March 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 3
The Barath Cutting Balloon (CB) (Boston Scientific, Natick, Massachusetts) was designed to score atherosclerotic plaque during balloon angioplasty using 3 or 4 longitudinal atherotomes.1 This microsurgical dilatation technique allows coronary dilatat…
The management of coarctation of the aorta beyond the immediate neonatal period has long been the focus of much controversy. Development of aortic aneurysms, with their inherent risk of spontaneous rupture and death,1,2 is not infrequently observed i…
The presence of cardiovascular symptoms secondary to the existence of a large branch of the internal mammary artery before its anastomosis to the anterior descending artery is controversial. Sutherland and Desai described the presence of the lateral…
Stent embolization is an uncommon but potentially serious complication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The incidence of coronary stent embolization is 0.3–8.3% and varies with stent type, need for manual crimping, and clinical situation.…
The incidence of coronary anomalies in patients undergoing coronary angiography is approximately 1.3%.1 Most of these anomalies are clinically benign, but some of them are associated with a high risk of myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death.…
Balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV) is an effective method for treating rheumatic mitral valve stenosis, producing good short- and long-term results1–2 that are comparable to surgical valvotomy.3–4 Two BMV techniques have been extensively used: the In…
In this issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Eeckhout, et al. have described the adjunctive use of intravascular ultrasound to guide stent implantation in the treatment of symptomatic, “unprotected” left main coronary artery disease. While th…
Transfemoral coronary angiography is not always possible because of obstructive arterial disease, and following the procedure, hemostasis can be difficult to achieve. An alternative transradial procedure described by Campeau1 has been widely accepted…
Materials and Methods Stent and stent coating. Stainless steel balloon-expandable stents (Jostent,™ Germany) were used for these studies. The bare stents, 16 mm long, were dip-coated in a biological polymer (SAE coating) or in a polymer/tacrolimus so…
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an emergent global threat caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV),1–3 which had caused outbreaks worldwide in 2003 with substantial morbidity and mortality,4–8 affecting over 8,000 patients and leading to…