Editor's Message

Editor's Message

Dear Readers, The January 2009 issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology commences a new and exciting year that will undoubtedly usher in significant challenges as well as new developments in the field of invasive cardiology. The original research articles contained in this issue of the journal cover a variety of clinical topics. Dr. Charles Maynard and collaborators from the Department of Health Services and Department of Medicine at the University of Washington, the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development in Seattle, Washington, Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina, and Swedish Health Services in Seattle, present their study investigating the role of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in predicting hospital mortality for percutaneous coronary intervention in the Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program. Dr. Khalil Kaid and collaborators from the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, present their research analyzing particulate debris after superficial femoral artery atherectomy. Dr. David Shavelle from Harbor UCLA has provided a commentary to accompany the Kaid et al article. In the next research article, Dr. Sune Haahr-Pedersen and associates from the Department of Cardiology, Gentofte University Hospital, Aarhus University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, present their study linking the level of complement activity with cardiac dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. In the next original research article, Dr. Shyam Poludasu and colleagues from SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn in Brooklyn, New York, report on their research investigating the impact of body mass index on long-term all-cause mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention in African-Americans. In the last research article, Dr. Hutton Brantley and associates from Baptist Health System, the University of Alabama School of Medicine and Cardiology P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama, present their analysis of hyperperfusion syndrome following carotid artery stenting. This issue is completed with a Clinical Images selection submitted by Drs. Sanchez-Recalde, Jimenez-Valero and Moreno from the Interventional Cardiology Unit, La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, demonstrating the use of intravascular ultrasound in the evaluation of a stenotic modified Blalock-Taussig in a patient with a history of Down syndrome and complex congenital heart disease. Articles published in our electronic version this month include case reports highlighting a patient presenting with severe myocardial ischemia originating from a large vascular malformation from a coronary artery fistulous connection between the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries; two younger women presenting with acute myocardial infarction without significant risk factors; a case report illustrating endovascular treatment of traumatic bilateral internal carotid artery dissection; management of a patient who developed left main coronary artery stenosis following surgical valve replacement; the occurrence of an acute myocardial infarction that was secondary to a myocardial muscular bridge; and a presentation of a several patients who experienced post-cardiac injury syndrome after uncomplicated coronary angioplasty. These can be found on our website and I encourage you to visit www.invasivecardiology.com to read these interesting and informative articles, as well as any past issues of the journal that you may have missed. It is my hope that these interesting and timely articles provide important information to cardiovascular healthcare professionals so that they are able to provide state-of-the-art treatment for cardiovascular disease patients. Sincerely, Richard E. Shaw, PhD, FACC, FACA Editor-in-Chief