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February 2005

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Volume 13 Issue 2
Abbott Announces New Trial in Stroke Prevention: ACT I ACT I will study the potential benefits of minimally invasive carotid stenting in patients who normally would have surgery Abbott will begin enrolling patients during the first quarter of 2005…
Early Intervention Favored for Some Chest Pain Patients Medicine alone may not offer best quality of life for patients with moderate heart attack risk Routine angiography and revascularization procedures, if indicated, appear to offer better qual…
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience, who provides health care in an expanded specialty role. Nurse practitioners fall under the umbrella term of physician extender, mid-level practitioner, o…
The admission and recovery areas house 39 beds and are divided into three Team Centers. Each center is responsible for a specific area of patient care: Team Center A - admissions and pediatrics Team Center B - outpatient recovery, electrophysio…
My instructor tells me to keep my x-ray exposure as low as possible. What can I do to minimize my exposure? We use the acronymn ALARA: As Low As Reasonably Achievable. To do this you must stay as far away as possible while still being able to do yo…
Non-Surgical CryoPlasty Therapy May Save Legs, Early Research Suggests One hundred percent of people facing almost-certain amputation were successfully treated with a non-surgical therapy that gently cools and opens leg arteries clogged with plaqu…
Why did you choose to work in the CV field? I actually chose to work in invasive cardiology by default. I had always been an intensive care nurse, and did not really have much interest in cardiology. In 1998, while living in St. Croix, I wanted a ch…
What is a professional?, author Georgann Bruski asks in this issue. Many of CLD‘s articles ask that very same question this month, albeit in their own way. Georgann zeroes in on the importance of rising above the individual mindset, and highlights th…
The practice of cardiovascular interventional technology (CVIT) has roots traceable to the late 1950’s, when the first selective catheterization of diseased coronary arteries was performed.1-3 In the early 1960s, radiologists were performing selectiv…