Category Archives: Invasive Cardiology

Contrast-Induced Nephropathy

One of the leading causes of renal failure for both in-patients and outpatients is contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) following diagnostic and interventional procedures. As imaging modalities continue to evolve, more patients will be treated and diagnosed with contrast enhanced imagery. CIN varies from 5% to 38% depending on the patients risk factors. So in perspective, a…

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A Review of Lifesaving and Antithrombotic Drugs (Part 1)

Beep beep beep. It’s 3 am and your pager is going off again. It’s Dr. Bound’s patient in the Emergency Department (ED). You call for a report: 60 year old woman, chest pain 10/10, ST elevations in the anterior leads, hemodynamically unstable with a heart rate of 110 and BP of 90/50. She has no…

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Pathways to platelet activation

A Review of Lifesaving and Antithrombotic Drugs (Part 2A)

Editor’s Note: The information presented in this article is intended to serve as an educational aid only and provide the reader with a reference; it is not intended to offer medical advice nor substitute medical practice, diagnosis and/or treatment. The ultimate responsibility for patient care resides with the health care professional using his or her…

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Integrilin

A Review of Lifesaving and Antithrombotic Drugs (Part 2B)

Editor’s Note: The information presented in this article is intended to serve as an educational aid only and provide the reader with a reference; it is not intended to offer medical advice nor substitute medical practice, diagnosis and/or treatment. The ultimate responsibility for patient care resides with the health care professional using his or her…

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Heart Failure

Heart Failure: Types and Treatments (Part 1)

Although cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs treat many different patient populations, one patient population that has shown an overwhelming increase in recent years is that of patients with heart failure. These patients normally have chronic heart failure and have had procedures such as pacemakers or defibrillators implanted in the EP labs or Swan- Ganz catheters…

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