Lou S McKeever

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Balloon angioplasty of aorto-ostial right coronary artery (RCA) and aorto-ostial saphenous vein graft (SVG) stenoses has been reported to be associated with a suboptimal acute success rate, a higher incidence of restenosis and an increased risk of emergent coronary artery bypass surgery. In this report, we describe the use of directional coronary(More)
UNLABELLED Transcatheter coronary interventions requiring abciximab (ReoPro) are associated with vascular access site complications. Several devices have been developed to aid in the closure of the femoral arteriotomy, including collagen plug devices (VasoSeal, AngioSeal), percutaneous suture closure (Perclose), and aids to manual compression (Femostop). In(More)
Reports are presented demonstrating a technique for dissolving thrombus in coronary arteries and bypass grafts by using prolonged selective infusion of urokinase via an infusion wire. This allows one to pass a steerable guide wire through the culprit stenosis and perform angioplasty on a distal lesion which could not be previously seen.
Chronic occlusion of saphenous vein aortocoronary bypass grafts is a common problem. Although percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of a saphenous vein with a stenotic lesion is feasible, angioplasty alone of a totally occluded vein graft yields uniformly poor results. Patients with such occlusion are often subjected to repeat aortocoronary bypass surgery.(More)
OBJECTIVES This multicenter study sought to evaluate the short-term efficacy and safety of prolonged, low dose, direct urokinase infusion in recanalization of chronically occluded saphenous vein bypass grafts in a large sample of patients, as well as to determine the 6-month patency rates for this procedure. BACKGROUND Patients with chronically occluded(More)
Medical treatment of postinfarction ventricular septal rupture carries a high mortality. Delayed surgery can be done with good results but many patients die awaiting operation. In 1978 we decided that all such patients presenting to us should undergo urgent cardiac catheterization and surgery. Since then we have seen 22 such patients. Two decided against(More)
The acute hemodynamic effects of dobutamine and nitroprusside were compared in 19 patients with low output cardiac failure. At dosage levels yielding similar increases in cardiac index (12 patients), nitroprusside resulted in significantly lower arterial systolic and wedge pressures and did not increase heart rate suggesting advantages over dobutamine when(More)