August 2012

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Volume 12 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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BioControl Medical Gets Nod to Begin Second Phase of the INOVATE-HF Study of its CardioFit SystemBioControl Medical has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to begin the second phase of INOVATE-HF (INcrease Of VAgal TonE in Heart Fail…
There is some evidence that atrial overdrive pacing can prevent atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with a permanent pacemaker. However, most of the studies that have shown a benefit were modest in size, included patients with a history of prior AF,…
Fluoroscopy is commonly used in many cardiovascular procedures such as pacemaker and defibrillator implantation. During implantation, the leads for intracardiac defibrillator devices are guided through the introducer under fluoroscopic observation to…
IntroductionNowadays, catheter ablation has a very important role for the treatment of many arrhythmias. During the ablation procedure, the ablation catheter usually reaches the endocardium, although recently even the epicardial space has been approa…
IntroductionCongestive heart failure (CHF) is a major worldwide problem, and the incidence is increasing. Chronic heart failure symptoms with reduced ejection fraction, despite optimal drug therapy, are a significant cause of hospitalization and mort…
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, and a source of considerable morbidity and mortality. The prevalence of AF is estimated at 1% of the population older than 60 years,1 and it increases with age, affecting 10% of people o…
BackgroundResearch has documented many positive physiological and emotional effects when listening to music. The use of music to improve health is a concept that dates back to about the sixth century when the Greek philosopher Pythagoras believed tha…
The Prairie Heart Institute (PHI) combines the 55-member Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants with St. John’s Hospital and is based in Springfield, Illinois’ capital city. St. John’s is a 500-bed tertiary care referral facility, one of 13 member-hospit…
“How do you fight the boredom?!” I commonly heard that question a decade ago from an interventional cardiologist as he would pass through the EP lab, where I toiled as an EP fellow. His quip stemmed from the inherent differences between the electrop…
Tell us about the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) CRT clinic and its background. Why was it important to integrate multidisciplinary care for your CRT patients?Orencole: The MGH Multidisciplinary CRT clinic was established in 2005 to incorporate…