March 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 3
The authors opine on a previous study by Mirbolouk et al (J Invasive Cardiol. 2014;26(9):444-450) and recommend the addition of transmural dispersion data to the study to reveal the effects of revascularization procedures on electrical heterogeneity…
Dr Naidu offers his thoughts on the state of Interventional Cardiology after a decade in practice.
We demonstrate the utility of intravascular ultrasound imaging in the localization of an ambiguous or “stump-less” ostial CTO in addition to providing real-time far-field imaging, which is helpful in tracking wire progress through the occluded segmen…
A 47-year-old man with history of familial cardiomyopathy and orthotopic heart transplant at the age of 34 years presented severe tricuspid stenosis (TS) with a mean transvalvular gradient of 10 mm Hg. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first…
This study tested the feasibility of adopting the “hybrid” approach by a single operator without prior experience in CTO-PCI. The authors conclude that the “hybrid” approach to CTO-PCI can be successfully adopted by a single operator with excellent e…
In order to put the pVAD analysis of Shah et al into clinical perspective, Drs Shields and Goldberg review the definitions of “high-risk PCI,” the mechanism of action of support devices for PCI patients, and comment on the results of trials comparing…
This study conducted a review of all comparative randomized control trials of the pVADS (Impella and TandemHeart) vs IABP for patients undergoing high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects (ASDs) is usually performed using simultaneous fluoroscopic and transthoracic, transesophageal, or intracardiac echocardiographic guidance. This study sought to assess the safety and efficacy of percutane…
This study assessed the clinical outcomes of diabetic versus non-diabetic patients with peripheral arterial disease who underwent peripheral transluminal angioplasty (PTA). Diabetic patients were found to more frequently present with critical limb is…
The RESPECT trial was a multicenter, randomized comparison that evaluates the safety/efficacy of the new Vascade extravascular closure system (Cardiva Medical, Inc) in diagnostic and interventional procedures. Compared to manual compression, Vascade…