Issue Highlights

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:24

The following case is the third in a series of transradial-focused reports directed by section editor Dr. Samir Pancholy. This case series is supported by an educational grant from Medtronic.

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:15

A 46-year-old female presented with a non-healing wound on the right foot. Duplex ultrasound suggested an occluded distal right superficial femoral artery (SFA). Single leg right lower extremity arteriogram runoff revealed the 100% occlusion in the distal right SFA before Hunter’s canal (Figure 1), mild atherosclerotic disease in the right profunda femours, and 3-vessel runoff to the right foot.

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Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:07

Alan Cribier, in Europe, has been doing a minimalist approach long before us, so the idea came from him. Dr. Babaliaros had trained with Dr. Cribier in 2004. We decided to try some of the things in the U.S. that Dr. Cribier is doing in France, which is basically what we call the minimalist approach (a name which doesn’t actually reflect the complexities of this type of procedure).

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Thu, 10/30/14 - 2:35pm

(Okayama, Japan, 29 October 2014) Researchers at Okayama University in collaboration with several medical centres in Japan have demons

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Thu, 10/30/14 - 9:58am

October 28, 2014 — A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-relate

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Tue, 10/28/14 - 9:30am

Team approach will smooth transition home for patients, reduce readmissions

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Mon, 10/27/14 - 9:59am

BURLINGTON, Mass. – October 27, 2014 – Infraredx, Inc.

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Jeff Chambers, MD, Medical Director, Nancy Hintz, RN, BSN, CCRN, Cath Lab Manager, Samantha Ratka, CVT, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Mercy Hospital has five total cath laboratories. Two rooms are dedicated to electrophysiology, one room is predominately for peripheral intervention, and the other two rooms are dedicated for coronary procedures.

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Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   1,166 reads

Kristin Truesdell, Decision Support Specialist, Corazon, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kristin is a Decision Support Specialist with Corazon, Inc., offering a full continuum of services for the heart, vascular, neuro, and orthopedic specialties, with consulting, recruitment, interim management, and software solutions for hospitals n

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Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   1,146 reads

Richard E. Kidd, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, RN III Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and MUSC College of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner candidate, The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

Performing RHCs via the antecubital vein is a prudent risk-mitigating and patient comfort strategy, particularly for patients receiving anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy. This paper examines the purpose of RHCs, reviews the experts’ consensus on performing RHCs on anticoagulated patients, and reports the method currently being used to perform RHC from the antecubital vein.


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Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   1,369 reads

Cath Lab Digest talks with Carey Holmquist, Cardiac Manager, and Mike Luedtke, CIS Analyst, St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Montana.

We had a huge need to replace our systems, because everything was outdated and separate, including our echo, cath, and registry submission databases. It was very difficult to manage. In order to minimize downtimes, we wanted a virtual server environment. We were actually the first system for McKesson, outside of the beta sites, to go live in a production environment with virtual servers.

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Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   983 reads

Control Medical Technology, Park City, Utah, announced the FDA cleared, and the company began shipping, the new Aspire RX-LP6 Rapid-Exchange Mechanical Thrombectomy System to remove fresh blood clots and emboli from coronary and peripheral vasculature.

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Volume 22 - Issue 10 - October, 2014   |   1,072 reads