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BACKGROUND Patients requiring congenital and structural heart interventions often require large-sized sheath insertion into femoral veins and arteries. Clinical outcome data on the use of suture-mediated devices for femoral venous access site closure are limited. OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of the Perclose™ (Abbott Vascular Devices, CA)(More)
AIMS Syncope, epilepsy, and psychogenic pseudo-syncope are the most common causes of transient loss of consciousness (T-LOC or blackout). All can present with similar features, including abnormal limb movements. It is reported that somewhere between 13 and 42% of patients with 'epilepsy' may be misdiagnosed. A UK Parliamentary working group found that at(More)
The pressure wire has emerged as a useful tool to assess the clinical severity of moderate coronary artery lesions. We report a novel use of the pressure wire in adult patients with complex congenital cardiac disease in whom it was used in assessing pressures beyond the stenosis in the distal pulmonary artery, aorto-pulmonary collaterals, and across(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess procedural and clinical outcomes in adults with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing percutaneous aortic balloon valvuloplasty (PABV), who are considered unsuitable on initial assessment for surgical aortic valve replacement or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND Surgical valve replacement provides better(More)
The radial artery approach to coronary catheterization is considered to be superior to femoral artery access in terms of vascular complications. The authors describe two patients who developed pseudoaneurysm following radial artery access for cardiac catheterization. The patients underwent surgical exploration with good results. Although rare, radial artery(More)
AIMS Thrombectomy during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been thought to be an effective therapy to prevent distal embolization and improve microvascular perfusion. The TOTAL trial (N = 10 732), a randomized trial of routine manual thrombectomy vs. PCI alone in STEMI, showed no difference(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is associated with periprocedural and postprocedural morbidity and mortality. Currently, there is a paucity of risk stratification models for potential TAVI candidates. We employed the CHA2DS2-Vasc score to quantify the risk of 30-day mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing TAVI. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been established as an alternative therapy for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are unfit for the surgical aortic valve replacements. Pre and periprocedural imaging for the TAVR procedure is the key to procedural success. Currently transesophageal echocardiography (TOE), including real-time(More)
INTRODUCTION Traditionally, patients are kept nil-per-os/nil-by-mouth (NPO/NBM) prior to invasive cardiac procedures, yet there exists neither evidence nor clear guidance about the benefits of this practice. OBJECTIVES To demonstrate that percutaneous cardiac catheterisation does not require prior fasting. METHODS The data source is a retrospective(More)