August 2006

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Volume 18 Issue 8
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Myocardial infarction with angiographically normal coronary arteries (MINCA) is a well-documented syndrome.1 The incidence of MINCA among all patients with myocardial infarctions is thought to be low, ranging from 1–5%,2–4 as reported from older and…
Drug-eluting stents (DES) have significantly reduced restenosis. One of the most intensely studied agents considered and currently in clinical use for DES-based local delivery is paclitaxel. Efficacy of paclitaxel-loaded, biostable polymer-coated ste…
Several techniques are used to treat coronary bifurcation lesions. One of the commonly used techniques is the jailed wire technique, which is performed by inserting two guidewires into both the main and side branches of a coronary artery. When the ma…
Case Report. A 65-year-old female with a past history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, distant tobacco use and coronary artery disease (CAD) presented to an outside hospital with chest pain. Upon arrival to the emergency department, she developed ven…
The incidence of an anomalous coronary artery is approximately 1% in the general population. An anomalous right coronary artery (RCA) arising from the left anterior descending artery (LAD) is very rare, and has previously been considered a variant of…
Myocardial bridges (MBs) are recognized angiographically by the characteristic narrowing of the coronary lumen occurring predominantly during systole.1–4 The incidence of angiographically-proven MB is between 0.5–12%.2,3 Although MBs are mostly confi…
Axial plaque redistribution (plaque shift) is recognized as one of the acute complications during percutaneous coronary intervention, sometimes resulting in additional procedures. Lumen encroachment after coronary intervention often looks ambiguous a…
Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and stent placement in the renal artery is a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (RAS). It has been shown to result in reduction of blood pressure and med…
A growing body of evidence suggests a prognostic and symptomatic benefit of reopening coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs).1 However, percutaneous revascularization of CTOs remains a challenge for the interventional cardiologist. The main limitat…