November 2007

Volume 15 Issue 11

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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New Questions Ambulation, T&S Questions 1. Does anyone ambulate patients to the lab (elective outpatients only)? Do they have criteria to assist with the decision to wheel or walk? 2. Do other labs require a type and screen on all patients pr…
Why did you choose to work in the invasive cardiology field? Honestly, I just wanted to learn more about cardiology. I had seen the surgical aspect and I wanted to experience the less invasive side of cardiology. I had no idea it would lead to a ca…
In The Clinical and Economic Impact of Measuring Fractional Flow Reserve, Dr. Matar has presented an insightful discussion on his use of physiologic measurements in his very busy clinical practice, specifically, the pressure-wire derived fractional f…
Introduction Standard of care at most hospitals and interventional cardiology practices is for the attending physician (or fellow) to perform the femoral artery puncture required for vascular access. The advent of vascular closure devices has also d…
What are the criteria you utilize to determine whether or not to use a pressure guidewire in a particular case? Visual estimation of the stenosis. As you know, patients with coronary artery disease don’t necessarily have one area that is severe. Typ…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? The Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute boasts one of the nation’s largest cardiology groups. Our cath lab consists of three lab suites supported by 38 staff members. Our c…
Dr. Charles Dotter performed the first-ever percutaneous transluminal angioplasty in 1964.1 Since the first transluminal angioplasty, the numbers of interventional procedures performed have exploded worldwide. Initial percutaneous vascular interventi…
Dr. Larry S. Dean is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Director of the University of Washington Regional Heart Center at the University of Washington Academic Medical Center. He served his inte…