2015 ESC Guidelines for the management of patients with ventricular arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death
The present document has been conceived as the European update to the American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA)/ESC 2006 Guidelines for management of patients with ventricular arrhythmias (VA) and the prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD). In light of the very recent consensus documents for the management of patients with VA released by the major international heart rhythm societies, the ESC Guidelines Committee decided to focus the content of this document on the prevention of SCD. The update is timely, considering the new insights into the natural history of diseases predisposing to SCD and the completion of major studies that will impact management strategies for heart failure (HF) involving both drug and device therapies.
The document is divided in sections that cover specific topics. The risk evaluation scheme and treatment offered should be tailored in consideration of co-morbidities, limitation of life expectancy, impact on quality of life and other circumstances.