May 2003

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Volume 3 Issue 5

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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The patient is a 57-year-old white male who has New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III heart failure with left ventricular enlargement and left ventricular ejection fraction of 20%, with left bundle branch block and a QRS width of 154 ms. Despit…
We report the initial results from the clinical trial of the IBI RF ablation system. The system is composed of: 1) a 4-mm tip ablation catheter utilizing a unique thermocouple to enhance tip temperature control; and 2) a computer-controlled radiofreq…
The NYU approach to AF management goes far beyond techniques in the EP lab. Using various resources and processes, AF management is accomplished using the basic laboratory, clinical lab, and extensive patient follow-up. This Bench to Bedside approach…
The physicians at UCSF are considered pioneers in heart disease treatment and research for conditions such as arrhythmia, heart failure, and catheter ablation, which was developed here. UCSF is also home to 11 research institutes, 1,500 laboratories,…
Surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) remains the most effective therapy for the treatment of this morbid arrhythmia. Success rates vary depending on the approach, but Dr. Cox, creator of the Maze III procedure, has reported efficacies as hi…
A 54-year-old man was referred for radiofrequency (RF) ablation of atrial fibrillation. Paroxysms of atrial fibrillation started four years ago, and were refractory to antiarrhythmic drug treatment with sotalol hydrochloride, flecainide acetate, and…
This is a case report of a 52-year-old man who was referred to our institution for radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of typical atrial flutter (AFL). The patient was an otherwise healthy man, who presented with palpitations beginning two years pr…
Dear Readers, Every May, EP professionals congregate for the NASPE meeting. This year, the meeting is being held May 14-17 in Washington, DC. I hope all of you will have a chance to show your colleagues this month s special issue. I encourage you t…
Just one of the strenghs of this busy EP lab in Southern California is that it stays involved with clinical and basic research programs in EP. We have one dedicated EP lab (1,200 sq. ft) at UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest downtown, where we do EP st…
Television is a powerful medium that can be used by hospitals and physicians for both marketing and public service announcements. Hospitals frequently use TV advertising as part of their marketing strategy to build awareness of their services, increa…