January 2012

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Volume 12 Issue 1

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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There has been much interest in getting rid of the left atrial appendage (LAA) to prevent embolic strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation. During cardiac surgery, it can be cut off, or excluded using staples, sutures, or a clamp-like device. It…
Cameron Health Reaches 1,000 Patient Milestone for S-ICD® SystemCameron Health, Inc. announced that the 1,000th patient was recently implanted with the S-ICD® System, the world’s only completely subcutaneous implantable defibrillator.The 1,000th pati…
Those with atrial fibrillation know the symptoms of a wildly beating heart, the fatigue and downright helplessness when trying to contend with the condition. Patients are desperate to relieve those symptoms and will follow recommendations, often with…
In this article we speak with J. Brian DeVille, MD, FACC, FHRS, cardiac electrophysiologist at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, which is the first in the world to implement the new Stereotaxis Epoch™ platform for use in their EP and cath labs. On Dec…
In this interview EP Lab Digest speaks with Michael J. Ackerman, MD, PhD about his recent research on treadmill stress testing to unmask patients with concealed long QT syndrome (LQTS).1 Dr. Ackerman is the director of Mayo Clinic’s Long QT Syndrome…
This month, Dr. James Reiss from PeaceHealth Southwest Heart and Vascular Clinic in Vancouver, Washington, was nominated by colleagues. Learn more about Dr. Reiss’ work here.
In this article, Dr. Spear discusses the risks of radiation exposure, and shares strategies for reducing radiation exposure for the EP operator, staff, and patient.It is 6 am and my alarm clock is ringing. I am waking up to start another day as an EP…
The Calling, a collection of personal stories on the unique relationships between patients and their physicians, was written by Blair Grubb, MD and recently published by the University of Toledo Press. In this interview we talk with Dr. Grubb, Direct…
Describe your city or general regional area. How does it differ from the rest of the U.S.?Situated in sunny South Florida, Holy Cross Hospital serves a broad range of patients. Our patient volume has a distinct seasonal ebb and flow, with patients fr…