June 2006

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Volume 18 Issue 6
The aim in the treatment of patients with myocardial infarction is the early restoration of TIMI 3 blood flow in the infarct related artery.1 Primary angioplasty during an acute myocardial infarction achieves this objective but is associated with inc…
Cardiogenic shock complicating acute myocardial infarction is associated with high mortality.1,2 Early recognition and coronary revascularization are crucial to improve its poor prognosis. Successful early reperfusion of the infarct-related coronary…
Dear Readers, The first of our feature articles in the June issue is from Pierfrancesco Agostoni and colleagues of the University Verona and AZ Middelheim in Antwerp, Belgium and assesses the safety of percutaneous left heart catheterization direct…
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) relieves anginal symptoms and decreases morbidity and mortality in patients suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD).1,2 Unless comorbid diseases are present, guidelines do not recommend the routine use…
Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is present in approximately 30% of diagnostic angiograms. Data suggest that 10-year survival of patients with CTO is improved if the CTO is successfully recanalized.1 Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of a CTO now…
Case Presentation. A 58-year-old female was transferred from an outside hospital with impending cardiogenic shock and pericardial effusion. She had a history of mitral regurgitation due to myxomatous degeneraton and had undergone complex mitral valve…
The online case report with brief review entitled Four Days of Percutaneous Cardiopulmonary Support and Sixteen Days of Percutaneous Left Atrium-Artery Bypass: A Case Report of Survival of Acute Myocardial Infarction with Cardiogenic Shock and Severe…
The authors of the article cited below, published in the May 2006 issue of the Journal, wish to add the name of Paul E. Scheid to their list of authors whom they inadvertently omitted from the original manuscript. The Safety of Autologous Intracoron…
Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the best reperfusion strategy in patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (AMI).1 This is mainly because it achieves a very high rate of successful recanalization of the infarct-relate…