October 2012

Volume 20 Issue 10

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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Can your cath lab certify that it is ahead of the curve in meeting appropriate care standards? Have you or anyone on your cath lab team considered getting third party validation to prove medical necessity in all cases? And, as with any strategic plan…
I frequently visit various cardiac catheterization laboratories both in the US and abroad and watch live cases at various interventional meetings. I find such experiences invaluable for “opening the mind” to new, different, and often better ways to d…
Late in 2010, the Ross Heart Hospital interventional cardiology group at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center took the leap and became a radial-first catheterization practice.
One of the most important medical issues confronting Americans is hypertension. Often referred to by medical practitioners as a silent killer, there are over 68 million Americans who suffer from some form of hypertension.1 It is also the most common…
Stent fracture is a rare complication of coronary stents, occurring primarily in first-generation drug-eluting stents compared to second-generation stents. We present herein a rare case of stent fracture in a patient with Kawasaki’s disease that was…
On October 30, 1958, Mason Sones accidentally pioneered coronary angiograpy at the Cleveland Clinic, directly injecting contrast medium into the right coronary artery. The catheter was threaded into the aorta through a cutdown of the brachial artery.…
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has become a viable alternative to traditional open heart surgery in individuals who have severe aortic valve stenosis and are of high or prohibitive surgical risk.1
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) launched its D2B (door to balloon) Alliance for Quality campaign in 2006. The continuing campaign aims to reduce the D2B time for ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients to 90 minutes or less.
This article features an interview with Vasilis Babaliaros, MD, Associate Director of Structural Heart Disease at Emory University Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the fourth in a series of six articles sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences. At Emory…
Tell us about your hospital and cath lab.Mercy Hospital (formerly St. John’s Regional Health Center) of Springfield, Missouri is a large regional health care provider, level one trauma center and referral institution for a large catchment area.