January 2008

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Volume 20 Issue 1
Key Words: noninvasive angiography; CTA; CT angiography; computed tomographic angiography; multidetector computed tomography; MDCT Cardiac computed tomographic angiography (CT angiography) is increasingly being used clinically to define the coronary…
Although drug-eluting stents (DES) show very good results in terms of early restenosis rates in patients with coronary artery disease as compared to bare-metal stents (BMS), there is little information available on the safety and efficacy of stent im…
Multidetector computed tomographic coronary angiography (MDCTA) has rapidly gained in popularity and applicability.1 Most recently, the concept of MDCTA-guided percutaneous intervention has been introduced, with MDCTA evaluation of minimum luminal a…
This issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology includes original research articles, a Rapid Communication, selections from the journal’s special section Clinical Images and online case reports which can be found in archive section on our website, a…
Case Report. A 75-year-old Afro-Caribbean male presented to our hospital with typical ischemic chest pain associat ed wi th a rai sed t roponin I l eve l of 3.5. His electrocardiogram (ECG) on admission showed anterolateral T-wave inversion. The diag…
Late stent thrombosis (occurring more than 30 days after stent placement), is a catastrophic complication of drug-eluting stents (DES) that has recently gained heightened awareness. It has been reported to occur at a rate of 0.6% per year after DES p…
This case describes the closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) via the right internal jugular (IJ) vein in a young patient with an interrupted inferior vena cava (IVC) awaiting liver transplantation. Case Report. A 25-year-old male with chronic live…
Case Report. A 22-year-old female presented to an outside hospital with back pain radiating to the epigastrum. The patient had a history of hypertension and Takayasu’s arteritis. At age 17 she underwent resection of an ascending aortic aneurysm via a…
Isolated coronary artery spasm without atherosclerotic obstruction is an unusual cause of myocardial infarction (MI). The chest pain and electrocardiographic (ECG) changes can be resolved promptly following administration of nitroglycerin in the emer…
Distorted cardiac anatomy offers technical difficulties during fluoroscopy-guided transcatheter procedures. This is even more the case with percutaneous transvenous mitral commissurotomy (PTMC), where the cardiac malpositions considerably increase th…