January 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 1
Two hours after successful RCA stent implantation, a patient re-presented with inferior ST elevation secondary to acute dissection originating at the distal edge of the stent, causing subtotal occlusion of the distal RCA. This case describes the proc…
Real-time three-dimensional intracardiac echocardiography has recently become available; we describe our initial experience with this new imaging technology.
The development of a large hematoma impairing visualization of the distal true lumen is a recognized complication of antegrade recanalization of chronic total occlusions, often forcing the operator to abort the procedure or switch to a retrograde app…
An investigation of the very long-term clinical outcomes of atrial septal defect (ASD) percutaneous closure in adult patients and evaluation of the 12-month effects of the device on aortic and mitral valve function. Transcatheter ASD closure is a saf…
Invasive diagnosis of coronary artery disease utilizes either anatomical or functional measurements. In this study, we tested a futuristic parameter, lesion flow coefficient, that combines both the anatomical (percent aortic stenosis) and functional…
This review examines the current situation of catheter-based vein interventions with an emphasis on tumescentless versus thermal-injury techniques to treat superficial venous insufficiency.
After surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), the incidence of new-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) is 31%-64% and 4%-32%, respectively. We examine the predisposing factors, optimal postprocedural…
We compared clinical outcomes of transradial (TR) and transfemoral (TF) percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in patients with left main coronary artery (LMCA) bifurcation lesions. TR-PCI is a safe and effective vascular approach even in patients…
Dr Blankenship opines on the enduring value of the case report in scientific literature.  
An evaluation of the use of extension catheters in transradial intervention of complex coronary lesions. The use of an extension catheter may assist in improving successful intervention and decrease the frequency of crossover to a femoral approach.