Issue Highlights

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 23:12
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) related to the use of contrast agents can lead to an increase in morbidity, mortality, and increased costs. CIN can be a serious consequence post coronary angiography, but can be significantly reduced or prevented by adequate peri-procedural administration of intravenous sodium chloride. | Read More
Mon, 07/09/2018 - 22:52
Guide catheter extensions — the GuideLiner (Teleflex) (Figure 1) and the Guidezilla (Boston Scientific) (Figure 2) — are tremendous tools that have been added to the armamentarium of interventional devices often necessary for the success of complex percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in difficult coronary anatomy. | Read More
Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:23
We report a case of a leadless pacemaker embolization to the pulmonary artery and the potential difficulties with successful retrieval. Combining the theorized retrieval instructions with the experience of this case, we propose a retrieval protocol for future cases of leadless pacemaker embolization. | Read More


Tue, 07/10/18 - 2:22pm

Device Uniquely Addresses the Challenge of Blind TEE Probe Intubation 

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Tue, 07/10/18 - 2:17pm

NIH-unded research led by Dr. Rie Sakai-Bizmark has potential to save the lives of hundreds of newborn babies annually

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Morton J. Kern, MD, MSCAI, FACC, FAHA

Recently, manual compression has emerged as a potentially viable alternative to shorter radial artery hemostasis times.

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Volume 26 - Issue 7 - July 2018   |   295 reads

Marc Toth, CMAA, CEO, ACA Cardiovascular, Tucson, Arizona


If the potential change in Medicare reimbursement includes allowing cardiac interventions and cardiac rhythm management procedures to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), we can expect to see a significant increase in cardiologists’ and electrophysiologists’ interest in ASCs, along with increasing concern from hospitals about the loss of these patients and the associated revenue.

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Volume 26 - Issue 7 - July 2018   |   177 reads

Lorraine Buck, Vice President, Corazon, Inc.

More than ever, providers must have a handle on cardiac catheterization laboratory performance, as it will be invaluable to creating a competitive edge in terms of clinical, operational, and financial performance. The first step is an assessment of current operations.

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Volume 26 - Issue 7 - July 2018   |   71 reads

This month, I welcome Laiq Raja, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Jason Mendivil, DPM, and Lorie Henderson, APRN, MSN, NP-C. Their approach to a critical limb ischemia (CLI) care pathway is not only saving limbs, but changing lives one leg at a time.  — Gary Clifton, Vice President, Terumo Business Edge

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Volume 26 - Issue 7 - July 2018   |   703 reads

Shannon Glover, RN, BSN, CNOR, Department Manager, Sally Weiman, RT(R), Coronary Specialist, 

Inventory Coordinator, Peoria, Illinois

The cath lab at UnityPoint Health – Methodist is part of a service line that includes interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, echo, open heart surgery, and heart failure, and a cardiology physicians’ practice that includes all of the physicians necessary to support these services. We are located in the heart of Peoria, Illinois. There has been a “unification” with two other area hospitals, Proctor Community Hospital and Pekin Hospital. Our staff and physicians serve all 3 institutions.

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Volume 26 - Issue 7 - July 2018   |   237 reads



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