March EPLD Preview

Don’t miss EP Lab Digest@’s upcoming March 2014 issue, which will be distributed at the ACC.14 conference in Washington, D.C.! This issue features a great selection of case studies, articles on AF management, and meeting highlights. Included below is a listing of our preliminary articles:


EP Lab Digest®

Editor’s Update: March 2014, Vol. 14, No. 3

Spotlight Interview: Presence Covenant Medical Center
Urbana, Illinois

Atrial Fibrillation Certification Program at Porter Adventist Health Care System
Sri Sundaram, MD, FHRS and Brenda Yost, PhD, RN, PhD, NEA-BC

New Hope for Patients Who Have Failed Catheter Ablation: Effective Hybrid Procedure Performed Completely in the EP Lab
Jason S. Sperling, MD and Jonathan S. Steinberg, MD

Establishing AF Care Within St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center
Tonja LaDue, RCIS, MBA

Left Ventricular Non-Compaction: A Rare Anomaly Presenting in Primary Care
Jaclyn Conelius, PhD, FHRS and Shawn M. Cole, MD

Highlights from 9th Annual Electrophysiology Symposium at Staten Island University Hospital
Valay Parikh, MD and Soad Bekheit, MD, PhD, FHRS

SICP Update

Initial Experience with the S-ICD System at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute
Kenneth Yamamura, MD et al

Ablation of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation in a Patient with an Unusual Anatomic Variant
Arjun V. Gururaj, MD et al


Troubleshooting Issues in the EP Lab

In EP Lab Digest®’s February 2014 issue, Craig J. McCotter, MD, FACC, FHRS and colleagues from St. Francis Heart Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina present two case examples discussing the incision site with the initial device implantation and follow-up repositioning after having the adipose properly draped downward. The authors have recently seen an increase in instances of lead dislodgement in obese patients due to adipose shifting. They write that with the ever-increasing obesity problem affecting Americans, it is imperative that medical professionals recognize possible complications and take this into account during procedures. It is estimated that by 2030, obesity rates will be above 44% in the U.S.

In our August 2013 issue, Craig J. McCotter, MD, FACC and colleagues also contributed an article demonstrating the importance of recognizing the presence of left atrial diverticula (LAD) to help reduce the risk of complications. The frequency of LADs is causing a need for physicians to become more cognizant of the potential for catheter entrapment and perforation. They also note that with atrial fibrillation being such a recurrent diagnosis, complications arising from ablation could prove to be very harmful to the patient if the physician is not aware of the risks of LAD.

Showcase Your EP Program in 2014!

This month, we check out Florida Hospital’s EP program in Orlando. Florida Hospital was named by U.S. News & World Report for 2013 as the #1 hospital in the state of Florida, scoring in the top 50 in eight different categories in the nation. It is currently the largest healthcare provider in the state. Their EP department consists of two biplane labs, two single-plane labs and one single-plane Stereotaxis lab, a cath lab/implant room, a pediatric hybrid lab, and two non-invasive procedural rooms. They have 25 EP team members which includes registered nurses (ASN, BSN), cardiovascular technicians (RCIS, RCES) and registered respiratory therapists; they also have 12 electrophysiologists and an array of implanting invasive cardiologists.

Would you be interested in having your lab showcased in EP Lab Digest@’s Spotlight Interview? Participating is easier than you think! If interested, please contact the editor at to have the questionnaire sent to you. Please answer only those questions that are most relevant to your EP lab. When your interview responses are complete, please email us your completed questionnaire, along with 5-10 photos of the lab, staff and facility. We publish the Spotlight articles in the order they are received, so contact us at your soonest convenience if you’d like to have your lab featured this year. The remaining openings for 2014 will fill quickly!

2014 EP Meetings

In the February 2014 issue of EP Lab Digest®, Paul J. Wang, MD, Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Stanford University School of Medicine, presents information on the 2014 Stanford Biodesign New Arrhythmia Technologies Retreat. The event will take place Tuesday, May 6, from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and bring together electrophysiology experts on the Stanford University campus. The program is directed by Dr. Wang and Dr. Paul G. Yock, Director of the Program in Biodesign at Stanford. The 2014 Stanford Biodesign New Arrhythmia Technologies Retreat will also feature a unique “rapid-fire format” in which each of the speakers presents in a 10-minute session (please check the article for a full listing of the program faculty). This program provides a special opportunity for interaction and networking with many of the world’s experts in electrophysiology, one day before the start of the Heart Rhythm conference. It is not to be missed!

To register for this this event, please visit their website. In addition, check out EP Lab Digest®’s calendar for an updated listing of EP events in your area!