June 2003

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Volume 3 Issue 6

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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Atrial fibrillation (AF) afflicts approximately five million people in the world. AF is not a benign condition; in fact, it has a high association with morbid-mortality incidence.1,2 Approximately 3-5% of patients over the age of 65 have AF; it is…
On October 26, 2002, President Bush signed into law The Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (MDUFMA) of 2002. MDUFMA enacts the most significant series of regulatory reforms for the medical device industry since the 1976 Medical Device Amen…
During the past few years, several approaches have been introduced in an attempt to maintain sinus rhythm in symptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). New developments are certainly dependent on acquisition of new knowledge and on technolog…
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide, is frequently symptomatic, and contributes to significant morbidity and mortality. Providing effective treatment of atrial fibrillation is one of the future tasks of electrophysiology, and…
We have two dedicated clinical electrophysiology laboratories. One is generally regarded as our "device" laboratory, in which we implant pacemakers and defibrillators including biventricular devices. In this lab, we occasionally perform "NIPS" and…
In the past, atrial fibrillation (AF) was regarded as an arrhythmia caused by multiple wavelets rotating in a totally random fashion around both atria. Recent studies, however, show that a variable amount of organization is involved in the fibrillati…
Dr. Karch and colleagues describe the results of right atrial mapping with a 64-pole basket catheter during persistent, induced sustained, and nonsustained atrial fibrillation. One implication which may be gathered from their report is that as atrial…
This year s NASPE 24th Annual Scientific Sessions were held May 14-17, 2003 at the The New Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. In this article, you will find different perspectives from attendees about they found most interesting at the m…
For two reasons: During my training at the Children's Hospital in Boston, there was a clear need for another pediatric electrophysiologist. I had a background in physics, which made me well suited for the field. In fact, at the time, I had been doing…
Dear Readers, I hope all of you are having a chance to wind down after the busy NASPE meeting, held May 14-17 in Washington, DC. It is always a pleasure for me to see so many familiar faces, and meet new friends as well. I have included some attend…