March 2004

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Volume 4 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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In the third installment of the Cryotherapy section, Dr. Constantin describes his experience using the CryoCath Freezor ablation system. In this article, he outlines the benefits of using cryoablation and compares its uses with radiofrequency. One…
Tufts-New England Medical Center (NEMC), located in Boston, Massachusetts, has long been considered one of the best in clinical care. Their electrophysiologists provide access to the newest advances in antiarrhythmic drugs, ICDs, pacemakers and ablat…
Just when you thought you had heard of every possible arrhythmic syndrome, yet another new ion channelopathy is on the horizon! It is called short QT syndrome (SQTS), a hot new entity, and everybody who is anybody in electrophysiology knows something…
In this article, the authors discuss the hotly debated topic of whether antiarrhythmic therapy should be initiated in-hospital or out-of-hospital. They recommend in-hospital initiation of antiarrhythmic medications for patients with significant struc…
The University of Iowa Cardiology Department recently acquired the Stereotaxis Laboratory System, a magnetic guidance system which allows for precise navigation to hard-to-reach vessels and helps to treat rhythm problems in the chambers of the heart.…
Last month, we included two mystery electrocardiograms for the first installment of this special monthly feature. Below we reveal the answers! Description: These recordings were obtained at the first clinic visit for this post-pacemaker- implant pa…
In April of 2003, Atlanta s Hartsfield International Airport launched one of the nation s biggest automatic external defibrillator (AED) programs, Hartsfield Operation HartBeat. The program made national headlines as it quickly established the need f…
The following accounts of staff management and organizational practices in the electrophysiology lab were taken from Spotlight Interviews published in EP Lab Digest in a 2-year period. The labs were all located in the United States, and were intervie…
I cover EP studies in 15 hospitals across Louisiana and Mississippi. In all but one of these facilities, an RN is able to give sedation such as versed and fentanyl. However, one facility refuses to allow any EPs to be done without anesthesia support,…
Dear readers, Looking to find out more about the ARVD Study, the Stereotaxis Laboratory System, or about integrating AEDs into the community? I am so happy to bring you all of this information (and more) in our March issue, just in time for the Ameri…