July 2011

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Volume 11 Issue 7

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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Dear Readers,The field of cardiac electrophysiology has evolved rapidly over the past 10 to 15 years as implantable devices and ablation procedures have become more complex, and as interventional electrophysiologists have had to continuously learn ne…
Our December 2009 Cath Lab Digest article entitled “State of the Union: What is Keeping You Up at Night?” made some predictions about the future of healthcare. One prediction was that a new focus on prevention and chronic disease management would sur…
In this feature interview we speak with investigator and lead author of the EXCLUDE clinical trial, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, about the use of the AtriClip™ (AtriCure, Inc., West Chester, OH) for left atrial appendage exclusion. Dr. Gorav Ailawadi is an As…
In this article EP Lab Digest speaks with Gerard R. Martin, MD, FACC, Chair of the NCDR® IMPACT Registry Steering Committee. The IMPACT Registry™ is the first national registry designed to track outcomes for pediatric and adult patients undergoing a…
ABSTRACT: Purpose. Our objective was to evaluate the early efficacy of a new atrial fibrillation (AF) program in Peoria, Illinois. Methods. This was a retrospective analysis of patients who had undergone AF ablation at the Methodist Medical Center of…
So finally, what is the effect of biventricular (BiV) pacing on VT and VF?Most electrophysiologists can remember a case or two in which biventricular pacing significantly reduced the amount of ventricular tachycardia. However, while several studies s…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab?Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center currently has one dedicated, leading-edge EP lab. Funds have been approved for the renovation of…
Pacemakers are in common use nowadays for a variety of reasons. These devices have been very successful in the treatment of various bradyarrhythmias and have even proven lifesaving in patients with Stokes–Adams Syndrome. However, normal pacemaker fun…
The second-annual EPI Congress, taking place September 9–11, 2011 in Washington, DC, is the key scientific event for what’s new in cardiac device therapy. Learn more about the 2011 program here from Course Co-Directors Seth J. Worley, MD, FHRS, FACC…