January 2006

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Volume 18 Issue 1
Case Report. A 57-year-old woman underwent orthotopic cardiac transplant in 1997 secondary to nonischemic cardiomyopathy. Her symptoms of heart failure started in 1993 after a week of flu-like illness. A year later, she was diagnosed with congestive…
Aneurysms of the ascending aorta are not uncommon in the catheterization laboratory. When encountered, they lead to problems catheterizing the left coronary artery in particular. We typically use catheters with a large bend in these cases (Amplatz Le…
Non-penetrating thoracic trauma has been associated with multiple structural and electrical cardiac injuries and complications with a mortality rate of up to 15%.1 The mechanisms for non-penetrating cardiac injury include: direct trauma, rapid decele…
Percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) are uncommon causes of coronary artery aneurysms (CAA). The incidence of CAA after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) ranges from 3.9–5%,1,2,5–7 and after directional coronary atherectomy f…
Wolfgang Ritter: We know that all devices have problems; for example, the VanGuard or the AneuRx® (Medtonic, Inc., Sunnyvale, California) can incur some disintegration 4 to 5 years postimplantation. With the Zenith device, the problem of late occlusi…
Philip Reid (Eli Lilly & Company): Speaking as a cardiologist, not as a neurologist, I find that the challenge with the trial that Renato has just described is to demonstrate the efficacy of abciximab in acute nonhemorrhagic stroke patients. We m…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology commences our 18th year of publication. There has been incredible growth in the field of invasive cardiology during 2005. Many of these growth areas have challenged the boundaries of tra…
The pigtail is the preferred catheter for left ventriculography. Because of its end-hole, which allows its manipulation with a guidewire, it can be advanced to the left ventricle both by the femoral and brachial approaches. The design of the catheter…
Case Report. A 6-month-old child was admitted with cyanosis noted from birth with failure to thrive, cyanotic spells and worsening cyanosis. The child weighed 4.5 kg, had severe systemic desaturation (
Stent embolization is a relatively rare but serious complication of coronary stenting. Early reports identified hand-crimped and coiled stents as being particularly prone to embolization.1 In addition, certain procedural and lesion characteristics ha…