February 2003

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Volume 15 Issue 3
ABSTRACT: Goal. To investigate the incidence of early (< 24 hours) and late (> 24 hours to 7 days) reactions to 3 contrast agents commonly used in cardiac catheterization. Methods and Results. A total of 2,108 patients undergoing cardiac cathet…
Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is a distressing manifestation of benign or malignant disease obstructing return of blood flow through the superior vena cava (SVC).1 Patients with this syndrome can be extremely uncomfortable or may develop life-th…
Small intimal dissections occur frequently after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but are usually associated with a benign course. Following balloon angioplasty, coronary dissection is detected by angiography in 20–40% of cases1–3 and by int…
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is increasingly recognized as a mediator of Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is increasingly recognized as a mediator of paradoxical embolism,1,2 refractory hypoxemia3,4 and platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome.5–7 Many specialists are…
Introduction. Over the past decade, appreciable reductions in mortality, reinfarction and length of hospital stay have been reported in large-scale trials of patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Every year, approximately 1.5 million patients…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, case reports, a CME offering, articles from the Journal special sections “Acute Coronary Syndromes” and “Interventional Pediatric Cardiology”, as wel…
Aortic dissection is a rare but recognized complication of coronary angiography. In early series, angioplasty-induced dissection and other acute events associated with abrupt vessel closure complicated percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty i…
Despite improvements in interventional procedural techniques and equipment, vascular and bleeding complications remain a too frequent complication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In the National Cardiovascular Network database of over 10…
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) for unstable angina relieves symptoms and reduces the likelihood of subsequent acute myocardial infarction. However, initial procedural success rates in patients with unstable angina are lower tha…
Coronary artery disease is common in adult patients with end-stage liver disease who are candidates for orthotopic liver transplantation.1 Patients with end-stage liver disease are predisposed to spontaneous bleeding complications due to thrombocytop…