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The limitations of currently available metallic drug-eluting stents have renewed interest in biodegradable stents (BDS). Apart from removing the (offending) foreign material that may potentiate a thrombotic event, BDS have the advantage of avoiding ‘full metal jackets,’ and thus can preclude...
Refractory angina as a result of chronic myocardial ischemia is a common and disabling condition. Adult progenitor cells have emerged as a potential revolutionary treatment for cardiovascular disease. Locally administered adult progenitor cells with particular vasculogenic potential may offer...
Agents with antiplatelet and anticoagulant activity have been proved to be effective in reducing the incidence of complications following acute coronary syndrome, percutaneous coronary intervention, and cardiopulmonary bypass. However, these agents, including heparin, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa...
▴ Conivaptan is an arginine vasopressin V1A and V2 receptor antagonist. The intravenous formulation is approved in the US for use in the treatment of euvolemic and hypervolemic hyponatremia. Conivaptan produces a dose-dependent electrolyte-sparing aquaresis (solute-free water excretion),...
Diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle is an increasingly recognized clinical entity that may in some cases cause overt congestive heart failure. Currently, treatment of these patients is based on limited studies in patients with symptomatic heart failure. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor...
Atherothrombosis continues to be a leading cause of death and disability despite advances in pharmacologic and procedural therapies. Antiplatelet agents have been extensively studied and validated to improve outcomes in multiple settings of cardiovascular disease. The emergence of the phenomenon...
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