Volume 2 - Issue 1 - Jan/Feb 2005

Frank J. Criado, Editor-in-Chief

Diseases of the thoracic aorta are relatively frequent and often life-threatening. Degenerative thoracic aneurysms (TAA) and aortic dissection (AD) are the most common and best-known, but a number of other significant lesions are also encountered (… | Read More

Mark W. Mewissen, MD

The Outback® Re-Entry Catheter (LuMend, Inc., Redwood City, CA) (Figures 2A–B) is a single lumen catheter designed to facilitate access and positioning of a guide wire within the peripheral vasculature, from a remote vascular entry site. A control… | Read More

Raghunandan Kamineni, MD, Richard R. Heuser, MD

Introduction Paradoxical embolism (through a right-to-left shunt) as a mechanism of stroke has been described as early as 1877.1-4 Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is present in up to 50% of patients with cryptogenic stroke.5-6 | Read More

Christopher U. Cates, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Cates, you’ve been involved in helping the cardiology and vascular surgery societies develop credentialing guidelines for carotid artery stenting (CAS). How did these medical societies come together? The societies felt it was important to take… | Read More

An interview with Jay Yadav, MD

What are some of the implications of the SAPPHIRE* trial thus far? I think that it has shown us that certainly in patients who have co-morbid conditions, that stenting protection is equivalent or superior to endarterectomy. It has a lower risk of… | Read More

Ali Amin, MD,

Introduction Despite technologic advances in noninvasive vascular imaging (CTA, MRA), arch and carotid arteriography continues to play an essential role in the planning of surgical and endovascular interventions, and still is the gold standard for… | Read More

Mayra Guerrero, MD, Aziz Ahmed, MD, Mumtaz Siddiqui, MD, Atul Trivedi, MD, Sandeep Kholsa, MD

The progressive nature of atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is now well recognized.1–8 Observational data suggests that untreated renal artery stenosis can lead to progressive hypertension, renal insufficiency, and increased mortality.6,9–11 The… | Read More

Gianluca Rigatelli<sup>1</sup>, MD, Giorgio Rigatelli<sup>2</sup>, MD

INTRODUCTION An early and accurate diagnosis of peripheral atherosclerosis (renal, abdominal and aortoiliac localizations) is of paramount importance for global management and prognosis due to its major additional mortality impact in patients | Read More

Nicolas W. Shammas, MS, MD

The study by Rigatelli et al illustrates the global nature of atherosclerotic disease, an established fact well known to the endovascular specialist. However, routine visualization of the peripheral vasculature during coronary angiography without… | Read More

<i>VDM</i> editorial board members share their thoughts

As new technologies and procedures are introduced, the question of what’s best for the patient is extremely important. Physicians must be clear about why they want to offer alternatives to the standard of care. Is there really no other option for… | Read More