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  • February, 2015
    Volume 23
    Issue 2

    Cath Lab Digest talks with:

    Lawrence Garcia, MD, on the DEFINITIVE trials and directional atherectomy’s success in the lower extremities;


    DEFINITIVE looked at directional atherectomy in the treatment of lower extremity disease.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 2 - February, 2015   |   1,232 reads

    Cath Lab Digest talks with:

    Jonathan R. Boyle, MD, on minimizing contrast-induced nephropathy in peripheral interventions;

     My interest in CIN began about 12 years ago, partly driven by a patient who presented with an ischemic leg as the result of an embolization from an aneurysm.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 2 - February, 2015   |   1,365 reads

    Cath Lab Digest talks with:

    Enrico Ascher, MD, on when we should treat critical limb ischemia patients with bypass surgery;



    Too many of us are jumping on the bandwagon to say that all limb salvage procedures, and all patients who have claudication, are candidates for endovascular procedures. However, there are a substantial number of patients where endovascular procedures may not be the most suitable, or at least the most durable, procedure for them.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 2 - February, 2015   |   1,221 reads

    Orlando Marrero, RCIS, MBA, Tampa, Florida, with cases by Zaheed Tai, DO, FACC, FSCAI, Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Florida and Kaylan K. Veerina MD, Opelousas General Health System, Opelousas, Louisiana

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    Compiled by Morton Kern from contributions from Richard Bach, MD, St. Louis, Missouri; John Bittl, MD, Ocala, Florida; Barry Borlaug, MD, Rochester, Minnesota; Greg Dehmer, MD, Temple, Texas; Kirk Garrett, MD, New York, New York; Lloyd Klein, MD, Chicago, Illinois; Mitch Krucoff, MD, Durham, North Carolina; Gus Pichard, MD, Washington, D.C.; Habib Samady, MD, Atlanta, Georgia; and Bonnie Weiner, MD, Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Do people think that aggressive hydration combined with typical procedural blood loss could push the Hgb down by 3gms, or am I fooling myself?

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    Volume 23 - Issue 2 - February, 2015   |   2,218 reads

    Amy Newell, Vice President, Corazon, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Every year, the month of February is an exciting time for cardiac programs across the country – it is National Heart Month, and also the traditional time for “Go Red for Women” recognition. These efforts across the country are aimed at promoting awareness of heart disease in a way that speaks to the masses.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 2 - February, 2015   |   1,242 reads

    David Wohns, MD, Medical Director, and Ryan Madder, MD, 

    Kresge Cardiac Cath Labs, Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute, 

    Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    In the delivery of high quality healthcare, patient safety is always a major concern of providers and the public. The safety of healthcare workers frequently receives significantly less attention.

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    Volume 23 - Issue 2 - February, 2015   |   1,606 reads

    Thomas Waggoner, DO, Richard Kovach, MD, and Jon C. George, MD, 

    Division of Interventional Cardiology and Endovascular Medicine, 

    Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, New Jersey

    The anatomic nature of percutaneous stenting of aorto-ostial lesions remains an angiographic challenge for interventional cardiologists. There are greater than 300,000 aorto-ostial stenting procedures performed worldwide each year.1-2 Herein, we present an interesting case of an aorto-ostial percutaneous coronary intervention using the Flash Ostial Balloon of a right coronary artery chronic total occlusion via a retrograde approach. 

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    Volume 23 - Issue 2 - February, 2015   |   2,241 reads