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Acute & Interventional Cardiology 2006; Volume 13: pages AIC 1- AIC5 6

EDITORIAL
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 33–AIC 36

Bivalirudin in acute coronary syndromes: one step forwards, one step backwards?

Across the UK, there are wide variations in the strategies used to manage patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes

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EDITORIAL
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 37–AIC 38

Percutaneous coronary intervention – what is the risk of inadequate risk assessment?

Following the Bristol Inquiry, the Kennedy report in 2001 listed 198 recommendations. Among these was the recommendation that 'patients and the public must be able

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 39–AIC 45

Estimating the risk of percutaneous coronary intervention

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is expanding in terms of both the numbers of patients treated and the scope and severity of coronary artery disease tackled.

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 46–AIC 47

Double-barrel lumen during recanalisation of a chronically occluded stent in a saphenous vein graft

A 73-year-old man who had had a coronary bypass operation 15 years before presented with refractory angina despite full medication seven months after implantation of

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 48

‘Gatling gun’ stenting of left main stem trifurcation stenosis

A 73-year-old man presented with post-infarct angina. Cardiac catheterisation revealed mildly impaired left ventricular function and high-grade stenoses of the right, left anterior descending, ramus

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 49–AIC 56

Current status of non-invasive coronary angiography for the diagnosis of coronary artery stenosis

Recently, several techniques for non-invasive imaging of the coronary artery have emerged as promising alternatives to conventional coronary angiography for the diagnosis of coronary artery

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EDITORIAL
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 5–AIC 8

Bivalirudin, abciximab and clopidogrel in modern PCI: interpretation and experience from King’s College Hospital

Platelet inhibition is a prerequisite for successful percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Aspirin was the first antiplatelet agent with proven benefit in ST-elevation infarction (STEMI) in

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 9–AIC 12

Percutaneous coronary intervention of the right ventricular artery: is it worth the effort?

Loss of the right ventricular artery (RVA) is generally thought to be of little consequence. Nonetheless, reperfusion can enhance right ventricular recovery and improve the

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 13

Bilateral coronary fistulae

A 69-year-old woman was referred for cardiac catheterisation following a positive exercise tolerance

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 14–AIC 18

Percutaneous closure of coronary artery fistulae: is it time for a UK registry?

Most coronary artery fistulae are asymptomatic but there may be complications such as rupture and myocardial infarction. Percutaneous intervention is an attractive alternative to open

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 19–AIC 21

Near-patient testing for cardiac troponin I to reduce hospital stay in patients presenting with chest pain

Minimising the in-hospital stay of patients with chest pain, within safe limits, is crucial in reducing the cost of health care. The aim of this

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 22–AIC 25

Percutaneous cardiopulmonary support for circulatory assistance during angioplasty in a patient with Friedreich’s ataxia

The case of a 70-year-old-woman affected by Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA), unstable angina and heart failure with left main 'equivalent' lesions is presented. As the patient

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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Br J Cardiol (Acute Interv Cardiol) 2006;13:AIC 26–AIC 28

Successful use of biventricular pacing to facilitate weaning from mechanical ventilation in a patient with severe left ventricular failure

Biventricular pacing is increasingly used in the management of severe heart failure. We report the successful use of biventricular pacing to aid weaning from mechanical

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