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Rebecca Kapur
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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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July 2006

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Volume 14 Issue 7
Nearly 20 percent of all percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) are performed at a bifurcation. Moreover, bifurcation and ostial lesions remain one of the more challenging coronary interventions faced by interventional cardiologists in our drug-el…
Mark A. Turco, MD, FACC, FSCAI is an interventional cardiologist who is the Director of the Center of Cardiac & Vascular Research at Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland. He has significant experience in clinical trial research, w…
They had not seen each other since the meeting last year, but as good long-time friends, their conversation flowed spontaneously, as if they saw each other every day. They are: Bob, a senior cardiovascular product line manager from the southeastern p…
Chapter News The SICP’s Gulf Coast Chapter held their first RCIS review course June 10-11, 2006. The SICP was proud to support the Gulf Coast Chapter in this mutually beneficial event. SICP’s focus on education continues to grow and with the suppo…
Kerberos Completes First Clinical Cases with New Peripheral Rinspiration® System Kerberos Proximal Solutions, Inc. has successfully completed its first series of cases with the new Peripheral Rinspiration® Catheter System. The Peripheral Rinspiratio…
Hello fellow RCISs, I worked in the cath lab for 23 years before going on worker's comp due to excessive lead apron time. The last lab I worked in had a huge turnover due to physician interference, favoritism and good ideas falling on deaf ears. I…
We have 18 full-time clinical staff, consisting of RNs, RT(R)s, and CVTs. The staff that are employed here all have significant amounts of interventional radiology, cath lab, and cardiology experience. The average experience for our staff is over fiv…
Approximately how many are chronic total occlusion (CTO) patients? Eight to ten percent are CTO attempts. What is your crossing success rate? Our crossing rate now is in the range of 80%. There are nine interventionalists working at the St. Luke’…
Launched February 24, 2006 at the Third International Chronic Total Occlusion Summit (New York, NY) the Asahi Tornus® specialty catheter (Abbott Vascular Devices, Redwood City, CA) is a new catheter for crossing chronic total occlusions in both coron…
Presented at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s third international CTO Summit, held in February 2006, several renowned investigators highlighted new methods and success rates for crossing chronic total occlusions with the latest innovative app…