January 2018

Volume 26 Issue 1

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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I don’t think there is such a thing as a “straightforward CTO” in below-the-knee vessels, since even a short occlusion can pose a significant challenge at times.
Stimulated by a couple of recent articles on the efficiency of the RADPAD protection drape in reducing operator’s exposure1 and the effects of shielding on nurses and technologists in the cath lab2, I thought it would be a good idea to see what was n…
Small innovations can make a big difference. It’s a recurrent theme in interventional cardiology. Small changes or new application of a common piece or equipment, supply, or method can make a difference in your lab.1,2
This month, we have a great article from Anne Beekman, Senior Consultant with MedAxiom. Her overview of a recent survey conducted among cath labs across the country is very telling and should be viewed with an eye towards looking inward at your progr…
This case demonstrates one method of managing a central venous catheter removal from the innominate artery without complications.
The structural heart program started in October 2017 with TAVRs and balloon aortic valvuloplasties. We were fortunate to bring in a highly experienced structural heart medical director to start the program, so the program’s implementation has been re…
Here, we present a case of acute coronary syndrome with a severely diseased anomalous LCX, successfully managed with a novel PCI technique.
The angiographic finding of a completely occluded left main coronary artery is relatively uncommon and most often not compatible with life.1,2 It is even more unusual to have no symptoms related to the complete obstruction of the left main coronary a…
While not necessarily feasible in higher-volume, large facilities, co-locating “like” interventional services into one main area can make sense for community-sized facilities. 
“Among an aging population, structural heart disease has become significantly more prevalent and critical to treat for healthcare professionals. This is an important opportunity as there is no other medical journal focused on this topic,” said Anthon…