September 2006

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Volume 18 Issue 9
There are three classic techniques described for reimplantation of coronary arteries after repair of the ascending thoracic aorta.1–4 The original Bentall procedure was described in 1968 and is considered the standard technique .5 The Cabrol techniqu…
Fulminant myocarditis (FM) is an uncommon but potentially fatal condition characterized by widespread myocardial inflammation leading to severe decompensated heart failure.1 Rapidly progressive biventricular dysfunction or malignant arrhythmias can p…
**i*There are three classic techniques described for reimplantation of coronary arteries after repair of the ascending thoracic aorta.1–4 The original Bentall procedure was described in 1968 and is considered the standard technique.5 The Cabrol techn…
Drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation has been shown to considerably reduce the occurrence of restenosis compared to other modalities of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as plain old balloon angioplasty (POBA), bare metal stent (BMS) imp…
The first percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in humans was performed by Dr. Andreas Gruentzig in 1974.1 Since then, major evolutions in PTCA have resulted in over 1,000 angioplasty procedures in the registry by 1980. The next decad…
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a frequent, but relatively insignificant, clinical finding. An estimated 20–30% of the population may have the anomaly. The majority of PFOs are not associated with clinical or physiologic events. Recently, PFOs have be…
Case Presentation. A 39-year-old female with chronic hypertension presented with a 1-year history of progressive dyspnea. Echocardiography 6 months prior to admission confirmed hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM), and high-dose beta-block…
Dear Editor, We read with great interest the report by Mejia et al entitled “Left Main Coronary Embolism” in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. We had a similar case of an acute myocardial infarction secondary to left main (L…
Is There a Need for a Technology that Will Promote Positive Remodeling and Mild Plaque Increase? “Favorable vessel remodeling observed in this study is consistent with the result of the previous gamma radiation study noted above,1 as well as those…
Compared with bare metal stents (BMS), drug-eluting stents (DES) significantly reduce the risk of restenosis and the subsequent need for revascularization.1 Stent thrombosis remains a serious complication with either BMS or DES, with an incidence of…