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Notes from the Editors: CHIP newsletter highlights

BY SANJOG KALRA | August 31, 2021   

Welcome back to this month’s TCTMD CHIP Newsletter. This month, we’re pleased to bring you CHIP-related content that mirrors our daily practice—a little bit of everything!

We begin with an excellent lecture on cardiogenic shock in a specific group of patients: those with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). In his lecture, Scott Sharkey, MD (Minneapolis Heart Institute, MN), does an excellent job describing the prevalence of cardiogenic shock in SCAD patients presenting to his large urban heart center and details both the chosen treatment approaches and outcomes from their data set.

Next, Sorin Brener, MD (NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, NY), discusses an extremely important area in the CHIP space: outcome prediction. Using data from his institutional percutaneous coronary intervention registry, he introduces the CHIP SCORE, a novel predictive tool that utilizes independent predictors of mortality post-CHIP PCI (eg, need for dialysis, more than two lesions treated, and others) to classify patients into tertiles of death risk at 1 year following their respective procedures. This exciting area of CHIP PCI risk and outcome prediction will undoubtedly evolve further in the years to come, with validation studies and the development of additional risk scores on the horizon.

Also this month, we feature an interview from our CHIP Updates series between James Spratt, MD (St George’s University Hospitals, London, England), and Robert F. Riley, MD (The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH), where Spratt discusses his learning journey from his start in cardiology to his current status as a luminary in the field of CHIP PCI. In this candid interview, he talks about why collaboration and a passion for continued learning are important in advancing the CHIP field. Spratt also introduces us to OPTIMA: an educational initiative that aims to explain CTO and complex PCI techniques using a framework in which procedural maneuvers/goals are broken down into their component parts to simplify their adoption. This interview is truly one of the highlights of the CHIP Updates series and is not to be missed!

Finally, it gives us great pleasure this month to introduce yet another exciting segment of the CHIP TCTMD newsletter, where we focus on the most important and newsworthy CHIP operators out there—YOU! Each month in CHIP: Making the Case we will interview a member of our community, who will present a challenging case and discuss patient selection, the technical strategies used, the outcome of the case, and other key pearls. This new initiative is sure to highlight many “real-world” learning points from which we as operators, and most importantly our patients, are sure to benefit. Stay tuned for future installments of Making the Case in the months ahead!

Thank you for joining us again this month! Stay safe and healthy!



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