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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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December 2007

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Volume 15 Issue 12
New Questions for December 2007 No. of Peripheral IVs How many peripheral IVs are inserted prior to catheterization procedures? We have always placed two, but some in our lab feel it is not necessary, and others feel it is. We were hoping to get s…
Beta-blockers are used for a variety of different situations. You will see them used for heart rate control, blood pressure management, long-term angina treatment and cardiomyopathy, just to name a few. This topic can generally be a 2- to 3-hour lect…
Our cath lab team consists of the following: five RNs, four RT(R)s, one cardiovascular technologist (CVT)/ Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS), two clerical/support staff, and one cath lab director. We are under the direction of an a…
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, home of the Texas Heart Institute, figures prominently in the campus of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. It boasts one of the largest cardiac catheterization laboratories in the world, devoting three labs to…
Can you briefly describe the Paclitaxel-Eluting PTCA balloon catheter in Coronary Artery Disease (PEPCAD)-I SVD and II-ISR trials? These two trials follow a pilot study done by Scheller et al, published in the New England Journal of Medicine1 in 200…
Sameer Mehta, MD, FACC, MBA, is studying ST-elevation myocardial infarction interventions in his work with the Primary PCI and the Single INdividual Community Experience REgistry for Primary PCI (SINCERE) Database at 5 community hospitals in Miami, F…
We well know that many metallic devices implanted in the heart may create problems in the very intense magnetic field of MR imaging. From several excellent reviews,1,2 we can better appreciate the interaction of magnetic resonance imaging and the met…
You also cite the study by Omran in Lancet which is oft quoted by fellows to prove that the valve should not be crossed (Omran H, Schmidt H, Hackenbroch M, et al. Silent and apparent cerebral embolism after retrograde catheterisation of the aortic va…
The cardiovascular service line, and especially the diagnostic and interventional cardiology departments have long fostered a team approach to care, through cross-training of staff, an all-for-one approach to staffing and case coverage, and even team…