December 2008

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Volume 20 Issue 12
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a major public health problem that is largely underrecognized. Surgical and medical advances over the past decades have dramatically improved the once bleak prognosis of patients with CHD. Eighty-five percent of infa…
From the Right Coronary Artery: A Case Report ABSTRACT: Dual left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) originating from the left main stem and the right coronary artery (RCA) (Type IV dual LAD) is a very rare coronary artery anomaly. Associatio…
ABSTRACT: Percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure is increasingly performed for a variety of different conditions and is usually relatively straightforward, with a low adverse event rate and virtually no mortality. In cases with a long PFO tu…
ABSTRACT: Coarctation of the aorta is one of the most common congenital heart defects. Transcatheter therapy for treatment of coarctation is effective, with low morbidity and mortality rates. The current trend is toward primary stent implantation for…
Case Presentation. A 48-year-old male with severe mental retardation, non-verbal and able to follow simple commands, presented to his primary care physician with one and a half months of progressive shortness of breath and lower-extremity edema. Exam…
ABSTRACT: Thrombosis late after implantation is an infrequent but increasingly recognized complication following revascularization with drug-eluting stents (DES). The window of vulnerability for this complication with DES remains undefined. Intermedi…
ABSTRACT: Objectives. The prognosis of patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO) and diabetes mellitus treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation is unknown. Methods. We compared the 12-month out…
Treated with Novel Ultra-Low Profile, Guidewire-Based Self-Expanding Stent System ABSTRACT: Objectives. This study was performed to evaluate the long-term vascular response of the first series of patients treated by a novel ultra-low profile, guidew…
In Patients with Ischemic Dilated Cardiomyopathy at Very High Risk for Surgery: A Single-Center Experience ABSTRACT: Background. Coronary artery bypass grafting is often considered for patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy, but age, comorbidities an…
Plaque begets plaque is a lesson to be learned from the article by Okabe and colleagues.1 It sounds tautological, and certainly simplistic, yet may be missed in a time where a great deal of attention is focused on strategies to identify “vulnerable p…