December 2011

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Volume 11 Issue 12

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 Approves Xarelto to Prevent Stroke in People With Common Type of Abnormal Heart RhythmThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the anti-clotting drug Xarelto (rivaroxaban) to reduce the risk of stroke in people who have abnormal heart rhyth…
Dear Readers,A 68-year-old woman with hypertension and medically-refractory, highly symptomatic recurrent persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) underwent a radiofrequency catheter ablation procedure involving wide area circumferential ablation with ele…
In this article, the authors review the science behind cryoablation, including cellular physiology and mechanism of ablation, as well as clinical applications for cryoablation such as AF ablation and ablation of certain SVTs.The effectiveness of cryo…
In this interview we speak with Lisa A. Levine, CAE, President of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) and Co-Chair of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition.
Dr. William Abraham talks with EP Lab Digest about a new study evaluating the safety and efficacy of the OPTIMIZER® System (Impulse Dynamics N.V.). Dr. Abraham is the Principal Investigator of the FIX-HF-5B study, Professor of Internal Medicine and P…
December 23rd is the deadline to make recommendations directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding which Medicare regulations and policies should be eliminated or revised to remove administrative burden and improve the qual…
In this article, the author discusses the development of a hybrid OR at the University of Michigan, which has three hybrid rooms and plans to add two more: one for the new children’s and women’s hospitals, and another in the Cardiovascular Center.We…
In this interview, EP Lab Digest speaks with William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, Senior Vice President for Science and Quality of the American College of Cardiology.The Division of Science and Quality oversees the National Cardiovascular Data Registry…
What is the size of the EP lab facility, and what is the mix of staff credentials?Covenant HealthCare has two dedicated electrophysiology (EP) labs. One lab is completely upgraded to do Carto 3D mapping (Biosense Webster, Inc., a Johnson & Johnso…
The Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium™ is taking place January 12-14, 2012. In this interview we speak with Course Director Jeremy N. Ruskin, MD.Congratulations on the success of the Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, which is in its 17th year!…