November 2004

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Volume 16 Issue 11
Lutembacher syndrome is a rare combination of congenital ASD and acquired rheumatic mitral stenosis. It is usually treated by surgical correction. We describe a case of Lutembacher syndrome that was treated successfully with percutaneous Inoue balloo…
Transcatheter device closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) is an alternative to surgical closure. Currently, the Amplatzer Septal Occluder (ASO) (AGA Medical Corp, Golden Valley, Minnesota) is the only device approved for ASD closure in the United St…
Case Report. An 80-year-old man with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic renal insufficiency and significant carotid artery disease presented with a 4-day history of episodic severe substernal chest pressure at rest. Echocardiograph…
Dear Readers, This issue of The Journal of Invasive Cardiology, which coincides with the American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions, includes original research articles, case reports, reviews, and articles from the journal’s special secti…
It is with great excitement that The Journal of Invasive Cardiology will be initiating a new section called “Adjunctive Therapy.” While much of the focus of cardiovascular intervention relies upon mechanical approaches to improve perfusion, it has be…
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 8–12 million Americans with an estimated 12–20% of the population > 65 years of age afflicted. Approximately 50% of patients are asymptomatic, which may explain why this disease is often under-diagnosed an…
Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of accessory pathways (APs) is recommended as definitive therapy for symptomatic or life-threatening tachyarrhythmias associated with the Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. Although various complications hav…
Untreated pulmonary hypertension is a relentlessly progressive disorder leading to death from right ventricular failure, regardless of etiology. In recent years, more effective medical therapy has become available for this condition. In particular, i…
Left internal mammary artery (LIMA) to pulmonary vasculature fistulas are rare complications following coronary artery bypass surgery. In symptomatic cases, management tends to be either conservative or surgical ligation of the fistula. This case des…
Distal coronary embolization is an unpredictable complication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). No reflow, distal coronary occlusion and peri-procedural cardiac enzyme elevation (“infarctlets”) may result from distal embolization. Traditio…