September 2003

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Volume 15 Issue 11
Vascular anastomoses between the coronary arteries and the bronchial arteries were found in 22% of normal subjects and in about 48% of patients with significant coronary artery disease (CAD).1 These vascular anastomoses are congenital in origin, usua…
Case Report. A 63-year-old man was admitted to our hospital due to recent onset chest pain with radiation to the left arm, which was precipitated by minimum efforts and relieved by rest. He was evaluated at the coronary care unit and treated with asp…
Spontaneous rupture of a saphenous vein graft with pseudoaneurysm formation is a rare occurrence after coronary bypass grafting. Until now, pseudoaneurysm formation from a native coronary artery at the site of a left internal thoracic to radial arter…
Over the past decade, impressive reductions in mortality, reinfarction and length of hospital stay have been reported in large-scale studies of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Despite these advances, substantial challenges remain in iden…
Part II of III - Continued TABLE 3 KEY (continued) 2) Unfractionated heparin(UFH) can be used as an alternative to enoxaparin. If UFH is used in the setting of PCI, activated clotting time (ACT) should be followed to achieve an appropriate level of…
A total of 5,225 patients were enrolled in the PARAGON B trial. Among these patients, the type of heparin used was known in 5,200 (99.5%). The median duration of therapy was 72.8 hours for UFH and 79.7 hours for LMWH. LMWH was used in about one-fifth…
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common condition with an incidence as high as 25% in the general population.1 In some studies, young patients who present with neurological events show a higher prevalence of PFO and an association with a significant i…
Intracoronary stents reduce restenosis compared with conventional balloon angioplasty.1,2 However, in-stent restenosis remains an important clinical problem.3,4 Recently, randomized trials have demonstrated that intracoronary vascular brachytherapy (…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, which coincides with the annual Transcatheter Therapeutics meeting, includes original research articles, case reports, reviews, articles from the Journal special sections “Clinical Deci…
Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is characterized by a progressive, irreversible loss of myocardium that results from sustained critical ischemia. Treatment involves recanalizing the occluded culprit coronary artery to restore blood flow, originally…