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Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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April 2020

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Volume 28 Issue 4
There is no doubt we have moved into a new era of world health. This pandemic has prevented potentially hundreds of thousands of patients from receiving cardiovascular care.
At the time of writing this article, I am in the New York City metro area and 25 minutes from approximately 50% of the COVID-19 cases in the U.S. We have experienced loss, and have friends struggling to get better, suffering at the hands of the SARS-…
Every day upon reaching home, I use a small, cordoned-off section of my garage to disrobe and decontaminate before making my way to the shower. This process is repeated over and over every day, all in hopes of avoiding contraction of a virus. Despite…
We must maintain a mindset that COVID-19 patients are going to come through the lab, so it is best to treat all patients as potentially positive and protect staff accordingly.
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.