May 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 5
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, case reports and case reports with brief reviews, as well as articles from the journal’s special sections Adjunctive Therapy and Interventional Pedia…
Thrombectomy in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) makes intuitive sense with positive results from small studies demonstrating benefit. However, the AngioJet (AJC) catheter (Possis Medical, Minneapolis Minnesota) has come under recent criticism since…
Greg Braden: Let’s discuss the issue of MI patients who live in communities where there is quick access to catheterization laboratories, versus those in remote communities who don’t have easy access to cath labs. We live in a modestly rural area wher…
The current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines recommend coronary angiography and revascularization for patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) and high-risk clinical features.1 Thi…
Intracoronary radiation therapy, by virtue of its antiproliferative and favorable remodeling effects, reduces restenosis in both in-stent restenosis (ISR) and de novo lesions. While several large, randomized and non-randomised trials have demonstrate…
Transcatheter closure of single secundum atrial septal defects (ASDs) or patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a well-accepted alternative to surgical repair in selected patients,1 and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) has been demonstrated to be superior…
A 43-year-old Chinese woman with eosinophilia and a swollen neck was found to have extensive aneurysmal dilatation of both carotid arteries. Although there were no anginal symptoms, cardiac investigation revealed an abnormal radionuclide perfusion st…
Since we have entered the new “drug-eluting stent era,” managing drug-eluting stent (DES) failure has become a real issue for the interventionalists. So far, no approach has been recommended: intracoronary brachytherapy (IBT) might be efficacious, bu…
Patients with chronic kidney disease have a high prevalence of heart failure. According to the United States Renal Data System, nearly 40% of incident dialysis patients had a clinical diagnosis of heart failure.1 Furthermore, deterioration in renal f…
The major limitation of percutaneous therapy (PCI) for the treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) is the inability to cross with a wire. We report successful recanalization of a CTO situated at the ostium of the left anterior descending artery.…