October 2011

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Volume 11 Issue 10

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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FDA Clears New Rapid, Large-Area, and Radiopaque Temperature Sensing Probe and SystemCIRCA Scientific announced that its CIRCA S-CATH™ and CIRCA Temperature Monitoring System™ have received 510(k) clearance in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administra…
Dear Readers,There are several reasons behind the rising costs of health care. These factors include an aging population, excessive use of resources near end of life, the high cost of drugs, and increasing reliance on advanced technology. Another com…
ABSTRACT: Coronary venous spasm is an under-recognized and often reversible technical challenge that may be encountered while placing bi-ventricular pacing devices.We describe a case of severe vasopsam in the posterolateral left ventricular vein that…
The upcoming Sixth Charleston Symposium on Pediatric Electrophysiology: Focus on Clinical Management will take place December 11-13 at the Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms/Charleston, in South Carolina. This article provides an overview of what to ex…
In this article, the authors describe their experience using Medronic's Arctic Front® at Memorial Advanced Cardiovascular Institute.Since the early work of the Bordeaux group demonstrating the importance of pulmonary vein (PV) depolarizations initiat…
The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Curriculum was recently updated and published in HeartRhythm.1 In this overview, Dr. Link provides a summary of the changes made.The first fellowship curriculum was published in 2001 and was the basis…
Despite numerous advances in heart failure management, re-hospitalization rates in patients with heart failure continue to rise, and heart failure remains the leading cause of hospitalization in the elderly. Billions of healthcare dollars are spent m…
In this article, Dr. Liem and colleagues provide a case study on dual-site LV pacing.This patient was an example of a non-responder to the traditional CRT method who became a partial responder and benefitted from freedom of ICD shocks.
What is the size of your EP lab and number of staff members?The electrophysiology lab at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is 600 square feet in size and has a separate control room. There are six staff members that primarily work in the EP lab…
The EP lab at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta has been running a successful reprocessing program for nearly 10 years, an achievement too few EP labs share. In 2010, Piedmont saved more than $303,000, and is on track to increase its savings for 2011. Lea…