May 2002

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Volume 14 Issue 5
Aneurysms of the carotid arteries is a rare but well described entity. Cervical carotid artery aneurysms can cause cerebral embolism and transient ischemic attacks.1 Surgery, however, is often difficult because of the location and the damaged arteria…
To the Editor: We’ve read the editorial comment1 made by Dr. Turi on our study “Percutaneous Mitral Valvotomy: Six Year Follow-up”.2 Although we thank Dr. Turi for his insights, we disagree profoundly with the core of his criticism concerning lack o…
Coronary artery perforation is a rare but potentially fatal complication of percutaneous coronary interventions.1,2 Most cases are recognized at the time of the procedure. While some are identified as a localized collection of contrast outside the ar…
Coronary dissection during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) occurs frequently and is associated with variable evolution, including the development of acute closure with serious clinical consequences. Stent sealing of the false lumen is a comm…
Coronary dissection is a well-known complication of coronary interventions; however, proximal progression of the dissection into the aortic root happens rarely.1 The outcome and therapeutic strategy for this iatrogenic complication need to be establi…
The term acute coronary syndromes (ACS) comprise a continuum of diseases of various risks and severities including unstable angina pectoris, non-Q and Q-wave myocardial infarction (MI) and sudden death.1 These conditions share a similar pathologic pa…
Coronary stenting has evolved into the principal non-balloon device in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures.(1) Continual improvement in stent designs promises greater deliverability and durability. Indeed, widespread application of th…
Coronary stenting is generally associated with lower rates of restenosis than balloon angioplasty.1,2 However, in-stent restenosis (ISR) remains a significant clinical problem.(3) Pharmacological inhibition of ISR has shown potential in laboratory an…
In recent years, many changes in antithrombotic regimens and therapies in the settings of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have been realized. These therapies include the use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa platelet…
Case Description. A 72-year-old man was admitted to our institution with unstable angina pectoris. In 1980, he underwent single-vessel coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) receiving a saphenous vein bypass graft (SVG) to the left anterior desc…