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CRT and ICD for Congenital Heart Defects

Vital impulses for hearts out of rhythm: Since the 1960s, pacemakers and defibrillators have been performing valuable services for weak hearts. But how well do patients with congenital heart defects cope with these implanted helpers? Euripides seeks answers to pressing questions about ICD and CRT therapy.

Euripides is a joint project of the AEPC Working Group “Cardiac Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology” and the ESC Working Group on Adults with Congenital Heart Defects (WG 22). The necessary research infrastructure is provided by the Competence Network.

How Do the Implants Help?

Whether a resynchronization pacemaker or a defibrillator: What has proven effective in treating acquired heart defects faces special anatomical challenges in congenital heart disease.

As a result, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronization therapies (CRTs) are rarely used in children and adults with congenital heart disease. What can conventional implants do for these patients? What is the optimal design of these devices in that patient group?

At Euripides, scientists and physicians are working together on an international level to obtain precise findings for the indication and optimal ICD and CRT therapy as quickly as possible.

What Euripides Does

The Euripides registry has been used to systematically identify optimal implantation techniques for children and adults with congenital heart disease.

With the participation of cardiac centers from all over Europe, Euripides uses a broad data base to evaluate which patients in this patient group should receive an ICD, a CRT device, or both implants, and what is possible for these patients in the future. In addition, the Euripides registry can be used to answer many important questions about ICD and CRT therapy.

Our Database and Research Management for Euripides

The Euripides Registry is a joint project of the Cardiac Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology Working Group of the Association for European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC) and the Working Group for Adults with Congenital Heart Defects (WG 22) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The registry will enroll both pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart disease without the need for re-enrollment in adulthood.

The project benefits from the expertise and research infrastructure of the National Registry. For example, the database provided by the National Registry and managed on behalf of the AEPC and ESC working groups, brings together data on implants and related therapeutic interventions and ensures long-term patient follow-up. Every research participant who enters data into the database may also use the data for his or her own research purposes upon request.

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