November 2011

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Volume 11 Issue 11

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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Medtronic Announces Results from TTOP-AF Trial Demonstrating Clinical Benefits of Its Phased RF Ablation System in Treating Persistent Atrial FibrillationMedtronic, Inc. announced results from its Tailored Treatment of Permanent Atrial Fibrillation (…
Dear Readers,The year 1985 was a long time ago. Ronald Reagan was sworn into office for his second term as the President of the United States, and Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. Microsoft, Inc. released Wind…
Abstract: Purpose. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an established therapy for the treatment of paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Many techniques have been reported to achieve RFA. We report a single-center experience of RFA using t…
In this article, Dr. Natale provides a brief discussion on his use of an investigative contact force sensing catheter for the treatment of drug-refractory symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), as part of the SMART-AF clinical trial.
In this interview, we speak with Benedict S. Maniscalco, MD, Chairman and CEO of Heartbeat International Foundation, Inc.Tell us about Heartbeat International’s mission. How many lives have been saved since HBI’s inception?Heartbeat International is…
Holy Cross Hospital is a community-based hospital operating two dedicated electrophysiology (EP) laboratories, with staff that are cross trained in both EP procedures and cardiac catheterization. The labs are predominately utilized by practicing elec…
So many things in this world are better when done together. When I worked in high tech, we had a saying: “Outsource to the customer and have them like it. ”That applies to patients as well. Doctors may fear a loss of control when partnering with pati…
In this interview we speak with Brian G. Choi, MD, MBA, FACC about his recent research testing remote interpretation on a smartphone with dedicated medical imaging software in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.1 Dr. Choi is the…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members?The electrophysiology lab at St. Luke’s is a decentralized lab that is approximately 800 square feet in size. The lab’s hemodynamic monitoring system is located within the lab. Ther…
The TASER and How It WorksElectrical stun guns or neuromuscular incapacitating devices are increasingly being used by law enforcement to subdue suspects. The TASER is the most popular kind of these devices (TASER International, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ).…