November 2001

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Volume 13 Issue 10
The dawn of atherectomy. The concept of transcatheter atherectomy — removing obstructive tissue by a catheter-based excision technique — was first introduced by Simpson to overcome several unsolved limitations of the conventional “forced-dilation or…
A comprehensive electrophysiologic study (EPS) is a useful diagnostic tool for the clinical cardiac electrophysiologist in the care of patients. It assists in diagnosing bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias; it also contributes immensely to the unde…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, commentaries, a special teaching collection on innovative treatments for valvular heart disease, and articles from the special sections “Clinical Dec…
Case Description.A 50-year-old man was referred to our institution for evaluation and management of angina pectoris. He had experienced exertional chest pain three years prior to this admission, which had initially been treated medically. However, ac…
Coronary angioplasty has become a successful and widely used treatment for patients with coronary artery disease since its first clinical application in 1977. However, late (36 month) restenosis rates (20–30%) continue to be the most important clinic…
Angioplasty and stenting are becoming increasingly accepted techniques for the treatment of carotid stenosis. Compared to endarterectomy, carotid stenting is a less invasive procedure that provides an attractive treatment alternative for some patient…
Radiocontrast nephropathy (RCN) is a well-recognized cause of hospital-acquired renal insufficiency.1 Risk factors for RCN include baseline renal dysfunction, diabetes mellitus, high contrast volume, congestive heart failure, dehydration, advanced ag…
Although once considered to be a contraindication, accumulating data regarding stenting in thrombogenic milieu [acute myocardial infarction (AMI), unstable angina pectoris] in the presence of angiographically apparent thrombus reveal promising result…
Elective balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV), performed over the last 15 years, has been shown to effectively relieve the symptoms of significant mitral stenosis in a selected group of patients.1,2 BMV performed in patients with suitable valve morphol…