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Percutaneous Transcatheter Therapies for the Management of Left Ventricular Assist Device Complications

Rohan J. Kalathiya, MD;  Jonathan Grinstein, MD;  Nir Uriel, MD;  Atman P. Shah, MD


Published online ahead of print on 2017 Feb 15

The purpose of this article is to discuss mechanical complications associated with LVAD therapy and interventional transcatheter therapies that have been used to solve these increasingly complex problems....

Root Cause Analysis of Deaths in ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarctions Treated with Primary PCI: What Can We Do Better?

Fredy El Sakr, MD;  Mohamad Kenaan, MD;  Daniel Menees, MD;  Milan Seth, BS, MS;  Hitinder S. Gurm, MD

Published online ahead of print on 2017 Mar 15

Recent data demonstrate that mortality of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has not changed despite dramatic reduction in door-to-balloon times. Identifying potential areas in care that can be further optimized to decrease mortality remains a priority....

Antecubital Fossa Venous Access For Right Heart Catheterization

Omar Waheed;  Abhinav Sharma, MD;  Maninder Singh, MD;  Edo Kaluski, MD

With the advance of radial access and ulnar access there has been an increased interest in performing right heart catheterization and right-heart based procedures via antecubital venous access. Our purpose is to describe the venous anatomy of the upper extremities, technique, equipment, and cost for employing this approach....

Lack of Association Between Limb Hemodynamics and Response to Infrapopliteal Endovascular Therapy in Patients With Critical Limb Ischemia

J.A. Mustapha, MD1;  Larry J. Diaz-Sandoval, MD1;  George Adams, MD2;  Michael R. Jaff, DO3;  Robert Beasley, MD4; Theresa McGoff, RN1;  Sara Finton, RN1;  Larry E. Miller, PhD5;  Mohammad Ansari, MD1;  Fadi Saab, MD1


Non-invasive limb hemodynamics may aid in diagnosis of CLI, although the relationship with disease severity and response to endovascular therapy is unclear. This prospective, single-center study enrolled 100 CLI patients who underwent infrapopliteal endovascular revascularization in the PRIME registry....

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The Impact of Proximal Vessel Tortuosity on the Outcomes of Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights From a Contemporary Multicenter Registry

Judit Karacsonyi, MD1,2;  Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD3;  Khaldoon Alaswad, MD4;  Farouc A. Jaffer, MD, PhD5;  Robert W. Yeh, MD6;  Mitul Patel, MD7;  Ehtisham Mahmud, MD7;  Anthony Doing, MD8;  Catalin Toma, MD9;  Barry Uretsky, MD10;  James Choi, MD11;  Jeffrey W. Moses, MD3;  Ajay Kirtane, MD3;  Manish Parikh, MD3;  Ziad Ali, MD3;  William L. Lombardi, MD12;  David E. Kandzari, MD13;  Nicholas Lembo, MD13;  Santiago Garcia, MD14; Michael R. Wyman, MD15;  Jose R. Martinez-Parachini, MD1;  Aris Karatasakis, MD1;  Barbara A. Danek, MD1;  Aya J. Alame, BA1;  Erica Resendes, MS1;  Bavana V. Rangan, BDS, MPH1;  Imre Ungi, MD, PhD2;  Craig A. Thompson, MD, MMSc16;  Subhash Banerjee, MD1;  Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD1,17

Published online ahead of print on 2017 May 15

We examined the impact of proximal vessel tortuosity on the outcomes of chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention.

Propensity-Score Matched Comparison of the Cera PFO Occluder With the Amplatzer PFO Occluder for Percutaneous Closure of Patent Foramen Ovale Without Echocardiographic Guidance

Mirjam Ulmi, MD1*;  Fabien Praz, MD1*;  George C.M. Siontis, MD1;  Andreas Wahl, MD1;  Stephan Windecker, MD1;  Heinrich P. Mattle, MD2;  Bernhard Meier, MD1

Published online ahead of print on 2017 May 15

We performed a propensity-score matched comparison of 28 patients undergoing percutaneous PFO closure using the Cera PFO occluder with 28 patients who received the Amplatzer PFO occluder. The main endpoints were procedural complications and closure rate at 6 months verified by TEE.

Comparison of Non-Contrast Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Computed Tomography Angiography for Aortic Annular Sizing Before Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Jing Wang, MD1,2;  Dinesh H. Jagasia, MD1;  Yamuna R. Kondapally, MD1;  Howard C. Herrmann, MD1;  Yuchi Han, MD, MMSc1

Published online ahead of print on 2017 May 15

This study compares the clinical feasibility and accuracy of non-contrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance to contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) angiography in order to provide a non-contrast alternative to CT annular sizing.

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