News | EP Lab | June 08, 2016

All-Women Panel Discusses Cardiac Rhythm Management at Cardiostim Conference

Symposium organized by EPIC Alliance to encourage women to join the field of electrophysiology

EPIC Alliance, women in electrophysiology, cardiac rhythm management, Cardiostim 2016 conference

June 8, 2016 — Physicians presented original research and real-world clinical evidence at a symposium organized by the Electrophysiologist International Community (EPIC) Alliance, an initiative to promote women in the field of electrophysiology. The symposium took place during the Cardiostim 2016 conference, June 8-11 in Nice, France.

Physicians spoke about remote monitoring, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) guidelines, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) programming and new approaches to defibrillation and pacing during the symposium, titled “Hear the Experts: Contemporary Issues in Cardiac Rhythm Management.” Fewer than 10 percent of electrophysiologists (EPs) in Europe and the United States are women, and even fewer speak at scientific congresses or hold leadership positions in hospitals or professional associations.

Anja Schade, M.D., Helios Clinic, Erfurt, Germany, kicked off the symposium by discussing how ICDs should be programmed for primary and secondary prevention. Gemma Pelargonio, M.D., Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy, went on to question whether the CRT guidelines are too restrictive.

Laura Vitali Serdoz, M.D., Fürth Clinic, Germany, told the audience about the real-world benefits of remote monitoring. “I’d highly recommend my colleagues start a remote monitoring program, especially for heart failure patients,” she said. “Over the last several years, it has led to significant health benefits in patients and improved our clinic's daily workflow. A lack of reimbursement in some countries is limiting the technology's wider utilization.”

Finally, Jordana Kron, M.D,. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pauley Heart Center, Richmond, Va., spoke about the next chapter of defibrillation and pacing with innovations such as leadless pacemakers.

“We all need role models to look up to and learn from,” said Andrea Russo, M.D., Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, who co-chaired the session. “Panels like these show young physicians that women with different styles and personalities can become successful electrophysiologists. I hope that this encourages more women to choose the exciting and rewarding field of electrophysiology.”

The EPIC Alliance is a global network of over 200 women EPs and cardiac device specialists. Founded in 2010, its aims to diversify the medical field by promoting women in their professional and personal lives. The alliance fosters peer support, clinical research opportunities and career development to help women gain leadership positons in their clinics, professional associations and at scientific congresses.

Biotronik sponsors EPIC with an educational grant.

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