April 2008

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Volume 20 Issue 4
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E129-E132 Percutaneous treatment of coronary chronic total occlusions (CTO) remains one of the major challenges in interventional cardiology. Although CTO in the form of in-…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E133-E135 The management of coronary disease in patients with spinal or intracranial disease may be challenging. In some cases, coronary lesions may require treatment before…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E136-E137 Coronary collateral vessels are able to supply blood to a myocardial territory vascularized by severely stenosed or occluded epicardial arteries. They may contribu…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E109-E113 Stroke is the third leading cause of mortality in the developed world.1 The incidence of first-ever strokes was > 731,000 in 1996 in the United States alone.2…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E114-E119 Mitral stenosis (MS) is still frequent in many countries where rheumatic fever remains endemic.1–2 In Western countries, since the disappearance of rheumatic fev…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E120-E123 Stent thrombosis (ST) is an important, life-threatening complication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary stent placement that has been assoc…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E124-E125 An infrequent, but potentially lethal, complication after aortic valve replacement (AVR) is the occurrence of iatrogenic coronary ostial stenosis. This complicatio…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20:E126-E128 Technique. Percutaneous transmitral commissurotomy (PTMC) was first described by Inoue et al in 1984 as an alternative to surgical closed mitral commissurotomy fo…
_______________________________________________ J INVASIVE CARDIOL 2008;20;E102-E108 My mentor, René Djindjian, one of the fathers of interventional neuroradiology, used to say that it was very difficult to write the history of a technique becaus…
Use of a distal protection device is essential in current percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures because distal embolization can be avoided with some specific lesions such as vein grafts,1,2 carotid stenoses3,4 and thrombus-rich coronary…