November 2011

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Volume 23 Issue 11
Abstract: Treatment of peripheral chronic total occlusion (CTO) is one of the most challenging lesion subsets in peripheral revascularization. Advanced wire technology, novel re-entry catheters and imaging techniques help in crossing such lesions. Su…
Transradial access for diagnostic and interventional procedures has been gaining acceptance in the United States.1 Advantages of transradial percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) include improved patient satisfaction and potential decrease in cost…
Abstract: Coronary bifurcation restenoses are especially challenging lesions to treat. In this report, four cases are described in which an innovative approach consisting of the simultaneous inflation of two drug-eluting balloons has been successfull…
Aortic stenosis is an insidious disease with a long latency period.1 Severe symptomatic aortic stenosis is associated with poor outcomes unless an aortic valve replacement procedure is performed.1 In the real world, 30% of patients with severe sympto…
Abstract: Background. Rapid right ventricular pacing (RRVP) at rates above 200 beats/minute is used to suppress cardiac output during balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI) patients. A risk of inducing myo…
As coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) has rapidly evolved, its extension to more complex scenarios has kept pace. Stent evaluation has intrinsic technical difficulties. However, since left main disease, in particular, is not reliably ad…
Abstract: Objectives. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of dual-source computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) compared to coronary angiography (CAG) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) for detection and quantifica…
Abstract: Objectives. The purpose of this study was to compare medical resource use, such as total device cost, total contrast volume, and total fluoroscopy time between the staged and simultaneous strategies for treating two-vessel disease (2VD) by…
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) continues to be one of the most common major adverse side effect of cardiac catheterization, and is associated with short- and long-term morbidity and mortality.1,2 This is particularly true in the population presen…
Abstract: The incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) was previously reported to be as high as 19%. Iso-osmolar contrast has frequently…