May 2009

Volume 8 Issue 5

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 are two new questions this month — take a look and let us know if you can help answer them. You can respond by emailing us at or also by visiting us at Remember, when responding to the discussion gro…
Dear Readers, Prevention of stroke is one of the cornerstones of therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The most effective drug to prevent thromboembolism in patients with AF and risk factors for stroke is warfarin (Coumadin). The ACT…
New research regarding cardiac sarcoidosis shows that radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia in these patients can be effective. Dr. Frank Bogun of the University of Michigan explains his findings. Tell us about cardiac sarcoid…
In this interview with Jayne Vining, she tells us about the Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes Foundation, which is dedicated to the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest. Tell us about the Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes Foundation. When was it formed? The…
How has the recent economy affected the cardiac travel nursing industry? Travel nurse Epstein LaRue, RN, BS, gives us an update. It seems you can’t walk down the street these days without hearing about how bad the economy is right now. Everyone had…
One of the most significant innovations that have transformed the field of cardiac electrophysiology has been the evolution of three-dimensional (3-D) mapping systems. Advances in electroanatomic mapping have revolutionized interventional strategies,…
Efficiency and cost effectiveness have always been laudable goals in the electrophysiology laboratory, but have taken on increasing importance recently as ablation of complex arrhythmias has become more commonplace. Complex ablation procedures requir…
Device implantation in patients with a persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is often difficult due to abnormal venous anatomy. In patients with a PLSVC, venous drainage from the left arm typically flows into the right atrium through a dilated c…