June 2011

Volume 19 Issue 6

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Morton Kern, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Rebecca Kapur
Production Manager
Elizabeth Vasil

Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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Cordis Receives FDA Approval for Exoseal™ Vascular Closure DeviceCordis Corporation announced the approval of the Exoseal™ Vascular Closure Device in the U.S. Exoseal incorporates a number of new advances in technology and simplicity of design to pro…
Manual sheath removal and post careI was wondering if there is any educational information you could recommend that I could share with my ICU and Telemetry units to help them to be more proficient in this area.Thank you, Margaret Frank Email: robertf…
SICP UPDATERegister Today: SICP Annual Meeting, July 28-30, 2011, Boston MARegistration is open and available online at www.sicp.com. Please make your plans to participate in this much-anticipated meeting.   
I recently learned that I could see my real-time x-ray dose while doing a case. My x-ray system (Philips, Bothell, Wash.) has a display (see Figures) on the left side of the monitors that shows my table height, source-to-image distance (SID), and fla…
Our December 2009 Cath Lab Digest article entitled “State of the Union: What is Keeping You Up at Night?” made some predictions about the future of healthcare. One prediction was that a new focus on prevention and chronic disease management would sur…
So much research is happening today in cardiology. Who is doing the research, and where are the patients coming from?There are many hospitals nationwide participating in research as a part of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®). The NCD…
“When I was first taught how to do angiograms, I was told that you never want to leave blood in the sidearm of the sheath. I was to aspirate to make sure there was no clot and then flush with sterile heparinized saline. Now, we are composing a protoc…
One of the Achilles’ heels of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is severe, complex calcification. The presence of severe calcification in vessels may prevent the full balloon dilatation of a lesion. Optimal stent expansion and apposition are t…
Cath Lab Digest talks with Wissam Gharib, MD, FACC, FSCAI, West Virginia University Heart Institute, West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, West Virginia, about his use of the left ventricular assist Impella device (Abiomed, Danvers, Mass.).…