Meeting Update »

“Best Economic Practices Within the Cardiac Cath Lab”: Regional Meeting Exceeds Attendees’ Expectations


94% of the Cath Lab Economics attendees completing the post-meeting survey said they would recommend others from their cath lab attend the meeting. Learn more!

Cath Lab Management »

Understanding the Stochastic Behavior of Procedures Helps to Improve Efficiency Within the Cath Lab


Pieter S. Stepaniak, PhD1,2 1Department of Operating Rooms, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; 2Professor, Healthcare Management and Logistics, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland

To improve the accuracy of cath lab scheduling, Dr. Pieter Stepaniak advocates taking into account the mean time of a cardiologist-procedure combination, rather than the mean time for a coronary angiography procedure as performed by all cardiologists.

Clinical Editor's Corner »

Cath Lab Safety


Morton Kern, MD Clinical Editor; Chief Cardiology, Long Beach Veterans Administration Health Care System, Long Beach, California; Associate Chief Cardiology, Professor of Medicine, University of California Irvine, Orange, California

It’s 3 am and you’re finishing a ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in a 61-year-old woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 (weight 256 lbs, height 5’2”) with a large pannus and protruding abdomen.

Structural Heart »

The MitraClip COAPT Trial and the Status of Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair

By: Cath Lab Digest talks with Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC, Chairman, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Research Center, Plano, Texas; Medical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery, Chairman Cardiovascular Governance Council Baylor Scott & White Health Care System, Dallas, Texas.

In the United States, the FDA has approved a trial called the COAPT trial, where patients with functional mitral regurgitation are optimized on medical therapy, and then randomized between continuing medical therapy and the MitraClip device.

Cath Lab Spotlight »

Cath Lab Spotlight: Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

By: Carol Jane Nauertz, Director, Tereasa Lehan, Senior RN Manager, Carla Lenart, EP RT Supervisor, Glendale, Arizona

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center cath lab has 3 cardiac catheterization labs, 1 electrophysiology (EP) lab, a shared bi-plane room and a shell for future expansion.

New Technology »

Avoiding the Aortic Arch and Using Flow Reversal: Carotid Artery Stenting with the Silk Road System to Reduce Stroke


Cath Lab Digest talks with Richard Cambria, MD, Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Co-Director of the Thoracic Aortic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

The cumulative experience of 400 cases suggests that the Silk Road variation on carotid stenting may be the technical improvement or evolution that makes carotid artery stenting equivalent in perioperative outcomes to carotid endarterectomy, which is the holy grail that carotid stenting has been seeking.

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Exclusive Content

The Anchor-Balloon Technique for Difficult Chronic Total Occlusions

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.