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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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April 2004

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Volume 12 Issue 4
Topic Under Discussion: Turnover Times We are a multi-tasking (Cath, PCI, EPS, implants, peripheral, pediatrics, etc.) cath lab dept. of 6, growing into 8 labs this year. One of our issues that we are tackling right now are turn-over times. We ave…
Dr. Robert A. Bruce, the father of exercise cardiology and a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington (UW), died February 12, 2004 in his Seattle home. He was 87. Bruce was best known for developing the treadmill test that is no…
Dear Editor, I read with interest the article, The Role of Radiographic Contrast Media in Invasive Angiographic Procedures: Innocent Bystander or Important Player?, by Warren K. Laskey, MD, published in the February 2004 edition of Cath Lab Digest…
I have worked at Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) for 7 years in the cath lab and as manager for the past 3 years. My career in healthcare first began in 1968, working in ICU as a Respiratory Therapist for 16 years. After I became aware of hea…
New Study Links Aspirin Resistance to Heart Muscle Death During Interventional Procedures Patients who do not respond adequately to aspirin therapy are more likely to experience heart muscle damage when undergoing coronary interventions. Aspirin…
Study Challenges Cholesterol Recommendations New research shows high levels of statins given to people who have just been hospitalized with heart attacks or high-risk unstable angina not only prevented future events but also saved lives. These findi…
Miravant’s PhotoPoint PDT May Stabilize Atherosclerotic Vulnerable Plaque and Prevent Disease Progression Miravant Medical Technologies, a pharmaceutical development company specializing in PhotoPoint® photodynamic therapy (PDT), announced preclini…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Our cath lab facility consists of 2 cardiac cath labs, control room, reading room, a 5-bay holding area and support space. Within the next six months, we will be adding a third…
Can you describe the DEScover Registry? The purpose of this registry is to characterize the use of drug-eluting stents in a real-world setting as well as the outcomes of patients treated with these stents. Most of the information we have about drug-…
The Economic Importance of Your Cardiovascular Program Cardiovascular (CV) care has been described as medicine’s single largest enterprise, accounting for 20 percent of U.S. healthcare costs and over $200 billion in hospital-based treatment. A CV pr…