April 2011

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Volume 11 Issue 4

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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Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Initiates First-In-Man CE Mark Clinical Trial to Study Innovative Catheter System for the Treatment of Atrial Arrhythmias Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, Inc., a developer of innovative temperature-sensing cardiac ablati…
In this interview, we speak with Dr. William Sauer, Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratories at the University of Colorado Hospital, about his recent research on the utility of postoperative testing of ICDs.1 What was the purpose of this stud…
Fascicular ventricular tachycardia is often confused with supraventricular tachycardia because of its relatively narrow QRS and termination with verapamil. Prompt recognition of this arrhythmia is necessary because it is curable with catheter ablatio…
Andrea Riefenstahl, MBA, RN is the Director of Electrophysiology and Pacing at Lancaster General Hospital (LGH). Tell us about your medical background and how you came to work in the field of electrophysiology. What interested you about this field?…
I’m an atrial fibrillation survivor. In 2003, I was working in my home office when my heart felt like it skipped some beats and started racing, pounding, and flopping. I felt dizzy and lightheaded, and thought I was going to pass out. My right leg wa…
Cardiology 2011, the 15th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, took place February 2–6, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference was sponsored by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In this article we feature inte…
Rebecca L. Dekker, PhD, APRN from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing recently reviewed three of the most widely used instruments for negative thinking — the Crandell Cognitions Inventory (CCI), Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire (ATQ), and C…
In this article, the authors describe a brief case on atrial tachycardia, which can sometimes be a challenging arrhythmia to identify, treat and ablate. Background The patient is a 64-year-old female with a past medical history of hypertension who…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? Our EP lab at Manatee Memorial Hospital consists of one EP lab. We currently have four electrophysiologists doing a variety of cases. W…
Bleeding will always be a concern when using oral anticoagulation to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, there remains a strong interest in left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion to prevent stroke.