July 2004

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Volume 4 Issue 7

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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Case Report In a 70-year-old male patient with prior myocardial infarction and an ejection fraction of 25%, an ICD (Medtronic GEM DR 7275, Minneapolis, Minnesota) had been implanted due to spontaneous and inducible ventricular tachycardia while recei…
Questions: 1. What is the exact diagnosis of this tachycardia: description, mechanism? 2. What diagnostic maneuver or treatment could be initiated to determine the diagnosis? Answers: Question #1 The diagnosis is AV reentrant tachycardia usi…
Dear readers, Information in the field of electrophysiology is constantly changing and being updated. I hope this month s articles will provide you with the information you need to help you better diagnose and treat the patients you see every day in…
Genaissance Pharmaceuticals Launches its Proprietary FAMILION Test for Genetic Mutations Associated with Sudden Cardiac Death Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the launch of its proprietary FAMILION Test a genetic test for cardiac chann…
Medtronic Advances Leadership in Physician Education with Broad-Based Procedure Training Initiatives May 20, 2004--Medtronic, Inc. announced a significant investment in simulation technologies and new facilities for the training of physicians and…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? When was the EP lab started at your institution? What types of procedures are performed at your facility? We perform the full comple…
The Comparison of Medical Therapy, Pacing, and Defibrillation in Heart Failure (COMPANION) study enrolled a total of 1,520 patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) heart failure classifications III or IV, having ischemic or nonischemic cardiom…
The management of the patient who presents with syncope begins with the history and physical examination and almost always includes an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram. The initial step in diagnosis involves distinguishing cardiac from non-…
New Question: National Standards We are sharing a new EP lab with the cath lab. We are in the process of converting the device implants from the OR to our lab. Some EP/cath labs are very strict regarding sterile technique practices. Others are less…
How did your collaboration with Wilson Greatbatch begin? When was Biophan created?