May 2012

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Volume 12 Issue 5

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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Save the Date and Register Today: SICP’s Signature RCES Review Course The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, TX June 15-16, 2012 The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals will present a two-day RCES Registry Review Course conducted by three prem…
New Radiation Protection Products Approved for Device ImplantsLEMER PAX announced the CE Mark and market release of three new versions of its CATHPAX Radiation Protection Cabin. Like the original CATHPAX radiation cabin, which was designed for ablati…
On August 24, 2010, the FDA announced that there was a voluntary recall by DePuy of their ASR™ metal-on-metal total hip system, because the revision rates within five years were approximately 13%.1 My father had his hip replaced with this device in 2…
Case PresentationA 39-year-old female presented to the emergency department with chest pain and palpitations. She was hiking with her husband when the palpitations started and she felt her pulse, which seemed to be fast and irregular. Her pain was in…
The use of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) as an adjunct to procedures in cardiac electrophysiology has allowed operators to obtain real-time, three-dimensional anatomical information. Over the years, the evolution of procedures for the ablation…
Focal atrial tachycardias (AT) originate from a circumscribed area with centrifugal spread to both atria. They can be due to enhanced automaticity, triggered activity, or microreentry. Sites of origin for focal AT tend to cluster at specific anatomic…
Patients with atrial septal defect (ASD) have an increase in the incidence of atrial arrhythmias that persist after surgical or percutaneous septal closure. Adult cardiologists are faced with treating atrial flutter (AFL) and atrial fibrillation (AF)…
IntroductionIn recent years, ablation strategies aimed at curing atrial fibrillation have completely changed the landscape of clinical electrophysiology. The efficacy of pulmonary vein isolation, particularly for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fi…
Case PresentationWith advancements in both device-based therapy as well as ablation strategies, the field of electrophysiology offers treatments for congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, bradyarrhythmias, and tachyarrhythmias.
When I was given this opportunity to contribute an article to EP Lab Digest®, I offered to share some tips on how to avoid complications with device implantation. This topic was on my mind because of a recent bad outcome despite years of minimal comp…