October 2013

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Volume 25 Issue 10
This study found that venous access-site closure with a single 6 Fr suture-mediated Proglide during MitraClip procedures was feasible, safe, and effective.
This study assesses the safety and efficacy of predilatation using the kissing-balloon technique during provisional crossover stenting versus sequential predilatation on clinical outcomes in true coronary bifurcation lesions.
We offer a creative solution to assist crossing of balloon-uncrossable CTOs that entails use of a balloon placed over a wire that has been advanced though the subintimal space to “anchor” the guidewire that has crossed through the CTO true lumen, ena…
We compared procedural and follow-up complications of TAVI patients based on the type of antithrombotic treatment used (single-antiplatelet vs dual-antiplatelet vs warfarin). This relatively small series suggests that DAPT does not protect patients f…
Two cases are presented that illustrate an important caveat in the measurement of fractional flow reserve in coronary arteries. In both cases, hemodynamically significant lesions were demonstrated that had been masked by the artifactual drop in aorti…
This study evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of a new nanoplatinum-coated nitinol device for transcatheter ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure in a swine model; the device was found to be feasible and efficacious. The good occlusion results…
This study evaluates the immediate and mid-term outcomes of percutaneous device closure using patent ductus arteriosus or ventricular septal defect occluders in patients with ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm.
This study compared the clinical outcome of the transvenous versus transthoracic approaches for closure of patent ductus arteriosus. Our results indicate the transthoracic approach is superior in terms of cost, acute complications, and patient comfor…
We report on the initial clinical use of the leopard-crawl technique for facilitating catheter delivery in cases of severely calcified lesions in which standard delivery was unsuccessful, while creating an efficacious scoring effect into the calcifie…