April 2003

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Volume 3 Issue 4

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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Since publishing the article EP Lab Digest Speaks with Dr. Michael Venturini, Chief Medical Officer of Indiana Heart Hospital in our January/February 2003 issue of EP Lab Digest, I have received a large response from readers regarding other all-digit…
Oklahoma Heart Hospital recently opened its doors as an all-digital specialty hospital of its kind, realizing the vision of 34 cardiologists by using Cerner solutions, including computerized physician order entry (CPOE). The Joint Commission on Accre…
You can now email with all your EP-related questions. Once your question is received, we will email it out to others in the EP community. Your question and responses will then be gathered and published. Please note that our email list is private;…
Dr. Dick has been a member of the faculty and staff of the University of Michigan Health System since 1977. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics (both pediatrics and pediatric cardiology), a fellow in the American College of Cardiolo…
Just approved by the FDA, the AXIOM Artis dFC Magnetic Navigation System can robotically control catheters for interventional medicine.  The computerized magnetic navigation system allows catheter procedures to be remotely controlled from a compute…
QT dispersion (QTD), the difference between the maximum and minimum QT interval on the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), is a marker of heterogeneity of ventricular repolarization.1 Previous studies have shown increased QTD to be a predictor of advers…
Exercise is safe and beneficial for heart failure patients and should be recommended even in patients awaiting heart transplant surgery. The statement includes a lengthy literature review on exercise in heart failure patients and concludes that exe…
Cardima ®, Inc. has received pre-market approval (PMA) application for the REVELATION ® Tx will be reviewed during a meeting of the U.S. FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel. The company further reported that its manufacturing facility was recently…
Responding to increased calls for better ways of diagnosing unexplained syncope, a Spanish research team has come up with a protocol involving selective use of electrophysiologic studies (EPSs), tilt-table tests (TTTs), and implantable loop recorders…
In a small, randomized trial comparing the two techniques, cryoablation proved significantly less painful to patients than radiofrequency (RF) ablation when used to ablate the cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI). The cold technique did take slightly longer b…