AIMS: Catheter ablation research is reported extensively. Much less is known about the clinical practice in the field. Study databases and surveys target selected populations. A general registry is needed to evaluate the actual results of routine catheter ablation. We present statistics from the Swedish Catheter Ablation Registry. METHODS AND RESULTS: The registry is a nation-wide database collecting data from all the eight centres serving the country's population of 9.18 million inhabitants. During each ablation procedure, the data are entered into a local database. On demand, the data are transferred to the central data management facility. The central SQL-database presently covers 7018 ablations performed in 5885 patients during 2004-07. In 2007, 2314 ablation procedures [521 for atrial fibrillation (AF)] were performed (252 ablations per million inhabitants and 57 AF procedures per million inhabitants). Mean procedure and fluoroscopy times ranked from 75 and 12 min, respectively, for atrioventricular junction ablation to 224 and 43 min, respectively, for AF ablation. The incidence of complications during 2007 was 1.8%. One death after a procedure for AF was reported, due to a cerebrovascular embolus. CONCLUSION: The report presents prospective-gathered annual data from a nation-wide ablation register with voluntary participation. Several major complications have been reported, but the overall complication rate was low.
This selective report notes recent events relating to pregnancy termination in the U.S., France, England, Italy, East and West Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Due to the Supreme Court decision in January 1973, abortion is now legal in the U.S. Although abortions is illegal in France, an estimated 400,000-1,000,000 clandestine abortions occur each year. Although abortions are legal in Britain, the ease with which they can be obtained varies regionally. As of March 1973, contraceptives are part of Britain's National Health Service. In Italy, a bill to legalize abortion has been introduced in Parliament, though there is little likelihood of its passing. In East Germany, abortion can be granted for medical or social reasons, while in West Germany, the governmental policies are more conservative, resulting in an abundance of illegal abortions performed by physicians. There is a trend toward easier abortion laws in Norway and Sweden. Little is happening in the Netherlands as far as liberalizing the abortion laws. Rather liberal grounds for pregnancy termination exist in China (though emphasis is on contraception), India, Russia, and Eastern Europe (with the exception of Romania). Abortion is frowned upon in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East resulting in a large number of illegal abortions. It is concluded that there is liberalized abortion in communist bloc countries, there is trend toward liberalizing abortion in a large group of western countries, and tradition and religion are responsible for conservative abortion laws in a third group of countries.