September 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 9
“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…
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…