10-year follow-up of interventional electrophysiology: updated German survey during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lars Eckardt*, Florian Doldi, Sonia Busch, David Duncker, H. Estner, M. Kuniss, A. Metzner, C. Meyer, H. R. Neuberger, R. Tilz, F. Voss, D. Steven, P. Sommer

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Introduction: This study provides an update of survey-based data providing an overview of interventional electrophysiology over the last decade. Overall infrastructure, procedures, and training opportunities in Germany were assessed. Methods: By analyzing mandatory quality reports, German cardiology centres performing electrophysiological studies were identified to repeat a questionnaire from 2010 and 2015. Results: A complete questionnaire was returned by 192 centers performing about 75% of all ablations in Germany in 2020. In the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 76.304 procedures including 68.407 ablations were reported representing a 38% increase compared to 2015. The median number of ablations increased from 180 in 2010 to 377 in 2020. AF was the most common arrhythmia ablated (51 vs. 35% in 2010). PVI with radiofrequency point-by-point ablation (64%) and cryo-balloon ablation (34%) were the preferred strategies. Less than 50 (75) PVI were performed by 31% (36%) of all centres. Only 25 and 24% of participating centres fulfilled EHRA and national requirements for training centre accreditation, respectively. There was a high number of EP centres with no fellows (38%). The proportion of female fellows in EP increased from 26% in 2010 to 33% in 2020. Conclusion: Comparing 2020, 2010 and 2015, an increasing number of EP centres and procedures were registered. In 2020, more than every second ablation was for therapy of AF. In the presence of an increasing number of procedures, training opportunities were still limited, and most centres did not fulfill recommended EHRA or national requirements for accreditation. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Research in Cardiology
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)784-794
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 06.2023

Research Areas and Centers

  • Centers: Cardiological Center Luebeck (UHZL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-12 Cardiology, Angiology

Coronavirus related work

  • Research on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19

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