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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  • December 2018
    Volume 26
    Issue 12

    Morton J. Kern, MD, with commentary from Drs. Malcolm Bell, Rochester, Minnesota; Jim Blankenship, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Sam Butman, Cottonwood, Arizona; David J. Cohen, Kansas City, Missouri; Lloyd Klein, Chicago, Illinois, and Sonoma, California; Bernie Meier, Berne, Switzerland; Duane Pinto, Boston, Massachusetts; Jeffrey Popma, Boston, Massachusetts; Gurpreet Sandhu, Rochester, Minnesota; Habib Samady, Atlanta, Georgia; Sunil Rao, Raleigh, North Carolina; Arnold Seto, Long Beach, California; Pinak Shah, Boston, Massachusetts; Adhir Shroff, Chicago, Illinois; Molly Szerlip, Plano, Texas; James Tcheng, Raleigh, North Carolina; Paul Teirstein, La Jolla, California.

    I asked for words of wisdom from our cath lab expert group regarding their experience with same-day discharge at their center. What are the obstacles to SDD? Who are the champions and why are we not doing it more?

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   1,017 reads

    Anne Snow, RN, Jessica Edwards, RN, Harrisonburg, Virginia

    Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Sentara RMH Medical Center (SRMH) is a 238-bed hospital serving a seven-county area. SRMH is a Magnet hospital. Our cath lab is multidisciplinary, combining cath, vascular, electrophysiology (EP), and most recently, the addition of our new hybrid operating room (OR).

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   534 reads

    Cath Lab Digest talks with Ian M. Cawich, MD, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

    The newest device that we have been able to use has been the 220 mm length version of the Lutonix 035 drug-coated balloon (BD/Bard). We have used this product since it launched in August and have done six cases thus far, all with great results.

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   1,226 reads

    Enrique A. Flores, MD, FACC, RPVI, Interventional Cardiologist, Georgia Heart Specialist, Conyers, Georgia

    Here we describe our experience in the first 200 consecutive patients to undergo DRA access in the cardiac catheterization laboratory of Rockdale Medical Center (Conyers, Georgia)3, over half of whom had acute coronary syndrome.

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   1,009 reads

    Sameer Mehta, MD, FACC, MBA, Maria Isabel Acosta, MD, Claudia Lopez, MD, Gladys Pinto, MD, Daniel Vieira, MD, Mario Alberto Torres, MD, Haytham Aboushi, MD, Alejandra Frauenfelder, MD, Jorge Mazzini, MD, Francisco Nola, MD, Cristina Matheus, MD, Daniel Espina, MD, Francisco Fernandez, MBA, Carlos Villagran, MsC, Sebastian Niklitschek, PhD

    Division of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Lumen Foundation,  Miami, Florida 

    This article will serve as an introduction for cardiologists and for other healthcare providers regarding AI’s presence in the world of medicine.

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   594 reads

    Ross Swanson, Executive Vice President, Corazon, Inc.

    We have worked extensively with hospitals in three strategic areas, including: 1) re-engineering cardiovascular service line infrastructure; 2) enhancing existing cardiovascular facilities or building entirely new ones; and 3) renewing focus on cardiovascular quality outcomes through accreditation.

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   196 reads

    Kyle Macdonald, BS, Kirk Minkus, MD, Charles Jost, MD, MS, 

    Mountain Vista Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona

    Here, we will discuss the use of excimer laser coronary atherectomy (ELCA) for an uncrossable obstruction due to stent fracture and in-stent restenosis (ISR).

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   558 reads

    Richard R. Heuser, MD, Grant M. Gordon, MD, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

    In this case, we describe use of the Flash Ostial System (Ostial Corporation), designed specifically to treat ostial lesions, particularly those with calcific and resistant stenoses.

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    Volume 26 - Issue 12 - December 2018   |   410 reads