September 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 9
The advent of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in the late 1970s and PET in the 1980s dramatically changed the clinical utility of radiotracer techniques for the assessment of myocardial ischemia and viability. Recent advances in in…
In-stent restenosis of coronary arteries is the major reason for the recurrence of occlusion after successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and occurs in 20–50% of patients.1 The development of in-stent restenosis depends on complex cellul…
Dear Readers, This issue of The Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, a rapid communication article, a case reports, two reviews, and articles from the journal’s special sections Adjunctive Therapy, Intervention in Peri…
The article published in this issue of the Journal regarding initial experience with the SPIDER™ Embolic Protection Device (ev3 Inc., Plymouth, Minnesota) provides further evidence of the merit of these newer-generation “gizmos” in reducing complica…
Over the past 15 years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of procedures performed in the electrophysiology (EP) laboratory. These procedures can be technically difficult with relatively long fluoroscopy times and high radiation dos…
Feasibility and short- and mid-term safety of catheter-based intravascular brachytherapy (IVBT) has been demonstrated in several clinical trials.1–4 Moreover, randomized studies using IVBT (beta or gamma) have reported a significant reduction of rest…
“The clinical impact of this phenomenon does not affect the long-term efficacy and longevity of the intracoronary radiation therapy when compared with conventional therapeutic approach.”1 The delayed in-stent lumen loss may also be related to the sig…
The use of the left internal mammary artery (LIMA) to bypass the left anterior descending artery (LAD) is the “gold standard” of coronary artery revascularization. Studies have shown improved patency1–4 and survival3,5–9 with LIMA use. It is unclea…
In the aging population, stroke is the most common and disabling neurological disorder, with more than 500,000 annual strokes in the United States.1 Carotid artery stenosis is a significant risk factor for stroke. Surgical treatment for carotid arter…
The superficial femoral artery (SFA) and popliteal arterial systems are among the last of the large arterial trees to be plagued by clinically excessive restenosis rates. The SFA and popliteal are difficult arteries to treat endovascularly. They are…