September 2015

Volume 15 Issue 9

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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Author Dr. Alan Cheng writes that AF remains as one of the most important factors associated with increased stroke risk, and in its presence, should raise the possibility for needing long-term anticoagulation regardless of its frequency or duration.
Dr. Senthil Thambidorai highlights a recent case implanting the WATCHMAN as well as provides a review of the literature. 
This month we highlight George Washington University Hospital, a busy, active, urban hospital that provides care for a diverse population across the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
The following is a review of some of the major features of the recently published expert consensus document on the diagnosis and treatment of postural tachycardia syndrome, inappropriate sinus tachycardia, and vasovagal syncope.
Dr. Kevin A. Michael and colleagues illustrate an inadvertent puncture into the aortic root at TS, as well as measures that can be taken to avoid a residual aorto-atrial shunt and the possible need for surgical repair.
Monica Mitrache, who has been shadowing her father Alexandru Mitrache, PA in the lab at Winthrop-University Hospital this past summer, has written a short article on the role of physician assistants in EP.
Mellanie True Hills, CSP, Speaker, and CEO of, describes how healthcare providers from around the world have created and endorsed a patient-centered view of the management of atrial fibrillation and other tachyarrhythmias.
Dr. William Bailey presents a case demonstrating that use of an MR conditional pacemaker provided not only symptomatic relief for the patient, but also allowed the patient to undergo imaging for the long-term follow-up of his olfactory groove meningi…
This article was collaboratively written by Duke University Medical Center and WakeMed to document their experiences with single-use device (SUD) reprocessing and share lessons learned with other EP labs.