September 2011

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Volume 23 Issue 9
ABSTRACT: The concomitant existence of an acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and a truly undilatable lesion is not a common occurrence, although STEMI lesions can be calcified and sometimes difficult to fracture.The manufacturer lists t…
ABSTRACT: Stent thrombosis is a rare but feared complication. While intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography are frequently used to unravel mechanical predisposing factors in patients suffering from this dreadful complication, no inf…
ABSTRACT: A 55-year-old female presented with 4-day history of fatigue and exertional shortness of breath. A late presentation inferior ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) was diagnosed based on ST elevation in the inferior leads of electrocar…
ABSTRACT: Cases of coronary arteries with anomalous aortic origin are rare. An isolated single coronary artery is a congenital anomaly occurring in approximately 0.024–0.066% of the population. Atherosclerosis of these arteries is not infrequent with…
ABSTRACT: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is increasing in prevalence. Although experienced centers performing radiofrequency pulmonary vein isolation procedures have reported success rates approaching 72%, in rare instances it is complicated by stenosis of…
ABSTRACT: The introduction of stents for treatment of coronary lesions markedly improved the outcome of coronary interventions. We report on a female patient who was admitted to our hospital with acute coronary syndrome and stent loss into the left v…
Dear Readers,The goal of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology is to provide state-of-the-art information that will support clinicians in the effective management of patients with cardiovascular disease.  There are many selections in this issue that I h…
A 59-year-old man underwent placement of an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) in anticipation of coronary artery bypass graft surgery. While the patient was in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, the IABP malfunctioned. Attempts to advance a 0.025…
ABSTRACT: We present a case where difficulty was encountered during balloon mitral valvotomy (BMV) because of severe submitral stenosis. As the orifice was 0.4 cm2 at submitral level the BMV balloon catheter could not enter the left ventricle. We use…
ABSTRACT: There has been tremendous pressure on cardiovascular services to reduce costs in health care delivery while maintaining the quality of care. The transradial approach to coronary angiography and interventions has been demonstrated to answer…