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…
Since the first description of transradial coronary stent implantation in 1993,1 there has been a rapid increase in the number of coronary diagnostic and interventional procedures using this approach. The radial artery (RA) technique has potential ad…
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) may be an effective treatment in selected patients with left ventricular dysfunction, but acute and long-term mortality rates are higher than in patients with normal left ventricular function.1–5…
Intracoronary radiation therapy (IRT) for in-stent restenosis (ISR) in native coronary arteries and saphenous vein grafts (SVG) has substantially reduced the rate of recurrent restenosis compared with conventional percutaneous coronary intervention (…