November 2008

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Volume 8 Issue 11

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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Physio-Control Receives FDA 510(K) Clearance for LIFEPAK® 20e Defibrillator/Monitor Physio-Control, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc., announced that it has received clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to mar…
We have a lot of great questions this month — let us know if you can help answer any of them. These are also continuing discussions on discharging patients. You can respond by emailing us at eplabdigest@hotmail.com or visiting us online at www.eplabd…
Dear Readers, In recognition of the annual AHA meeting this month, we are showcasing many great articles for you in this special issue. Included are three in-depth features discussing different techniques for AF ablation: • In the article “MR Ima…
The care of patients goes well beyond recommendations, medications, or interventions. Once a year, at our annual “Young Hearts with ICDs” conference, we get a better glimpse of what our patients and families experience on a daily basis, sharing in th…
Typical right atrial flutter (AFL) commonly occurs in patients who have been previously treated with biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators. Such patients may benefit substantially from catheter ablation, but may not be approached due to concern…
In 2004, a huge unmet need existed — nurses lacked a professional network to address their need for ongoing education, support, and collaboration in the care of patients with heart failure. Thus was born the American Association of Heart Failure Nurs…
In the first installment of this multi-part series for the EP 101 section, the authors discuss evaluation and proper diagnosis of a wide complex tachycardia in the setting of coronary artery disease. Case Presentation A 53-year-old man with hyp…
The Bethesda Heart Institute opened on February 4, 2008, adding an entire cardiovascular service line to Bethesda Memorial Hospital. This article from Cath Lab Digest features an interview with Barbara J. Dale, Executive Director, and Tracy Justice,…
In this installment of EP Lab Digest’s “5 Ways” section, author Peggy McElgunn lists the acronyms of five crucial EP organizations. Being a professional in the healthcare arena can be both a complex and confusing place to work. One of the challeng…