August 2010

Volume 18 Issue 8

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Morton Kern, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Rebecca Kapur
Production Manager
Elizabeth Vasil

Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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  A new study by researchers at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has found that women between the ages of 35 and 54 were more likely to die in hospitals following heart attacks than men of a similar age. This finding from a sample of more tha…
  Cambridge Heart, Inc. announced the first patient enrollments in the MTWA-CAD study (Evaluation of Microvolt T-Wave Alternans Testing for the Detection of Active Ischemia in Patients with Known or Suspected Coronary Artery Disease). The study is de…
  Medicare beneficiaries in some parts of the United States appear more likely to receive carotid endarterectomy, whereas those in other regions more often receive stents for the same condition, according to a report in the July 26 issue of Archives…
Tell us about your cath lab.   Bakersfield Heart Hospital is a 47-bed cardiac specialty hospital. The cath lab has four procedure rooms joined by a central control room. Having a central control room works well, since all staff immediately knows when…
Is your facility working to create a hybrid lab?   Yes, the hybrid suites at the University of Washington Medical Center are now in the planning stages. We have two major hospitals in our system. Our other hospital is further along in the process, bu…
Can you share some of your research interests and how the individual risk consent software came about?
  I am an invasive cardiovascular technology student enrolled at Spokane Community College in Spokane, WA, currently finishing my final twelve-week clinical rotation. I am nearing the end of the invasive cardiovascular technology program directed by…
Does your cath lab do acute myocardial infarction patients via the radial approach, and does it interfere with the door-to-balloon time?   Excellent question. At our facility, we prefer to do all ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs) via the…