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Morton Kern, MD
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Laurie Gustafson
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Rebecca Kapur
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Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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November 2004

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Volume 12 Issue 11
Group Members Respond to...Defining a "normal" cath Creating in-house criteria a goal Re: Your question 1. A lack of any significant coronary vascular disease (lesions of Re: question 2. I've no idea on the generally accepted numbers of ‘norma…
Our facility is no exception. Florida Cath Lab is a small outpatient cardiovascular catheterization facility located in Orlando, Florida. The facility is a freestanding lab with a small staff that includes one ARRT, one RCIS, three RNs, and a registr…
Boston Scientific Announces FDA Clearance For New IQ Guide Wire Boston Scientific Corporation has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its new coronary IQ Guide Wire in the United States. The Company…
New IVUS Codes Were Adopted October 1 On October 1, 2004, Medicare adopted new intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) inpatient ICD-9-CM procedure codes to more accurately reflect the use of IVUS in hospitals. The new coding was developed through the joint…
In the J. Gerard Mudd Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, we perform a wide range of diagnostic and interventional procedures, including right and left heart catheterization (PTCA), atherectomy, aortic and mitral valvuloplasty, coronary and periphera…
Questions for...Richard J. Gray, MD, FACC, Medical Director, Sutter Pacific Heart Centers San Francisco, California How has your role evolved as the center was being built and then opened to patients? My background is that of a clinical cardiologi…
Some current clinical trials use late loss as a key data point. Can you help us understand what late loss is? Late loss is the difference in millimeters between the diameter of a stented segment post-procedure compared with the follow-up angiogram a…
As a result, in 1999, I began developing what is now the ReValving system stent. After developing the initial steps of this concept, I decided to stop surgery and devote all my time to CoreValve, because I knew that if we could achieve a successful p…
Letter from the President Dear Members and Friends, As summer winds down and we head into the fall, I would again like to take a couple of moments to catch up with you all. I hope this letter finds you all well and ready for the season’s change.…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Our cath lab facility consists of two separate entities on the Mayo Medical Center campus. We have five adult procedure rooms, one pediatric procedure room and one EECP room a…