February 2013

Volume 21 Issue 2

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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North Oaks Medical Center has two cardiac cath labs and a four-bay pre-procedure/post-procedure holding area. Currently, we have six radiologic technologists (RTs) and six registered nurses (RNs), with experience ranging from 1 to 26 years.
We present a case of thrombotic occlusion of the first septal perforator branch resulting in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated successfully with selective glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor infusion and balloon angioplasty.
“Why do I have more on-call than the next person on this schedule? This is not justifiable. I always get stuck with on-call…[grumble, grumble].” And so it goes!
Depending on whether I am excluding or confirming the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease, I can start off with a Corus CAD test and potentially eliminate some noninvasive testing.
Isolated single coronary artery with origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) from the left circumflex artery (LCX) is a rare coronary artery anomaly. Depending on the course of the RCA, this finding may be benign or may place the patient at increas…
Patel et al1 describe balloon-assisted tracking (BAT) of a guide catheter for effectively negotiating radial arteries with a smaller caliber, extreme tortuosity, spasm or atherosclerosis. 
Objective. To introduce to the invasive and interventional cardiology community a novel formula for simplistic calculations of the orifice areas of stenotic semilunar and cuspid valves. 
I am not sure how prevalent it is to close IABP access sites, but I started doing it about 10 years ago with great success. Some cardiologists I have worked with do prefer that the IABP sites be closed, if possible.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for catheterization laboratory technologists are predicted to increase 24% between 2008 and 2018. But the cath lab isn’t the only area that requires strong, experienced leadership. Indust…
We describe a case in which fragment retrieval using the twin wire method11 was unsuccessful; this resulted in penetration of the aortic wall by the proximal side of the fractured wire fragment.