February 2014

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Volume 26 Issue 2
Transradial (TR) access for primary PCI is becoming accepted as the preferred approach but has not gained widespread adoption due to technical challenges that may limit procedural success and delay time to revascularization, particularly among patien…
 Until recently, identification of lipid core plaque in vivo has not been possible; however, a combined near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheter has become available that can detect lipid core plaque in patients…
Spontaneous fracture and migration of implanted port catheters is a known complication and necessitates immediate removal. We report the first case report of percutaneous removal of an intravascular foreign body using forearm peripheral intravenous a…
Coronary sinus (CS) anatomy is a major predictor of successful implantation of left ventricular (LV) lead and procedural outcome. We examined CS anatomy and a possible classification scheme based upon CS size, branching pattern, location of posterola…
There may be a trade-off between longitudinal strength and conformability. This in vivo study investigates longitudinal strength and conformability of various stent platforms following stent implantation in rabbit iliac arteries.
This study assesses myocardial blush (MB) using a novel software algorithm that quantifies time-density curves after percutaneous coronary intervention.
Percutaneous transcatheter closure is an alternative strategy to traditional conventional surgical repair for ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (RSVA). The immediate and follow-up results of transcatheter occlusion in 13 patients were reported.
The timing of intervention in non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome has been correlated with patient prognosis; thus, optimal timing has become a hot topic in recent years. We aimed to determine the best time period for early invasive intervention…
There are few studies of drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation for severely calcified lesions, especially regarding long-term results and hemodialysis patients. This study clarifies the factors, including DES strut thickness, that affect the long-ter…