November 2015

Volume 15 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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There have been three developments in the last few years that should lead to a lower threshold to treat patients who have AF with OAC: replacement of the CHADS2 stroke risk scoring system with the CHA2DS2-VASc scoring system, availability of NOACs th…
SICP features its last set of updated guidelines to be published: the Educational Cardiac Electrophysiology Guidelines.
Christine Chiu-Man, MSc and colleagues from The Hospital for Sick Children discuss use of an electrogram morphology discrimination algorithm.
German Kamalov, MD, PhD from Sparks Regional Medical Center presents a case illustrating the role of cardiac MRI for risk stratification of a patient with documented asystolic cardiac arrest and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.
Senthil Thambidorai, MD, FHRS describes the first MRI ICD implant performed at the Plaza Medical Center, as well as provides a brief review of the technology.
Sheetal Chandhok, MD and Jeffrey A. Wuhl, MD from Bryn Mawr Hospital describe their early experience of LAA closure with the WATCHMAN device (Boston Scientific). 
EP holds the top spot in terms of work relative value unit (wRVU) production of all the cardiology subspecialties. In terms of overall compensation, EP ranks second behind interventional cardiology and is last in terms of compensation per wRVU. 
In this interview, we speak with Anise Black, RN, Manager of Cardiovascular Services at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Krishan K. Kataria, MD and colleagues summarize the important aspects of the autonomic nervous system in atrial fibrillation and heart failure, and highlight the current clinical literature focused on restoring the neurohormonal balance. 
James Kneller, MD, PhD, FHRS, CCDS from Kadlec Regional Medical Center reviews how to perform and interpret VOP during SVT, with the goal of increasing understanding and participation in other labs.