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Rebecca Kapur
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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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July 2009

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Volume 17 Issue 7
Vascular Solutions Introduces New Muskie™ 0.014” Guidewires Vascular Solutions, Inc. recently launched its new Muskie line of 0.014” guidewires. Muskie guidewires offer a range of distal tip stiffness that allow physicians to select an appropriate…
Answer or pose a question at cathlabdigest@aol.com Questions! Staffing Formula Do you have a matrix or formula for cath labs that can calculate the appropriate number and blend of staff for a new cath lab built at our hospital? Email: nancy.ash…
Last month, I visited Dr. Olivier Bertrand at Laval Hospital in Quebec City, Canada, to present a talk on coronary physiology. He and his team showed me their lab and method of performing radial artery catheterization for their 10,000 patients of 200…
To all of our cardiovascular peers, The New Cardiovascular Horizons conference has partnered with The International Society of Advanced Level Medical Imaging Specialist Assistants, Inc., to provide a set of continuing education courses at the 10t…
When I look at the aortic pressure on the monitor during a case, I notice the little line running across the middle. They tell me that is a mean arterial pressure. Why do I need to know that? — Virginia CVT student The mean arterial pressure (MAP…
Can you tell us about your practice and work as founder and medical director of the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute? I founded Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in October 1987, as one of the first multi-disciplinary centers for int…
Introduction We present a 63-year-old male with chronic angina, ischemic cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of 20%. He had coronary artery bypass grafts placed in 1990 and has a bi-ventricular implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD). He prese…
What is mitral regurgitation? Mitral regurgitation (MR) is a condition that occurs when the mitral valve leaks when it should be closed (during contraction of the heart muscle). Mitral valve leakage commonly results from two different sets of proble…
Abstract Background. Catheterization laboratory cardiologists and nurses are downsizing diagnostic catheters to enable earlier patient ambulation without compromising safety. Aims. The team sought to determine the safety and cost effectiveness of am…