November 2004

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Volume 4 Issue 11

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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Typically, less than 15-25% of the patients show a significant (>= 20%) lowering of the pulmonary arterial (PA) pressure during the acute test. Often, close monitoring of PA pressure is needed to achieve and maintain optimal therapy that chronical…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? Currently our facility consists of one biplane room, two single-plane rooms, an ICD check room, and a Tilt Table Testing (TTT) room. We…
Case Report. A 67-year-old man with a history of coronary artery bypass surgery, prior myocardial infarction, near-syncope, and New York Heart Association Class III congestive heart failure on optimal medical drug therapy had a left ventricular eject…
Please describe your medical background and education. Why did you choose to work in the field of electrophysiology? I did my medical training at the University of Connecticut, Temple University, Oregon Health Sciences University, and Duke.  In 1990…
Currently Under Discussion: Femoral Sheaths Our EP nurses are going to start putting the femoral venous sheaths in for the electrophysiology cases. There does not seem to be any other centre in the United Kingdom that is doing this; could anyone h…
This is a slide that by now everyone in an EP lab is familiar with it is the MADIT II slide I think this study dramatically changed the landscape of how we do risk stratification. Prior to MADIT II, the name of the game of risk stratification was l…
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have a clear-cut role in reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death in patients with underlying heart disease. Recent large randomized controlled clinical studies have demonstrated that ICDs prolong overa…
I understand that you purchased your cryo system as soon as it was market released in April of 2003. What prompted you to start using cryo as an energy source for ablation? What makes cryo an ideal ablation source? When I do an ablation, I tell pat…
Briefly describe some of the ACC/AHA/ESC Practice Guidelines for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The ACC/AHA/ESC Practice Guidelines for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) was, at the time it was publis…
We have done extensive training with this three-dimensional advanced mapping and navigation system, and continue to build on our knowledge with hands-on experience in cases. Our teamwork has reached a higher level with further cross-training and coll…