Volume 27 - Issue 7 - July, 2015

Alcohol Septal Ablation for Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy: Safe and Apparently Efficacious But Does Reporting of Aggregate Outcomes Hide Less-Favorable Results, Experienced by a Substantial Proportion of Patients?

Robert M. Cooper, MBChB, MRCP1,2;  Adeel Shahzad, MBBS, MRCP1,2;  James McShane2;  Rodney H. Stables, MA (Cantab), DM (Oxon), BM BCH (Oxon)1,2

A retrospective case series reviewing all patients undergoing alcohol septal ablation at a United Kingdom tertiary referral center from 2000-2012 with the aim of describing aggregate and individual outcomes in terms of symptomatic and hemodynamic response.  ...

Impact of a Disposable Sterile Radiation Shield on Operator Radiation Exposure During Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of Chronic Total Occlusions

Deborah Shorrock1,2;  Georgios Christopoulos, MD1;  Jedrek Wosik, MD1;  Anna Kotsia, MD1;  Bavana Rangan, BDS, MPH1;  Shuaib Abdullah, MD1;  Daisha Cipher, MD1;  Subhash Banerjee, MD1;  Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD1  

Daily radiation exposure in the cath lab over many years can adversely impact the health of medical professionals. This study recorded operator radiation exposure at a single institution and compared exposure of operators using the Radpad disposable radiation protection sterile drape in all CTO-PCI cases, versus no protection for operators in non-CTO PCI cases. ...

Physician, Shield Thyself!

Srikanth Vallurupalli, MD and Barry F. Uretsky, MD

CTO-PCI operators should plan effective shielding techniques to minimize risk to themselves and their lab personnel and consider use of the Radpad drape when a case is expected to require a relatively high radiation dose....

Ultrasound-Guided Catheterization of the Femoral Artery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Maria Sobolev, MD1;  David P. Slovut, MD, PhD2;  Alfredo Lee Chang, MD3;  Ariel L. Shiloh, MD3;  Lewis A. Eisen, MD3

Vascular complications related to femoral artery cannulation can be quite devastating; preventing these complications is vital. The goal of this meta-analysis was to determine the utility of real-time 2D ultrasound guidance for femoral artery catheterization for the reduction of vascular complications....

Let “US” Guide the Way?

Pradeep K. Nair, MD and Craig M. Walker, MD

Should ultrasound (US)-guided vascular access be used to guide all femoral artery cannulations? Editorial commentary discusses femoral access-related complications and the promise of US guidance....

Feasibility and Safety of Routine Transpedal Arterial Access for Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

Tak W. Kwan, MD1,2;  Sooraj Shah, MD2;  Nicholas Amoroso, MD2;  Ravi Diwan, MD1,2;  Parth Makker, MD2; Justin A. Ratcliffe, MD2;  Moinakhtar Lala, MD2;  Yili Huang, DO2;  Aravinda Nanjundappa, MD3; Ramesh Daggubati, MD4;  Samir Pancholy, MD5;  Tejas Patel, MD6

This study demonstrates the feasibility and safety of transpedal arterial access for lower-extremity angiography and intervention using ultrasound assessment of the pedal arteries before the procedure and at 1-month follow-up. ...

Ultrasound-Guided Tibial Pedal Arterial Access: Growing Alternative Strategy in the Treatment Of Complex Peripheral Artery Disease

Jihad A. Mustapha, MD and Larry J. Diaz-Sandoval, MD

Editorial commentary discusses the Kwan et al study and warns that a strategy of puncturing one or two tibial-pedal arteries may not be necessarily recommended as a “routine” approach in patients with end-stage renal disease and diabetes....

Predictors of Permanent Pacemaker Insertion Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement With the CoreValve Revalving System Based on Computed Tomography Analysis: An Asian Multicenter Registry Study

Won-Jang Kim, MD1,2*;  Young-Guk Ko, MD3*;  Seungbong Han, PhD1;  Young-Hak Kim, MD1;  Timothy C. Dy, MD4;  Fabio Enrique B. Posas, MD5;  Michael Kang-Yin Lee, MD6;  Hyo-Soo Kim, MD7;  Myeong-Ki Hong, MD3;  Yangsoo Jang, MD3;  Eberhard Grube, MD8;  Seung-Jung Park, MD1

This study aims to determine predictive variables for permanent pacemaker insertion after transcatheter aortic valve replacement with the CoreValve Revalving System....

An Initiative Technique to Facilitate Axillary Vein Puncture During CRT Implantation

Ahmed Al Fagih, MD;  A. Ahmed, MD;  Yahya Al Hebaishi, MD;  A. El Tayeb, MD; K. Dagriri, MD;  S. Al Ghamdi, MD

A new technique is offered to minimize requirement of contrast and the time to puncture the axillary vein during implantation of cardiac resynchronization therapy devices. ...

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