March 2012

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Volume 24 Issue 3
Abstract: A fifty-year-old male had an echocardiogram for an abnormal electrocardiogram; it revealed a left ventricular mass. A cardiac catheterization revealed normal coronary arteries and a fine tumor blush of the cardiac tumor with feeding arterie…
Abstract: After transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in a 75-year-old male, chronic wide left bundle branch block (LBBB) developed. He experienced repeated episodes of decompensated systolic heart failure with severe systolic left ventricul…
Abstract: Objectives. The infarct-related artery (IRA) in inferior wall myocardial infarction (IMI) may be problematic to identify due to occasional instances in which the right coronary (RCA) and left circumflex (CX) arteries are both occluded. We s…
Abstract: A 69-year-old male presented with inferior wall ischemia. Transradial coronary angiogram with an Optitorque Jacky shape catheter showed unobstructed coronary arteries (Terumo Medical Corporation). Left ventriculography was complicated with…
Transradial coronary angiography (TRA) was introduced over 2 decades ago and has been adopted by many clinicians worldwide.1 It is becoming increasingly popular in elective and emergency situations because of lower vascular access site complication r…
Abstract: Objectives. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of nitroglycerin and diltiazem versus nitroglycerin alone in preventing radial artery spasm (RAS) during transradial coronary procedures. Background. Spasm after transradial acce…
Abstract: Objective. We sought to evaluate the characteristics of in-stent restenosis (ISR) lesions with microvessels, detected by an optical coherence tomography (OCT). Background. No sufficient in vivo data exist regarding microvessel characteristi…
Abstract: Background. We sought to evaluate the findings of Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) and intravascular ultrasonography (IVUS) used for the in vivo assessment of coronary lesions. Methods. We identified 19 lesions in 15 pat…
In a post hoc gender-based analysis of the TITAX-AMI trial,1 Tuomainen et al noted that at 3-year follow-up, females had a higher trend of major adverse events than males for the composite endpoint of cardiac death, recurrent myocardial infarction (M…
Abstract: Background. The TITAX-AMI trial demonstrated a better clinical outcome of titanium-nitride-oxide-coated bioactive stents (BAS) as compared with paclitaxel-eluting stents (PES) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) undergoing ear…