December 2007

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Volume 19 Issue 12
Arterial remodeling is the geometric alteration of the arterial wall in response to atherogenesis. During the development and progression of atherosclerosis, the external elastic membrane cross-sectional area (EEM CSA) may increase (termed “positive,…
Patients and Methods We retrospectively reviewed all patients > 60 years of age who underwent percutaneous ASD closure under our supervision since 1998. All patients underwent baseline clinical and echocardiographic evaluation including intra-atri…
Atrial septal defect (ASD) is the third most common adult congenital heart defect1 and was described by Leonardo Da Vince in 1513 as “I have found from a, left auricle, to b, right auricle, the perforating channel from a to b.”2 The majority of patie…
Recent studies have shown that late incomplete stent apposition (LISA) develops following implantation of conventional bare-metal stents (BMS), drug-eluting stents (DES) or adjunctive intracoronary radiation (IR).1–6 While the clinical relevance of L…
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) devices have been getting smaller, especially guide catheters. In the 1990s, an 8 Fr guide catheter was necessary for stent implantation in a simple coronary lesion. At present, a 6 Fr guide catheter is freque…
Every year, more than 1 million patients are admitted to a hospital with a diagnosis of unstable angina or non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (UA/NSTEMI).1 Relative to acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), patients with UA/NSTEMI have…
Transradial access has gained popularity over the past decade due to its benefits such as improved patient comfort and decrease in access site bleeding complications. It is limited by difficulties that arise as a result of spasm as well as anatomic v…
This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, a Rapid Communication selection, as well as the third update of The CATH (Cardiac Catheterization and Antithrombotic Therapy in the Hospital) Clinical Consensus Pan…