Editor's Message

Editor's Message

Dear Readers,    This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, commentaries, an article from the new technique section, a clinical image selection, case reports and a special focus section on computed tomography, with articles assembled by special section editor, Dr. Matthew Budoff. Dr. Budoff has included two very interesting cases and an original research article. The first case, from Dr. Victor Chao and associates from the National Heart Center of Singapore, highlights the use of CT angiography (CTA) in a transcatheter aortic valve implantation patient who had a preexisting mechanical mitral prosthesis. The second case, from Dr. Leonid Mandel and colleagues from Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, describes the utility of CTA in a case of percutaneous closure of recurrent noncoronary sinus of Valsalva aneurysm rupture. The research study is from Dr. Malek Kass and collaborators from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute who present their pilot investigation comparing CTA, QCA and IVUS for identification of lesion characteristics and coronary stent selection.    Our Online-Exclusive section this month includes a selection of case reports: a report of a patient in whom manual aspiration was used to remove an iatrogenic embolization through a left internal mammary artery graft; a report describing the effective use of the balloon deflection technique for severely angulated bifurcation lesions; a case demonstrating the technical difficulty that can occur when attempting transcatheter repair of an aortic paravalvular leak; a case showing the use of an atrial septal occluder to close a perimembranous septal defect; use of the TandemHeart during high-risk PCI in the presence of an unstable left ventricular thrombus and primary angioplasty and subsequent multivessel stenting in a patient with dextrocardia and situs inversus.    This issue marks the beginning of a new section devoted to the description and discussion of selected complex cases. Our special editor will be Dr. Samin Sharma from Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York. These selections can be found on our web site 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. Also, take advantage of our new technologies with links to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn from our home page for interesting discussions of important topics.    The original research articles contained in this issue of the journal cover a variety of topics relevant to clinical practice. Dr. Anil Ranchord and colleagues from the Department of Cardiology at Wellington Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand, report on their study to investigate the feasibility and safety of same-day discharge in elderly patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention. Dr. Lidija Savic and colleagues from the Clinical Centre of Serbia-Emergency Hospital, the University of Belgrade School of Medicine and Institute for Medical Sciences and Informatics in Belgrade, Serbia, report on their study evaluating the prognostic significance of the occurrence of heart failure after successful percutaneous coronary intervention. In the next research selection, Dr. Yahya Juwana and collaborators from the Department of Cardiology, Isala Klinieken, Zwolle, the Netherlands, and Klinik Kardiovaskular, Cinere Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, have provided a meta-analysis evaluating the efficacy and safety of rapamycin as compared to paclitaxel-eluting stents. Dr. Mohammad Almalla and collaborators from Medical Clinic I, University RWTH Aachen in Aachen Germany, present their research examining the long-term clinical outcome of sirolimus-eluting stent implantation in patients with metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Dr. Pasi Karjalainen and colleagues from Pori, Oulu and Turku, Finland, report their pooled analysis of trials comparing titanium-nitride-oxide-coated stents with paclitaxel-eluting stents in patients undergoing coronary stenting.    Drs. Joelle Kefer, Parla Astarci and Jean Renkin from Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, have submitted an interesting clinical image using intracardiac echocardiography imaging to show transfemoral aortic Sapien valve implantation in a degenerated bioprosthesis, a ”valve-in-a-valve.” Drs. M. Jayaranganath, Anand Subrmanian and Cholenahally Nanjappa Manjunath from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bangalore, India, have provided a description of a novel technique using the retrograde approach for closure of a ruptured sinus of Valsalva.    It is my hope that the articles in this issue of the journal will provide important and relevant information to 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