February 2016

Volume 24 Issue 2

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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Herein, we presented a case where all three of the primary coronary arteries arose to form a single ostium that originated from the right coronary sinus of Valsalva. This abnormality has an incidence of less than .017%.
Since we completed the ACE accreditation process, 24 additional (as of September 1, 2015) CHI catheterization laboratories have initiated the accreditation process or have announced their intent to do so.
A multitude of procedures could be accomplished using upper extremity venous access, including pulmonary artery catheterization, endomyocardial biopsy, and combined access for structural intervention from an upper extremity.
The scope and breadth of endovascular therapies for the treatment of PV disease has exploded over the past decade and mandates, I believe, a dedicated year of specialized training to have adequate case volumes and range of experience to deal with com…
To overcome the issue of large catheters in small arteries, a sheathless guide (Eaucath by Asahi Intecc) or the 6/7 Glidesheath Slender sheath (Terumo) can be used.
Bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) are emerging as an alternative approach to metallic DES due to their ability to mechanically support coronary arteries in the early phase post intervention, followed by complete absorption of the scaffold over time. 
One trend we have seen in our procedures includes the change from femoral access with no closure device to radial access with the use of compression devices. This has made it more comfortable and safer for the patient, and can expedite a faster disch…