December 2006

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Volume 18 Issue 12
Acute coronary syndromes represent a significant health burden and convey a prognosis that is far from benign. Indeed, United Kingdom registry data reveal that 6 months following admission for a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), there…
Cardiac permanent pacemaker (PPM) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) devices have significantly enhanced the treatment of patients with dysrhythmias, and their application in clinical practice has become increasingly common. As of 2002,…
Late mortality rates following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) among dialysis patients markedly exceed those in patients without end-stage renal disease,1,2 and data preceding the approval and widespread use of drug-eluting stents indicate t…
Drug-eluting stents have dramatically changed the care of patients with coronary artery disease, leading to decreased neointimal proliferation and clinical restenosis.1 However, concerns have been raised regarding hypersensitivity reactions.2 In addi…
In this issue of the Journal, Brott et al1 report a series of 13 patients who developed severe, life-threatening coronary artery spasms after implantation of a drug-eluting stent. Symptoms occurred either during or immediately after the procedure or…
Case Report. A 67-year-old female presented to our catheterization laboratory with a recent history of unstable angina for 3 weeks. Her cardiac markers were normal. Her past history was significant for diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and obesi…
A coronary artery aneurysm is defined as a coronary artery dilatation greater than 1.5 times the diameter of either the normal adjacent segments or the diameter of the patient’s largest coronary vessel.1,2 The prevalence varies from 0.3% to 4.9% amon…
Anastamotic complications of the coronary ostia after successful Bentall-type surgery for aortic root replacement have been reported, with an estimated incidence of 5–6%.1 These problems are usually minimized by coronary artery bypass graft surgery.…
Recurrent ischemic symptoms are the most frequent reason for repeat revascularization in post coronary artery bypass artery (CABG) patients. Of the reported 8% per year of patients who suffer from recurrent ischemia, 5% annually are attributable to t…
Dear Readers, The December 2006 issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, a continuing medical education offering, articles from the journal’s special sections Clinical Images and Genomics and Cellular Therapy…