Volume 22 - Issue 7 - July 2014

Measurement of Cardiac Output in the Cath Lab: How Accurate is It?

Recently, Dr. Herb Aronow, an interventional cardiologist at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Michigan, asked our interventional cardiologist group the following question about cardiac output (CO):

Overcoming Calcified, Tortuous Access for Large Devices with the SoloPath Balloon-Expandable and Collapsible Sheath

In patients receiving a large device, whether it is a percutaneous aortic valve such as the CoreValve, a thoracic stentgraft, or an abdominal stent graft for an aneurysm, one of the issues has always been access. Can we get there?

Cath Lab Spotlight: Metro Health Hospital Cardiovascular Lab

The first retrograde pedal access case utilizing the new 60 cm Diamondback orbital atherectomy device (Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.) was performed in our lab in March of this year and received local media attention.

Ventricular Septal Defect in an Acute Myocardial Infarction

Ventricular septal rupture can be life threatening, and has a high mortality rate. According to the guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, the best treatment for a VSR is urgent surgical intervention, regardless of the patient’s clinical status.4

Radial Artery Spasm Prevention (RASP Study): A Retrospective Analysis of Oral Pharmacologic Prophylaxis for Prevention of Radial Artery Spasm During Transradial Access for Cardiac Catheterization

The aim of this study was to evaulate the occurrence of radial artery spasm during transradial access cardiac catheterizations in patients previously prescibed and taking oral long-acting nitrates or calcium-channel blockers or the combination of both drugs.

Testing a Risk Predictor Tool: Can It Identify Patients at Higher Risk for Vascular Groin Complication Post Cardiac Cath or PCI?

Northwest Community Hospital looked more closely into risk prediction post cath or PCI by evaluating a tool created to predict groin complications.

Guidewire Hydroglide Technique ‘Booster’

OTW systems can be retrieved without the use of guide wire extension by utilizing the “hydroglide” technique.

Rate of Hospitalization for Severe Heart Attacks in China Quadruples in 10 Years

The rate of hospitalization for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) more than quadrupled in China between 2001 and 2011, according to new research published in The Lancet.

Race a Factor in Mortality in Heart Attack Patients on Clopidogrel

Among patients taking clopidogrel, the one-year mortality rate for African Americans was 7.2 percent, compared with 3.6 percent for Caucasians.

World’s Smallest, Leadless Heart Pacemaker Implanted at Ohio State

It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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