New HRS consensus document says any twitchy heart is an Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy

Hugh Calkins (Baltimore, USA) tells BLearning Cardio at Venice Arrhythmias 2019 (3–5 October; Venice, Italy) that the 2019 HRS consensus document is extremely important because it defines a new disease and that this broad group of patients needs careful evaluation and detailed management.

Electrophysiologists must read this document because “you will only diagnose what you know”, and particularly because it sheds light on conditions that should not be missed.

Calkins, Hugh

Hugh Calkins is the Catherine Ellen Poindexter Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory and Arrhythmia Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA.

He attended Williams College and Harvard Medical School before training in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his cardiology training at Johns Hopkins. His first faculty position was at the University of Michigan, where he directed the Pacemaker Service, and he returned to Johns Hopkins as director of the Arrhythmia Service in 1992.

Calkins is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and is on the editorial board of many other cardiology journals. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society.

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