June 2010

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Volume 22 Issue 6
   ABSTRACT: Coronary artery anomalies are uncommon and the occurrence of a single coronary artery with no structural heart disease is very rare. We report a hitherto undescribed type of single coronary artery originating from the right aortic sinus…
   ABSTRACT: Fractional flow reserve is a simple and efficient tool to assess the severity of an intermediate lesion in order to determine the optimal therapy. However there are some limitations to its use. We observed that in patients with an occlud…
   ABSTRACT: A patient with a symptomatic mitral paravalvular leak was successfully treated by implantation of an Amplatzer (16 mm) occluder device (AGA Medical, Plymouth, Minnesota) at the defect via percutaneous direct transapical puncture of the l…
   ABSTRACT: The intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is a tool to help improve myocardial perfusion, reduce afterload, and decrease myocardial demand by reducing cardiac work. We describe a unique case of an IABP placement in a pregnant woman in her thi…
   ABSTRACT: Background. The success rates of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) for chronic total occlusions (CTOs) have improved with advances in devices, equipment and expertise, in- cluding the use of the retrograde approach. CTO with bif…
   ABSTRACT: An 86-year-old female patient was admitted to our hospital with a stenosed biological mitral valve prothesis (orifice area 0.75 cm2). Additional cardiac surgery was refused by the patient and her physician. Therefore, balloon valvuloplas…
   ABSTRACT: In patients receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), the left ventricular electrode cannot always be positioned in the preferred lateral or posterolateral locations due to technical factors and anatomic variations in the corona…
   ABSTRACT:We report a case of pulmonary edema experienced in a patient with severe left ventricular dysfunction without an obvious cause. Thus, we tested the hypothesis of a dynamic increase in the severity of (ischemic) mitral regurgitation. Right…
   ABSTRACT: Dr. Donald Baim was widely regarded as one of the founders and pioneers of the profession of interventional cardiology. Herein is a brief report of his life and contributions along with perspectives from the society of interventional car…
   ABSTRACT: Background. The development of newer and more potent antithrombotic agents and strategies has markedly reduced cardiovascular mortality and ischemic complications in patients with acute coronary syndromes and those undergoing percutaneou…