September 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 10
The authors report the urgent need for the correction of two figure labels in the July 2015 article by Sobolev et al. An erratum is attached, and the figures have been corrected accordingly.
A letter regarding a May 2015 article by Kudumula et al, which reported on the new Occlutech duct occluder. The author discusses his own experience with PDA closure and recommends further Occlutech studies under a variety of circumstances.
The authors comment on Toggweiler et al’s September 2015 article, which investigated the natural course of paravalvular regurgitation (PAR) with serial TEE measurements. They review the history of PAR, the implications of the Toggweiler study, and fu…
A 44-year-old male was diagnosed with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (LVEF 50%) and severe functional mitral regurgitation (MR). Mitral surgery was rejected due to high perioperative risk (morbid obesity, BMI 55 kg/m2, and severe restrictive pul…
The authors assess the safety and feasibility of transfemoral valve-in-valve implantation of the new Edwards Sapien 3 in a degenerated Mitroflow bioprosthesis.
An 86-year-old Caucasian female with severe symptomatic, inoperable aortic stenosis was accepted for high-risk transfemoral TAVR due to severe calcification of the aorta. The authors utilized the elevator technique, which allows axial transportation…
The frequency and outcomes of guide catheter extension use during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has received limited study. The authors retrospectively examine 1539 consecutive PCIs performed between May 2010 and November 2013 to determine…
Intermediate SVG lesions have high rates of progression. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of extended-release niacin (ER-niacin) vs. placebo on intermediate saphenous vein graft (SVG) lesions.
Resting and hyperemic translesional peripheral gradients (RG, HG) are objective tools in defining the hemodynamic significance of an arterial stenosis. Our aim was to assess the relationship between the RG and HG with the functional and anatomic para…
Commentary on this month's article by Orvin et al. Is there an age at which patients should be considered too high risk for TAVI? Unfortunately, the conventional risk models, the STS score and EuroSCORE, are in essence borrowed tools, and are insuffi…