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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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October 2010

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Volume 18 Issue 10
EVEREST II Data Show Clinical Benefit From Mitral Valve Clip Device A percutaneous mitral valve clip designed to stop mitral valve regurgitation demonstrated clinical benefit as measured by the degree of mitral regurgitation, according to a study pre…
We recently were performing a right heart catheterization on a patient. Our policy is that all patients get oxygen during their procedure. We had a debate about whether we should do this for the right heart cath portion. – Orlando, Florida Cath Lab T…
Does your physician do any peripherals through the radial artery?
Many hospitals across the country are facing the same or similar challenges: the need to reduce expenses and/or pressure to enhance revenue. Initiatives to achieve these and other more detailed financial goals affect all levels of the organization, a…
Almost 10 years ago, Cath Lab Digest’s September 2001 issue included the article, “The Process of Developing Competencies for Cath Lab Skills: “To perc, or not to perc; that is the question…” by Gerald Lagasse, available online at http://tinyurl.com/…
There are many tests and procedures in medicine, and specifically in cardiology, that require patients to take nothing by mouth (NPO) for several hours before the procedure. NPO has been the standard of care for cardiac cath since its inception, beca…
Let’s face it, when it comes to myocardial ischemia, minutes count. Period. The nationwide door-to-balloon (D2B) guideline is under 90 minutes, but we all know major adverse cardiac events (MACE), necrosis of heart muscle, and reducing permanent wall…
Balloon angioplasty/stenting has emerged as a highly effective revascularization procedure for renal artery stenosis (RAS).1 The major complications of balloon angioplasty of the renal artery are dissection, perforation and thrombosis.2 Use of balloo…
Chronic total occlusions (CTO) in the coronary circulation present a major challenge for the interventional cardiologist. The past few years have witnessed the development of novel techniques and devices to successfully revascularize this difficult…
The Robert J. Dole Veteran Affairs Medical Center contains two cath labs, a GE Innova 3100 lab and a GE Innova 4100 lab (GE Medical Systems, Waukesha, WI). In these labs, we not only do cardiac caths and coronary interventions, but interventional rad…