January 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 1
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology commences our 17th year of publication. The growth of the journal over the last year has been phenomenal. I want to thank the staff at HMP Communications for providing the support that w…
Thrombin plays a central role in clot formation through platelet activation and fibrin generation at the sites of arterial disruption, such as that caused by angioplasty or plaque rupture.1–3 Thrombin also amplifies its own generation by activating f…
Case report. A 49-year-old white female presented with recurrent angina. Six months prior, she was successfully treated for a similar anginal syndrome with a 5.0 x 43 Magic Wallstent in the proximal and mid-RCA. Coronary angiography showed a focal 9…
Efficiency in the cardiac catheterization lab is tied directly to patient recovery time in many institutions due to the limited recovery space and expenses inherent in the personnel required. This must always be balanced against the quality of care…
Interventional cardiologists have increasingly translated their coronary skills to the field of peripheral interventions. Patients with cardiovascular disease frequently have associated PVD. This places cardiologists at the vanguard of carotid, subc…
Case report. An 86-year-old male with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and peripheral arterial occlusive disease presented with claudication, weakness and cramping of his left lower extremity. In March 2003, he had undergone a left-s…
It is thought that most coronary artery anomalies are congenital in origin, resulting from varied formation during embryonic development. Although a number of different anomalies may occur, the overall incidence of this abnormality has been reported…
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare but potentially lethal event.1,2 It is a separation between the intimal and medial wall of the coronary vessel. The potential result of the dissection is obstruction of the vessel lumen and subs…
Patients with diabetes mellitus have higher adverse event rates1–4 and a higher risk of restenosis following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared to non-diabetic patients.5–10 The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Hea…
The Prostar® XL (Perclose, Redwood City, California) allows the femoral arterial puncture site to be closed percutaneously with two nonabsorbable sutures. The Perclose AcceleRated Ambulation and DischargE (PARADISE) trial1 showed that use of the Pros…