January 2007

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Volume 19 Issue 1
Case Report. A 66-year-old female presented with new-onset angina and heart failure. Electrocardiography demonstrated chronic atria fibrillation and left axis deviation. Echocardiography demonstrated mild global left ventricular hypokinesia without r…
The combination of drug-eluting stents and the crush technique with final kissing balloon inflation for the treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions is associated with superior clinical and angiographic outcomes.1,2 However, the crush technique invo…
Injury of a native coronary vessel during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is very rare. We report on a 76-year-old patient who developed a large pseudoaneurysm of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) following CABG. The patient was then s…
Pseudoaneurysm formation after vascular reconstruction is a rarely encountered problem in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease. It has most commonly been described in the vascular surgical literature as a delayed complication of lower extremi…
Subacute stent thrombosis (SAT), though less common in the era of dual antiplatelet therapy, continues to produce serious clinical consequences including major myocardial infarction and death.1 The treatment modalities described in the literature inc…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes six original research articles, a review article, three submissions for Rapid Communication, two Clinical Images, and seven online case reports. These case reports can be fo…
Success of high-risk interventional procedures depends upon periprocedural hemodynamic stability. The TandemHeart™ (Cardiac Assist, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a percutaneous nonpulsatile centrifugal left ventricular (LV) assist device used to…
Standard therapy for cryptogenic stroke in the setting of patent foramen ovale (PFO) includes antiplatelet medications and long-term anticoagulation with warfarin. Oral anticoagulation increases the risk of bleeding complications and may not prevent…
The discipline of catheter-based closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) is still in its “childhood”. Ushered in by the seminal paper from Bridges et al in 1992,1 it is still hampered by amateurism, ghosts of old misconceptions, apprehension about new…
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in bifurcations represents 15–18% of all lesions treated1 and has traditionally been associated with more complexity and restenosis. It has been demonstrated with bare-metal stents (BMS) that the strategy of p…