Volume 4 - Issue 3 - May/June 2007

Frank J. Criado, MD

On April 30, 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Coverage and Analysis Group (CAG) posted their Final Decision for 2007 regarding Medicare coverage for carotid stenting (CAS). In brief, they decided to: • retract their… | Read More

<sup>1</sup>Michael Schlüter, MD, <sup>2</sup>John Cosgrave, MD, <sup>1</sup>Thilo Tübler, MD, <sup>2</sup>Gloria Melzi, MD, <sup>2</sup>Antonio Colombo, MD, <sup>1</sup>Joachim Schofer, MD

The sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) has demonstrated its angiographic and clinical efficacy in the suppression of coronary neointimal hyperplasia in a number of randomized clinical trials.1–7 Observational studies have supported the trial results in… | Read More

<sup>1</sup>Mohan Nandalur, MD <sup>2</sup>Bruce Abramowitz, MD, <sup>2</sup>Surendra Avula, MD, <sup>2</sup>Nausheen Akhter, MD

Introduction Medical therapy for acute type B aortic dissections primarily involves reduction of aortic shear force by decreasing blood pressure. Rarely, if a dissection plane extends directly into a renal artery, the hypertension may be difficult… | Read More

Abdolreza Agahtehrani, MD and Issam D. Moussa, MD

Introduction The purpose of this article is to provide a concise review of fundamentals of angiography of major noncoronary arterial circulation. To put this in perspective, it is important to remind ourselves that angiography of an arterial tree is… | Read More

Paul A. Armstrong, DO and Dennis F. Bandyk, MD

Duplex ultrasonography, developed by Dr. Eugene Strandness, Jr. at the University of Washington in the 1970s, has evolved to become the primary noninvasive diagnostic technique for the evaluation of the extracranial carotid artery.1,2 By utilizing B… | Read More

<sup>1</sup>Joel A. Garcia, MD, <sup>1</sup>Marvin H. Eng, MD, <sup>2</sup>Onno Wink, PhD, 1S.Y. James Chen, PhD, <sup>1</sup>Adam Hansgen, BS, <sup>1</sup>John D. Carroll, MD

Introduction Several studies have documented the inherent limitations of angiography and X-ray in the accurate diagnosis of coronary artery1,2 and structural heart disease. Traditionally, invasive coronary angiography has been performed with… | Read More

Michel Henry, MD, Isabelle Henry, MD, Christos Klonaris, MD, Antonio Polydorou, MD, Amanda Polydorou, MD, Michele Hugel, MD

Introduction Atherosclerotic renovascular disease is increasingly recognized thanks to technical improvements in duplex ultrasound, magnetic resonance angiography, CT scan, routine renal angiography during cardiac catheterization, coronary… | Read More

Michel Henry, MD, Isabelle Henry, MD, Christos Klonaris, MD, Antonio Polydorou, MD, Amanda Polydorou, MD, Michele Hugel, MD

Discussion RAS is increasingly diagnosed in patients suffering from hypertension and renal insufficiency and in multivascular diseased patients. PTRA is now the first treatment to be proposed with a high technical success rate, a low complications… | Read More