October 2003

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Volume 15 Issue 12
Diabetes mellitus is a public health problem of increasing importance in both the developed and developing worlds.1 The prevalence of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and in particular diabetes, continues to increase; the impact on present and future…
Case Report. A 53-year-old male was admitted to our hospital complaining of persistent chest pain. He was diagnosed as having acute posterior myocardial infarction based on the clinical findings of ST segment elevation in posterior ECG leads and echo…
Transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) has increasingly become accepted therapy for patients with a history of multiple cryptogenic strokes.1–3 As more patients undergo transcatheter closure of PFO, and septal defects (atrial and ventric…
Observational and randomized studies recently showed that sirolimus-coated stents were associated with a lower rate of restenosis than bare stents.1–3 Although the restenosis rate was lower, coated stents have a significantly higher cost than convent…
Clinical problem. Heart failure patients are frequently hospitalized with decompensated heart failure,1 usually with volume overload. Treatment guidelines recommend diuretics to optimize volume status,2 and are most effective administered intravenous…
The use of risk adjustment methodology to account for patient differences in treatment outcomes is imperative to legitimately compare the results of institutions performing cardiovascular intervention. Mortality has been the most widely used indicato…
Thoracic aortic aneurysm continues to be a life-threatening problem because of associated comorbid conditions and high morbidity and mortality associated with conventional open repair.1 Despite the remarkable improvements in treatment as a result of…
Stainless steel and small amounts of nickel, chromium molybdenum and other contaminants tends to produce a foreign body reaction when implanted in human coronary arteries. The goal of “passive coatings” is to make the stent as neutral as possible to…
Systolic compression (milking) of the coronary arteries is almost always due to the existence of myocardial bridging. The prevalence of myocardial bridging ranges from 0.5% to 16% of patients submitted to coronary angiography, and is usually located…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, a special medical informatics update, interesting case reports, and articles from the Journal special sections “Clinical Decision Making” and “Clinic…