Arrhythmia is a cardiac disease in which the heartbeat is irregular, too fast or too slow. It is usually caused by serious heart diseases, but it may also happen to those with a normal heart. Arrhythmia can be the first stage of any heart disease or its last stage as well. A frequent abnormal heart rhythm causes today’s faint and leads to tomorrow’s sudden death. Arrhythmia has several symptoms; thus, it is very important for arrhythmia patients to be accurately diagnosed—especially whether it is malignant or benign.
Arrhythmia is one of the typical heart diseases, which has rapidly increased in prevalence rate over the last 10 years.
Arrhythmia, especially atrial fibrillation, has been increasingly manifested as an aging population continues to grow. And various types of stress caused by rapid social development have triggered the frequent occurrence of cases of arrhythmia. In addition, technological development and diverse techniques of ECG monitoring have improved the skill to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
To overcome arrhythmia, patients need to receive support from not only arrhythmia professionals, also from family, the nation and various professionals from various areas like academic-industrial collaborations for the development of medical care equipment and treatment techniques.
The treatment of arrhythmia includes: pharmacotherapy, procedures of implantable medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) and radiofrequency catheter ablation. The advancement of related techniques, equipment, and facilities made today’s diagnosis and treatment of the disease possible. In the era of Fourth Industrial Revolution, the field of arrhythmia has become a representative open platform to converge the medical treatments and techniques of diverse specialties in medicine. To play such a role as an open platform, the Korean Heart Rhythm Society has started its new history after 20 years of staying under the Korean Society of Cardiology as an arrhythmia research group.
We, Korean Heart Rhythm Society, will do our best to build the best medical environment ever for arrhythmia patients in Korea. We will continue to seek cooperation with professionals and clinicians from the different fields of cardiology including heart failure, cardiac imaging and interventional cardiology. Furthermore, we would like to expand educational opportunities about arrhythmia through a nationwide campaign, the mutual exchange of clinical information between medical teams, and through communications with overseas arrhythmia societies and professionals. We will also create a nationwide cohort with infrastructure for formulating new guidelines and therapeutic diagnosis, as well as a better research environment for young researchers. In addition, we will serve as a good medium for research among those involved in medicine, industry and education to lead to industrialization. Lastly, we will create a collaborative model with the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service to strengthen an insurance guarantee and to bring new medical technology into our local community.
I would like to extend my gratitude to all our senior members of the Korean Heart Rhythm Society for their dedication and commitment as pioneers in the field of arrhythmia. Now, the Korean Heart Rhythm Society would like to take its first steps hopefully with your continued support, passion and commitment.