September 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 9
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…
Chronic total occlusions (CTO) are present in up to 40% of patients with angiographically documented coronary artery disease and represent at least 10% of the target for coronary angioplasty attempts.1 However, despite improvements in angioplasty equ…
Percutaneous therapy of total coronary occlusions is generally more challenging than the treatment of stenotic lesions. It more frequently entails the risk of irreversibly disrupting a protruding plaque, of advancing the wire through a false route, o…
Transradial coronary angiography (TRA) has proven to be a feasible, safe, and effective method, and steadily growing in popularity.1,2 Furthermore, TRA carries great advantages in terms of reducing the risk of major entry-site complications, hospital…