Clinical Editor's Corner: Kern

November 4, 2020
My daughter, at age 6, said to me many years ago when I was struggling with some vexing problem, “Dad, it’s not rocket surgery”. She meant to say rocket science, but we talked a lot of medicine then. Okay, I agree that securing the radial sheath in place is not “rocket surgery”.
October 5, 2020
Cath lab math has always been a struggle for most of us, but with some patience and applied diligence, we can overcome this barrier. With this in mind, I thought I’d talk about how one of the most common and most important hemodynamic formulas, the Gorlin formula, evolved into a simplified, practical method, the Hakki formula.
September 7, 2020
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August 4, 2020
This “Conversation in Cardiology” focuses on how patients needing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure in a community hospital are best managed. It is a continuation of an older discussion about how the transmission of high quality, high volume lab techniques and structures occurs for smaller community hospitals without the same infrastructure as a major medical center.
July 6, 2020
Editor's Note: Join Dr. Kern TODAY! Tues July 28th at 12pm ET for a 30-minute Clinical Editor's Corner: Live webinar and discussion. Dr. Kern will be focusing on online learning and telehealth in the post pandemic interventional world. Questions welcome!
June 8, 2020
Our cardiac cath labs will be taking care of patients with COVID-19 (C19) for at least a couple years. In practicing for the C19 emergent cath case, it became apparent that although we thought we knew what the instructions were for proper donning and doffing of PPE, the actual steps we needed to take were not automatically understood.
May 10, 2020
Drawing from his experience, General Hertling highlighted 10 important tips for military leaders during a time of crisis, such as a war. As we in medicine are now at war with COVID, these tips would be well received and certainly strengthen our resolve during dark days to come.
March 15, 2020
One of my colleagues asked this critical question, “How are cath labs around the USA and the globe managing [ST-elevation myocardial infarction] STEMI and other cardiac emergencies in patients with suspected COVID-19 that would normally have resulted in a trip to the lab?"
March 9, 2020
An upcoming meeting organizer gave me the above title as a topic to talk about. Really? C’mon, I don’t hate fractional flow reserve (FFR); I can’t hate FFR (you all know that), but there are things that some people do hate about it.
February 5, 2020
Every day in the cath lab we see important and potentially life-changing or life-threatening scenarios involving patients with coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, or cardiomyopathy.