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ESCeL platform: the tool to ­improve the harmoni­sation of ­cardiology education and training

Taking into consideration the reality of the free movement of doctors and patients across borders, the cardiology community feels a strong need for the harmonisation of training and education of European health professionals.

Long-term follow-up after closure of patent foramen ovale

Percutaneous patent foramen ovale closure has been shown to be safe and feasible with a variety of devices. The authors report the late clinical results of their early experience with one of the first commercially available devices, the Sideris Buttoned Occluder.

Recommendations for the peri­operative management of patients with cardiac implantable electronic device

This joint position paper gives a concise overview of the pre-, intra- and postoperative issues and management of pacemaker and de­fibrillator carriers in the setting of electrocautery used for surgery.

A patient with arrhythmias and infective cardiac disease

In western countries patients with a Trypanosoma cruzi infection and with Chagas cardiomyopathy are rare. The authors report the case of a patient with Chagas cardiomyopathy in Switzerland.

Rivaroxaban dissolves postinfarction left ventricular thrombus

Short duration rivaroxaban was effective for the treatment of left ventricular thrombus in a patient under DAPT after drug-eluting stent implantation for STEMI, and at low bleeding risk.

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome­ and diverticulosis of the heart?

A 77-year-old woman with a history of short palpitations lasting seconds, syncope, and one (undocumented) episode of tachycardia lasting 2 hours was referred for electrophysiologic testing. There was no evidence of structural heart disease based on echocardiography.

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