October 2009


In this Issue

Left Main Interventions

New data and their potential effect on how you evaluate your patients.



Left Main Interventions

By Ted E. Feldman, MD, FSCAI - Chief Medical Editor


TCT Wrap-Up

Gregg W. Stone, MD, discusses the success of TCT 2009, delves into the promise of TAVI, and provides a wrap-up of some of the important breaking trials you might have missed.

By Gregg W. Stone, MD


The SYNTAX Trial

Integrating trial results into the current management of left main coronary disease.

By Ted Feldman, MD, FESC, FACC, FSCAI, and Issam D. Moussa, MD, FACC, FSCAI

How to Calculate the SYNTAX Score

A step-by-step guide on how to calculate the SYNTAX score, including how to access the program and screen shots from the SYNTAX Web site.

By Katrin Leadley, MD

PCI for the Left Main Coronary Artery

A review of the current clinical trial data.

By Alaide Chieffo, MD, and Valeria Magni, MD

Assessing Intermediate Left Main Lesions With IVUS or FFR

How intravascular ultrasound and fractional flow reserve can be used in this challenging subset.

By Juzar Lokhandwala, MD, and John McB Hodgson, MD, FACC, FSCAI

A Surgeon's View of Left Main Stenosis

How the SYNTAX data look from the other side.

By David Taggart, MD

Unprotected Left Main Coronary Intervention

A review of the guidelines and appropriate use criteria.

By Manesh R. Patel, MD; Gregory J. Dehmer, MD; and Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH


Physician Employment Agreements in the 21st Century

Critical elements you should consider to help ensure that your agreement suits your specific needs.

By Terrell J. Isselhard, JD



An Interview With Zahid Amin, MD

Pediatric cardiologist Zahid Amin, MD, discusses animal research and robotic assistance, as well as what he believes shows promise for percutaneous valve repair and structural heart disease treatments.

By Zahid Amin, MD

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About Cardiac Interventions Today

Cardiac Interventions Today (ISSN 2572-5955 print and ISSN 2572-5963 online) is a publication dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in technology, techniques, clinical studies, and regulatory and reimbursement issues in the field of coronary and cardiac interventions. Cardiac Interventions Today premiered in March 2007 and each edition contains a variety of topics in a flexible format, including articles covering various perspectives on current clinical topics, in-depth interviews with expert physicians, overviews of available technologies, industry news, and insights into the issues affecting today's interventional cardiology practices.