December 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 12
We sought to evaluate the safety, feasibility, and time to cross severely stenosed aortic valves via radial approach using ordinary equipment for aortic stenosis evaluation.
This study on the impact of aging on the incidence and severity of radial spasm during coronary catheterization suggests the need to intensify preventive measures in young patients in order to reduce the incidence of radial spasm.
The authors comment on this month's article by Bordoni et al, noting that their results are a notable step forward, demonstrate the efficacy and safety in performing repeat BAV in a high-risk patient population with no other treatment options.
The authors provide a comprehensive review of the current transcatheter management of the most common intracardiac defects encountered in the adult population.
We sought to evaluate the impact of extended-release niacin on carotid intima media thickness (CIMT), endothelial function, and endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) mobilization. 
Few clinical data about indications and prognoses of patients undergoing balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) in the TAVI era have been reported. Data from all consecutive patients undergoing BAV in seven European centers from 2006 to 2013 were collect…
This study analyzed the differences in gender and age in relation to defibrillator lead failure and mortality of patients in the Pacemaker and Implantable Defibrillator Leads Survival Study (PAIDLESS).
LAA occlusion patients usually undergo TEE or CT imaging prior to the procedure; this preprocedural imaging may not be necessary. This study assesses the success rate and safety outcomes of LAA occlusion in a cohort of patients who had not undergone…
This commentary on an article by Hammersley et al offers Dr. Meier's thoughts and observations on the choice between LAA occlusion and life-long oral anticoagulation.
The authors present a retrospective analysis to determine the safety and efficacy of administering prasugrel at the time of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and switching to clopidogrel, without reloading.