May 2007

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Volume 19 Issue 5
Coronary artery fistulae are extremely rare1 and can either be congenital or acquired secondary to cardiac intervention or surgery. They have also been reported following acute myocardial infarction.2 The majority of these fistulae arise from the rig…
Prof. Dr. Sigrid Nikol MD: I welcome you to this session, New Developments in Gene Therapy and Stem Cells for Angiogenesis in the Treatment of Myocardial Infarction. Initial developments of regenerative therapies were mainly angiogenesis gene therap…
Robert Simari, MD: I appreciate this opportunity to present some general insights into the fields of gene and cell therapy, both from a perspective as an experimental biologist, as a clinician as well as from a regulatory perspective to see how these…
Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is a rare congenital cardiac anomaly in which a communication is present between a coronary artery and either a cardiac chamber or another vascular structure. It accounts for 0.2–0.45% of all congenital cardiac anomalies…
Biventricular pacing (BVP) for the treatment of congestive heart failure is now one of the forefront therapies for heart failure patients who continue to have symptoms despite maximal medical therapy. Recent advances in lead technology and delivery s…
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great vessels (CCTGA) is a rare congenital heart defect (CHD) and constitutes less than 1% of all congenital heart disease. The two fundamental anatomic abnormalities in CCTGA consist of transposition of th…
Case Study. A 56-year-old male with severe nonischemic cardiomyopathy and recurrent ventricular tachycardia (VT) presented to our cardiology clinic with complaints of intermittent palpitations and several implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)…
Case Report. A 65-year-old male with no known history of coronary disease presented with dyspnea on exertion and electrocardiographic (ECG) changes suggesting an old inferior infarct. Stress testing suggested ischemia based on ECG criteria. The patie…
Dear Readers,The May 2007 issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, commentaries, a review article, clinical images, online case reports, and a continuation of discussions from the Biennial Andreas Gruentzig Soc…
Treatment of patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) and refractory symptoms remains a challenge.1 Surgical septal myectomy remains the classical approach for these patients.2 This therapy is associated with good initial results,…