August 2018

Volume 30 Issue 8
Several two-stent techniques for unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) bifurcation lesions have been described, however, a paucity of data exists regarding the optimal strategy, especially in the second-generation drug-eluting stent (2G-DES)…
TAVI indications are expanding to lower-risk patients. The objective of this study was to analyze the state of TAVI in Spain vs other European and non-European countries. Using an online questionnaire, we analyzed the routine practice of 250 TAVI cen…
We evaluated the outcomes of plaque modification with orbital atherectomy followed by PCI with small-diameter stents for severely calcified coronary arteries.
Balloon shaft fracture can be challenging to treat in the setting of retrograde CTO-PCI with guidewire externalization; withdrawal of the guide catheter may allow successful removal of the balloon shaft fragment.
Percutaneous AVF closure was performed post TAVI in a patient with severe aortic stenosis and an AVF between the right SFA and femoral vein.
In patients with small or unfavorable coronary sinus (CS) anatomies, implantation of a CS reducer in atypical sites might be considered, if the target vein is of appropriate size and provides appropriate venous drainage.  
The importance of selective coronary angiography in patients with severely dilated aortas awaiting surgery is discussed.
Image highlights echocardiographic findings associated with the RAC sign and its utility as a non-invasive modality to recognize technically complex and high-risk retroaortic coronary anomalies prior to intervention.
There is great variability in radiation safety practices in cardiac catheterization laboratories around the world. We performed an international online survey on radiation safety including interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, intervent…
We evaluate the utility of the SYNTAX II score, which incorporates angiographic and clinical parameters, for risk stratification and prediction of 4-year mortality in 831 real-world patients.