March 2016

Volume 24 Issue 3

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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Attendees were educated on topics including managing heart failure, leadless pacemakers, and fluoroless electrophysiology (EP) procedures.  
The SOMATOM Force CT system (Siemens Healthcare), which enables fast temporal resolution, was used to perform a coronary CT angiogram (CCTA) on an emergency department patient. The CCTA displayed a 90 percent or greater non-calcified short stenosis i…
Dr. Roubin is a pioneer in the field of invasive cardiology and worked with many of the true founding fathers of what we do in the cath lab. He has seen our selected field of healthcare grow from its infancy to where we stand today.  
When defining metrics, a collaborative process to determine priorities for the dashboard effort is key. How data will be obtained, who will collect it, and what the information will be used for are all very important questions to answer at the outset…
Where is my stent? I need it now! What do you mean you don’t have one!!! Please note there is no question mark in the last sentence.  
Cardiology has long had a tumultuous relationship with data. From the ongoing expansion of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) to heightened regulatory and reimbursement scrutiny, to the forthcoming additions to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (…
[A] cardiac catheterization reveal[ed] an angiographically significant, highly calcified proximal left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) stenosis (90%), intermediate left main (LM) disease (40-50%), and complete occlusion of the distal right…
Currently, our interventional pulmonologist and three interventional cardiologists perform the EKOS procedure. Our goal is to train all our interventional cardiologists taking STEMI calls to do USATs for PE.
An entrapped rotational atherectomy burr is uncommon, but one of the nightmare complications in the cardiac cath lab, warranting the need for familiarity with various retrieval techniques and skilled application.
We screened two tertiary care hospitals’ National Cardiovascular Data Registry for any patient that was transferred for a same-day PCI procedure from the (satellite) hospital to the catheterization lab at the second hospital over a 3-year period. 185…