September 2010

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Volume 10 Issue 9

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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In this interview, we speak with Lauren D. Vazquez, PhD, lead investigator of the Female-Specific Education, Management, and Lifestyle Enhancement for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients Study (FEMALE-ICD Study).[1] What are some of the…
In this next case installment from the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, the authors describe a diagnosis of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia (VT) in a patient who works as a skydiving instructor. Case Description
New research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that survival rates with a wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) vest were comparable to that of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).[1] In this interview we lea…
In this article the authors describe their use of Precedex in the lab during ablation cases. By adding Precedex to their moderate sedation protocol for these extended cases, they have been able to increase patient comfort and significantly decrease t…
In this article, the authors from Bryan LGH Hospital’s EP program discuss their participation in the Medtronic HEARTmark benchmarking program. Long recognized as one of the premier electrophysiology (EP) services in the Midwest, the EP program at Br…
Tell us about the completion of the TRUST trial (Lumax-T/Lumos-T Safely RedUceS RouTine Office Device Follow-Up). What did final results show? Post-implant monitoring is an essential part of the management of patients receiving implantable cardiac el…
From LinkedIn: Right-Sided EPS Is there data to support right-sided EPS/ablations without a Heparinized Saline flush to the sheath's sideport? — C. Reoch, RCIS,CEPS Staffing Practices We are surveying labs throughout the country for feedback regardi…
In this interview with Dr. Xiaoke Liu, Director of the EP lab at Borgess Medical Center, he describes his experience using the new ZeroGravity Radiation Protection System (CFI Medical Solutions, Fenton, MI). Unlike conventional lead aprons and their…
The Salem Cardiovascular Center electrophysiology lab, located at Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon, serves more than 360,000 people in a two-county region, and more from the Pacific coast to the Cascade Mountains. EP patients benefit from low employee…
Dear Readers, What is the difference between a “medical test” and a “diagnostic procedure”? According to Wikipedia,[1] “a medical test is a kind of medical procedure performed to detect, diagnose, or evaluate disease, disease processes, susceptibilit…