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Rebecca Kapur
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Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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June 2007

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Volume 15 Issue 6
Five-year Fractional Flow Reserve Data Confirms Benefit of Stenting Deferral Radi PressureWire® System Provides Definitive Information About Which Lesions To Stent And Those Which May Be Deferred Patients treated based on fractional flow reserve (F…
Mistake #1: Not planning for the proper amount of time. How many meetings have you attended where the presenter says, I've got a lot of slides. We're going to fly through this information. Stay with me, since we only have a short period of time? Fo…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? I wanted to work in a critical care environment, and as an LPN, options were limited. The cath lab was as close as I could get to doing critical care. I started in the invasive vascular p…
In the Patient’s Shoes I remember how upsetting it was for me when I got triaged and still had to wait for several more hours to be seen by a doctor. When I was a patient (and everybody knows nurses and doctors make the worst patients), I wanted hel…
CHAPTER NETWORKING The Chapter Networking Group meets regularly via conference call. If you are considering organizing a chapter and have questions, or if you already have organized a chapter and can give advice, etc., please join us. Calls are eve…
Because the true size of coronary arteries is unknown, it is common practice in many labs to give NTG before every angiogram. Enhanced vasomotor tone is often evident during angioplasty and can be clearly seen when IC NTG is used to produce maximal v…
Each issue of Cath Lab Digest includes a spotlight interview, generally authored by a cath lab manager. The interview begins with a question about the size of the cath lab and number of staff members. As a former cath lab manager, I understand the fr…
The hybrid cath lab is a new concept for delivering advanced patient care. In a hybrid application, the cath lab doubles as an operating room so that a patient undergoing a cardiac cath procedure can immediately have surgery if required. This cutting…
Recently, there has been an increased focus in the field of interventional cardiology on proper techniques. What has sparked renewed interest on this topic? When drug-eluting stents (DES) were first introduced, restenosis rates were so low that the…
What type of procedures are performed at your facility? UHS Cath Labs perform about 15,686 procedures annually, approximately 300 procedures per week. We perform various cardiac and peripheral interventions, including adult diagnostic heart studies…