September 2013

Volume 21 Issue 9

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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Loyola University Medical Center, in Maywood, Illinois, has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes Loyola’s commitment and success in implementing an exceptional standa…
It’s 1 am and my beeper goes off. The readout says, “STEMI in ED, bed 5.” I have a beeper (read “pager”) — an old-fashioned, on my belt, gray button beeper.
Email notice of credentialing, job changes, promotions, etc., to us at This month, Cath Lab Digest would like to congratulate….
Message from the SICP President, Sally Elliott, RCIS, BS; SICP at the NCVH meeting; Advocacy in California; Educational events
Coronary angiography (Figure 1) revealed a single common coronary artery (SCA) arising from the right coronary cusp with no significant obstructive disease and a dominant right coronary artery (RCA) that wrapped around the left ventricular apex.
Being involved in the daily care of patients in the cardiac catheterization laboratory is both challenging and rewarding; however, it can be easily overlooked that for the patients, the experience is likely unfamiliar and frightening, and may result…
The advantages of transradial access along with techniques to selectively engage the carotid artery are further illustrated by the case herein.
We present the case of a young woman with migraine attacks, stroke, and PFO. The patient was successfully treated by percutaneous closure of the PFO with the new Gore Septal Occluder device (W. L. Gore & Associates).
SpringBoard’s Cath Lab Wage Survey aims to gather comprehensive insight into the salaries & wages, responsibilities and backgrounds of professionals working in the sector. The survey responses for 2013 as in previous years were drawn from cardi…
This case demonstrates the ability to access the right heart from the forearm, thereby extending benefits of the transradial approach. Utilization of this approach is conditional upon obtaining venous access.