March 2011

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Volume 23 Issue 3
ABSTRACT: We present the case of a rare coronary anomaly in a 64-year-old male who presented with exertional angina. The right coronary artery (RCA) was dominant, giving origin proximally to an anomalous left circumflex (LCX) artery and a left anteri…
ABSTRACT: Background. A number of percutaneous devices are available to embolize anomalous vessels in congenital heart disease. We report our initial single-center experience with the new Amplatzer Vascular Plug IV (AVP IV) in congenital heart diseas…
ABSTRACT: Objectives. Our purpose was to describe the contemporary utilization, clinical outcomes and complication rates of intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) therapy in this current age. Background. IABP use and outcomes, in the setting of modern anti…
The authors of the preceding study1 have to be commended on a clean set of experiments re-invigorating an all-but-forgotten easy and safe modality to treat bradycardia or even save lives in the catheterization laboratory. While the emphasis of the pa…
ABSTRACT: Background. Bradycardia complicating percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) can require temporary pacing. A transcoronary approach using the guidewire in the coronary artery may be a useful alternative to transvenous pacing. The purpose o…
The most common complications of catheterization procedures are access-site bleeding and hematoma which occur in 2–10% of all procedures.1 Even after multivariable adjustment, numerous studies have shown periprocedural bleeding to be an independent p…
ABSTRACT: Background. The majority of coronary angioplasty is done via the femoral artery, with vascular complications being a major adverse event. Bivalirudin has been shown to reduce bleeding complication and improve outcomes. The use of bivalirudi…
Bleeding complications that occur after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are associated with increased morbidity and mortality.1 Studies indicate that certain populations are at higher risk for bleeding: the elderly, patients with renal insuf…
ABSTRACT: Background. Transradial access for angioplasty and percutaneous intervention (PCI) has become more popular across the world due to lower risk of bleeding and better patient comfort. It has been shown to be effective and feasible in the West…
A sea change begins with ripples becoming waves and finally the rising tide heralds a new environment, often a transformation of dramatic proportions. So it appears with the re-introduction of the transradial catheterization approach. While lately th…