August 2013

Volume 21 Issue 8

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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An electronic tool provides an opportunity to deliver educational content in a timely fashion to patients with CAD after revascularization and improve compliance with medical therapy as well as lifestyle modification; goals crucial in the prevention…
The RCIS in Maine: Legislation
At the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) annual Scientific Sessions in May 2013, Kimberly Skelding, MD, presented the three-year results of diabetic versus non-diabetic patients in the RESOLUTE US trial.
This case demonstrates that a high-risk procedure can be done with very minimal risk, especially if all the factors that would promote a successful procedure are favorable, and as long as the procedure is performed in a setting where the operator, te…
In the heart catheterization lab, there are four labs with approximately 700 square feet per lab. OMHC has two dedicated cardiac labs and two combo cardiac/peripheral labs.
Patients with end-stage congestive heart failure refractory to medical therapy may benefit from orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT).1 Cardiac allograft vasculopathy is a major cause of allograft failure and mortality after the first year following…
Chronic total occlusions of the superficial femoral artery occur in approximately 40% of patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease. When antegrade revascularization fails or is not feasible, a retrograde approach should be considered.
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) has been validated as a useful tool in the physiological assessment of coronary artery lesions. However, the utility of FFR in saphenous vein graft lesions has not been extensively evaluated.
I asked my expert cath lab colleagues to weigh in on this issue with 3 quick answers on whether forced reduction of D2B time is 1) beneficial for the patient or 2) the hospital or 3) the interventionalist, and if you have time, a short rationale.