July 2008

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Volume 20 Issue 7
In patients with acute myocardial infarction, immediate reperfusion of the occluded artery has significantly decreased early mortality rates and improved late clinical outcomes.1 Although current revascularization strategies using stent implantation…
Invasive coronary arteriography (CA) has been the standard method for imaging coronary lesions since its beginnings in 1958. Multidetector cardiac computerized tomography (MDCT) has undergone rapid developments over the last decade and now provides a…
Among percutaneous coronary interventional procedures, the treatment of bifurcation lesions with stents in both the main vessel (MV) and the side branch (SB) is one of the most complex. Several techniques have been suggested including T-, V-, Y-stent…
Dual left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) (or dual anterior interventricular artery) distribution with either of the vessels originating from the left main coronary artery (LMCA) and the right aortic sinus of Valsalva is an extremely rare c…
The superiority of low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH) over unfractionated heparin (UFH) in the management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients was demonstrated in the Efficacy and Safety of Subcutaneous Enoxaparin in Non-Q-Wave Coronary Events…
Percutaneous femoral access is utilized for 7.5 million patients per year worldwide and vascular closure devices are used in approximately 2 million patients annually. All current vascular closure devices (VCDs) have been associated with adverse even…
The prevalence of diabetes has reached epidemic proportion in many sectors of the world.1 Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease has been correlated with the presence, duration and severity of diabetes.2,3 In addition, both clinical and angiographic…
Vascular closure devices (VCDs) provide simple, painless and reliable hemostasis following endovascular procedures performed via femoral arterial access. Their use has enhanced patient comfort and satisfaction, shortened the time to ambulation and pr…
First-generation balloon-expandable stents such as the Palmaz-Schatz stent were often deployed at low pressure using compliant delivery balloons. Overhang of the deployment balloon outside the stent increased the risk of edge dissection when high-pre…
The case report from Hussain et al1 on an “absent” right coronary artery (RCA) seems to perpetuate an erroneous notion and its nomenclature. The possibility that a patient is born without a coronary artery was discussed by several authors in the lite…