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September 2005

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Volume 13 Issue 9
Most of us have a pretty close relationship with our lead apron. We take the time to choose an apron that reflects our style and preferences. The color, function, weight, logo and name, with applicable initials, are all very important decisions that…
Left upper arm discomfort after a PCI Have any of you noticed swelling of the upper extremities on patients who have had prolonged cuff blood pressure monitoring during and after PCIs? One of our cardiologists had a patient who complained of left up…
What types of procedures are performed at your facility? Bay Medical performs diagnostic right and left heart catheterizations, coronary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and stent placement, permanent pacemakers, implantable ca…
Many hospitals and physicians are feeling the impact of changes that are taking place within the field of peripheral intervention. Many of these changes are directly related to technology and the physician component. John Goodman & Associates (JG…
When evaluating clinical trials of DES, which endpoints do you think are most important? Target lesion revascularization (TLR) is the first endpoint I look at when evaluating a clinical trial. There are two types of TLR: clinicall driven and angiogr…
Orienting new staff to a procedural area can be exciting and challenging. Precepting may be viewed by many as a simple process of instructions and oversight of competency, when in fact it is an intricate cycle of assessing, planning, implementing and…
The prevailing cause of mitral stenosis (MS) is a progressive reaction to an injury caused by one of the major manifestations of rheumatic fever (RF): rheumatic carditis. The mitral is the valve most commonly prone to suffer a rheumatic process. Ther…
9. PMV in special situations 9.1. Pregnant patients. MS primarily affects young women at reproductive age. Thus, pregnancy in MS patients is a common clinical problem in countries with high rheumatic disease rates. An obstruction of the mitral valve…
Hyperemia Myocardial blood flow is regulated by changes in vascular resistance at the level of the arterioles. As the oxygen demands of the myocardium increase, the arteriole beds dilate to increase blood flow to the region. Similarly, when a flow-l…
Cardiac catheterization remains the standard for diagnosis and treatment of various cardiovascular conditions. Although cardiac catheterization in a laboratory environment is a sterile process, any surgical procedure carries some risk of infection.1,…