April 2020

Volume 28 Issue 4

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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Fractional flow reserve (FFR) has been validated in numerous clinical studies for diagnosing the physiological significance of coronary artery stenosis severity and determining the need for revascularization.1,2 However, the induction of maximal hype…
The use of OpSens dPR helped us to decide that we could safely defer treatment of the patient’s left system, which would have potentially required bifurcation stenting of the left main into the acutely angulated circumflex system and the ramus interm…
An adducted arm/wrist increases the distance between the operator and radiation source. As radiation exposure is cumulative, 2-3 inches of distance multiplied times 1000 procedures has a significant long-term dose-reduction effect.
It is in regard to the peripheral intervention program, and the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), that we talk to Dr. Martinelli today in order to gain his insights as to how his program not only addressed this disease process, but util…
TAKERU PTCA Balloon Dilatation Catheters have been recently launched by Terumo. In this report, we summarize our initial experience with the TAKERU balloon catheter. Since July 1, 2019, we have used these balloon catheters in over 40 cases.
At the time of this interview (March 26th), interventional cardiologist Dr. Safirstein had recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Nurses and techs are on standby serving in the ED and ICU if there are no cath cases. For STEMIs, it is usual PCI with max PPE [personal protective equipment]. NSTEMIs are deferred on medical care unless unable to stabilize them. We are unlikely to d…
In November 2016, UNC Rex cardiologists and clinicians identified an opportunity to enhance hospital throughput, decrease costs, and maintain quality patient care. After a comprehensive review, the group determined that there was a need to increase t…
Upon review and interrogation of the primary outcomes slide over the following days, we experienced a startling revelation, arriving at a diametrically opposite conclusion from the presented trial conclusion.
Fellowship in the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals is a recognition of professionalism and leadership in cardiovascular service delivery for non-physician professionals, cardiovascular service line directors, and administrators.