Cardiac electrophysiologists (EPs) – like many other medical and surgical subspecialists in New York City – are volunteering and being reassigned to care for ill patients with coronavirus (COVID-19), their cath lab skills put to rest for the time being. EP is a procedure-based field, comprised of many “elective” cases that nonetheless improve symptoms and extend life. Amidst the pandemic, EP labs throughout the country are ramping down to solely handle ...

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At 5:07 p.m. on July 27 of last year, my pager's beep pierced the bustle of the hospital hallway: "CARDIAC ARREST. 6GS room 356 bed 2. Need cards STAT." It was only seven minutes into my first overnight call as a cardiology ("cards") fellow, and I felt like I'd received a code-dose shot of epinephrine. In a most un-doctorly manner, I sprinted up the four flights of stairs to the ward. Panting, ...

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