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February 2012

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Volume 24 Issue 2
Dear Readers,In this issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, we are introducing two new special sections. The first new section is dedicated to covering advances in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and the section editor is Dr. Howa…
ABSTRACT: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel intravascular imaging modality with excellent resolution. We report the application of OCT in 3 coronary bifurcation interventions, in which OCT allowed optimization of the final procedural resu…
ABSTRACT: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the treatment of chronic total occlusion (CTO) is one of the most technically challenging areas of interventional cardiology. When CTO is combined with angulation and tortuosity of the coronary a…
ABSTRACT: Patients with Fontan baffles for single ventricle may have cyanosis from right-to-left shunt through leaks in the baffle or due to intentionally created fenestrations. Typically this right-to-left shunt may be addressed with catheter-based…
ABSTRACT: We report a case of GuideLiner catheter use during transradial intervention for selective coronary angiography of the distal left anterior descending artery (LAD), beyond the left internal mammary artery (LIMA) anastomosis. The lesion withi…
ABSTRACT: Deciding how to treat acute myocardial infarction (MI) with myocardial bridge is difficult because stent fracture and early restenosis are frequently reported. We present a 50-year-old female patient with acute MI and myocardial bridge. Opt…
ABSTRACT: A patient presented with a large aortopulmonary window and significant pulmonary hypertension, and underwent successful closure with muscular ventricular septal occluder (ShenZhen Lifetech Scientific Inc.) without complications in short-ter…
ABSTRACT: Valvular complications after coronary catheterization are extremely rare and are seldom reported in the literature. We report a patient who experienced acute traumatic aortic regurgitation after repeated coronary transcatheter procedures. D…
Abstract: The management of cardiac arrest during coronary angiography and intervention presents substantial challenges. Patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction or following resuscitation from cardiac arrest are at greates…
Abstract: Stent thrombosis is not unusual in a post-operative setting. Use of heparin, aspirin, clopidogrel, and glycoprotein (GP)  IIb/IIIa inhibitors in this setting needs to be balanced because of the increased risk of perioperative bleeding. This…
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