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The challenge of innovation for the (interventional?) cardiology world

EuroIntervention 2019;15:e956-e957. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I11A180

1. The Heart Institute, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel


Over 20 years ago, one late afternoon we were sitting in the cath lab preparing for the patients of the next day. We had a challenging patient with diabetes and severe renal failure who had been unstable for several days despite maximal medical therapy. Some of us felt that coronary angiography would “push” him to terminal renal failure and the need for dialysis. During the brainstorming discussion on how to perform this procedure as safely as possible, some of us came up with the idea that we might be able to take out the dye before it reached ...

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