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April 2015

Volume 2 Issue 1


Mini Review

Challenges of Cardiac Computed Tomography for Anatomic and Functional Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease

Suhua Li, MD; Jinlai Liu, MD*

Cardiac computed tomography is a widespread and noninvasive diagnostic tool in clinical practice. Computed tomographic angiography provides anatomic images of the coronary artery trees, as well as detects, characterizes and quantifies coronary plaques, which has important implication in cardiac diagnosis, risk stratification and management.                                                                                                

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Research Article
A Multicenter Registry on the Risk-Benefit Balance of Avantgarde Carbofilm-Coated Stent in Real-World Patients at High Risk for Early Discontinuation of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Focus on Diabetic Status

Arturo Giordano MD PhD*, Luigi Sommariva MD, Michele Polimeno MD, Paolo Ferraro MD, Nicola Corcione MD, Stefano Messina MD, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai MD, Daniele Pieri MD, Marco Contarini MD, Gennaro Sardella MD

There has been momentous improvements in the medical management of patients with coronary artery disease over the last few decades, but revascularization is still required in unstable patients or those without a satisfactory response to maximal medical therapy. Whereas surgical revascularization by means of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) appears clearly superior to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with multivessel disease, PCI is still beneficial in those with more focal disease or at high risk for surgery.                                      

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Research Article
Utility of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Follow-Up of Defibrillator Events to Identify the Etiology and Natural History of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Andres E Carmona-Rubio, MD*, Stefan Puchner, MD, Ashley M Lee, BS, Ting Liu, MD, Godtfred Holmvang, MD, Brian Ghoshhajra, MD, MBA, Udo Hoffmann, MD, MPH, Suhny Abbara, MD, Umesh C Sharma, MD, PhD

In patients with sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) cardiac MRI (CMR) can be useful to evaluate ischemic, inflammatory, infiltrative and degenerative processes. Correlation of initial CMR findings with future events recorded by automatic implantable cardiac defibrillators (AICD) can characterize the natural history of these life-threatening cardiac conditions. 

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