August 2011

Volume 11 Issue 8

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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Biosense Webster Enrolls First Patient in Groundbreaking SMART-AF TrialBiosense Webster, Inc. announced the enrollment of the first patient in their latest groundbreaking clinical trial, the SMART-AF Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study, and…
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Dear Readers,There is increasing pressure on hospitals to reduce supply costs. Due to their high cost, implantable cardiac devices are frequently targeted by hospital administrators.
In June 2011, the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) and WomenHeart:The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease released the 2011 10Q Report: Advancing Women’s Heart Health through Improved Research, Diagnosis and Treatment. In this f…
The quest for improvement in safety and efficacy of catheter ablation procedures continues. Catheter tip-to-tissue contact impacts both safety and efficacy. Subjective surrogates for contact have been operator tactile feedback, fluoroscopic evidence,…
Learn more here about the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation, a leader in education, research and advocacy for families and individuals at risk for cardiac arrhythmias that can cause sudden death in young people. 
What is the size of the EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials in the lab?The Cleveland Clinic is composed of 7 EP labs and 1 cardioversion suite. A hybrid operating room is available within the Heart and Vascular…
We’ve all heard the saying that “communication is a two-way street.” In the doctor-patient relationship, especially when the patient has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, we should be building multi-lane highways of communication. Here, I’d li…
A White Paper, entitled Reconnecting the Pieces to Optimize Care in Atrial Fibrillation, was recently released by the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care (CICC), of the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada. This report identified sign…