Category Archives: Invasive Cardiology

heart failure recovery

Heart Failure: Types and Treatments (Part 2)

Treatment of Heart Failure: I. Medical Therapy – Positive Inotropes – Increase myocardial contraction. Diuretics – achieve a euvolemic state by removing more sodium and water from the body in the form of urine. Examples include Lasix and Spironolactone. Vasodilators – relax blood vessels allowing for increase in flow Angiotensin –converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and…

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IVUS vs angiogram

Technological Advancements in Lesion Assessment (Part 1)

For over thirty years, cardiologists and technologists have been looking up at the cardiac cath lab angiography screen and asking each other, “What do you think?” “What should we do about that lesion?” “Is this stenosis severe enough for the patient to benefit from intervention?” These questions were followed with multiple views and contrast injections.…

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coronary artery lesion assessment

Technological Advancements in Lesion Assessment (Part 2)

IVUS Benefits vs. Angiography. Intravascular Ultrasound is the only way to evaluate vessel morphology. IVUS can determine the composition of a lesion: soft plaque, fibrous, calcified or fibro-fatty. IVUS allows insight into the pathophysiology of the plaque formation. Utilization of IVUS gives quantitative measurements of vessel and lumen areas at the stenosis, diameters and lesion…

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Radiation Safety Badge in the Cath Lab

Radiation Safety in the Workplace (Cardiac Cath Lab) – Part 1

Radiation safety is a primary focus in the diagnostic and invasive cardiovascular workplace. As healthcare providers working with radiation on a daily basis, it is important to examine some of the measures taken to ensure our protection from these harmful waves. Radiation is considered energy traveling through space. One example of this phenomenon is sunshine…

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radiation safety in the cath lab

Radiation Safety in the Workplace (Cardiac Cath Lab) – Part 2

In the Cath Lab Healthcare professionals working in the cardiac catheterization laboratory are considered at greatest risk for exposure. There are many practices that can greatly reduce this exposure. First and foremost, practice ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) focusing on time, distance and shielding. Decrease the time spent near the source of radiation exposure…

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