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June 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 6
Mike Cowley: Let’s begin with discussing case selection. Which patients should receive drug-eluting stents (DES)? Should they only receive one stent? Should we reserve DES for a select patient population? What should the approach be for multi-vessel…
Coronary artery revascularization in the pediatric population is rare. Revascularization of the coronary arteries has been carried out with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), stent delivery, and coronary artery bypass grafting (CA…
Elevated plasma catecholamine levels associated with pheochromocytoma may cause myocardial injury in the absence of clinically significant atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. The cardiovascular manifestations of pheochromocytoma are diverse, mak…
No-reflow, or slow-reflow, is a common complication during percutaneous coronary intervention in saphenous vein graft (SVG) angioplasty or stenting. No-reflow after SVG intervention is often associated with serious adverse clinical outcomes.1–3 The i…
Temporary pacemakers are associated with high complication rates and if pacing is required for more than 24 hours, the need for repeat intervention to reposition the lead, or re-site the venous access is relatively commonplace.1–4 We describe a case…
Percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV) has been established as an effective alternative to surgery for the treatment of mitral stenosis (MS) in selected patients since its introduction by Inoue et al. in 1984.1 It affords an event-free survi…
The patient was a 44-year-old woman who was admitted to the hospital due to chest pain at rest. Two days later, the patient underwent a coronary angiogram. The angiogram revealed a left anterior descending artery (LAD) following a normal course along…
Dear Readers, It is my hope that the articles in this issue provide cardiovascular healthcare professionals with important information that assists them in the effective management of cardiac patients. Along with these articles, please visit www.in…
Tim Fischell: Many centers have spent a lot of money on the 25 or so different distal protection devices available today. We are currently preparing a manuscript on a slightly different, simpler, and considerably less expensive approach to vein graft…
Plastic bronchitis is characterized by marked obstruction of the large airways by bronchial casts.1,2 Bronchial casts take the shape of the bronchi of a lobe or a lung.3 These casts may result in mild symptoms or life-threatening disease, and diagnos…
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