Richard M. Pomerantz

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Abrupt closure of the dilated segment occurs in approximately 4 to 7% of cases following conventional percutaneous coronary angioplasty. Additional balloon angioplasty reverses roughly 40% of these closures, to yield an overall 1.6 to 3.4% rate of emergent surgery. The impact of new devices on the incidence and reversal rate of abrupt closure has not been(More)
PURPOSE The major radiobiological issue in determining the rationale for the use of radiation to inhibit vascular restenosis is the identification of the target cell(s) and/or cytokine(s) responsible for neointimal hyperplasia and vascular remodeling. The central hypothesis of this report is that the macrophage/monocyte and PDGF are key elements in the(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine the immediate and long-term angiographic and clinical results of coronary stenting. BACKGROUND Although preliminary trials of endovascular stenting have demonstrated promising results, lack of long-term follow-up has limited the critical evaluation of the role of coronary stenting in the treatment of(More)
Between June 1988 and July 1991, 464 new device interventions (Palmaz-Schatz stent or Simpson directional atherectomy) were performed in 410 patients. Chest pain occurred within 72 hours after the procedure in 94 patients (23%). All patients were evaluated with electrocardiograms and cardiac isoenzymes on the day after the procedure, and urgent repeat(More)
Distal microvascular spasm is a somewhat uncommon occurrence following PTCA and often does not respond well to nitroglycerin. We report several patients who developed distal microvascular spasm that was refractory to intracoronary nitroglycerin but responded promptly to intracoronary verapamil.
Laser balloon angioplasty combines conventional coronary angioplasty with laser energy to transiently heat vascular tissue. Laser balloon angioplasty, was performed in 21 patients (aged 56 +/- 13 years), including 10 patients treated urgently after acute failure of conventional angioplasty and 11 patients treated with elective laser balloon angioplasty.(More)
Angioplasty of the narrowed saphenous vein bypass grafts remains a difficult challenge. Over a 37-month period at this institution, 119 of 176 interventions (68%) on saphenous vein grafts (average age 8.3 years from bypass surgery to graft intervention) were performed using either directional coronary atherectomy (n = 35) or Palmaz-Schatz intracoronary(More)
A woman presented at 29 weeks' gestation with previously undiagnosed severe mitral stenosis. She did not respond to medical therapy, and underwent successful percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty with complete resolution of her symptoms. The remainder of her pregnancy was uncomplicated, and she delivered a healthy infant at 40 weeks' gestation.(More)
Successfully completing an internal medicine residency is a great accomplishment. With the great need for primary care physicians, many residents are considering entering the field of general medicine where one can care for the whole patient. However, for those who have a drive to become an expert in one particular organ system, the path to the completion(More)