June 2010

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Volume 22 Issue 6
   ABSTRACT: Background. Intracoronary (IC) administration of abciximab may increase local drug levels by several orders of magnitude compared to intravenous (IV) treatment and may improve clinical outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndromes (…
   ABSTRACT: Radial artery pseudoaneurysm is an extremely rare complication associated with transradial catheterization. We report 2 cases of pseudoaneurysm of the radial artery that were successfully treated using the Terumo TR band. We believe that…
   Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitors have been demonstrated to reduce major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients undergoing coronary interventions, particularly when there is associated thrombus.1,2 In this issue, Dr. Hansen and colleagu…
   ABSTRACT: Background. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) provides advantages compared to thrombolytic therapy in the treatment of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Elderly patients have increased in-hospital mortality; the predicto…
   While the clinical presentation of target lesion revascularization (TLR) following bare-metal stent (BMS) placement was previously perceived to be “benign,” several studies have now shown that BMS restenosis may present as acute coronary syndrome…
   ABSTRACT: Objective. We sought to examine the clinical presentations and subsequent clinical outcomes of patients undergoing target lesion revascularization (TLR) after either bare-metal stent (BMS) or drug-eluting stent (DES) placement. Backgroun…
   ABSTRACT: Objective. To investigate the relationship between resting distal coronary pressure to aortic pressure ratio (Pd/Pa) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) obtained during maximal hyperemia. Background. FFR is an invasive index of the functio…
   Despite effective embolic protection devices and drug-eluting stents, saphenous vein graft (SVG) intervention remains technically challenging, and long-term results are discouraging.1 Procedural success and reductions in target lesion revasculariz…
   ABSTRACT: Objectives. To examine the contemporary acute and long-term outcomes after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) of acutely occluded saphenous vein grafts (SVGs). Background. PCI of acutely thrombosed SVGs carries low success rates.…