January 2002

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Volume 14 Issue 1
Electron-beam angiography (EBA) with three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction is a new, noninvasive cardiac imaging modality that has been used to determine patency of coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG).1–3 EBA permits noninvasive identification of th…
Atrial septal defects (ASD) have been closed surgically for over 4 decades with very low morbidity and mortality. The position of ASDs has rendered itself to the ingenious attempts of a number of pediatric cardiac interventionalists for catheter clos…
Since the first report of successful endovascular stent graft (EVSG) repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm by Parodi in 1991,1 a revolution in AAA surgery has been occurring. Numerous series of EVSG of AAA have been reported2–4 using physician-made…
Coronary artery perforation is a rare complication of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and coronary stenting. This complication most commonly results in a communication between the coronary artery lumen and the pericardial space;…
Ebstein’s anomaly of the tricuspid valve is a rare form of congenital heart disease that occurs in 1 in 20,000 live births and has a prevalence of approximately 0.5% among patients with congenital heart disease.1 It is characterized by apical displac…
Case Description. A 45-year-old male with established coronary artery disease was admitted for 2 weeks of recurrent rest-onset chest pain symptoms. The patient had undergone 2 previous percutaneous coronary interventions at another hospital. In 1997,…
Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) has been recognized as a safe, simple and effective alternative to operation for the management of renal artery stenosis (RAS). However, major complications such as complete arterial occlusion and renal par…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology ushers in another new and exciting year in the publication of the Journal. During the past year we have witnessed dramatic changes in both our society and our health care system. The eve…
Since 1977, when Gruentzig introduced balloon angioplasty as a less invasive alternative to coronary artery bypass graft surgery, the results have steadily improved. The proportion of complex patients who undergo this procedure has substantially incr…
The sizes of introducer sheaths and guiding catheters for percutaneous therapeutic interventions have decreased, which should reduce access-site complications.1–6 However, the use of novel antiplatelet drugs like glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors7,8 t…