October 2015

Volume 23 Issue 10

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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The Cleveland Clinic has been ranked as number one for treatment of cardiovascular diseases by U.S. News & World Report for the last 21 consecutive years. All workers in the cath lab, from technologists to nurses to fellows to attendings, are all…
A 78-year-old male presented with rapidly progressing angina symptoms and signs of acutely decompensating left ventricular systolic heart failure.   
This case exemplifies the versatility added by multiple accesses to treat a very complex chronic total occlusion with hybrid antegrade and retrograde approaches. 
When Washington Health Systems first began using the system in 2006, we started out slowly. We began with echo and hemodynamics for the cath lab. We then moved into cath and echo reporting.
We provide a high-level look at the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2016 changes in terms of financial and quality standards. Understanding these updates can help hospital and program leaders, along with the cath lab staff, to be aware of new criteria and…
This year’s record attendance included nearly 800 participants from 42 states and 19 countries, representing the nation’s largest gathering of clinicians dedicated to preventing unnecessary amputations due to critical limb ischemia (CLI).   
We report a case of a ruptured angioplasty balloon that was entrapped in the posterior descending artery of the right coronary artery and retained in situ after multiple failed attempts at percutaneous retrieval.   
 I first learned about CLI and its implications at VIVA years ago and have watched the evolving education pertaining to CLI growing.  
In the event of reentry failure, alternative strategies may be required to achieve procedural success. We describe an alternative strategy to achieve success with the use of Outback and Pioneer reentry catheters when initial reentry fails. 
In a tortuous artery, the guide wire at times does not conform to the curves in the artery.