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.

The two biggest cardiac device technology stories in February included the Boston Scientific recall of its S-ICD system, and the FDA clearance of the Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system to break up calcified lesions in the coronary arteries.

The two biggest cardiac device technology stories in February included the Boston Scientific recall of its S-ICD system, and the FDA clearance of the Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system to break up calcified lesions in the coronary arteries.

Feature | March 01, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
March 1, 2021 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
Remote cardiac monitoring vendor RhythMedix released its next-generation RhythmStar wearable device with built-in 4G cellular connectivity. The cardiac telemetry monitor can be worn for extended remote monitoring without the need for an additional phone or communication device. 

Remote cardiac monitoring vendor RhythMedix released its next-generation RhythmStar wearable device with built-in 4G cellular connectivity. The cardiac telemetry monitor can be worn for extended remote monitoring without the need for an additional phone or communication device. 

News | Wearables | February 23, 2021
February 23, 2021 — Remote cardiac monitoring vendor RhythMedix released its next-generation RhythmStar wearable device...
product comparison charts for cardiology and health IT systems
Feature | February 12, 2021
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) magazine maintains more than 50 comparison charts of product...
Figure 1: Picture of the Emblem S-ICD Subcutaneous Electrode with an arrow showing where separation usually happens (distal to the proximal sense ring).

Figure 1: Picture of the Emblem S-ICD Subcutaneous Electrode with an arrow showing where separation usually happens (distal to the proximal sense ring).

Feature | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | February 02, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
February 2, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified a recent recall of the Boston Scientific...
The Optimize EP CaRM software integrates data from several EP devices a patients may use and aggregate it into one location.

The Optimize EP CaRM software integrates data from several EP devices a patients may use and aggregate it into one location. 

News | EP Lab | February 02, 2021
February 2, 2021 – Optimize EP, a digital health company focused on transforming cardiac care by improving the current...

The most popular story in the month of January 2021 was on a small study that showed the new iPhone 12 can cause ICDs to stop functioning. COVID-19 content continues to rank among the top stories, including an article on the possible long-term cardiac consequences of COVID-19 infection in COVID long-haulers. 

Feature | February 01, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
February 1, 2021 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
Medtronic's DiamondTemp Ablation (DTA) system is FDA cleared to treat patients with recurrent, symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) and who have been unresponsive to drug therapy. The DiamondTemp system is the first FDA-approved, temperature-controlled, irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation system with diamonds currently available to deliver ablations.

Medtronic's DiamondTemp Ablation (DTA) system is FDA cleared to treat patients with recurrent, symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) and who have been unresponsive to drug therapy. The DiamondTemp system is the first FDA-approved, temperature-controlled, irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation system with diamonds currently available to deliver ablations.

News | Atrial Fibrillation | January 29, 2021
January 29, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Medtronic's DiamondTemp Ablation (DTA)...
Patients with atrial fibrillation are at far greater risk of a catastrophic COVID outcomes, so steps should be taken to reduce AFib risks in addition to precautions against COVID like making, hand washing and social distancing. Images include an electromap from an AF ablation procedure and a COVID-19 from the CDC. 

Patients with atrial fibrillation are at far greater risk of a catastrophic COVID outcomes, so steps should be taken to reduce AFib risks in addition to precautions against COVID like making, hand washing and social distancing. Images include an electromap from an AF ablation procedure and a COVID-19 from the CDC. 

Feature | Atrial Fibrillation | January 27, 2021 | By John D. Day, M.D., T. Jared Bunch, M.D., and Matthew D. LaPlante
In our most challenging and distressing days, it is nice to think about a post-COVID-19 world.  But while this pandemic...
More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell. Interventional X-ray market.

More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Feature | Angiography | January 19, 2021 | By Bhvita Jani
January 19, 2021 – With the postponement of non-essential elective surgeries and medical procedures in 2020 to conserve...
A device programmer showing the suspension of ICD therapies (orange bar, red arrow) with iPhone 12 laying over patient’s chest (green arrow) and fluoroscopy of iPhone 12 showing the circular magnet array (yellow arrow). iPhone 12 can cause ICDs to stop working

A device programmer showing the suspension of ICD therapies (orange bar, red arrow) with iPhone 12 laying over patient’s chest (green arrow) and fluoroscopy of iPhone 12 showing the circular magnet array (yellow arrow). Read the full study

News | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | January 08, 2021
January 8, 2020 — A new study published this week in HeartRhythm, the journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), found...
COVID-19 related topics by far out-paced all other topics in cardiology in 2020 on the DAIC website. Several stories topped the list related to the cardiovascular issues with hydroxychloroquine being used as a treatment for the virus. Top new device technologies in 2020 included European approval of the Abbott Tendyne transcatheter mitral valve, FDA approval of Medtronic's new Micra AV pill-sized pacemaker, and FDA clearance of the first drug-eluting stent with short-duration dual-antiplatelet therapy.

COVID-19 related topics by far out-paced all other topics in cardiology in 2020 on the DAIC website. Several stories topped the list related to the cardiovascular issues with hydroxychloroquine being used as a treatment for the virus. Top new device technologies in 2020 included European approval of the Abbott Tendyne transcatheter mitral valve, FDA approval of Medtronic's new Micra AV pill-sized pacemaker, and FDA clearance of the first drug-eluting stent with short-duration dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT).

Feature | December 28, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are the top 25 best performing articles on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) website from 2020....
Demonstrations videos of new technologoies are among the most popular video content on the DAIC website each year. Included this year are videos showing how it install a subcutaneous ICD, CT photo-realistic rendering, How to implants the Micra leadless pacemaker and many others.

Demonstrations videos of new technologoies are among the most popular video content on the DAIC website each year. Included this year are videos showing how it install a subcutaneous ICD, CT photo-realistic rendering, How to implants the Micra leadless pacemaker and many others.

Feature | December 23, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
December 23, 2020 — Demonstrations of new technologies and explanations of how they work are among the most popular...
ECG with paroxysm correct form of atrial flutter. Getty Images

ECG with paroxysm correct form of atrial flutter. Getty Images

News | Atrial Fibrillation | December 23, 2020
December 23, 2020 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) has made two...
With the FDA clearance of the Vital Data Sensor, Biotronik's Biomonitor IIIm features two-in-one detection, providing physicians the ability to monitor for early signs of potential life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and body temperature increases potentially associated with fever.

With the FDA clearance of the Vital Data Sensor, Biotronik's Biomonitor IIIm features two-in-one detection, providing physicians the ability to monitor for early signs of potential life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and body temperature increases potentially associated with fever.

News | Implantable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) | December 22, 2020
December 22, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Biotronik's Vital Data Sensor, which identifies...
Videos | EP Device Monitoring Systems | December 22, 2020
Robert Kowal, M.D., chief medical officer of the Medtronic cardiac rhythm and heart failure division, said there has...