March 2008

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Volume 20 Issue 3
Percutaneous coronary intervention is the accepted optimum strategy in the treatment of both myocardial infarction and stable angina resistant to medical therapy.1 Traditionally most procedures have been performed via the femoral access route however…
Case Report. An 82-year-old male with ischemic cardiomyopathy underwent permanent pacemaker implantation because of symptomatic intermittent second-degree Mobitz II heart block. Immediately after implantation and while the patient was still in the op…
When German-born Andreas Roland Grüntzig arrived in 1969 in Zurich, Switzerland, and joined the Angiology Division of the University Hospital, founded some years before, he stated: “I have dedicated my life to the vascular diseases”.1 First, he prove…
Since the discovery of X-rays in 1895, there has been continuous development, first of imaging techniques, but over the last several decades, of therapeutics, to address the number-one killer of individuals in the industrialized world….heart disease.…
Percutaneous intervention for renal artery stenosis was born in controversy and remains a debatable treatment strategy for the 2–4 million Americans affected. However, this important intervention remains the best option for many. This article present…
Atrial Septal Defects Atrial septal defects account for about one-third of all congenital heart abnormalities detected in adults.1 A large defect in adult patients results in symptoms and complications such as arrhythmias, cardiac failure and pulmona…
Case Report. An 81-year-old male with a prior history of open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair using a tube graft (24 mm Hemashield Dacron, Meadox Medicals, Inc., Oakland, New Jersey) presented for treatment of a pseudoaneurysm. Ten years after…
Mechanical complications comprise the second leading cause of in-hospital mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), especially in the elderly.1 Among them, ventricular septal rupture (VSR) complicates approximatel…
Animal models have assumed a central position in understanding the mechanisms of angioplasty, stenting, restenosis and development of medical devices.1–5 The porcine coronary vascular injury models, by either stenting or overstretching injury alone,…
Case Presentation. A 50-year-old Caucasian male with a history significant for hypertension was admitted to the hospital with exertional chest pain. Laboratory findings showed the first set of troponin was 2.15 and the second set of troponin was 8.84…