March 2019

Volume 27 Issue 3

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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In the rural setting where I practice, there is only one hospital in the entire county. There is no other hospital within an hour’s drive to take my patients to and perform catheterizations that wouldn’t disrupt the patient flow in my clinic. I knew…
To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of the use of the Shockwave lithoplasty balloon in a vein, in the treatment of post-thrombotic stenosis.
Emory is the considered the birthplace of modern interventional cardiology.
Accessing the radial artery distal to the wrist in the anatomic snuffbox is a reasonable option for primary access, as well as a suitable bailout option.
Iatrogenic AV fistulas result from penetration of a needle through an arterial and venous tributary during angiographic catheterization procedures. Rarely, when the communication between the artery and vein does not seal spontaneously, an AV fistula…
In patients on VA-ECMO who develop pulmonary edema with resulting RV distension and failure, the use of balloon atrial septostomy for left heart decompression may be used as a “stress test” to assess the viability and functionality of the RV.
Cost containment is a constant battle in healthcare and especially in high cost procedural areas.
The subclavian vein, compared to other central vascular access sites, offers the potential of lower infectious and thrombotic events(2,3), in addition to greater patient comfort during long-term use.
Complications are uncomfortable and scary for our patients. Now is the time to focus on how to avoid radial artery complications in the future, and how to quickly respond and treat complications appropriately when they do occur.
“The versatility of having the motorized C-arm along with a floating table has maximized our workflow during and between procedures. The level of efficiency is superior to the fixed units that we use at our hospitals.” — Dr. Raju Gandhi