September 2012

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Volume 24 Issue 9
ABSTRACT: Intracoronary dehiscence of the radiopaque ring of a guiding catheter is a rare complication, which could lead to myocardial infarction, emergency surgery, or even death. We describe the percutaneous retrieval of the catheter material from…
The recent 2012 Olympic competitions in London have demonstrated the critical role that collaboration plays in achieving successful outcomes. The same is true for successful clinical research. Whether it is local collaboration or work that extends ac…
I frequently visit various cardiac catheterization laboratories both in the US and abroad and watch live cases at various interventional meetings. I find such experiences invaluable for “opening the mind” to new, different, and often better ways to d…
Abstract: Background. Patients with complex congenital heart disease may require surgical construction of interatrial baffles to shunt blood between atria. Long-term complications of these procedures may include stenosis or leak of the baffle, typica…
Abstract: Transradial access for cardiac catheterization is widely accepted as a safe and viable approach with markedly decreased incidence of major access-related complications compared to the transfemoral approach. Minor catheter looping or kinking…
Abstract: The recent development of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) offers a feasible option for high-risk surgical patients. However, several complications are specifically related to this…
Abstract: Background. Unfavorable immediate or delayed results after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) may be a consequence of bioprosthesis malfunctioning, malpositioning, embolization, or degeneration. Deployment of a second valve with…
Abstract: Background. Transcoronary pacing for the treatment of bradycardias during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a useful technique in interventional cardiology. The standard technique is unipolar pacing with the guidewire in the coron…
Abstract: To address safety concerns with first-generation drug-eluting stents (DESs), the everolimus-eluting stent (EES) has been developed as a second-generation DES. The study aim was to: (1) demonstrate that use of the EES in Japanese patients is…