In this Issue
CHIEF MEDICAL EDITOR’S PAGE
By Ted E. Feldman, MD, MSCAI, FACC, FESC
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
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
A step-by-step review of the sensor implantation procedure, including pre- and postprocedural assessment.
By David M. Shavelle, MD, FACC, FSCAI
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
FEATURED PROGRAMSponsored by Philips
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
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
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
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
RADIAL ACCESS: TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS
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
Coronary intervention outcomes can be improved with radial access—time for radial first.
By M. Imran Aslam, MD; and Rani K. Hasan, MD, MHS
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
FEATURED TECHNOLOGYSponsored by Abbott
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
CODING & REIMBURSEMENT
As margins decline, hospitals should look to their heart programs for financial opportunities.
By Larry Sobal, MBA, MHA, CMPE
Dr. Banerjee discusses the CPRS-CKD study, PREMIER phase 2 trial, the Cardiovascular Innovations meeting, and more.