December 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 12
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes several interesting research articles, some of which are followed by commentary from members of our advisory board. We have also included selections from the Journal’s special s…
Chronic total occlusions (CTO) represent some of the most challenging scenarios for percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Predictors of procedural success in PCIs of CTOs include length of occlusion, duration of occlusion, presence of tapered en…
Cardiogenic shock occurs in 7–10% of patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and it has been one of the major causes of death following AMI.1,2 Intra-aortic balloon pumping (IABP) has been routinely used for AMI with cardiogenic shock, and…
Case Report. A 74-year-old male diagnosed with NSTE acute coronary syndrome (non-Q wave myocardial infarction) in another hospital was transferred to our clinic due to residual angina. In 1996 the patient had a myocardial infarction (MI) and received…
Fractured coronary guidewire is a relatively uncommon complication of percutaneous coronary intervention. Numerous methods have been described for retrieval of these retained fragments from the coronary circulation. These methods have included snarin…
Case Report. A 56-year-old male patient presented one hour after the onset of severe, substernal chest pain at rest. Physical examination revealed moderate distress secondary to chest pain. His blood pressure was 135/80 mmHg, his heart rate was 76 be…
Case Report. A 67-year-old female was referred to our center due to chest pain. She had no prior history of ischemic heart disease; however, in the last 6 months, she began experiencing exertional chest discomfort. Cardiac risk factors included untre…
Background. A number of studies have examined the environmental and genetic basis contributing to the pathogenesis of various disease states. This has been studied in monozygotic twins and recently published. Recent reports have examined disease prev…
The Bentall procedure for aortic root and valve replacement with coronary reimplantation was initially described in 1968.1 This procedure is considered the “gold standard” for treatment of combined valve and ascending aortic pathology. The procedure…
Previous studies support the concept that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease.1,2 Inflammation plays an important role not only in the development, but also in the acute complications of atherosclerotic plaques.3 The detection of plaque temper…