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Impact of Proximal Cap Ambiguity on Outcomes of Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights From a Multicenter US Registry

Aris Karatasakis, MD1;  Barbara A. Danek, MD1;  Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD2;  Khaldoon Alaswad, MD3;  Farouc A. Jaffer, MD, PhD4;  Robert W. Yeh, MD, MBA5;  Mitul P. Patel, MD6;  John N. Bahadorani, MD6;  R. Michael Wyman, MD7;  William L. Lombardi, MD8;  J. Aaron Grantham, MD9;  David E. Kandzari, MD10;  Nicholas J. Lembo, MD10;  Anthony H. Doing, MD11;  Jeffrey W. Moses, MD2;  Ajay J. Kirtane, MD2;  Santiago Garcia, MD12; Manish A. Parikh, MD2;  Ziad A. Ali, MD, DPhil2;  Judit Karacsonyi, MD1;  Sanjog Kalra, MD2;  Bavana V. Rangan, BDS, MPH1;  Pratik Kalsaria, MS1;  Craig A. Thompson, MD13;  Subhash Banerjee, MD1;  Emmanouil S. Brilakis, MD, PhD1

We sought to determine the impact of proximal cap ambiguity on procedural techniques and outcomes for coronary chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary intervention....

Pericardiocentesis Under Continuous Ultrasonographic Guidance Using a 7 cm Micropuncture Needle

Vladimir Lakhter, DO;  Vikas Aggarwal, MD, MPH;  Riyaz Bashir, MD;  Brian O’Murchu, MD;  Howard A. Cohen, MD;  Brian P. O’Neill, MD

Published online ahead of print on 2016 Aug 15

A comparison of procedural success and safety of pericardiocentesis using continuous ultrasonographic visualization of a long (7 cm) micropuncture needle to standard access with an 18 gauge needle without continuous ultrasound guidance....

Influence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Seropositive Status on the In-Hospital Management and Outcomes of Patients Presenting With Acute Myocardial Infarction

Nathaniel R. Smilowitz, MD1;  Navdeep Gupta, MD2;  Yu Guo, MA1;  John T. Coppola, MD1;  Sripal Bangalore, MD, MHA1

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositive individuals are predisposed to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We sought to evaluate management strategies and outcomes of AMI in patients with HIV in the contemporary era....

Periprocedural Myocardial Injury and Long-Term Clinical Outcome in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Interventions of Coronary Chronic Total Occlusion

Luigi Di Serafino, MD, PhD1,2;  Francesco Borgia, MD, PhD3,4;  Joren Maeremans5,6;  Stylianos A. Pyxaras, MD7;  Bernard De Bruyne, MD, PhD1;  William Wijns, MD, PhD1;  Guy R. Heyndrickx, MD, PhD1;  Jo Dens, MD, PhD5; Carlo Di Mario, MD, PhD4;  Emanuele Barbato, MD, PhD1,3

Published online ahead of print on 2016 Mar 15

This study examines the prognostic implication of periprocedural myocardial injury (PMI) in chronic total occlusion PCI. ...

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Infrainguinal CTO Recanalization Assessed by Intravascular Ultrasound: Results of the CENTRAL Study

James Torey, PA-C1;  Anwar Zaitoun, MD1;  Thomas Lalonde, MD1;  John Runyon, MD2;  Jihad Mustapha, MD3;  Thomas Davis, MD1

Published online ahead of print on 2016 Oct 15

CENTRAL was a prospective, multicenter, 100 patient study designed to evaluate the ability of a recanalization catheter system to cross chronic total occlusions (CTOs) of the superficial femoral artery while staying within the central vessel lumen.

Effects of Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty on Diastolic Function in Patients With Chronic Occlusion of Lower-Extremity Artery

Wonho Kim, MD1,3,4;  Ramon Quesada, MD2;  Melanie B. Schernthaner, MD1;  Raul E. Herrera, MD1;  Juan-Carlos Zevallos, MD3;  Victor N. Becerra, BS3;  Juan M. Acuña, MD3;  Barry T. Katzen, MD1

Published online ahead of print on 2016 Oct 15

We investigated whether successful revascularization of total occlusion of a large lower-extremity artery is associated with improvement of left ventricular diastolic function.

Long-Term Mortality and Quality of Life After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Insertion in Very Elderly Patients

Pawel Kleczynski, MD, PhD;  Artur Dziewierz, MD, PhD;  Maciej Bagienski, MD;  Lukasz Rzeszutko, MD, PhD;  Danuta Sorysz, MD, PhD;  Jaroslaw Trebacz, MD, PhD;  Robert Sobczynski, MD, PhD;  Marek Tomala, MD, PhD;  Andrzej Gackowski, MD, PhD;  Dariusz Dudek, MD, PhD

Published online ahead of print on 2016 Oct 15

We sought to compare long-term mortality and quality of life in very elderly (≥80 years) patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in comparison with younger patients (<80 years).

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