April 2021

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Volume 29 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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Serious complications due to blood clots, such as heart attacks and strokes, that are experienced by some COVID-19 survivors may be caused by a lingering immune response in the blood vessels after recovery, suggests a study published in eLife. The…
Since early in the pandemic, COVID-19 has been associated with heart problems, including reduced ability to pump blood and abnormal heart rhythms. But it’s been an open question whether these problems are caused by the virus infecting the heart, or…
We have over 55 team members in our pre/post area and cath lab, including PRN team members. We have five cath labs: four in Rock Island, Illinois, and one in Bettendorf, Iowa. We also have a pre and post Cardiac Treatment Unit (CTU) in our Rock…
How is artificial intelligence (AI) interacting with computed tomography angiography (CTA) to help interventionalists in their decision making?
Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES) is a rare vascular condition typically characterized by an aberrant relationship of the popliteal artery with its surrounding myofascial structures in the popliteal fossa.1,2 It results in compression of…
I. Jebadiah Bera, RN, MSN, Director, Cath Lab and Diagnostic Cardiology, Ascension Seton Hays Medical Center, Kyle, Texas Can you tell us about your cath lab? Jebadiah: We have three active cath labs, and perform a broad spectrum of cardiac cath,…
It is anticipated that by 2030, 82% of all outpatient cardiovascular procedures will be appropriate for migration from the hospital to an ambulatory surgery center (ASC).1 What will that ASC look like? What should we be building today to be ready…
The Impella CP percutaneous ventricular assist catheter (Abiomed) currently requires the implantation of a 14 French (Fr) arterial sheath. Additional access sites are commonly obtained in order to proceed with diagnostic or percutaneous coronary…
This case of left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with a Watchman device (Boston Scientific) demonstrates the advantages of using 4D intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) over transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and 2D ICE. An 87-year-old female…