December 2002

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Volume 14 Issue 1
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery remains the procedure of choice for the treatment of patients with unprotected severe left main (LM) disease.1–3 Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and stenting of LM lesions is technical…
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a well recognized and accepted treatment modality in cases of cardiogenic shock where emergent angioplasty is the therapy of choice. Emergent PCI is, however, not without complications. Occlusion rates of 8…
Association of coarctation of aorta and rheumatic mitral stenosis is rare and makes the simultaneous surgical approach of both lesions difficult. We present a case of the successful dilatation of aortic coarctation and mitral stenosis, peformed in th…
Coronary artery spasm was first described by Prinzmetal in 19591 as a variant form of angina that occurred predominantly at rest and was usually associated with ST-segment elevation on the electrocardiogram (ECG). The angina and ST-segment elevation…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, case reports, articles from the Journal special sections “Acute Coronary Syndromes” and “Intervention in Peripheral Vascular Disease”, and a summary…
The Cutting Balloon is an interventional device with 3–4 sharp microtome metal blades mounted longitudinally on the balloon surface. The microsurgical blades on the cutting balloon allow a more controlled dissection with lower inflation pressures wit…
Achieving arterial hemostasis is a major factor limiting ambulation and hospital discharge among patients undergoing diagnostic cardiac catheterizations. Historically, manual or mechanical compression for 15–30 minutes coupled with an extended bed re…
Crocker et al., in this issue of the Journal, have demonstrated a close to 90% success rate with immediate (See Crocker et al. on pages 728–732 repeatedly raised by skeptics of vascular device closure: why expose the patient to potential additional…
Treatment of bifurcation lesions still remains a challenge for interventional cardiologists and is still associated with a high rates of complications (8–22%) and restenosis (30–65%).1–5 The presence of a large plaque burden at the site of the bifurc…
Arterial access site management after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a matter of increasing importance in this era of more complex procedures with frequent use of potent antiplatelet pharmacotherapy.1 The morbidity associated with post-c…