To the Editor:
Today’s vast armamentarium of percutaneous coronary interventional devices has both simplified and complicated the procedure. While user-friendly catheters, wires and stents have allowed the seasoned interventionalist to conquer increasingly difficult anatomies, the complexity of these cases has likewise grown. Sometimes, however, a basic maneuver such as breath-holding can be of great assistance.
Deep inspiration causes caudal displacement of the diaphragm, resulting in increased distance between a stationary catheter in the aortic root and the heart. This techniqu... continue reading about Difficult Anatomies: Just Hold Your (Patient’s) Breath