July 2018

Volume 26 Issue 7

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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Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) related to the use of contrast agents can lead to an increase in morbidity, mortality, and increased costs. CIN can be a serious consequence post coronary angiography, but can be significantly reduced or prevented b…
Guide catheter extensions — the GuideLiner (Teleflex) (Figure 1) and the Guidezilla (Boston Scientific) (Figure 2) — are tremendous tools that have been added to the armamentarium of interventional devices often necessary for the success of complex p…
This month, I welcome Laiq Raja, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Jason Mendivil, DPM, and Lorie Henderson, APRN, MSN, NP-C. Their approach to a critical limb ischemia (CLI) care pathway is not only saving limbs, but changing lives one leg at a time.  — Gary Clifton…
The cath lab at UnityPoint Health – Methodist is part of a service line that includes interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, echo, open heart surgery, and heart failure, and a cardiology physicians’ practice that includes all of the physicians…
Recently, manual compression has emerged as a potentially viable alternative to shorter radial artery hemostasis times.
If the potential change in Medicare reimbursement includes allowing cardiac interventions and cardiac rhythm management procedures to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), we can expect to see a significant increase in cardiologists’ an…
We report a case of a leadless pacemaker embolization to the pulmonary artery and the potential difficulties with successful retrieval. Combining the theorized retrieval instructions with the experience of this case, we propose a retrieval protocol f…
More than ever, providers must have a handle on cardiac catheterization laboratory performance, as it will be invaluable to creating a competitive edge in terms of clinical, operational, and financial performance. The first step is an assessment of c…