November 2015

Volume 23 Issue 11

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
HMP Communications, 70 E. Swedesford Rd
Suite 100, Malvern PA 19355
Telephone: (440) 717-0418

Fax: (866) 896-8762
I readily acknowledge that my initial reaction to innovation is skepticism. As a result, my response to early reports of performing catheterization through the right radial artery was dismissive.
Early in my career as a radiologic technologist (RT), I spent many years dedicated to saving lives as a team member in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. I fondly recall, throughout those years, the week each November where RTs were celebrated a…
Although the number of patients treated with hypertension with our device is small, it appears to be an approach that can result in an immediate blood pressure drop, similar to open sympathectomy.
LINC is viewed as one of the largest and most comprehensive peripheral meetings in the world. This reputation is rightfully gained, as LINC has provided tremendous value over the years to physicians’ daily practice. 
SEATTLE II was a prospective, single-arm, multi-center trial of the EkoSonic Endovascular System (EKOS Corporation) used with alteplase, a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), for treatment of acute pulmonary embolism.
Here, we demonstrate that percutaneous closure of a pmVSD using transradial and basilic vein access can be successful, safe, and can avoid the potential risks of bleeding and vascular complications associated with the transfemoral approach. 
Pulmonary hypertension (PHTN) is an abnormal elevation in pulmonary artery pressure and may be an idiopathic presentation, the result of left heart failure, pulmonary vascular disease, thromboembolic events, interstitial lung diseases, or a combinati…
We have 5 cath lab rooms in total with 3 designated for cardiac cath, vascular, and structural heart procedures, and 2 designated for electrophysiology. We have approximately 40 staff members in our lab.  
We’ve all been there. You’re on call and come in at 2 am or so. Then, you get up to be back at work at 7 am.
An interesting question that came our way regarding a patient taken to the cath lab after an un-witnessed arrest.