Author Archives: invasivecardiology

Spotlight on Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty

As transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures evolve, the importance of predilation, the trade-off with postdilation, and the impact of balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) on complication rates are moving targets. In this month’s issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Abramowitz … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Pericardiocentesis

This month’s issue of the Journal of Invasive Cardiology features two articles on the topic of pericardiocentesis. The first article, by Lakhter et al, is an Original Contribution on the procedural success and safety of pericardiocentesis using continuous ultrasonographic visualization … Continue reading

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Resting Non-hyperemic Indices and the Goal of 100% Accuracy

By Khawaja Afzal Ammar, MD We all use fractional flow reserve (FFR) in evaluating intermediate lesions in coronary arteries. This increases the procedure time, but it also increases the probability of appropriate interventions that will actually help the patients with … Continue reading

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Radial Caths in Training Programs – How Are We Doing?

By Gurpreet Singh, MD and Neeraj Jolly, MD July is always an interesting month, not the least because new fellows start their training. It is a good time to observe the learning curve of the fresh recruits to the world … Continue reading

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Does Newer Mean Better?

Neil Ruparelia, DPhil, MRCP1,2;  Azeem Latib, MD1; and Antonio Colombo, MD1 1San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy 2Imperial College, London, United Kingdom Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has rapidly expanded following the first reported case in 2002 to now being … Continue reading

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The Carillon Mitral Contour System

Mechanical treatment for functional (or secondary) mitral regurgitation (FMR), is being addressed now more than any time previously in history. In this month’s Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Dr. Klein and his group from Leipzig (who honored me by allowing me … Continue reading

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Slender Transradial PCI – How Small is Small Enough?

By Dr Giovanni Amoroso, Department of Cardiology, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Transradial approach (TRA) has shown to be as effective as transfemoral approach in cases of percutaneous coronary inteventions (PCI), but significantly safer in terms of access-site … Continue reading

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