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January 2002

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Volume 14 Issue 1
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,…
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…
Lower restenosis rates were shown in selected lesions with the first-generation Palmaz-Schatz stent when compared to conventional balloon angioplasty.1 However, because the Palmaz-Schatz stent and its delivery system were rigid, stent delivery failur…
In this issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Mehta and colleagues provide an interesting report describing their initial clinical experience with a device, the X-Press system, for percutaneous closure of a femoral arterial access site. The de…
When percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was introduced, it was limited to patients suffering from refractory angina pectoris due to isolated lesions of a single major epicardial coronary artery.1 Over the last 2 decades, however, the treatment…
When percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was introduced, it was limited to patients suffering from refractory angina pectoris due to isolated lesions of a single major epicardial coronary artery.1 Over the last 2 decades, however, the treatment…
When percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was introduced, it was limited to patients suffering from refractory angina pectoris due to isolated lesions of a single major epicardial coronary artery.1 Over the last 2 decades, however, the treatment…
Direct percutaneous coronary angioplasty (d-PTCA) has emerged as an effective reperfusion strategy in patients presenting within the first 12 hours of an acute myocardial infarction as compared to intravenous thrombolytics.1–5 Several randomized thro…
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