April 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 4
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, a review article, a case report, articles from the journal's special sections Adjunctive Therapy and Clinical Decision Making, and a history of the I…
In patients with proximal left anterior descending (LAD) disease, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a valid alternative to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), offering similar long-term survival and relief of angina as CABG, though ther…
Up to two million percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures are performed worldwide each year.1 Coronary stents are typically implanted in over 90% of these procedures following two landmark studies demonstrating significant reduction in re…
Case description. A 39-year-old male with recent onset angina was admitted to our department with an acute infero-lateral myocardial infarction. The patient had no prior cardiac medical history, except for episodes of chest pain in recent months. As…
Case report 1. A 68-year-old caucasian male presented for a coronary angiography one month after an acute anterior myocardial infarction. It revealed total occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. A decision was taken to attempt to ope…
The International Andreas Gruentzig Society was inaugurated in the years after Andreas Gruentzig’s passing in 1985. A small group of his mentors, colleagues and trainees struggled to find a way to hold the memory of this remarkable man and push his i…
Brian Firth: Thank you, Amir; that was a terrific presentation. I was talking to my colleagues at Cordis who work in this field; they said that there are really only three issues of import on the subject of vulnerable plaque: 1) definition; 2) detect…
The outcome of coronary stenting has proved to be superior compared to balloon angioplasty for most indications. Improvements in device design and deployment technique were key components in reducing the restenosis rates of bare stents from 30%1 init…
Conventional balloon angioplasty aims to reduce or eliminate coronary arterial stenoses. This is achieved by a combination of plaque compression and fracture, creation of intimal flaps and localized medial dissection, as well as stretching and remode…
Rotational atherectomy (RA) has been utilized during percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) for over a decade. It is particularly efficacious in ablating fibrocalcific plaque and facilitates PCI by enabling stent delivery. Although previously, RA…