July 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 7
We constructed a three-dimensional (3D) aortocoronary model and conducted an in vitro simulation for PCI planning purposes. Our experience suggests that case-specific 3D models are useful for strategic planning of complex PCIs.
The optimal treatment for recurrent in-stent restenosis (ISR) is uncertain. The authors describe a feasible combined treatment for recurrent ISR using neointimal debulking and ablation of underexpanded stents by rotational atherectomy followed by BVS…
Reentry catheters have become an important tool in the treatment of chronic total occlusion of the peripheral vasculature. The authors describe an alternative strategy to achieve success with the use of Outback and Pioneer reentry catheters when init…
An analysis of the immediate and long-term outcomes of transradial (TR) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to unprotected left main stem (ULMS) bifurcation and to assess the main aspects affecting access-site choice in this specific PCI setting…
Registry data for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are being used to risk-adjust provider mortality rates; these registries contain very few numerical laboratory data for risk adjustment. The pros and cons of adding key laboratory variables t…
Dr Truesdell discusses the explosion of specialty and subspecialty certifications required. As he prepares to register for his eighth postresidency certification or “board” exam, he starts to question his enthusiasm for pursuing more and more diploma…
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.
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 cathete…
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…
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.