December 2016

Volume 24 Issue 12

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 Cath Lab crew at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, Show Low, Arizona, would like to announce that Len Penrod, RT(R)(CI), RCIS has successfully passed the RCIS certification examination. We are all very proud of you! Way to go, Len! — S…
Connective tissue cells in the heart turn into bone-producing cells in response to injury, University of California, Los Angeles scientists report November 17 in Cell Stem Cell. The discovery helps explain why some people who survive heart damage dev…
We present a prospective, double-blinded, randomized, controlled pilot study protocol to test whether tdVAS (50 Hz, 2mm), by 30-minute session directly following primary percutaneous coronary intervention, is feasible, safe, and may enhance myocardia…
We describe some of the technical and clinical aspects of the newer peripheral CTO devices. 
The introduction of robotic technology in the cath lab to protect against radiation exposure and associated risks will have a huge future impact on both patient and physician care.
The goal is to move beyond traditional process improvement events, and fully develop the entire care continuum and care team that supports the patient. The leadership and team at Lovelace provide a worthy example of how a radial pathway positions pro…
In this issue, I am honored at the chance to interview Dr. Mahmood Razavi, one of the pioneers in CTO crossing who has historically demonstrated that combining proper technical skill to a uniquely designed CTO device provides a favorable success. 
We report our experience on successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with the use of the GuideLiner (Vascular Solutions) in three patients presenting with angina whose culprit lesions were located in the RCA with this anomaly. 
Complications related to arterial access continue to plague the interventionalist, despite advances in vessel closure technology.
We describe a case where transradial access was used in the setting of complex primary PCI of the right coronary artery (RCA), using appropriate escalation of techniques known to enhance guide support without sacrificing the usual metrics from a qual…