December 2010

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Volume 10 Issue 12

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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Endocardial catheter-based ablation has revolutionized the field of cardiac electrophysiology to a therapeutic subspecialty. Over the last decade, it has become apparent an epicardial approach is needed to successfully ablate certain arrhythmias. Add…
Dear Dr. Knight, As an academic-trained EP practicing at a small, community hospital, I saw the title of your column [“Saturday Morning at a Small Community Hospital”, EP Lab Digest 2010;10:4.] and started reading with an expectation of the typical…
The American Heart Association Scientific Sessions took place November 13-17, 2010 in Chicago. Enclosed below is a compilation of clinical news highlights from the meeting. AHA: Prescription omega-3 No Better Than Placebo in Treating AF Prescription…
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and the achievable benefits offered by evolving ablation protocols are undeniable. As such, we can expect to see the volume of AF ablation cases continue to remain steady for years to come — potentially inde…
In this brief case study, the authors report on torsade de pointes brought on by methadone treatment. Case Description A 46-year-old female with end-stage colorectal cancer presents to the Emergency Room (ER) with near syncope. She was brought to th…
New trends in ICD implantation offer additional options as well as potential challenges for ICD implanters. In this article, the author discusses the benefits of these new technologies, including improved patient outcomes and the potential for simple…
What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? Our EP lab consists of 1 bi-plane Philips lab and 2 single-plane Philips labs, a Tilt room, and the pacemaker clinic. We also share a Philips bi-plane cath lab when a fourth lab…
Dear Readers, There has been a great deal of negative attention lately to relationships between physicians and industry. A front-page story in the Chicago Tribune newspaper in October was devoted to a list of all physicians in the Chicago area who r…
Healthcare today is challenging for both hospitals and physicians. Together, they are committed to providing quality care, but are faced with having to provide best-practice care to increasing numbers of patients, but with fewer resources, a shrinkin…
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as unexpected natural death from a cardiac cause heralded by abrupt loss of consciousness within a short time period, generally less than 1 hour from the onset of symptoms.1 Pre-existing heart disease may or may…