October 2008

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Volume 8 Issue 10

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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Heart Rhythm Society Statement on ICD Safety and Effectiveness In light of the study that was released in the New England Journal of Medicine on September 3, 2008 titled “Prognostic Importance of Defibrillator Shocks in Patients with Heart Failure…
Dear Readers, In our October issue of EP Lab Digest, we continue some of our favorite sections (e.g., EP 101, Patient Perspectives) as well as bring you some feature interviews with select EP experts. Our first interview this month is with Dr. Maya…
Take a look at this month’s discussion questions and let us know if you can provide any input. Our most frequently asked topic certainly has been about the RCES exam — we’ve had several readers ask about it! Please email us at eplabdigest@hotmail.com…
The Cardiomyopathy Association (CMA) is a registered charity in the United Kingdom that helps patients and their families affected by cardiomyopathy. EP Lab Digest speaks with Sarah Dennis, Information Manager of the CMA, about their goals and activi…
A recent survey in Switzerland shows that ICD patients can be encouraged to continue leisure-time physical activities at a low-to-moderate intensity level. In addition, the same research shows that high altitudes and driving are not often associated…
History In their 1930 case series and three-lead EKG analysis of 11 healthy patients with a propensity for paroxysmal tachycardia, Drs. Wolff, Parkinson, and White described most of the phenomena associated with the condition that now bears their…
In this article we learn about the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which was formed in January 2006. This important organization, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, established the national SCA Survivor Registry™. Too many innocent people suffer…
In this feature interview, we speak with Tracey Conway, an Emmy-Award-winning actress and comedienne who experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in 1995. Since that time she has used her comedic talents to give presentations on heart health around th…
Spectranetics Corporation announced the first use in Japan of its Spectranetics Laser Sheath (SLS® II) technology for removal of cardiac leads. The SLS II approval by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is one of just three medical device techn…
The results of a post-hoc analysis of the data from the ATHENA study were presented at the clinical trial update session of the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2008 in Munich, Germany. Previous results from the landmark ATHENA study have s…