candidates should be aware the IBHRE exams are not written according to any single
text. The reading lists and resources referenced by IBHRE are
recommended guides for exam candidates. The list of recommended resources
promoted by IBHRE is not exclusive and should not be interpreted as a
guaranteed means of passing the exam. There is no guarantee that the answers
to all IBHRE exam questions will be found within these references. It is also
possible that the references listed may have perceptions, which differ from
those of IBHRE. For purposes of the examination, the IBHRE interpretation will
IBHRE does not
recommend any one course of study or means of preparing for the exam over
another. Due to its relationship with the Heart Rhythm Society, IBHRE promotes
the HRS Online Self-Assessment programs but does not endorse
them as the sole recommended resources for exam preparation. Completing HRS
education and exam preparation programs does not guarantee success on the
exam. Independent organizations that sponsor review courses for the purpose of
preparing candidates for the IBHRE exams are free to do so as long as the
IBHRE name and licensed marks are not misrepresented.
IBHRE offers the
following tips to candidates planning to take any of the IBHRE certification
Refer to your experience in
the field, drawing from on-the-job training and clinical experience in implant
procedures and EP studies.
Review the Exam
Blueprint (Content Outline) for a comprehensive outline of the content that
will appear on the exam. The Blueprint includes the percentage of the exam
each content area will cover.
Review the IBHRE
Recommended Reading lists as a reference of pertinent texts.
Consult at least
one textbook on general pacing/defibrillation or electrophysiology and a
variety of review articles and reports on major clinical trials.
articles in PACE (Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology) and JCE (Journal
of Cardiac Electrophysiology)
Seek out articles
concerning arrhythmias (particularly review articles) in major cardiology
journals from over the past five years.
Computer-Based Testing Tutorial prior to exam day to become familiar with the
exam format and the functionality of the computerized caliper and calculator
E-mail or call us at (202) 464-3400.
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taking the Certification Examination of Competency in Cardiac Rhythm
Device Therapy for the Physician or Allied Professional are expected
to have broad knowledge in three general areas:
Basic science as it applies to cardiac pacing and device management of tachyarrhythmias,
which includes the basic concepts of anatomy, physiology,
electrophysiology of conduction and stimulation, the mechanisms of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias, and pathophysiology and pharmacology as
they pertain to implantable devices.
science and technology, which includes pulse generator and lead (electrode)
design and function, the basic concepts of sensing (cardiac and extracardiac
signals, crosstalk), stimulation (Ohm’s Law, the strength duration curve,
impedance, etc.), knowledge of pacemaker and device timing cycles, tachycardia
detection and therapy and cardiac resynchronization therapy.
practice and indications for pacing and use of cardiac implantable electronic
devices (monitoring, complications, drug effects, programming and results),
electrocardiography, troubleshooting and radiology. This material may be found
in journals and books on cardiac pacing, as well as through hands on clinical
Additionally, candidates are encouraged to consult updated position
statements and guidelines posted on the Heart Rhythm Society website (http://www.hrsonline.org/).
texts are recommended by IBHRE as possible resources for exam
preparation. The lists below are not exclusive as other texts may also
prove useful for the purpose of exam preparation. By listing the texts
below, IBHRE does not imply that all texts should be consulted in
preparation for the exam. Familiarity with any or all of these texts
does not guarantee successful completion of the exam.
Rhythm Device Therapy Core Reading List Recommendations
Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy Extended Recommended Reading List
日本の: Japanese Language Publications for Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy
中国的: Chinese Language
Publications for Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy – Coming Soon!
The Heart Rhythm Society’s Clinical Documents
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taking the Certification Examination of Competency in Cardiac
Electrophysiology for the Physician and Allied Professional are expected to have basic knowledge in three general
Basic science as it applies to the management
of cardiac arrhythmias, which includes the basic concepts of anatomy,
physiology, electrophysiology of conduction, impulse formation, stimulation
and drug response, the mechanisms of tachycardia and bradycardia, as well as
the pathophysiology and pharmacology pertaining to their management.
Applied science and
technology, which includes ablation and interventional management of
arrhythmias, the electrocardiography, mechanism of drug management of
arrhythmias, and cardiac implantable electronic devices.
Clinical practice, which
includes the assessment, evaluation, diagnosis of arrhythmia, risk
stratification and the management of syncope. This knowledge can be derived
from hands on clinical practice and from reading journals and books
concerning electrophysiology of arrhythmias.
Pediatric candidates should start with a broad knowledge of general basic
and clinical electrophysiology concepts cited above. In addition, candidates
should have an understanding of developmental aspects of electrophysiology,
the natural history of various heart rhythm disorders, a firm knowledge of
the electrophysiology of congenital heart disease, and in depth knowledge of
the indications for various procedures and how these guidelines change
depending on age and heart size.
Additionally, candidates are encouraged to
consult updated position statements and guidelines posted on the Heart
Rhythm Society website (http://www.hrsonline.org/).
The following texts are
recommended by IBHRE as possible resources for exam preparation. The lists
below are not exclusive as other texts may also prove useful for the purpose
of exam preparation. By listing the texts below, IBHRE does not imply that
all texts should be consulted in preparation for the exam. Familiarity with
any or all of these texts does not guarantee successful completion of the
Cardiac Electrophysiology Core Reading List Recommendations
Electrophysiology Extended Recommended Reading List Recommendations
Cardiac Electrophysiology Reading List Recommendations for the Physician EP
中国的: Chinese Language Publications for Cardiac Electrophysiology – Coming
The Heart Rhythm
Society’s Clinical Documents
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