March 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 3
Case report. We report the case of a 46-year-old male who presented with an 18-month history of postprandial abdominal pain that had worsened during the previous two months, diarrhea, and a 12 kg weight lost. His previous medical history included sur…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, which coincides with the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, includes original research articles, case reports, editorials, a review, and articles from the journa…
Case report. A 73-year-old male with a previous history of four-vessel coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG; LIMA-LAD, SVG-OM3, sequential SVG to RPDA-RPL) in 1985 presented with chest pain consistent with unstable angina. Medical history was s…
Catheter-induced spasm of the left main coronary artery is rare but has been previously reported. The accurate diagnosis and differentiation of left main coronary spasm from fixed left main obstructive disease has obvious significant clinical implica…
Twiddler syndrome is an infrequent but potentially dangerous complication of device therapy for dysrhythmias. This syndrome results from the manipulation of the implanted pulse generator by the patient, leading to traction and subsequent lead dislodg…
The appropriate selection of the type of guide wire and its correct manipulation and positioning inside the coronary vessels are essential for successful percutaneous intervention (PCI). In most procedures, one guide wire is sufficient to allow the o…
Historia magistra vitae est. Cicero, Tusculanas, 2 A look at the historical evolution of coronary bypass surgery is helpful in understanding the dilemma facing cardiac surgeons today. What is the ideal technique to achieve the best surgical revascu…
Drug-eluting stents (DES) have had a significant impact on restenosis rates after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in clinical practice. The use of specially-designed coatings to release a cytostatic or cytotoxic agent within a defin…
Case Report. A 35-year-old healthy male with no significant previous medical illness presented to the emergency room with 24 hours of dull constant pain across his chest. Prior to the onset, he had collided with another player during a competitive so…
Case report. A 73-year-old male presented to his cardiologist with complaints of dyspnea on exertion over the past two years. The dyspnea had been progressively worsening over the previous three months, to the point where the patient had to stop and…