By MARK McCARTY
Medical Device Daily Washington Editor
Dear Interventional Cardiologist,
Worried about Medicare reimbursement for the Next Great Stent? Concerned that FDA's massive regulatory girth will squash your drug-eluting balloon groove? Not to worry. Here are the top 10 reasons you should be thrilled with your choice of specialty.
Number 10: PCI numbers are flat of late, but just watch that Baby Boom fill your waiting room in the years to come.
Number 9: The transradial (through the wrist) route is gaining acceptance as an approach to coronary intervention.
Number 8: Americans aren't getting any skinnier!
Number 7: The latest hospital in-patient payment system proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would slightly increase payment for PCI procedures in fiscal 2012.
Number 6: Abbott (Abbott Park, Illinois) recently won a CE mark for its bioresorbable stent, the BVS. Can FDA really afford to be more than two years behind? I don't think so!
Number 5: Someday – probably in the not-too-distant future – really rich dog owners will decide their mutts deserve the best, too.
Number 4: Intravascular ultrasound.
Number 3: The American Heart Association just came up with a list of nearly two dozen catheter-based treatments that should be considered for pediatric heart disease.
Number 2: Percutaneous delivery of heart valves, and ...
The Number 1 reason interventional cardiologists should be happy with their choice of specialty: Who in their right mind really wants to have their chest cracked open?