May/June 2015


In this Issue

The Art of Radial

Are You Part of the Renaissance?


Chief Medical Editor’s Page

The Art of Radial

By Ted E. Feldman, MD, MSCAI, FACC, FESC


Pharmacologic Considerations When Switching From Femoral to Radial

Duane Pinto, MD, MPH, shares his insight on how changing from femoral to radial access might affect your pharmacologic choices at your institution.

Radial Artery Use and Reuse

Preserving radial patency after transradial catheterization procedures.

By Sameer Gupta, MD, and Sandeep Nathan, MD, MSc

Managing Complications of Transradial Catheterization

How to address challenges that may occur with this outcome-improving access procedure.

By Daniel H. Steinberg, MD

Femoral Access Is Still a Contender

An examination of the data on bleeding complications shows that the femoral access route remains a reasonable choice during PCI.

By Nevin C. Baker, DO, and Ron Waksman, MD

Transradial Access Services

A strategic imperative for high-performing hospital systems.

By Denise Brown and Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH

Ask the Experts: Is Patent Hemostasis After Radial Access Truly Valuable?

With Ian C. Gilchrist, MD, FSCAI; Kimberly Skelding, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI; and Jennifer A. Tremmel, MD, MS


Sponsored by Boston Scientific Corporation

Renal Denervation: What Is on the Horizon?

A look at the background of renal denervation studies and the future directions of this therapy for patients with hypertension.

With Krishna Rocha-Singh, MD; Farrell O. Mendelsohn, MD; and Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM, FACC, FSCAI


Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair Devices Beyond MitraClip

A review of devices in development for the percutaneous treatment of mitral regurgitation.

By Jonathan Marvin Tobis, MD, and Islam Abudayyeh, MD, MPH


Stent Thrombosis Management

How to predict and manage stent thrombosis and the effect of newer-generation DES.

By Donald E. Cutlip, MD


Reaching TAVR’s Full Potential by Optimizing Postprocedure Care

Realizing the potential benefits that can be gained when clinical pathways are implemented post-TAVR.

By Christopher U. Meduri, MD, MPH; Vivek Rajagopal, MD; Jim Kauten, MD; Charles Brown IV, BA; David Alexander, PA; Edvin K. Feldt, MD; and Brian J. Potter, MD, MSc


Sponsored by Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

Vessel Preparation With Orbital Atherectomy for Treating Severe Coronary Calcium for Stent Delivery

With Jeffrey Moses, MD



A preview of today's new products.

An Interview With James C. Blankenship, MD

The newly inducted President of SCAI discusses what’s ahead for the society during the next year, challenges with current health care policy, and why he’s an enthusiastic radialist.


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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.