Tag: coronary artery calcification


Axillary Access Case Review: High-Risk PCI on an Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery

Dr. Elias Haddad of Vanderbilt University Medical Center presents a case of a surgical turndown patient with cirrhosis, severe aortic valve stenosis, severe coronary artery disease, and LAD with moderate severe calcification. Dr. Haddad outlines his decision-making and considerations in the procedure planning for this Protected PCI using axillary access. Additionally, he discusses pre-close solutions … Continue reading “Axillary Access Case Review: High-Risk PCI on an Unprotected Left Main Coronary Artery”

The Impact of Coronary Artery Calcium on Post-PCI Outcomes

Key Takeaways

  • Researchers examined the impact of coronary artery calcium on post-PCI outcomes in patients with STEMI.
  • All-cause mortality and incidence of MACE and STEMI were higher at follow-up in patients with moderate/severe coronary artery calcification.
During percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), cardiologists often confront various patient-specific challenges that limit optimal angiographic outcomes. These challenges include lesion tortuosity, bifurcations, and calcification.1 The presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC), for instance, has been linked with poor prognosis following elective PCI for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), yet the research regarding the full impact of CAC following PCI is limited. Continue readingThe Impact of Coronary Artery Calcium on Post-PCI Outcomes

The Benefits of a CHIP Fellowship Program

Dr. Raja Hatem discusses the CHIP Fellowship Program designed to train cardiologists to help the underserved, high-risk patients who exhibit low EF, coronary artery calcification, multivessel disease or chronic total occlusion. IMP-231 To learn more about the Impella┬«┬áplatform of heart pumps, including important risk and safety information associated with the use of the devices, please … Continue reading “The Benefits of a CHIP Fellowship Program”