March 2012

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Volume 12 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
HMP Communications, 70 E. Swedesford Rd
Suite 100, Malvern PA 19355
Telephone: (800) 371-0791

Fax: (866) 488-8273
Email: jelrod@hmpglobal.com
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The 2007 HRS/EHRA/ECAS Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) was recently updated. This document is a useful reference for those involved in interventional procedures for AF. Important changes from t…
Marie Curie died due to excess exposure to her discovery, radium. Thomas Edison invented the fluoroscope, but stopped his work in this area when his assistant died of an x-ray overdose. Many years later, we have a better understanding of the dangers…
Tell us about your background and how you came to work in this field. What interested you about EP?I was a board-certified practicing cardiac electrophysiologist for 20 years (Director, Cardiac EP at Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, PA) and one of…
Achieving an adequate defibrillation safety margin can sometimes be troublesome. Today’s implantable defibrillators allow for the programming of vector and polarity to overcome some of these issues. Some devices also allow the programming of the puls…
A diagnosis of heart failure (HF), although treatable, requires lifestyle modification, adherence to medical management, and close follow up with the primary care physician and cardiologist. Today there are approximately five million patients with he…
Cryoballoon catheter ablation offers an alternative to radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). The goal of ablation for PAF is achievement of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). With radiofrequency catheter abla…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members?Sequoia Hospital’s cath lab has five rooms (two dedicated EP labs, one cardiac cath lab, one device room, and one IR room). We have 13 RNs, a special projects manager, and six radio…
Atrial fibrillation can be bewildering for patients, especially when they’re first diagnosed. After all, their own hearts have betrayed them, beating out of rhythm, often leaving them exhausted, frustrated, and searching for answers. Increasingly, pa…
IntroductionIn December 2011, we completed the final phase of a construction initiative to bring a state of the art Arrhythmia Center to Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital. This project included construction of procedural labs, holding areas…