January 2008

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Volume 20 Issue 1
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…
Case Presentation. A 13-year-old girl from very poor socioeconomic conditions presented with a 15-day history of chest discomfort and shortness of breath at rest. Her electrocardiogram (ECG) revealed Q-wave and ST-elevation in the chest leads suggest…
In the presence of concomitant significant ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) and multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD), common practice is treatment with combined surgical mitral valve repair or replacement (MVR) and coronary bypass (CABG). Some…
Dear Editor: Despite the fact that percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty (PMV) is a safe and effective therapy for the treatment of mitral valvular stenosis, one of the most important immediate complications of this procedure is systemic embolization (ca…
We read with interest the article by Mishkel and colleagues1 along with the accompanying editorial in the August 2007 issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. The authors compared short-term and 2-year outcomes of drug-eluting stents (DES) among…
Aneurysms of saphenous vein grafts (SVG) to coronary arteries were first reported in 1975, but remain an unusual complication of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.1,2 There are different, mostly surgical, treatment modalities, but in some c…
Approximately 30% of patients with significant coronary artery disease (CAD) have a chronically occluded vessel ( CTO).1 Due to frequent difficulty in crossing the CTO lesion by standard wire techniques, novel approaches have been created to improve…
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called transient left ventricular apical ballooning or “broken heart syndrome,” is a cardiac condition that mimics the clinical presentation of acute coronary syndrome but without any evidence of obstructive atheroscler…
Restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)occurs as a complex immune and proliferative response to injury. Even in the drug-eluting stent (DES) era, restenotic risk is not insubstantial, with reported rates of angiographic restenosis u…
Vascular access site complications are common following cardiac catheterization.1 These complications, as high as 14% of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), increase hospital length of stay and cost.2 Accordingly, vascular c…