EP Lab

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for cardiac electrophysiology (EP) systems, techniques and devices using in EP labs. This includes implantable EP devices, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), cardiac resychronization therapy (CRT), ablation technologies, left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion, atrial fibrilation (AF) and Holter monitors.

Videos | Atrial Fibrillation | November 18, 2020
Steven Lubitz, M.D., MPH, cardiac electrophysiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, presented the late-breaking...
The three-year clinical outcomes of the mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (mSToPS) study evaluated the detection of silent, or previously undiagnosed, atrial fibrillation (AF) in moderate-risk individuals using the FDA-cleared Zio by iRhythm ambulatory monitoring patch. The results support the clinical value of early screening and targeted detection in moderate-risk populations. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020

The three-year clinical outcomes of the mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (mSToPS) study evaluated the detection of silent, or previously undiagnosed, atrial fibrillation (AF) in moderate-risk individuals using the FDA-cleared Zio by iRhythm ambulatory monitoring patch. The results support the clinical value of early screening and targeted detection in moderate-risk populations.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 — The three-year clinical outcomes of the mHealth Screening to Prevent Strokes (mSToPS) study...
The Medtronic SEEQ mobile cardiac telemetry system, pictured here, and the Icentia CardioSTAT cardiac rhythm monitoring device both found in reased rates of post-operative atrial fibrillation in the SEARCH-AF trial presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020

The Medtronic SEEQ mobile cardiac telemetry system, pictured here, and the Icentia CardioSTAT cardiac rhythm monitoring device both found in reased rates of post-operative atrial fibrillation in the SEARCH-AF trial presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 — Atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat that can increase the likelihood of stroke, was...
The Medtronic Arctic Front cryoballoon balloon was used a a front-line treatment of AF in the EARLY-AF trial. It was found to be better than anti-arrhythmic drugs in preventing the recurrence of abnormal heart rhythm (atrial tachyarrhythmia, atrial fibrillation), and improve patient well-being.  #AHA #AHA2020 #AHA20

The Medtronic Arctic Front cryoballoon balloon was used a a front-line treatment of AF in the EARLY-AF trial. It was found to be better than anti-arrhythmic drugs in preventing the recurrence of abnormal heart rhythm (atrial tachyarrhythmia, atrial fibrillation), and improve patient well-being.  

News | Atrial Fibrillation | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 – Doctors from the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) presented new data that shows catheter ablation as...
NIH trial, the Outcomes Related to COVID-19 treated with Hydroxychloroquine among Inpatients with symptomatic Disease (ORCHID), showed no difference in deaths between placebo and hydroxychloroquine. Getty Images
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 09, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
November 9, 2020 — A National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of...
The American Heart Association, AHA, late-breaking sessions, trials, studies. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020
Feature | AHA | November 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is a list of the American Heart Association (AHA) late-breaking clinical trial presentations at the 2020 Virtual...
The Watchman FLX will be tested in the CHAMPION-AF trial looks at next-generation transcatheter LAA device as treatment alternative to NOACs for broader population of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 29, 2020
Oct. 29, 2020 — Boston Scientific initiated the CHAMPION-AF clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the...
Chest X-ray, posteroanterior view, of a 79-year-old man with history of a previous pacemaker, with abandoned right atrial and right ventricular pacing leads on the right side at time of new cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator implant on the left side. Arrows indicate a nodular opacity in the right midlung concerning for mass. Find more images of patients in this study in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Chest X-ray from a patient included in the study. Posteroanterior view, of a 79-year-old man with history of a previous pacemaker, with abandoned right atrial and right ventricular pacing leads on the right side at time of new cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator implant on the left side. Arrows indicate a nodular opacity in the right midlung concerning for mass. Find more images of patients in this study in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Feature | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020 – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations can be safely performed in patients with non-MR...
Positive clinical data from first-in-human studies of the Conformal Medical left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) CLAAS device performed in the U.S. and Prague were presented at 2020 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Connect virtual meeting. Two two abstracts were presented by William Gray, M.D., from Lankenau Heart Institute, Wynnewood, Penn., and Vivek Reddy, M.D., from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. #TCT2020 #TCTconnect
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020 — Positive clinical data from first-in-human studies of the Conformal Medical left atrial appendage...
Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Feature | October 09, 2020 | Udi Nussinovitch M.D., Ph.D.
This is an overview of some of the biggest cardiology technology advances. These innovations are covered in more detail...
News | EP Lab | October 08, 2020
October 8, 2020 — Galaxy Medical, a developer of pulsed electric field (PEF) technology for the treatment of cardiac...

The study used cadaver hearts that were images with contrast enhanced MRI and the images used to create a 3-D computation model of the electrical activation in the heart and how it was influenced by adenosine and ablation. Find more images in the original article

News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 08, 2020
October 8, 2020 – People who suffer from persistent atrial fibrillation in the heart may find relief from a new...
The Mesuron Inc. Avalon-H90 uses magnetometers to detect myocarditis in patients without any physical contact. It uses ventricular repolarization dynamics analysis software to look for abnormalities. The vendor said it is more specific than using ECG. It detects the multidimensional dynamics of the electrical activity caused by differences in functions of electrical action potential of normal heart tissues and abnormal ones with hypoxia.

The Mesuron Inc. Avalon-H90 uses magnetometers to detect myocarditis in patients without any physical contact. It uses ventricular repolarization dynamics analysis software to look for abnormalities. The vendor said it is more specific than using ECG. It detects the multidimensional dynamics of the electrical activity caused by differences in functions of electrical action potential of normal heart tissues and abnormal ones with hypoxia. 

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | October 06, 2020
October 6, 2020 — A new technology being developed by U.S.-based Mesuron Inc. using a superconducting quantum...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Biosense Webster ThermoCool SmartTouch SF Ablation Catheter for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation (persistent AF).
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 06, 2020
October 6, 2020 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Biosense Webster ThermoCool SmartTouch SF...
Videos | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 02, 2020
Horst Sievert, M.D., is the director of the Cardiovascular Center Frankfurt, and associate professor of internal...