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Rebecca Kapur
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Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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April 2008

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Volume 16 Issue 4
The dots in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) interventions finally get connected through the robust results of the Thrombus Aspiration during Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (TAPAS), published in the recent edition of the New Eng…
At Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2007, you presented an abstract entitled, “A clinical risk score for prediction of stent thrombosis using prospective data from real-world use of the TAXUS Express Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent.” How cou…
Can you tell us about your cath lab? Under the directorship of Samin K. Sharma, MD, FACC, the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital performed 4,908 interventions in 2007, out of which 400 endovascular interventions were done. The…
To quote the song lyrics, “Should I stay or should I go?” is the question you inevitably will ask yourself when considering a move from your current position. Indeed, there may be many opportunities within cardiovascular services, but are they really…
Case HistoryAn 80-year-old male patient presented to his primary care physician with reoccurring panic attacks and dyspnea; the panic attacks and symptoms were worse at night. He was unsuccessfully treated with anti-anxiety medications, and visited t…
What is orbital atherectomy and how does it differ from rotational atherectomy? Orbital atherectomy is a promising new methodology for treating symptomatic peripheral arterial disease within the major and branch arteries of the leg. It is performed w…
“We have some physicians that do unusual things when trying to analyze valves. What is the correct way?” — RCIS Online student Part I. There really isn’t a ‘right’ way to do it, as long as you get the proper information. However, there are some…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? Our facility has 1 dual-use lab. It functions both as a cardiac cath lab and an interventional radiology (IR) lab. Currently, our staff consists of: • 8 part time register…
One of the most stimulating and fun activities in the cath lab is the discovery of a new way to do things. Despite more than 20 years working in the cath lab, I continue to learn something new almost every month. The source of this information comes…
Study Finds Economic Advantages for 64-Slice CT, SPECT Concludes History of CAD a Factor in Economic Effectiveness of Non-Invasive Methods A multi-center study has found the cost savings of the two leading non-invasive methods for detecting coronar…