Issue Highlights

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 21:47
Stroke is a persistent problem in TAVR, and while many of the early problems with TAVR, such as access site complications and perivalvular leak, have been dramatically improved by advances in devices and technique, TAVR stroke rates have remained fairly constant. | Read More
Tue, 09/04/2018 - 21:22
We report the case of a migrated coil from the epigastric vein to the right ventricle requiring cardiac surgery and tricuspid valve replacement. | Read More
Mon, 09/03/2018 - 22:00
The distal radial approach from the anatomical snuff box on the dorsal side of the hand was first described to open occluded ipsilateral radial arteries.1 This new vascular access site has recently been introduced for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and is expected to reduce bleeding complications and enhance patient comfort.2 However, a hemostatic method for the distal radial approach has not yet been established. | Read More




Tammy Chandler, RN, MSN, ACNS, Sonyette Farrier, RCVT, James Jones, RN, MSN, Angela Pope, RN, MSN, Pearl Roberts, RN, MED, Donna Rosin, RN, BSN, Jessica Smith, RN, MSN, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio

At the time of our RHC education project, our team consisted of several members (registered nurses and technologists alike) who had never worked in the cardiac cath lab environment, and our team decided to formulate a right heart catheterization improvement project.

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Volume 26 - Issue 9 - September 2018   |   665 reads

Mohammed Andaleeb Chowdhury1, MD, MRCP(UK), Sana Chikodi2, MBBS, Ankush Moza1, MD, Jacob E. Bieszczad3, MD, Ehab Eltahawy1, MD


We report a patient presenting with new onset heart failure in which a fistula between the left anterior descending and the pulmonary artery was incidentally diagnosed. Issues regarding the diagnosis, management and long-term surveillance of such fistulae are addressed.

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Volume 26 - Issue 9 - September 2018   |   268 reads

Cath Lab Digest talks with Sameer Mehta, MD, FACC, MBA; Chairperson, Lumen Foundation; Course Director, Lumen Global; Miami, Florida.


STEMI interventions have completely changed the global epidemiology. As a result of the amazing work by interventional cardiologists performing STEMI interventions, acute MI is no longer the biggest killer in the United States. 

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Volume 26 - Issue 9 - September 2018   |   230 reads

Loukas Boutis, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Dorothy L. Veron, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Patient Care Services, Cardiology, Manhasset, New York

The NSUH cath lab shares the invasive procedural area with EP. The invasive cardiology suite consists of 5 cardiac catheterization labs (4 GE Healthcare, 1 Philips), 3 electrophysiology labs (GE Healthcare), 1 EP procedure room (C-arm), and one hybrid OR (Siemens Healthineers). One of the cath labs was recently updated and is designated for peripheral vascular procedures (Philips).

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Volume 26 - Issue 9 - September 2018   |   3,475 reads

In this month’s TCT special edition, I wanted to draw attention to ongoing efforts to better understand the influences that transradial has had and will continue to have as it relates to the cardiac catheterization and intervention.

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Volume 26 - Issue 9 - September 2018   |   341 reads



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