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April 2007

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Volume 19 Issue 4
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E85-E88 Coronary vasospasm is a well-known cause of exercise-induced angina pectoris, Prinzmetal’s unstable angina, and myocardial infarction.1–6 In general, the prognosis of patients with isolated coronary vasospasm is go…
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E89-E92 Case Report. A 19-year-old male college student was admitted with 2 days of progressive, intermittent substernal chest pain. He had driven home from his out-of-state campus, where 2 days earlier he had abused large…
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E93-E95 Left main coronary artery (LMCA) dissection is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). LMCA dissection is the harbinger of catastrophic vessel closure. It c…
Left main coronary artery (LMCA) dissection is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). LMCA dissection is the harbinger of catastrophic vessel closure. It can be precipitated by the manipulati…
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E96-E98 Drug-eluting stents (DES) have been shown to be superior to bare-metal stents (BMS) in reducing the need for repeat revascularization.1 Their use has increased rapidly with DES accounting for up to 80% of all coron…
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E99-E101 Stent fracture has been reported with the Cypher™ sirolimus-eluting stent (Cordis Corp., Miami, Florida) in 4 patients since the introduction of drug-eluting stents in 2004.1,2 In all of these cases, the stent has…
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E102-E103 The occurrence of a single coronary artery (SCA) in structurally normal heart is uncommon. This anomaly is often clinically benign and presents as an incidental finding during coronary angiography. Different type…
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E104-E106 Acute myocardial infarction (MI) usually results from clot formation due to plaque rupture, platelet aggregation, and activation of the coagulation cascade.1,2 Contemporary therapy for acute MI involves the timel…
J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2007;19:E107-E110 Severe calcification and/or tortuosity of the coronary artery decrease the success of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In such cases, adequate support of the guide catheter is of paramount importance. We…
Dear Readers, This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, commentary, letters to the editor, articles from our Rapid Communication and Clinical Images sections, and online case reports, as well as publicatio…
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