March 2002

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Volume 2 Issue 3

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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Syncope is responsible for 5% of emergency department visits and 1% of hospital admissions.1 Syncopal episodes are often too infrequent and unpredictable for detection with conventional ambulatory monitoring techniques. Electrophysiologic testing is…
Device patient follow-up has long been an extremely time-consuming task for most organizations, with at least a moderate volume of pacemaker patients. At some point, the expenditure of resources needed to maintain adequate follow-up exceeds the reimb…
At many of these facilities, we are the primary or sole providers of EP services. Together, we conduct more than 5,000 procedures each year, ranging from standard diagnostic studies to complex procedures, involving catheter and intraoperative mapping…
On November 7, 2001, a colleague and I were the first to use the new Medtronic CareLink programmer and Remote View software (Medtronic, Minneapolis, Minnesota) during an ICD implant procedure at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. While Dr. J…
Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Saint Vincent Health Center is a 450-bed regional referral center recognized as a leader in a number of medical specialties, including cardiovascular disease. In 1990, the Saint Vincent Heart Center introduced the first…
Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, Saint Vincent Health Center is a 450-bed regional referral center recognized as a leader in a number of medical specialties, including cardiovascular disease. In 1990, the Saint Vincent Heart Center introduced the first…
Chief Executive Officer Jawahar M. Desai, MD, FACC, has over 20 years of experience in the field of Cardiology and Electrophysiology. He is a published author and holds 17 U.S. and international patents issued in his name. Chief Operating Officer Sha…
In the electrophysiology lab, testing for re-entrant tachycardias is a frequently performed procedure. It is necessary to find the mechanism or the substrate that supports the tachycardia. Atrio-ventricular nodal re-entry tachycardia (AVNRT) is the m…
This growth appears to be related to the aging population, and also because of the successful treatment of many cardiac conditions with medications, interventions and devices. Nearly one million patients are discharged from the hospital annually with…