November 2007

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Volume 19 Issue 11
Coronary artery fistulae (CAF) are direct precapillary communications which bypass the myocardial capillary network and connect a coronary artery to another vessel or cardiac chamber (cameral).1 CAF are reported in 0.1–0.7% of patients undergoing cor…
Percutaneous occlusion of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is actually a standard procedure for the treatment of this congenital heart defect. Different devices have been used for the last 20 years with high rates of success.1,2,4,8,11,13,14 A few ex…
Complete heart block (CHB) due to the loss of a first septal perforator (FSP) following left anterior descending artery (LAD) stenting is uncommon, with few reported cases in the literature.1,2 It usually occurs at the time of the procedure and is tr…
Percutaneous intervention of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) can improve exercise capacity, symptoms and left ventricular function.1 The parallel wire technique is a useful technique in recanalizing CTOs.2 This technique utilizes a second wire to cro…
Case Report. A 37-year-old female in her seventh week of pregnancy presented to the emergency department after the onset of oppressive chest pain which had started 1 hour before. Her 8 previous pregnancies had terminated in abortion. She had no card…
Percutaneous left ventricular (LV) assist devices are increasingly being used during high-risk percutaneous coronary interventional (PCI) procedures.1–4 These devices provide reliable short-term hemodynamic stability in complex cases during which the…
Case Report. A 64-year-old male was transferred from an outside facility after sustaining a non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Cardiovascular risk factors included noninsulin- dependent diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Additionally, h…
Aortic stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease in the Western world and its prevalence is increasing with an aging population. Critical aortic stenosis affects an estimated 3% of individuals over 75 years of age.1 Without intervention, pro…
Introduction and Purpose The consensus statement outlined here was formulated following a roundtable meeting among clinical experts in the fields of radiology and cardiology held in Miami, Florida, in June 2007. This group was gathered under the ausp…
Surgery has been regarded as the gold standard method of treatment for all kinds of ventricular septal defects (VSDs).1 The incidence of postoperative residual shunts varies according to the type of defect being repaired, with malalignment (tetralogy…