April 2004

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Volume 4 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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In this interview, Dr. Reiffel discusses the recent findings of the Rythmol Atrial Fibrillation Trial (RAFT). The RAFT trial studied a new sustained-release formation of propafenone (propafenone SR), and found that the frequency of symptomatic arrhyt…
NASPE-Heart Rhythm Society issued an Expert Consensus Statement in December of 2003 entitled Resynchronization Therapy for Heart Failure.1 This work was the culmination of dialogue which took place at NASPE 2003. This document represents the combined…
Tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy is a well known phenomenon in the pediatric population.1 However, at presentation, the coexistence of an incessantly elevated heart rate and ventricular dysfunction often sparks a chicken and egg debate. Determining…
Atrial fibrillation is a serious clinical problem with major morbidities. Recently, ablation of both paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation has become an effective therapy for many patients with this arrhythmia. Ablation has become an effectiv…
The EP program at Medical City Heart has a dedicated crew. Their healthcare is recognized on local, national and international levels. In fact, they are the North Texas leader in cardiac resynchronization therapy, and they were one of the first EP la…
Dr. Cataldo has been at Arizona Heart Institute (AHI) since 2001. AHI is known for many of its milestones, including being the first hospital in the world to offer the Powerheart fully automatic external cardioverter defibrillators and also the first…
David Stein, who works as a motivational speaker in his spare time, shares his thoughts on what he has learned from AdvaMed. I recently attended a meeting in Dallas, Texas with members of the medical device industry and the Heart Rhythm Society. Th…
Dear readers, How have treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF) changed over the years? An estimated 2 million Americans suffer from AF. Much news has been coming out on this topic, including its relation to anger to a new finding that shows b…
This month, we feature four interesting questions for discussion. Our first reader would like to know about resources for preparing for the NASPExAM this May. Our second reader continues the discussion with anesthesia in ICD cases by asking about gui…
The all-digital Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City takes many steps in making things easier for the staff in the cath and EP labs. Perhaps you will be able to apply some of their techniques to your EP lab! The Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklaho…