February 2012

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Volume 12 Issue 2

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 Announces FDA Approval of the ThermoCool® SF Catheter in the United StatesBiosense Webster, Inc. announced the FDA approval of the new ThermoCool® SF irrigated ablation catheter in the United States.The ThermoCool® SF NAV Catheter co…
On December 14, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified St. Jude Medical’s Riata defibrillator lead recall as a Class I recall, because of the “potential risk of serious injury or patient death if affected devices malfunction.”1
Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly encountered arrhythmia in clinical medicine. The presence of atrial fibrillation is associated with an increased risk of stroke, and patients may complain of palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Buo…
Case DescriptionAn elderly 91-year-old female patient was admitted for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in September 2011. During this admission, she was evaluated for and received a permanent pacemaker. Later that night, the patient became very agitat…
This month we speak with Jagmeet P. Singh, MD, DPhil, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center.Tell us about your medical background and how you came to work in t…
PresentationThe patient is an 81-year-old female with a non-ischemic cardiomyopathy and a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 9%. She was admitted for CHF exacerbation and was previously treated with beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and a diur…
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique used to obtain high-quality images of the human body. In the last few years, MRI has become the imaging modality of choice across a broad range of indications. Compared with other techniques…
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac rhythm disorder, affecting at least 1% of the general population. After age 80 this increases to 10% of the population.1 In addition, the presence of AF is responsible for a 4- to 5-fold increase in…
Merkezi Klinika (MK) Hospital is located in the center of Baku, the capital of the Azerbaijan Republic. MK Heart Center has pioneered the development of cardiovascular surgery, interventional cardiology and EP in their country, and now has extensive…
This spring, professionals from all over the world representing all facets of the heart rhythm community will meet in Boston for the Heart Rhythm Society’s 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions, May 9-12, 2012. More than 14,000 total attendees will explore…