Volume 19 - Issue 11 - November, 2007

Delayed Complete Heart Block Secondary to Jailed First Septal Perforator

Complete heart block (CHB) due to the loss of a first septal perforator (FSP) following left anterior descending artery (LAD) stenting is uncommon, with few reported cases in the literature.1,2 It usually occurs at the time of the procedure and is transient, typically resolving within 72 hours. This report describes the case of an elderly female who developed unheralded syncope secondary to CHB 2 days after uneventful percutaneous coronary angioplasty and stenting of the LAD.

Case Report. A 76-year-old female with hypertension and dyslipidemia presente



Dissociation of the Inflammatory Reaction following PCI for Acute Myocardial Infarction

Early reperfusion after coronary occlusion reduces the extent of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) as well as mortality.1 However, reperfusion itself may cause damage to surviving myocardium, the so-called “reperfusion injury”.2 Neutrophils are activated and infiltrate the myocardium following ischemia and reperfusion.3 A vast number of experimental studies suggest that neutrophils are important players in the development of irreversible reperfusion injury.4 Activated neutrophils are capable of releasing substances injurious to the myo



Percutaneous Occlusion of Patent Ductus Arteriosus with the Nit-Occlud® Device in an Adult Patient

Percutaneous occlusion of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is actually a standard procedure for the treatment of this congenital heart defect. Different devices have been used for the last 20 years with high rates of success.1,2,4,8,11,13,14 A few exceptions include low-weight premature newborns and ductus endarteritis. Anatomic features of the ductus, the presence of an aortic ampulla and its minimal diameter are to be considered when the closing device is selected.6 We report the case of an adult patient with a PDA, a large aortic ampulla and mild-to-moderate pulmona



Saphenous Vein Graft-to-Left Atrium Fistula Treated with Percutaneous Transcatheter Embolization with Coils

Coronary artery fistulae (CAF) are direct precapillary communications which bypass the myocardial capillary network and connect a coronary artery to another vessel or cardiac chamber (cameral).1 CAF are reported in 0.1–0.7% of patients undergoing coronary angiography and account for 13% of congenital coronary artery anomalies.1,2 Acquired CAF occur as complications of myocardial infarction, traumatic accidents, invasive cardiac procedures or cardiac surgery.1 Acquired CAF were present in 30% of 96 fistulae reported between 1985 and 1995.1 Fi



The Undilatable Lesion: A Striking Example of Plaque Modification for Severe Calcification with Rotational Atherectomy – Impet

The undilatable lesion requiring rotational atherectomy is an uncommon occurrence with the current availability of noncompliant balloons and other methods of “focused-force” angioplasty. The use of noncompliant balloons, or a “buddy” cutting wire, and finally, the use of nonablation devices such as the Cutting Balloon Ultra (Boston Scientific Corp., Natick, Massachusetts) or the FX miniRAIL catheter (Abbott Laboratories Inc., Abbott Park, Illinois) have all been described in previous reports.2,3 Each of these plaque modi



Negative Remodeling at the Ostium of the Left Anterior Descending Artery Induced Myocardial Ischemia

Negative remodeling is a condition in which the vessel area decreases in size, often as a result of a structural change in the coronary vessel wall. It is a major factor in restenosis following balloon angioplasty, but its contribution to myocardial ischemia in a de novo lesion has not been clearly shown. We report on a patient with exertional angina that was caused by negative remodeling at the ostium of left anterior descending artery (LAD).

 

Case Report. A 48-year-old female with exertional angina was admitted to our hospital. Electrocardiography reveal



Unintended Stent Extraction from a Coronary Artery during Bifurcation Coronary Angioplasty

Provisional stenting is the most widely used method for the treatment of bifurcation coronary artery lesions. It consists of the placement of the first stent in the main branch, followed by provisional stenting of the side branch through the main branch stent. The advantage of this approach is its simplicity and predictable results. Generally, a stent is placed in the main branch and the use of a second stent (in the side branch) is based on the angiographic appearance.
The “jailed” wire technique maintains side branch patency and facilitates side branch access through the



Stent Implantation for Diffuse and Multiple Coronary Spasm in a Patient with Variant Angina Refractory to Optimal Medical Ther

Variant angina is more frequently seen in East Asia than in the West. It may be associated with acute myocardial infarction, severe cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. Most patients obtain sufficient relief by vasodilator drug management such as calcium antagonists and/or nitrates. However, it is well known that some patients experience angina refractory to such treatments.1,2 Reportedly, about 5–30% of patients with variant angina do not get relief from anginal attacks with medical management. Previous studies showed that stent placement in spastic segments might be help



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