RAP and BEAT: downsize without compromise

EuroIntervention 2017;13:e503-e504 published online e-edition August 2017. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV13I5A78

Ferdinand Kiemeneij
Ferdinand Kiemeneij*, MD, PhD; Tim P. van de Hoef, MD, PhD
Department of Cardiology, Tergooi, Blaricum, the Netherlands

Irrespective of the outcome of this study, “RAP and BEAT” deserves an award for the most original acronym. In the world of hip hop music, RAP BEAT is a way to spread critical, uncompromising messages, and this is exactly what our Japanese colleagues, under the auspices of the Slender Club Japan (SCJ), have been doing for 10 years. Their message is to “downsize without compromise”.

The use of the radial artery as the default access site for coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) undoubtedly reflects an important practice-changing innovation in interventional cardiology. Downsizing equipment is not a goal ...

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