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 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…
Case report. A 51-year-old female was admitted with complaints of the sudden onset of severe dyspnea, followed by precordial discomfort. The patient was obese. Admission blood pressure was 190/100 mmHg, with a heart rate of 102 b.p.m, arterial oxyge…
Case Report. A 72-year-old female with severe symptomatic mitral stenosis, chronic atrial fibrillation, and left bundle branch block was admitted to the hospital for percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty. Catheterization of the right ventricle was compl…
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…