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INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Malignant pericardial effusion has a high recurrence rate after pericardiocentesis. We sought to confirm the efficacy of percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy as the initial treatment of choice for these effusions. METHODS Retrospective analysis of the clinical, echocardiographic, and follow-up characteristics of a consecutive(More)
In patients with an atrial septal defect and severe pulmonary hypertension, it is important to determine whether the latter is reversible before percutaneous or surgical closure. In addition to determining pulmonary resistance, one simple technique is to transiently occlude the septal defect using a balloon catheter and to evaluate the hemodynamic response.(More)
A 66-year-old woman with long-term essential hypertension presented with poorly controlled blood pressure in spite of six antihyper-tensive drugs. Percutaneous renal denervation was indicated as a treatment of resistant arterial hypertension. Renal angiography showed 'strings of beads' appearance characteristic of fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) in the(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Percutaneous closure of paravalvular leakage is an alternative to surgery in high-risk patients, but its use has been limited by a lack of specific devices. More appropriate devices-like the Amplatzer Vascular Plug III-have recently been developed, but information about their efficacy and safety is still scarce. The objective of(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is used as an alternative to surgical valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered high-surgical-risk or inoperable. Two of the main areas of uncertainty in this field are valve durability and long-term survival. METHODS This prospective single-center(More)
A 61-year-old man, with a history of coronary heart disease and percutaneous coronary intervention, with stents in the right coronary and circumflex arteries, was referred to our center for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure. He had atrial fibrillation with high thromboembolic risk (CHA 2 DS 2 VASc=4) and oral anticoagulation was formally contraindicated(More)
Coronary occlusion is one of the potential complications during transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Second-generation fully retrievable and repositionable devices can theoretically prevent this complication. Figure 1 (A) Delivery system containing the unexpanded Lotus valve through the aortic valve; (B) the Lotus valve partially expanded. A 81-year-old(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to analyze the incidence of drug-eluting stent thrombosis (sirolimus or everolimus) in patients with chronic total coronary occlusions (CTO) and to determine its clinical implications and related factors. METHODS Data from the 12-month follow-up of the 207 patients included in the CIBELES trial with(More)
Clinical trials have shown that functional assessment of coronary stenosis by fractional flow reserve (FFR) improves clinical outcomes. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) complements conventional angiography, and is a powerful tool to assess atherosclerotic plaques and to guide percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)(More)
Although its use in daily practice is not common, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful research tool in invasive cardiology. This report describes a hazy angiography image after percutaneous coronary intervention that has been assessed using OCT. Based on the results of the OCT, the patient underwent an elective coronary angioplasty with(More)