September 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 9
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…
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…
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…