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August 2011

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Volume 23 Issue 8
In this issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Pershad et al describe a case of a persistent sciatic artery.1 This is of course a well-described anomaly with an incidence of 0.025–0.05%.  It is commonly associated with aneurysm formation and ca…
Unusual anatomic variants are rare and can sometimes mimic atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease. In the case described, physical examination revealed a pulseless right groin yet palpable dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial pulses. During perip…
ABSTRACT: Aortocaval fistula is an uncommon but often fatal complication of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Both open and endovascular repair of aortic aneurysm with aortocaval fistulae have been previously reported. We present the case of a patient with…
The current issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology addresses the ongoing debate of the future role of drug-eluting stents (DES) on ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) interventions, by presenting the most recent database reported…
Abstract: Background. Short- and long-term data showed that drug-eluting stents (DES) significantly decreased target vessel revascularization (TVR) and major adverse cardiac event (MACE) rates compared to bare-metal stents (BMS). However, conflicting…
The decision of whether to implant a drug-eluting stent (DES) or bare-metal stent (BMS) in potentially the highest “risk” situation, primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), represents, i…
Abstract: Objective. Use of drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) during routine primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) is controversial. Methods. From January 2004 to July 2008, a total of 2…
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of an aorto-ostial lesion requires precise implantation of a coronary artery stent in order to prevent adverse clinical outcomes. “Geographic miss” occurs when the lesion is not fully covered or additional ste…
ABSTRACT: Objectives. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of inaccurate stent positioning in the treatment of coronary aorto-ostial lesions. Background. The percutaneous treatment of aorto-ostial disease is challenging, with a pau…
ABSTRACT: Aims. We sought to compare a routine invasive strategy of early coronary angiography and intended revascularization, with an ischemia-guided strategy in patients with acute inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who received fi…
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