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BACKGROUND Transcatheter closure of coronary artery fistulas has emerged as a successful alternative to surgery. We describe various techniques and short-term findings in 15 patients who were taken up for transcatheter closure of these fistulas. METHODS AND RESULTS Fifteen patients (aged 2-55 years; 12 males) with coronary artery fistulas underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors produce a significant decrease in pulmonary vascular resistance in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. We studied the effects of tadalafil, a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, on short-term hemodynamics, tolerability, and efficacy over a 12-week period in patients of Eisenmenger syndrome having a(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY Systemic thromboembolism is a major complication in patients of mitral stenosis (MS) with atrial fibrillation (AF) due to induction of hypercoagulable state. The aim was to assess the relationship, if any, between control of ventricular rate and systemic coagulation factors. METHOD 70 patients of moderate to severe MS in AF(More)
BACKGROUND Mitral valvuloplasty traditionally performed under fluoroscopic guidance has emerged as an effective nonsurgical technique for the treatment of symptomatic patients with mitral stenosis. We undertook a study to evaluate the feasibility of performing valvuloplasty by the Inoue balloon solely under transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) guidance(More)
Percutaneous transvenous mitral commissurotomy using Inoue balloon is an effective procedure for the management of patients with juvenile mitral stenosis. Inability to cross the mitral valve by the Inoue balloon catheter is one of the important reasons for failure of the procedure. We describe a new technique, facilitating left atrium to left ventricular(More)
Balloon angioplasty of the stenosed aorta is usually a relatively simple, yet potentially a catastrophic procedure. Aortic rupture during aortoplasty, though uncommon, carries a high mortality. We report case of a 39-year-old female with aortoarteritis with multiple arterial stenoses whose infra-renal abdominal aorta ruptured during balloon dilatation of(More)
We report the case of a female patient who presented with signs and symptoms of tricuspid stenosis. Echocardiography revealed a sessile mass on the tricuspid valve. A diagnosis of primary cardiac tumor was made but histopathologic examination revealed the mass to be an organized thrombus. Subsequent serological tests showed elevated titers of(More)