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Rebecca Kapur
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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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October 2008

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Volume 16 Issue 10
Vascular Solutions Launches EXPRO Elite™ Snare Vascular Solutions, Inc. recently announced its U.S. launch of the EXPRO Elite Snare in partnership with Radius Medical Technologies. The EXPRO Elite Snare is a unique one-piece medical device designed…
The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals held the SICP 2008 annual meeting in Las Vegas on July 31-August 2, 2008. The conference focused on the needs of today’s cardiovascular professional. Cath lab professionals came from cardiovascular…
Multiple new and ongoing questions from readers. Your responses are welcome! Answer or pose a question at cathlabdigest@aol.com Patients without Accompanying Family or Friend I work at a university-based teaching facility in the cath lab. Our ele…
Your patient has atrial fibrillation, chest pain and a positive stress test with risk factors for coronary disease, and is planning to undergo cardiac catheterization. The international normalized ratio (INR) is 2.2. When is it safe to perform corona…
Vascular closure devices (VCDs) provide simple, painless and reliable hemostasis following endovascular procedures performed via femoral arterial access. Their use has enhanced patient comfort and satisfaction, shortened the time to ambulation and pr…
Abstract Background. Vascular closure devices (VCDs) improve patient comfort and decrease time to ambulation. However, VCD studies have excluded patients with high-risk femoral artery anatomy; we examined the safety and efficacy of clip-based extrav…
Building a top cardiovascular program is not a matter of simply throwing open the doors and announcing to the world that you are providing these services. Climbing to the top or staying there requires keeping up with the latest advances in technology…
Reams of Data Spanning Months, Years, Decades – Managing Patient Information for Anticoagulation Therapy Is the Final Frontier in Multidisciplinary CV Solutions When Cardiovascular Services, the Pharmacy and the HealthCare Improvement Division (HID)…
Time to Update Scheduling Methods Whiteboards and schedule books have long been the mainstay of cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) scheduling, but with the advent of less costly PC-based systems, cardiology departments can now display procedur…
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare angiographic finding with a female preponderance and is usually associated with the peripartum period, cocaine use, severe hypertension or physical stress.1 The markedly heightened coronary shee…