint sessions held at annual meetings of the Portuguese, Belgian, Bulgarian, British and Turkish Heart Rhythm Societies proved very popular with delegates.”

Working with the EHRA Website & Communication Committee, we also aim at showcasing individual EP NCS/WG to highlight their efforts and the activities they are undertaking.

Prof. van Gelder continues, “To increase awareness and engagement, we can start with the next generation and get them involved. The Young EP Community has over 500 registered members from more than 60 countries. On top of that, we are pleased that over 45 countries are now officially represented in the Young EP Community by appointed National Ambassadors who spread the word about the Young EP initiative, promote Young EP Community membership and EHRA membership, and provide special events for Young EPs in their country.”

“A key way that we can all work together to ensure high standards of patient care is through education and the process of preparing for and taking EHRA certification examinations—we want to increase awareness and recognition of certification among all countries. In some countries, such as the Netherlands, valid EHRA certification is mandatory to be able to work as an EP, and in others, it is required by the NCS guidelines. Together with the EHRA Certification Committee, we are hoping that EHRA certification exams for allied professionals can be translated into different languages— this is something that is being actively discussed with EP NCS Chairs to improve the accessibility of certification to members.”

Prof. van Gelder concludes, “We aim to improve the visibility of EHRA and by improving awareness and engagement, we hope that everyone working in pacing and arrhythmias will fully recognise what we can offer in terms of education, certification and interaction, and not only become members but also become active participants.”

Visit EHRAs Membership and Communities webpage


Last year, EHRA representatives participated in the following joint sessions:

  • Hein Heidbuchel & Elena Arbelo participated in a joint session entitled ‘Contribution of national associations for diversity and knowledge in Europe’ at ARRITIMIAS 2018, organsied by Associação Portuguesa de Arritmologia, Pacing e Eletrofisiologia (APAPE) & Instituto Português do Ritmo Cardíaco (IPRC).
  • Carsten Israel & Francisco Leyva participated in a joint session on ‘Pacing and synchronisation’ at the Belgium Heart Rhythm Association’s 12th Belgian Heart Rhythm Meeting.
  • At the Bulgarian Cardiology Congress 2018, Gregory Lip & Martin Borggrefe participated in a joint session of the BSC with ASCEB and EHRA, in conjunction with the Bulgarian Association of Cardiostimulation and Electrophysiology.
  • John Camm & Richard Sutton participated in a joint session ‘STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizure Charity) – Take Fainting to Heart’ at the Heart Rhythm Congress 2018, organised by the Arrhythmia Alliance & British Heart Rhythm Society.
  • Dennis den Uijl & Yuri Blaauw participated in a joint session on atrial fibrillation with the Turkish Society of Cardiology, organised by Arrhythmias Working Group at the Turkish Cardiology Congress 2018.