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  • January, 2015
    Volume 23
    Issue 1

    For the first time in the history of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), we now invite our partners in the lab to become members of the SCAI. We work together, play together, and now learn together as colleagues and partners in bringing the best to our patients in the cath lab. 

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    This month, Cath Lab Digest would like to congratulate...

    This month, Cath Lab Digest would like to congratulate…

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    Compiled by Morton J. Kern with contributions from Malcolm Bell, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; Sam Butman, Verde Valley, Arizona; Kirk Garrett, New York City, New York; Allen Jeremias, Stony Brook, New York; Aaron Kaplan, Dartmouth, New Hampshire; Lloyd Klein, Chicago, Illinois; Ajay Kirtane, Columbia University, New York City,
    New York; Mitchell Krucoff, Duke University, Raleigh, North Carolina; Michael Ragosta, Charlottesville, Virginia;
    George Vetrovec, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; Mladen Vidovich, University of Illinois, Chicago,
    Illinois; Bonnie Weiner, University of Massachusetts, Worchester, Massachusetts.

    A challenging access case required a coronary 0.014-inch wire to deliver a micropuncture sheath into the internal jugular vein (the standard micropuncture wire couldn’t be manipulated into the superior vena cava [SVC]). At some point during the sheath insertion, the distal fragment of the wire broke off (possibly sheared by the needle?).

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    Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI, Chief of Cardiology, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona,
    College of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona

    When embolic protection is not possible, physicians can use this fairly simple technique in order to prevent distal embolization. Although we do not disagree with the utilization of a covered stent for a complex lesion, sometimes the use of a covered stent with the possibility of restenosis or thrombosis is not necessary. 

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    Thomas Waggoner, DO, Richard Kovach, MD, Kintur Sanghvi, MD, Vincent Varghese, DO, and Jon C. George, MD, Department of Interventional Cardiology and Endovascular Medicine, Deborah Heart & Lung Center, Browns Mills, New Jersey

    Percutaneous alcohol septal ablation has received more recent attention as an attractive alternative for drugrefractory hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and can be performed with excellent results and immediate clinical outcomes. We present herein a case of an exaggerated hemodynamic response in a patient with a very focal basal septum obstruction.

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    Ross Swanson, Executive Vice President, Corazon, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    It has become quite apparent that the impact of national healthcare reform is going to be broadly felt across hospital departments, and the confines of the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) are no exception. 

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    J.A. Mustapha, MD, Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, Michigan


    Introducing a new, monthly column for CLD readers, headed by section editor J.A. Mustapha, MD, Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, Michigan. Dr. Mustapha shares his perspective on available therapies for critical limb ischemia and his plans for upcoming columns.

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    Cath Lab Digest talks with David J. Cohen, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine,
    University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Director of Cardiovascular Research,
    Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Missouri.

    There are many causes of angina, but what is very clear from research that has been done over the last several decades is that angina has an important impact on patients’ quality of life. It limits the activities they do, it limits their enjoyment and fulfillment in their daily lives, and it also has an economic burden.

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