Cambodia Heart Rhythm Society President Mam Chandara, MD, FHRS, is an electrophysiologist and interventional cardiologist at the Phnom Penh Heart Center, Calmette Hospital, in Phnom Penh. He became a Fellow of HRS in 2014.
Before this year’s meeting, Dr. Chandara shared his thoughts on several EP-related topics:
Why did you enter the electrophysiology field?
After medical school, I passed into internal medicine and the general cardiology field with ECG reading, echocardiography, Holter ECG 24h, and stress test. At that time, I thought it was very important to know how to treat cardiac arrhythmias by a device and/or ablation for ameliorating the symptoms, and curing these arrhythmias.
Why is it important for you to be at Scientific Sessions?
Scientific Sessions is the place where we can share our experiences with all electrophysiologists from different countries.
What are you looking forward to at this year’s event?
I see that there are many electrophysiologists participating in these sessions, especially at the
HRS-organized Left Atrial Appendage Closure Summit in addition to the AF and VT/VF summits.
Why is it important for your organization and HRS to work together?
Because we can share our experiences. We can also enlarge our relationship to other scientific sessions, especially HRS in the United States.
What’s the biggest challenge or opportunity facing your organization?
As we know, HRS was founded in 1979, and today there are many physicians from around the world who are members and participate in HRS sessions every year. In Cambodia, our Cambodia Heart Association just started its own Scientific Session a few years ago. The last Scientific Session we opened successfully in collaboration with HRS in Phnom Penh.
What’s the biggest challenge or opportunity facing the field of electrophysiology?
There are many kinds of arrhythmias with clinical trials and materials for doing the diagnostic and locating of arrhythmias, like 3-D mapping for treating complex arrhythmias with devices, and ablation by radiofrequency or cryoablation. In our Phnom Penh Heart Center, we did implantation of devices for the bradycardias and tachycardias, and we did ablation by radiofrequency for all arrhythmias without 3-D mapping. We are also researching sudden cardiac death in Brugada syndrome, which has high prevalence in Asia.