September 2003

Volume 3 Issue 9

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Bradley Knight, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Jodie Elrod
Production Manager
Alexa Flinn

Editorial Correspondence

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Subclavian vein occlusion from previously implanted pacing leads is a problem that has become more of an issue as physicians attempt to upgrade existing pacing systems to either an AICD or a resynchronization device. On some occasions, a guidewire su…
I was very happy to meet with Dr. Sra at this year s NASPE meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Sra s background in electrophysiology is very extensive. He was the first American Clinical Investigator to implant an atrial defibrillator, he helped implant t…
Dear Readers, It is our 2-year anniversary this month, and we have some great articles for you! This month, EP Lab Digest interviews Dr. Jasbir Sra from St. Luke s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Sra has been a pioneer in the research a…
How long have you been with Wisconsin Electrophysiology Group? How did you become involved in the field of EP? Surprisingly, I had no idea what electrophysiology was until I came to Milwaukee. I did my residency in Rochester, New York, and before th…
There are two state-of-the art EP labs at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, which aim to serve as a resource for patients in the Los Angeles area. These labs allow for complex ablation work and include an implant lab for devices.  In addition, the…
EP Lab Digest recently spoke with Jay A. Mazel, MD, from George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, regarding upcoming advances at GWU. One of the new advancements involves utilizing a new multiple therapy pacing system for the treatmen…
This patient presented for routine clinic evaluation of a dual chamber pacemaker. Please refer to Figure 1 for initial programming. The patient was in sinus rhythm, had a rate 83 BPM, and was asymptomatic.
Duke University Hospital s present Electrophysiology (EP) lab began as the Myocardial Infarction Research Unit in 1970. Dr. Robert Whalen, a well-known Duke cardiologist, recruited Laura Cook, RN, to assist with the research. Laura Cook spent the nex…
Common complications of permanent endocardial pacing systems include infection of the generator pocket, the wire track, increase in pacing threshold or complete exit block due to fibrosis at the myocardial contact site, dislocation or (rarely) intrav…