March 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 3
Drug-eluting stents (DES) have had a significant impact on restenosis rates after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in clinical practice. The use of specially-designed coatings to release a cytostatic or cytotoxic agent within a defin…
Case Report. A 35-year-old healthy male with no significant previous medical illness presented to the emergency room with 24 hours of dull constant pain across his chest. Prior to the onset, he had collided with another player during a competitive so…
Case report. A 73-year-old male presented to his cardiologist with complaints of dyspnea on exertion over the past two years. The dyspnea had been progressively worsening over the previous three months, to the point where the patient had to stop and…
The Barath Cutting Balloon (CB) (Boston Scientific, Natick, Massachusetts) was designed to score atherosclerotic plaque during balloon angioplasty using 3 or 4 longitudinal atherotomes.1 This microsurgical dilatation technique allows coronary dilatat…
The management of coarctation of the aorta beyond the immediate neonatal period has long been the focus of much controversy. Development of aortic aneurysms, with their inherent risk of spontaneous rupture and death,1,2 is not infrequently observed i…
Balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV) is an effective method for treating rheumatic mitral valve stenosis, producing good short- and long-term results1–2 that are comparable to surgical valvotomy.3–4 Two BMV techniques have been extensively used: the In…
In this issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Eeckhout, et al. have described the adjunctive use of intravascular ultrasound to guide stent implantation in the treatment of symptomatic, “unprotected” left main coronary artery disease. While th…
Transfemoral coronary angiography is not always possible because of obstructive arterial disease, and following the procedure, hemostasis can be difficult to achieve. An alternative transradial procedure described by Campeau1 has been widely accepted…
Materials and Methods Stent and stent coating. Stainless steel balloon-expandable stents (Jostent,™ Germany) were used for these studies. The bare stents, 16 mm long, were dip-coated in a biological polymer (SAE coating) or in a polymer/tacrolimus so…
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an emergent global threat caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV),1–3 which had caused outbreaks worldwide in 2003 with substantial morbidity and mortality,4–8 affecting over 8,000 patients and leading to…