Single-Center Device Experience »
Ultrasonic Thrombolysis for Pulmonary Embolism in the Cath Lab: First Two Cases at Banner Desert Medical Center
The rapid improvement of clinical symptoms is remarkable and reason enough to offer this procedure to our patients.
Cath Lab Spotlight »
Craig Sommers, Vice President Cardiac Services & Operations, Madison, Wisconsin
Currently, St. Mary’s has three cath lab suites, two electrophysiology (EP) suites and a hybrid suite. Our team of physicians and staff perform over 3,000 cases per year with American College of Cardiology-National Cardiovascular Data Registry (ACC-NCDR) outcomes in the top quartile.
Access and Closure »
An interview with Brendan Casey, Manager - Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, and Endoscopy, Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, Illinois, about his facility’s use of the Arstasis AXERA Access device.
When we looked at how our processes improved — less hold times, quicker discharge times for outpatients, more rapid ambulation, and improved cardiac telemetry unit nursing time — it became increasingly obvious that this technology would not only save us money, but improve patient and staff experiences.
Cath Lab Management »
Making Peer Review Painless: Interventional Cardiology Catheterization Laboratory Quality Self Improvement Audits and the American Medical Foundation for Peer Review and Education
Andrew Eisenhauer, MD, Donald Cutlip, MD, and Evelyn Baram-Clothier, PhG, JD, The American Medical Foundation for Peer Review and Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
We all recognize that the process of external invited peer review can be unnerving to some, but it is important to acknowledge that, increasingly, we are all under external scrutiny, more than ever before. What can be done to ensure an effective ongoing quality review to provide an “early warning” of issues that may become an important concern?
Ask the Transradial Expert »
Case presented by Orlando Marrero, RCIS, MBA, Tampa, Florida. Case performed by Zaheed Tai, DO, FACC, FSCAI, Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Florida.
We do transradial approach as the default approach for all STEMIs, regardless of age or sex. There are, however, a few things to consider when doing transradial PCI in the elderly. The following is a complex STEMI case performed in an octagenarian.
Cutting Edge »
Interventional cardiologist Dr. Horst Sievert has performed over 50,000 interventions, treating coronary, structural heart, and peripheral artery disease. He is the founder of several international conferences focusing on endovascular and structural heart treatments. An American fellow at Dr. Sievert’s lab, Dr. Sameer Gafoor, was kind enough to ask to Dr. Sievert about his work, philosophy and experience.
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Rajiv Goswami, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, Texas
This report describes intervention on a 73-year-old female with significant left main and triple-vessel coronary artery disease. We describe the sequence of multi-vessel intervention on the left main, obtuse marginal, and left anterior descending coronary artery CTO. Success in this case depended on application of the anchor balloon technique to deliver the balloon catheter for initial dilatation after successful crossing of the CTO with the guide wire.