January 2013

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Volume 25 Issue 1
Abstract: Background. Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is an effective procedure for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis. The evolution of carotid artery stenting (CAS) has made this a viable alternative to CEA in…
Abstract: Background. We aimed to compare the outcomes of patients who underwent carotid artery stenting (CAS) followed by coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with the outcomes of those who underwent isolated CABG without carotid intervention. Met…
Abstract: Objective. To present results of a registry of a novel vascular access device. Background. Arterial access has been largely unchanged for 60 years. The Arstasis device creates a novel shallow-angle arterial access designed to facilitate hem…
Abstract: Background. Collagen-based vascular closure devices (VCD) are commonly used after catheterization with femoral access. However, data about complication rates due to the utilization of VCDs in patients with known peripheral artery disease (P…
Abstract: Objectives. We aimed to assess the associations of stenting strategy and bifurcation anatomy with outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for distal unprotected left main (ULM) coronary disease. Background. There are limited an…
Abstract: Objectives. To determine whether longer periods of stent balloon inflation result in greater minimal luminal diameter (MLD) as measured by quantitative coronary analysis (QCA), and to determine whether measured size correlated with that pre…
Abstract: Objective. Prediction of coronary atherosclerosis in patients with stable angina based on non-invasive examinations. Methods. Pro-inflammatory markers, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) polymorphism, lipid levels, Framingham risk score (FRS), and car…
Abstract: Aims. N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) has been found to correlate with the severity of aortic valve stenosis and to provide prognostic information in aortic stenosis patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement…
Abstract: Background. We describe a vascular closure technique, convenient in practice, that permits effective femoral artery closure after CoreValve (Medtronic) implantation during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Vascular complicatio…
Abstract: Guidewire manipulation to negotiate branches originating at an acute angle from the parent artery is a frequently encountered challenge by the interventional cardiologist in clinical practice. To date, several methods have been developed, b…