August 2008

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Volume 8 Issue 8

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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When was the EP lab started at your institution? What is the size of your EP lab facility and number of staff members? What is the mix of credentials at your lab? Has your EP lab recently expanded in size and patient volume, or will it be in the near…
Case Presentation A 63-year-old male without structural or ischemic heart disease has a history of longstanding paroxysmal palpitations that stop with vagal maneuvers. He underwent spinal fusion surgery for low back pain without complication…
A new study shows that from January 2000 to December 2006, survival following exercise-related SCA in young student-athletes was low — in fact, overall survival was only 11% (4-21% survival per year).1 In this article, we speak with Dr. Jonathan Drez…
for ICD/CRT Implantation in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Patients: What You Need to Know The author provides an overview of the recently revised guidelines presented by the Heart Rhythm Society and the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology…
Dr. Liem provides a brief summary on the recently revised ACC/AHA/HRS guidelines for device-based therapy. The 2008 ACC/AHA/HRS Guidelines for Device-Based Therapy of Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities1 are a further expansion to those published…
Michaela Gagne, Miss Massachusetts 2006. Friday, April 21, 2000 was a day I will never forget. I was 17 years old and sitting at the dinner table, about to take my first bite of salad, when the phone rang. My mom answered, and soon the tear…
In EP Lab Digest’s new “How To” section, articles will focus on one learning objective each month.
While electrophysiologists and clinical staff deal with the critical physiological aspects of electrophysiological (EP) procedures, the EP laboratory’s administrators must handle critical concerns of a different sort: business issues that determine t…
At the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in 2004, the results of the Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT) were first announced publicly and subsequently published.1 This led to expanded Medicare coverage of primary pr…
What This Means for the Allied Health Professional Allied health professionals play a major role in the follow-up of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). A recently released consensus document from the HRS and EHRA…