June 2018

Volume 26 Issue 6

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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A question came from one of our cath lab staff, who asked if we could describe how chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is done and what the options are for a successful procedure.
Our average D2B is 42 minutes (2Q2017). For a period of time last year, we were the number-one STEMI receiving center for D2B in all of Los Angeles county.
Because the ACIST offers higher flows in certain circumstances, such as when there is a very high-flow state, the system allows you to get a better injection than with a hand injection.
This case highlights the versatility of the ACIST CVi contrast injection system to navigate the various challenges of complex anatomy. We were able to transition seamlessly from an aortic arch angiogram, to an aortic root angiogram, to coronary and f…
A deeper understanding of CTOs in tibial arteries was recently described by Saab et al1 in a study designed to determine if cap morphologies can be used to predict the success of different interventional approaches for the access and crossing of tran…
We are joined this month by Arnold H. Seto, MD, MPA, Chief, Cardiology, Long Beach VA Medical Center, Long Beach, California. Dr. Seto was the chair of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) writing committee responsible…
In 2015, the AKI results, to say the least, were not up to our standards. After we implemented evidence-based changes, at best the results now place us in the top 75th percentile for AKI rates in our region.
In this report, we describe two patients with a history of numerous procedures for recurrent DES restenosis, in whom coronary brachytherapy with the Beta-Cath system was successfully used through a transradial approach.
Our technique of using the GuideLiner (GL) catheter (Teleflex) for manual aspiration thrombectomy has been described in a previous article.2 Here we describe an additional three cases that were successful with this technique.
Increased vessel tortuosity carries an increased risk of vessel perforation during device delivery. The soft distal tip of the GuideLiner (Teleflex) is designed to counteract this risk. It is our belief that the following two cases are the first desc…