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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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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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Percutaneous Closure of Intracardiac Defects in Adults

By Andres M. Pineda MD and Nirat Beohar MD The number of adults with intracardiac defects is expected to rise over the next decade primarily as a result of the increasing prevalence of adult congenital heart disease and some acquired … Continue reading

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Pulmonary Valve Stenosis and Percutaneous Balloon Pulmonary Valvuloplasty: Are We All Clear About This Disease and Procedure?

Xiaodong Qian Department of Cardiology First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University Suzhou, People’s Republic of China Pulmonary valve stenosis (PVS), which causes obstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract, is a relatively common congenital heart disease in children but is … Continue reading

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Chronic Statin Therapy and Postprocedural CIN in Non-Emergent PCI

Dmitriy N. Feldman, MD Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Endovascular Services, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Greenberg Division of Cardiology, 520 East 70th Street, Starr-434 Pavilion, New York, NY 10021. Email: dnf9001@med.cornell.edu Recent evidence from trials … Continue reading

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LM-Bifurcation PCI: Stent Design and the Effects of Cardiac Flow

Robert S. Schwartz, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI, FSCCT Minneapolis Heart Institute and Foundation Left main coronary artery stenting is commonplace in today’s PCI, but new questions arise as to safety. Specifically, the three-dimensional changes in space as the left main … Continue reading

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