November 2007

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Volume 19 Issue 11
Optimal revascularization strategy for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease has been, and remains, a topic of controversy. Rapid technological advances in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) such as the introduction of new devices…
Optimal revascularization strategy for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease has been, and remains, a topic of controversy. Rapid technological advances in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) such as the introduction of new devices…
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…
Provisional stenting is the most widely used method for the treatment of bifurcation coronary artery lesions. It consists of the placement of the first stent in the main branch, followed by provisional stenting of the side branch through the main bra…
Variant angina is more frequently seen in East Asia than in the West. It may be associated with acute myocardial infarction, severe cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. Most patients obtain sufficient relief by vasodilator drug management such as cal…
Early reperfusion after coronary occlusion reduces the extent of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) as well as mortality.1 However, reperfusion itself may cause damage to surviving myocardium, the so-called “reperfusion injury”.2 Neutrophils are activ…
Treatment of isolated coronary stenoses involving the ostium of the left anterior descending (LAD) or circumflex (LCX) artery is challenging for the interventionalist. Although focal stenting is often attempted, it may result in incomplete lesion cov…
Besides the inherent risk involved in an angioplasty of a major vessel supplying a large myocardial area, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of left main coronary artery (LMCA) branch ostial disease is fraught with some unique problems, namely,…