January 2015

Volume 23 Issue 1

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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For the first time in the history of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), we now invite our partners in the lab to become members of the SCAI. We work together, play together, and now learn together as colleagues and p…
This month, Cath Lab Digest would like to congratulate…
A challenging access case required a coronary 0.014-inch wire to deliver a micropuncture sheath into the internal jugular vein (the standard micropuncture wire couldn’t be manipulated into the superior vena cava [SVC]). At some point during the sheat…
When embolic protection is not possible, physicians can use this fairly simple technique in order to prevent distal embolization. Although we do not disagree with the utilization of a covered stent for a complex lesion, sometimes the use of a covered…
Percutaneous alcohol septal ablation has received more recent attention as an attractive alternative for drugrefractory hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and can be performed with excellent results and immediate clinical outcomes. We present he…
It has become quite apparent that the impact of national healthcare reform is going to be broadly felt across hospital departments, and the confines of the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) are no exception. 
Introducing a new, monthly column for CLD readers, headed by section editor J.A. Mustapha, MD, Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, Michigan. Dr. Mustapha shares his perspective on available therapies for critical limb ischemia and his plans for upcoming…
There are many causes of angina, but what is very clear from research that has been done over the last several decades is that angina has an important impact on patients’ quality of life. It limits the activities they do, it limits their enjoyment an…
With the Absorb BVS, by a year, there is a loss of some of the radial strength. By two years, we start to see loss of the scaffold itself, meaning the mass and structure of the device, and by three to three and a half years, the BVS is gone.
Like most of Wyoming, Sheridan is very remote to most other facilities and cath labs in the state. Up until July 2014, Sheridan was only the third cath lab in the state.