August 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 8
Dr Ford discusses the United States FDA’s “black box” warning on clopidogrel, and whether this designation was warranted based on the evidence at hand.
The “suck-u-surge” technique to prevent embolic events with saphenous vein graft percutaneous coronary intervention is described.
We present a case of late acquired stent malapposition and uncovered struts; a biovascular scaffold in another vessel was well apposed and all struts were covered. This case highlights the potential heterogeneity in the evolution of atherosclerotic p…
A heavily calcified left descending artery lesion was successfully treated with bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS). This case demonstrates the importance of optimal lesion preparation, adequate dedicated device support, and careful assessment with…
Stent delivery to a native coronary artery lesion located proximal to the anastomosis of a bypass graft can be challenging due to severe tortuosity. Guide catheter extensions such as the GuideLiner can facilitate equipment delivery, as demonstrated h…
Arrhythmias are frequently observed after transcatheter closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defect. Independent risk factors associated with postclosure arrhythmias are still elusive; the current study aimed to identify such risk factors via…
AMI patients with unprotected left main coronary artery as the culprit lesion are a high-risk subgroup with a substantial mortality; PCI has become an option for these patients, but the data are limited. We analyzed the clinical characteristics and t…
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) has been considered a rare cause of ACS in younger patients without known cardiovascular risk factors. However, recent studies using advanced imaging modalities indicate a higher incidence of SCAD in pati…
A novel PBAV technique for critical aortic stenosis patients with severe calcific degeneration has been developed. The acute therapeutic responses and long-term clinical courses of 405 non-surgical patients were evaluated. 
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a complex, life-threatening cardiovascular disease. Given the heterogeneity of the clinical presentation of SCAD and lack of organized data collection, our clinical understanding of this disease remain…