October 2002

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Volume 14 Issue 11
Assessment of coronary flow is an important task for diagnosis and assessment of interventions in ischemic heart disease. Since the early days of coronary catheterizations, a reliable index of epicardial coronary flow and myocardial perfusion has bee…
Coronary artery disease is frequently encountered in diabetic patients.1 Previous reports showed that 15–25% of patients undergoing coronary revascularization had diabetes mellitus (DM).2–4 Although the initial success and in-hospital complication ra…
The term “acute coronary syndrome” (ACS) is applied to a broad spectrum of clinical presentations of chest pain, thus rendering accurate risk stratification crucial to rational decision making. Several clinical characteristics known at presentation h…
In 1959, Prinzmetal et al. first described a syndrome of “variant” angina occurring at rest with ST-segment elevations, often associated with arrhythmias. He also noted that the syndrome often coexisted with typical angina and was associated with ath…
Von Willebrand disease (vWD) results from deficiency of von Willebrand factor (vWf), an essential element needed for initial platelet adhesion and subsequent thrombosis.1 The presence of atherosclerotic coronary lesions without occlusive arterial thr…