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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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November 2006

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Volume 14 Issue 11
With the advancing technologies of echo and trans-esophageal echo (TEE), the instances of transeptal heart catheterization (TSHC) is becoming more limited. Some of the indications for TSHC include: (a) Mitral valve analysis; (b) Mitral valvuloplasty;…
Dear Editor, Hello from Denton, Texas. I just read Dr. Kern’s article in the September issue of Cath Lab Digest, DTB Putting the Cath Lab’s Role in Perspective. Just last month our cath lab experienced a DTB time of 28 minutes. Fortunately enough,…
SICP's Annual Meeting The SICP's SoCal Symposium was held September 20-23, 2006 at at San Diego's Kona Kai Resort. I would like to give a huge thank you to all of the participants at our national SICP symposium. I had a great time! Nicole and Ange…
New Questions Sandbags for MC Does your cath lab routinely employ sandbags following manual compression for sheath removal? How long do you leave the sandbags on? Are sandbags utilized for all manual sheath removals or is it sheath-size dependent…
Abbott Reports Initial Results from World’s First Clinical Trial Featuring a Fully Bioabsorbable Drug-Eluting Coronary Stent Early Data on First 30 Patients Enrolled in Ongoing Study Presented at TCT Early clinical results from Abbott's ongoing ABS…
FDA Grants Priority Review For Arixtra® (fondaparinux Sodium) in the Treatment of Acute Coronary Syndromes GlaxoSmithKline plc announced that the supplemental new drug application for its anticoagulant product Arixtra® (fondaparinux sodium) Injectio…
The Impact of DES Since their introduction in 2003, drug-eluting stents (DES) have shown clear and substantial benefits in patients with coronary artery disease. Compared to their predecessors, bare-metal stents (BMS), DES reduce rates of restenosis…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? I re-enlisted to be trained in the cath lab for my 2nd enlistment in the Army. I felt it would be a good career choice, but little did I know that I would, literally, fall in love with my…