SCAI: Changing environment poses new challenges for interventionalists

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Much has changed in Interventional Cardiology since I completed my fellowship in 2002. Back then most of us were primarily coronary interventionalists. Drug-eluting stents (DES) were newly approved, and the idea of 60- to 90-minute door-to-balloon times was still a distant goal. Peripheral interventions were only beginning to interest us, and only busy cath labs might have had a single person performing valvuloplasty and early ASD [atrial septal defect] closure.

PCI volume was increasing annually, as were advances in scientific discovery and drug/device development. We envisioned helping an increasing number of patients in ways our specialty’s founders could not have imagined.

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