November 2020

Volume 28 Issue 11

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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The concept of the chest pain center (CPC) has grown since its inception in the 1990s. This concept is no longer just another marketing effort to draw patients into the emergency department, but rather a new way to organize and manage care for a larg…
CLD talks with Robert A. Souza Jr., Lead Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist, O’Connor Hospital, San Jose, California. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Souza has worked in interventional procedures for nearly 30 years. His ideas for improving patient…
Abstract Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare cause of acute coronary syndrome. Intravascular imaging with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has a pivotal role in the diagnosis and management of SCAD. IVUS is used to identify the ex…
Introduction The CardioMEMS HF system (Abbott) provides ambulatory monitoring of pulmonary artery pressures and reduces hospitalization for heart failure. Cardiac resynchronization therapy is indicated for patients with heart failure, cardiomyopathy…
During last month’s virtual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference, a panel discussion of clinicians and administrators addressed the challenges and opportunities surrounding the use of same-day discharge (or lack thereof) in most…
Infection with Covid-19 has been associated with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), which is likely secondary to an inflammatory cascade provoked by Covid-19.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) involves a complex informed consent process. Consent is sought simultaneously for a diagnostic angiography and the potential treatments that follow, including PCI, and fosters shared decision making. This proc…
Coronary angiography is the third leading cause of acute kidney injury (AKI) among hospitalized patients.1,2 Several risk factors for the development of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) have been identified, including diabetes mellitus, chronic kid…
My daughter, at age 6, said to me many years ago when I was struggling with some vexing problem, “Dad, it’s not rocket surgery”. She meant to say rocket science, but we talked a lot of medicine then. Okay, I agree that securing the radial sheath in p…