March 2010

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Volume 22 Issue 3
ABSTRACT: Objectives. We studied the use of 8 Fr Angio-Seal in closure of access sites up to 10 Fr. Background. The use of larger French catheters for procedures such as valvuloplasty and percutaneous valve replacement has required the use of better…
ABSTRACT: The absence of antegrade flow in a coronary artery during an intervention is an ominous finding requiring diagnosis of the underlying cause and rapid treatment to limit myocardial necrosis. The Twin-Pass dual access catheter allows for dist…
ABSTRACT: Objectives. To compare our experience with sirolimus- and paclitaxel-eluting stents (drug-eluting stents [DES]) and non-drug-eluting stents (NDES) for treatment of vertebral artery (VA) origin stenosis and review the literature. Methods. A…
We now know what was long suspected. In fact, interventionists suspected it for years, dating back to 2004 when the Food and Drug Administration first investigated Boston Scientific’s TAXUS drug eluting stent for “stickiness of the balloon during wit…
Evaluation of Balloon Withdrawal Forces with Bare-Metal Stents, Compared with Taxus™ and Cypher™ Drug-Eluting Coronary Stents: Balloon, Stent and Polymer Interactions ABSTRACT: Background. There have been reports of serious complications related to…
ABSTRACT: Background. B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and echocardiographic tissue Doppler indices (TDI) predict elevated filling pressures, but few data exist comparing these methods while adjusting for clinical variables. We hypothesized that BNP…
ABSTRACT: Background. Ectopic origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) occurs in ≈1.0% of studied populations. We investigated the prevalence and location of ectopic RCAs among patients undergoing coronary angiography (CA) and assessed its effects o…
Bivalirudin is theoretically a promising alternative to unfractionated heparin (UFH). It is a direct thrombin inhibitor and has the ability to block circulating and clot-bound thrombin and prevent thrombin-mediated platelet activation.1 Glycoprotein…
Efficacy and Safety of Bivalirudin in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Current Clinical Practice ABSTRACT: Objectives. This study sought to evaluate the short- and long-term efficacy and safety of biva…