February 2006

Volume 14 Issue 2

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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The methodologies for this fast-growing group of procedures have been well described. For both ASD and PFO, the equipment is generally operator-friendly and the technique for placement relatively straightforward for those performing coronary interven…
Can you help your fellow professionals with the following NEW questions? Fully Cross-Trained Our lab currently has a fully cross-trained staff. Paramedics, RTRs and RCISs are competency trained to give medication and sedation, and the RNs scrub. W…
No, they don’t. While it is true that these patients tend to be more sick, balloon pumps can also be used as an adjunct to high-risk interventional procedures. Most of the time, however, in my experience, these people have had damage to their hearts…
All membership renewal invoices have been mailed or emailed. Please return your membership renewal by February 28, 2006 to minimize membership interruption. You may renew online at www.sicp.com for faster service. You will need your membership ID and…
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, moved from the antiquated first floor 1-lab unit to the ground floor of the new south wing in December of 2004. Our new department has two state-of-the-art la…
Lifestyle Changes Can Quickly Reverse Heart Risks In less than a month, individuals can reverse serious heart disease risk factors by making significant lifestyle changes, researchers are reporting. In an encouraging study conducted on overweight…
Newer, more efficient radiologic systems produce better imaging using low-dose fluoroscopy at 15 frames per second. In this article, we compare a new system to an earlier radiological system in which 15 to 60 frames was used to evaluate acquired radi…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? In 1979, the field of invasive cardiology was relatively new and it was my ambition to be one of the pioneers in the area. I achieved that. Can you describe your role in the CV lab? I a…