June 2007

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Volume 19 Issue 6
Dislodgement of a coronary stent in a coronary artery is a dreaded complication that occurs in a minority of patients. Factors that can increase the chances of stent detachment from the balloon catheter within a coronary artery can include tortuosity…
Vertebral artery (VA) stenting is an established method to treat occlusive disease in that artery. Available data indicate that it is a low-risk procedure with excellent periprocedural and long-term follow-up results.1–6 In most cases, the stenosis i…
The use of drug-eluting stents (DES) has become popular because of their favorable effects on clinical and angiographic outcomes.1–5 However, most clinical results have been reported on simple de novo lesions. In real-world practice, more complex les…
Case Report. A 46-year-old female presented to a community hospital with acute coronary syndrome. One week prior to presentation, the patient had experienced chest tightness lasting 1 hour, occurring 1 day after lifting furniture. On the day of pres…
Ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) is a well recognized clinical entity that is relatively more common in Asian countries than in the Western world.1,2 The unruptured aneurysm of sinus of Valsalva is usually asymptomatic, however, when it rupt…
Advancing technologies have allowed percutaneous interventional procedures to safely and efficaciously treat challenging stenoses in the coronary and peripheral vascular systems. The embolization of soft atherosclerotic debris in the treatment of deg…
Coronary artery disease (CAD) has been recognized as the leading cause of mortality in women. Previously, it had been thought that estrogen provided a protective CAD effect, explaining the later development of disease in women. The Women’s Health Ini…
Case Presentation. A 52-year-old veteran presented to the emergency department with typical angina. In the hospital, myocardial infarction was ruled out and a myocardial perfusion scan was performed for evaluation of reversible ischemia. The myocardi…
We read with interest the manuscript published by Furuichi et al1 in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. The authors presented their experience with drug-eluting stents (DES) in trifurcation lesions in the coronary arteries, p…
We thank Dr. Shammas for the interest he has shown our manuscript. We are pleased to see that operators from highly qualified centers share our interest about this complex and rare procedure.1,2 Unfortunately, along with the enthusiasm for such chall…