December 2009

Volume 9 Issue 12

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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Medtronic Launches Global Clinical Trial Evaluating Outcomes From Comprehensive Attain® Family of Left-Heart Leads and Delivery Catheters Medtronic, Inc announced the first enrollment in the global Attain Success trial that will evaluate implant suc…
Dear Readers, The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently does not have a national coverage policy for reimbursement of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). In the absence of national policy, coverage is at the discreti…
Electrophysiology (EP) as a subspecialty of cardiac care dates back 2 millennia ago, when a physician by the name of Pien Ch’iao reported variations of what seemed to be heart block. Since that time, the field of EP has grown astronomically, with man…
In this interview from Cath Lab Digest, Joel Sherwood, RN, CCRN, CV Line Educator, Chest Pain Center Coordinator; Dr. Martin Weiss, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Services; Kathleen Whelan, MHA, VP of Operations; and Terry Rives, PhD, Director of R…
One year ago, Lehman Brothers, the well-known investment bank, collapsed, representing the single largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. This singular occurrence heralded a recession, the likes of which had not been seen in the U.S. since the Gre…
In this interview we speak with Jamie Beth Conti, MD, FACC, FHRS, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Florida. Why did you choose to work in the field of cardiac electrophysiology? When I start…
In this article, the authors describe their use of the Shape-HF system in patients with cardiovascular disease. They also discuss other applications of the technology, such as in cardiac resynchronization therapy and pulmonary arterial hypertension.…
The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center is led by internationally recognized cardiologist Dr. Andrea Natale and staffed by a team that includes some of the most prominent physicians and researchers in the field, as…