February 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 2
Dr Heuser reflects on the evolution of coronary aneurysm treatment, from his experience as part of the team that place the first PTFE-covered stent in 1993, to today.
Dr. Madias offers a thoughtful commentary on a June 2014 case report by Rawasia et al, and highlights that Takutsubo syndrome is an enigmatic disease that requires updated diagnostic criteria, including serial echocardiography.
The tenth annual Scottsdale Interventional Forum (SIF), which took place in Scottsdale, Arizona from March 5-8, 2014, brought together some of the leading experts in CTO-PCI. Topics discussed included review of the diagnostic coronary angiogram in th…
This case report illustrates a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm that developed at the transapical access site for transcatheter aortic valve implantation and was successfully excluded percutaneously through a femoral approach using an Amplatzer muscul…
Acute kidney injury (AKI) stage II-III has been associated with a higher short-term and long-term mortality after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We present a patient with AKI where fluoroscopic landmarks and TEE imaging were used excl…
With increased experience using the CrossBoss catheter, the antegrade success rate of CTOs can be improved. We provide new strategies and techniques for the successful recanalization of chronic total occlusions (CTOs) with the sole use of the CrossBo…
Systematic evaluation of the reparative response of the vessel wall to venous closure is lacking. We characterize the vessel wall response to venous closure, both acutely and in delayed fashion at 30 days using angiography, ultrasound, and histology;…
Prognostic impact of elevated systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP) and its potential improvement after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) remains to be determined. This multicenter retrospective registry shows that this parameter, al…
A serial vascular Doppler examination of the incidence and predictors of radial artery occlusion (RAO) after transradial coronary angioplasty, which finds that preprocedure radial artery inner diameter ≤2.5 mm and peak systolic velocity are the indep…
Dr. Block offers a thoughtful commentary on the nickel elution study by Verma et al, and offers his take on the need for more studies concerning nickel sensitivity and clinical outcomes for a host of interventions.