January/February 2018




Interventional Therapies for Heart Failure

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


Technologies for Treating Left Atrial Decompression in Heart Failure

An overview of three unique devices that are currently in development, including data from early clinical trial experience and the potential advantages and pitfalls to be explored.

By Scott M. Lilly, MD, PhD; and Daniel Burkhoff, MD, PhD

Selection of Hemodynamic Support: An Approach for Coronary Interventions in Shock and High-Risk PCI

The role of hemodynamic support devices in emergent cardiogenic shock and elective high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention.

By Sahil Khera, MD, MPH; and Srihari S. Naidu, MD

How to Implant the CardioMEMS Heart Failure Sensor

A step-by-step review of the sensor implantation procedure, including pre- and postprocedural assessment.

By David M. Shavelle, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Ask the Experts: What Is the Role of Mitral Repair in Heart Failure?

Experts discuss treatment strategies for patients with mitral regurgitation progressing to heart failure.

With William Weir, MD; Steven F. Bolling, MD; Brian Whisenant, MD; Nyal Borges, MD; Samir Kapadia, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Muath Bishawi, MD; and Donald D. Glower Jr, MD


Sponsored by Philips

Office-Based Labs: Getting Started

An in-depth look at the development and key issues related to office-based labs (OBLs) from the perspective of a physician who made the OBL leap and can offer valuable lessons learned.

With Donald S. Cross, MD, FACC


PFO Closure for Cryptogenic Stroke

Data from three randomized clinical trials offer promising results for the use of patent foramen ovale closure in the treatment of cryptogenic stroke.

By Dominik M. Wiktor, MD; and John D. Carroll, MD


The National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative

Dr. William W. O’Neill shares his experience with launching this initiative at both the regional and national levels.

With William W. O’Neill, MD, MSCAI; and Michael J. Lim, MD


Insights Into the FAME 2 and ORBITA Trials

Drs. William Fearon and Ajay Kirtane discuss what the data mean for patients with stable coronary artery disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, applicability in patients with severe disease, and what they would have changed in terms of study design.

With William Fearon, MD; and Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM, FACC, FSCAI


Overcoming Difficult Radial Anatomy During Primary PCI With Balloon-Assisted Tracking

Using balloon-assisted tracking as an alternative to femoral access in cases complicated by severe spasm, tortuosity, or radial loops.

By Senthil K. Elangovan, MRCP; Alex J. Chase, PhD; Adrian Ionescu, MD; and Daniel R. Obaid, PhD

Impact of Radial Access on Coronary Intervention Outcomes

Coronary intervention outcomes can be improved with radial access—time for radial first.

By M. Imran Aslam, MD; and Rani K. Hasan, MD, MHS

Femoral Versus Radial Access: Do Vascular Closure Devices Level the Playing Field?

A look at the pro and cons of radial versus femoral access and the extent to which VCDs can mitigate drawbacks of a femoral approach.

By Zoltan G. Turi, MD, MSCAI, FACC


Sponsored by Abbott

Expert Perspectives in Valve-in-Valve Therapy

A cardiothoracic surgeon and an interventional cardiologist share their perspectives on the potential complications, trouble-shooting techniques, and expanding use for ViV therapy.

With Anson Cheung, MD; and Danny Dvir, MD


Where the Money Is

As margins decline, hospitals should look to their heart programs for financial opportunities.

By Larry Sobal, MBA, MHA, CMPE


An Interview With Subhash Banerjee, MD

Dr. Banerjee discusses the CPRS-CKD study, PREMIER phase 2 trial, the Cardiovascular Innovations meeting, and more.


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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.