December 2011

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Volume 23 Issue 12
Abstract: We report on a case of a false aneurysm at the access site after transapical aortic valve replacement. Although this is not the first case report about this issue, our case emphasizes the importance of follow-up echocardiography after trans…
Abstract: Although myocardial ischemia monitored by some implantable cardioverter-defibrillators has the potential to improve patient care, no clinical experience with this novel technology has been described yet. We report for the first time ischemi…
Abstract: Although transradial access (TRA) for coronary procedures has many advantages over the transfemoral approach, it’s still not the dominant route used in coronary interventions. Radial artery spasm (RAS) is an important limitation of TRA. We…
The elderly are often poorly represented in major clinical trials of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).1 An exact definition for “elderly” varies; for instance, the 2002 ACC/AHA practice guideline for the management of acute coronary syndromes…
Abstract: Background. Nonagenarians have been systematically excluded from randomized trials dealing with invasive coronary strategies, resulting in a lack of evidence-based guidelines regarding the optimal approach in this population. Aim. To descri…
Since the description of successful surgical ligation of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) by Gross and Hubbard in 1939,1 surgery has been the procedure of choice in the treatment of PDA. Surgical treatment has been shown to be safe and effective with o…
Abstract: Purpose. To review the initial clinical outcomes of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure using the new Nit-Occlud PDA-R device (NOPDA-R). Materials and methods. The NOPDA-R is a self-expandable, nitinol-made, premounted and cone-shaped de…
In 2009, the landmark Synergy between PCI with Taxus and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) trial sought to establish whether coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was the standard of care for patients with three-ve…
Abstract: Background. The SYNTAX score (SXscore), an angiographic score reflecting coronary lesion complexity, predicts clinical outcomes in patients with left main or multivessel disease, and in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarcti…
Abstract: Background. High serum uric acid (SUA) has been well demonstrated to be associated with morbidity and mortality in the general population as well as in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Recent studies show that the clinical SYNTA…