September 2014

Volume 22 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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In the rapidly evolving field of structural heart disease and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), great emphasis has been placed on the “heart team” and the TAVR procedure. 
The elderly represent the fastest-growing group of patients referred for cardiac surgery and are also becoming an increasingly large segment of the patients in the cath lab.
Can you tell us about the creation of the acute coronary syndromes algorithm at Emory University? The Emory ACS algorithm(1) is the result of an ongoing effort that began a few years ago, and is, at its heart, an attempt to maximize quality and valu…
Q: What approach do you use when the case requires mechanical support? A: We will still use the radial approach for the intervention with femoral access for the support device (Impella [Abiomed] or an intra-aortic balloon pump [IABP]), although ther…
We were called to the intensive care unit to see a 52-year-old man with end-stage renal disease on weekly hemodialysis who had a large pericardial effusion and increasing dyspnea with activity.
In the current case, the Trinity heart valve system was implanted in a 74-year-old patient with severe and symptomatic aortic valve stenosis and severe calcification.
Trinity’s major advance is that the operator can evaluate the positioning and functioning of the valve during the procedure. If you are happy, then fine. If you are not happy, it is very easy to correct the valve position.
A 53-year old female with a past medical history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, asthma, and previous transient ischemic attack (TIA) was transferred to our institution following an embolic cerebrovascular accident (CVA) requiring systemic thrombolyti…
The Oscor Destino Twist TD is a steerable sheath for arterial or venous use, with special pre-shaping suitable for abdominal vascular catheterization or for catheterization of the vena cava and its branches. The pre-shaping consists of a combination…
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital’s Cardiovascular Catheterization Lab has three procedure labs. Two of the labs are diagnostic/interventional labs and one is dedicated to electrophysiology (EP).