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Patient Factors But Not the Use of Novel Anticoagulants or Warfarin Are Associated With Internal Jugular Vein Access-Site Hematoma After Right Heart Catheterization

Osama Dasa, MD1;  Qaiser Shafiq, MD2;  Mohammed Ruzieh, MD1;  Luai Alhazmi, MD2;  Maen Al-Dabbas, MD3;  Zaid Ammari, MD1;  Samer Khouri, MD2;  George Moukarbel, MD2

In a retrospective analysis, we investigated the risk of bleeding complications associated with right heart catheterization via the internal jugular vein in patients with and without full anticoagulation. ...

Alcohol Septal Ablation for Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy: Indications, Technical Aspects, and Clinical Outcomes

Marco Spaziano, MD;  Fadi J. Sawaya, MD;  Thierry Lefèvre, MD

In this review, we describe indications and contraindications to alcohol septal ablation, along with technical considerations related to the procedure. ...

Improvement in Aortic Valve Area in Patients With Aortic Stenosis Through Use of a New “Hourglass-Shaped” Valvuloplasty Balloon

Elizabeth Goldenberg1,2;  Wesley Pedersen, MD3;  Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD3,4;  Michael Mooney, MD3;  Mario Gössl, MD, PhD3;  Anil Poulose, MD3;  Bilal Murad, MD5;  James Kolbeck, MD5;  Paul Sorajja, MD3

The study aim was to assess the effect of hourglass-shaped V8 and TAV8 balloons (InterValve, Inc) on aortic valve area and other outcomes in patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing balloon aortic valvuloplasty. Use of the novel balloons was not associated with an increase in aortic insufficiency, permanent pacemaker, or major adverse events. 


Classification for Assessing the Quality of Diagnostic Coronary Angiography

Philippe Généreux, MD1,2,3;  Roxana Mehran, MD2,4;  Martin B. Leon, MD2,5;  Nicolas Bettinger, MD2,5;  Gregg W. Stone, MD2,5

Published online ahead of print on 2017 Aug 15

In the present report, we sought to establish a novel standardized quantitative classification for the quality of coronary angiography, taking into consideration two main parameters: coronary contrast filling and coronary sinus contrast reflux....

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Operator Pelvic Radiation Exposure During Percutaneous Coronary Procedures

Alessandro Sciahbasi, MD, PhD1;  Emanuela Piccaluga, MD2;  Alessandro Sarandrea, Eng3;  Giacomo Nucci, MD4;  Nicola Caretto, MD, Phys5;  Stefano Rigattieri, MD, PhD1;  Silvio Fedele, MD1;  Silvio Romano, MD4;  Maria Penco, MD4

Published online ahead of print on 2017 Dec 15

RADIANT is a prospective, single-center, observational study evaluating operator radiation exposure during percutaneous coronary procedures using electronic dosimeters placed at thorax level.

Occupational Hazards in the Cath Lab – Physician, Protect Thyself!

Lloyd W. Klein, MD and Enrique Padilla Campos, MD

Published online ahead of print on 2017 Dec 15

The authors offer their thoughts on operator radiation exposure during percutaneous coronary procedures.



Catheter Ablation of Focal Atrial Tachycardia Using Remote Magnetic Navigation

Xiao-yu Liu, MD1,2;  Peter Karl Jacobsen, MD2;  Steen Pehrson, MD2;  Xu Chen, MD2

Published online ahead of print on 2017 Dec 15

The objectives of this study were to assess the acute and long-term outcomes of catheter ablation in focal atrial tachycardia using remote magnetic navigation.

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