January 2005

Volume 5 Issue 1

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Bradley Knight, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Jodie Elrod
Production Manager
Alexa Flinn

Editorial Correspondence

Jodie Elrod, Managing Editor, EP Lab Digest
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In Brazil, in 1983, Dr. Randas Batista, disheartened by the shortage of donor hearts developed a procedure (later coined the Batista procedure) as an alternative to heart transplantation.1-3 The Batista procedure attempted to reverse the effects of r…
Case Presentation Our patient is a 17-year-old competitive, successful, high school basketball player with a full athletic University scholarship. During a game in his senior year of high school, he had sudden collapse on the basketball court. Dumbf…
Patient History The patient was a 70-year-old female who presented with a history of recurrent paroxysmal AFL. Echocardiogram demonstrated a normal heart; electrocardiogram (ECG) showed a typical atrial flutter characterized by a dominant negative F…
The year 2004 brought a number of important events in cryotherapy. CryoCath Technologies, Inc. remained the only company with FDA-approved products for clinical use in cryoablation of arrhythmias. In 2004, the FDA approved the use of the Freezor Max…
As Heart & Vascular Care began to develop their own Arrhythmia Services Department, they determined the number of pacemaker patients was approximately 800. The ICD or device patients numbered to close to 250. In total, the Arrhythmia Services Dep…
While there was no real breakthrough in the field of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) in 2004, there was continuous progress in that field. This progress included the emergence of other strategies for ablation and the continuous develop…
Please describe your medical background and education. Why did you choose to work in the field of electrophysiology? I completed my undergraduate at UC Berkeley, then graduated from Stanford Medical School. I performed my postgraduate clinical train…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? The Electrophysiology lab at Central Baptist has three dedicated EP labs. There are five electrophysiologists that practice here. Our te…