January/February 2017


In this Issue

Current Trends in PCI

Bioresorbables • DCBs • CTOs • Atherectomy



Current Trends in PCI

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


The Long-Term Benefit of CTO Recanalization

Using CTO PCI to improve long-term clinical outcomes.

By Barbara Anna Danek, MD; and Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD

Coronary Atherectomy: A Current Assessment

A contemporary review of atherectomy devices for treating calcified coronary artery lesions.

By Evan Shlofmitz, DO

The Impact of Thin-Strut, Biodegradable Polymer Stent Designs

How these stent design characteristics may affect PCI outcomes going forward.

By Raffaele Piccolo, MD; and Thomas Pilgrim, MD

Current Use of Coronary Drug-Coated Balloons

A review of technical considerations and clinical applications and a discussion of what’s next in drug-coated balloon technology.

By Robert M. Bersin, MD, MPH

Implantation Technique for Bioresorbable Scaffolds

Device description and patient/lesion selection with the Absorb BVS.

By Jiang Ming Fam, MD, MBBS; and Robert-Jan van Geuns, MD


Bleeding Avoidance Strategies

Experts offer their experience with acute coronary syndrome protocol and how they approach access sites and handle bleeding events.

With Andrey Espinoza, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Paul A. Gurbel, MD; Sunil V. Rao, MD; and Steven J. Yakubov, MD, FACC, FSCAI


Maximizing Reimbursement Through MACRA’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

A road map for how to take advantage of the financial opportunities available with MACRA.

By Larry Sobal, MBA, MHA, CMPE; and Nicole Knight, LPN, CPC, CCS-P


An Interview With Josep Rodés-Cabau, MD

Dr. Rodés-Cabau discusses the current landscape of transcatheter valve technologies, as well as his participation in innovative structural heart interventions.


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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.