July/August 2019


In this Issue

Structural Heart Disease

Also Inside: Vascular Closure Devices


Guest Chief Medical Editors’ Page

Contemporary Catheter-Based Structural Heart and Vascular Access Closure Options

By Rahul Sharma, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI; and Nicolas M. Van Mieghem, MD, PhD, FACC, FESC


Update on Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion

An overview of innovative preprocedural and intraprocedural imaging techniques, trial data, and current LAAO devices and devices in development.

By Saurabh Sanon, MD; and D. Scott Lim, MD

Transcatheter Paravalvular Leak Closure: Diagnosis, Devices, Techniques, and Outcomes

Where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we still need to go with transcatheter PVL closure.

By John T. Saxon, MD; and Adnan K. Chhatriwalla, MD

PFO Closure: Status Update and New Devices

A review of updated trial data, treatment diagnosis and indications, and approved devices.

By Francesco Dipasquale, MD; Sebastiano Immè, MD; and Marco Barbanti, MD


Large-Bore Access Closure: The Current Landscape

An assessment of vascular closure techniques, including surgical closure, suture-based devices, and dedicated large-bore devices.

By Stephen Keane, MB, BCh, BAO; Liesbeth Rosseel, MD; and Darren Mylotte, MB, BCh, MD, PhD

Large-Bore Access Site Management

State-of-the-art closure techniques for large-bore access.

By Amir Kaki, MD; and M. Chadi Alraies, MD

Radial Compression Devices Used After Cardiovascular Interventions

Discussing the design and function of radial artery compression technologies used for a safe closure of radial access after percutaneous cardiovascular intervention.

By Francesco Costa, MD, PhD, FESC; and Renato Scalise, MD

A Tutorial on Ultrasound-Guided Access

Mastering the ultrasound-guided access technique for cardiac and noncardiac interventions can reduce access-related complications and improve outcomes.

By Maarten P. van Wiechen, MD; and Nicolas M. Van Mieghem, MD, PhD, FACC, FESC


How to Close a PFO With ICE Guidance

A guide to understanding intracardiac echocardiography for PFO closure, including available technologies, proper techniques, and potential benefits and limitations.

By Mohamad Alkhouli, MD


Sponsored by TherOx, Inc.

SuperSaturated Oxygen Therapy for STEMI

Moving beyond epicardial vessel patency for enhanced myocardial salvage.

By Jack L. Martin, MD, FACC


Sponsored by B. Braun

Go Implant-Free in De Novo Lesions: DCB-Only Strategy

Experts share their thoughts on DCB-only angioplasty as an implant-free alternative to DES implantation. Based on their clinical practice, the experts offer their distinct perspectives on recently published data, future expectations, and much more.

With Robert A. Byrne, MD, PhD; Raban Jeger, MD; and Bruno Scheller, MD; with additional commentary provided by Tuomas T. Rissanen, MD, PhD
Sponsored by BioTrace Medical Inc.

The Tempo® Temporary Pacing Lead

Cost-effective safety, stability, and ambulation for TAVR and other cardiac procedures.


Assessing Effective Access and Availability Strategies for Today’s Cardiovascular Program

A guide for cardiovascular programs to improve access to care for new patients and recommendations on improving availability for existing patients.

By Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC



An Interview With Rebecca T. Hahn, MD

Dr. Hahn shares insights from the SCOUT tricuspid regurgitation trial, various valvular regurgitation guidelines, the formation for the interventional echocardiography subspecialty, and much more.


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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.