August 2004

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Volume 16 Issue 8
Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) has been successfully used to treat isolated lesions of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery by operating on the beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with excellent medium-t…
Coronary artery bypass grafting of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) using internal mammary artery (LIMA) has been shown to be more effective than interventional treatment with respect to event-free survival and relief of ischemic sy…
Invasive coronary procedures, such as rotational atherectomy and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) stenting, are associated with vasoconstriction that sometimes results in increased morbidity or death. The “no-reflow” phenomenon, an adverse effect…
Coronary artery aneurysm (CAA), defined as localized coronary dilatation with a diameter >= 1.5 times that of the adjacent normal coronary segment, is observed in 0.2–4.9% of patients undergoing coronary angiography.1–6 CAA most often involves the…
Case study. A 73-year-old female with no previous cardiac history presented with a history of crescendo chest pain over the last six weeks. Her symptoms were relieved by rest and nitroglycerin. Her risk factors included type-2 diabetes mellitus, hype…
Of approximately ten million people in the United States that live with peripheral vascular disease, only a small percentage are being treated (25%).1 The presence of peripheral vascular disease is an indicator of a higher mortality risk. A considera…
An impending consequence of unsuccessful stent deployment is the dislodgement of a stent from its delivery catheter with loss of the stent or embolization. A number of techniques to retrieve stents have been described, including the use of a distally…
This issue of The Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, commentary, case reports, and articles from the journal’s special sections Intervention in Peripheral Vascular Disease and Clinical Decision Making. In the first…
Since the description of left main coronary artery disease (LMCA),1 its prognostic importance has been shown in different scenarios.2 Observational3 and randomized studies4 have confirmed the benefits of surgical revascularization in these patients.…
Since the inception of coronary angioplasty, small vessel disease has been a particularly challenging subset to treat with percutaneous interventional therapies. Historically small vessel intervention has been complicated by a higher incidence of sig…