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  1. Pseudoperforation during kissing balloon angioplasty. (United States)

    Panetta, Carmelo J; Fasseas, Panayotis; Raveendran, Ganesh; Garratt, Kirk N


    We describe a case of apparent perforation during kissing balloon angioplasty of a bifurcation lesion. There was no evidence of perforation on follow-up angiography or via intravascular ultrasound. Possible etiologies include minimal perforation that immediately sealed postdeflation or forced contrast into the microvascular bed via a proximal side branch.

  2. Cutting balloon angioplasty for intrastent restenosis treatment

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    João Orávio de Freitas Jr


    Full Text Available We describe here two patients with angiographic diagnosis of intrastent restenosis and regional myocardial ischemia. One stent restenosis was located in a native coronary artery and the other in a vein graft. Both were treated with cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA, inflated at low pressures. Angiographic success was obtained and both patients were discharged in the day after the procedure. Cutting balloon angioplasty using low inflation pressures achieved important luminal gains, in these two cases of intrastent restenosis. Further studies are necessary before the effectiveness of this procedure can be precisely defined.


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    Prolonged angioplasty balloon inflation with an autoperfusion balloon for failed conventional coronary angioplasty, was compared with emergency surgery for this condition. Restenosis was assessed 6 weeks after successful intervention with the autoperfusion balloon. Forty consecutive patients with pe

  4. A Rare and Serious Unforeseen Complication of Cutting Balloon Angioplasty

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    Praveen Vemula


    Full Text Available Cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA is one of the adept ways of treating “in-stent restenosis.” Various complications related to cutting balloon angioplasty have been reported including arterial rupture, delayed perforation and fracture of microsurgical blades. Here we report a very unusual and inadvertent extraction of a stent previously deployed in the ramus intermedius coronary branch by a cutting balloon catheter. This required repeat stenting of the same site for an underlying dissection. Even though stent extraction is a rare complication it can be serious due to dissection, perforation, and closure of the artery. Physicians performing coronary artery interventions would need to be aware of this rare and serious complication especially if any difficulty is encountered while withdrawing the cutting balloon. Therefore, after removal, cutting balloon should be examined thoroughly for possible stent dislodgment or extraction when used for “in-stent restenosis.”

  5. Human percutaneous and intraoperative laser thermal angioplasty: initial clinical results as an adjunct to balloon angioplasty. (United States)

    Sanborn, T A; Greenfield, A J; Guben, J K; Menzoian, J O; LoGerfo, F W


    In this study, the safety and efficacy of percutaneous laser thermal angioplasty as an adjunct to balloon angioplasty were investigated in 13 patients with severe peripheral vascular disease. By means of a novel fiberoptic laser delivery system (Laserprobe) in which argon laser energy is converted to heat in a metallic tip at the end of the fiberoptic fiber, improvement in the angiographic luminal diameter was noted in 14 of 15 femoropopliteal vessels (93%) by delivering 8 to 13 watts of continuous argon laser energy as the Laserprobe was advanced through the lesion. Initial clinical success (indicated by relief of symptoms and increase in Doppler index) for the combined laser and balloon angioplasty procedures was obtained in 12 of 15 vessels (80%), with inadequate balloon dilatation being the limiting factor in three patients. No significant complications of vessel perforation, dissection, pain, spasm, or embolization of debris occurred. Of the 12 patients who had procedures with initial angiographic and clinical success, 10 (83%) were asymptomatic in the initial follow-up period of 1 to 9 months (mean 6 months). Thus, laser thermal angioplasty with a Laserprobe is a safe and effective adjunct to peripheral balloon angioplasty. This technique has the potential to increase the initial success rate of angioplasty for lesions that are difficult or impossible to treat by conventional means. By removing most of the obstructing lesion, this technique may also reduce recurrent stenosis.

  6. Cutting balloon angioplasty vs. conventional balloon angioplasty in patients receiving intracoronary brachytherapy for the treatment of in-stent restenosis. (United States)

    Fasseas, Panayotis; Orford, James L; Lennon, Ryan; O'Neill, Jessica; Denktas, Ali E; Panetta, Carmelo J; Berger, Peter B; Holmes, David R


    The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA) for the treatment of in-stent restenosis prior to intracoronary brachytherapy (ICB). Cutting balloon angioplasty may reduce the incidence of uncontrolled dissection requiring adjunctive stenting and may limit "melon seeding" and geographic miss in patients with in-stent restenosis who are subsequently treated with ICB. We performed a retrospective case-control analysis of 134 consecutive patients with in-stent restenosis who were treated with ICB preceded by either CBA or conventional balloon angioplasty. We identified 44 patients who underwent CBA and ICB, and 90 control patients who underwent conventional percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and ICB for the treatment of in-stent restenosis. Adjunctive coronary stenting was performed in 13 patients (29.5%) in the CBA/ICB group and 41 patients (45.6%; P 0.05). Despite sound theoretical reasons why CBA may be better than conventional balloon angioplasty for treatment of in-stent restenosis with ICB, and despite a reduction in the need for adjunctive coronary stenting, we were unable to identify differences in clinical outcome.

  7. Prevention of restenosis after coronary balloon angioplasty: rationale and design of the Fluvavastatin Angioplasty Restenosis (FLARE) Trial

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    J.J.R.M. Bonnier (Hans); G. Jackson (Graham); C.M. Miguel (Carlos); J. Shepherd; M.C. Vrolix (Mathias); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); D.P. Foley (David)


    textabstractPrevention of restenosis after successful percutaneous transluminal coronary balloon angioplasty (PTCA) continues to present the greatest therapeutic challenge in interventional cardiology. Experimental and pathological studies describe restenosis as no more than the biologic healing res

  8. Radiofrequency balloon angioplasty. Rationale and proof of principle

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    Becker, G.J.; Lee, B.I.; Waller, B.F.; Barry, K.J.; Kaplan, J.; Connolly, R.; Dreesen, R.G.; Nardella, P.


    Post-angioplasty restenosis (PARS) in atherosclerotic lesions of medium and small arteries occurs in about one-third of cases in the first year following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) (early PARS). PARS includes acute spasm, dissection with reclosure, elastic recoil, fibrocellular proliferative response, and progressive atheromatous disease. Fibrocellular proliferation (possibly initiated by platelet derived growth factor) is felt to be culpable in many cases of early PARS (months). Pharmacologic regimens, stents, and thermal welding of the intimal-medial cracks of PTA are among the interventions being developed to deal with PARS. Radiofrequency (RF) current as a source of thermal energy may be useful in combination with balloon angioplasty to reduce PARS. Ideally, this combination would (1) weld intimal-medial cracks of PTA; (2) mold plaque and normal vessel to increase lumen diameters without creating intimal-medial cracks; and (3) destroy medial smooth muscle cells and multipotential cells (cellular substrate of PARS). Canine in vivo studies have established the feasibility of RF-mediated vascular tissue welding. Human aortic specimens (N = 28) were manually dissected into intima-media and media-adventitia layers. Bipolar RF energy (650 KHz, total 300 J) and mechanical pressure (1 atm) (experimental group, N = 24) or mechanical pressure alone (control group, N = 4) were applied to the reapposed specimen layers in a special chamber. The chamber was modified with a bipolar electrode designed to reproduce that planned for an RF balloon angioplasty catheter. Welding was demonstrated in normal and atherosclerotic treated specimens (23/24 or 96%) but not controls (0/4).

  9. Modeling plaque fissuring and dissection during balloon angioplasty intervention. (United States)

    Gasser, T Christian; Holzapfel, Gerhard A


    Balloon angioplasty intervention is traumatic to arterial tissue. Fracture mechanisms such as plaque fissuring and/or dissection occur and constitute major contributions to the lumen enlargement. However, these types of mechanically-based traumatization of arterial tissue are also contributing factors to both acute procedural complications and chronic restenosis of the treatment site. We propose physical and finite element models, which are generally useable to trace fissuring and/or dissection in atherosclerotic plaques during balloon angioplasty interventions. The arterial wall is described as an anisotropic, heterogeneous, highly deformable, nearly incompressible body, whereas tissue failure is captured by a strong discontinuity kinematics and a novel cohesive zone model. The numerical implementation is based on the partition of unity finite element method and the interface element method. The later is used to link together meshes of the different tissue components. The balloon angioplasty-based failure mechanisms are numerically studied in 3D by means of an atherosclerotic-prone human external iliac artery, with a type V lesion. Image-based 3D geometry is generated and tissue-specific material properties are considered. Numerical results show that in a primary phase the plaque fissures at both shoulders of the fibrous cap and stops at the lamina elastica interna. In a secondary phase, local dissections between the intima and the media develop at the fibrous cap location with the smallest thickness. The predicted results indicate that plaque fissuring and dissection cause localized mechanical trauma, but prevent the main portion of the stenosis from high stress, and hence from continuous tissue damage.

  10. Treatment of benign ureteral stricture by double J stents using high-pressure balloon angioplasty

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    YU Hua-liang; YE Lin-yang; LIN Mao-hu; YANG Yu; MIAO Rui; HU Xiao-juan


    Background Balloon dilatation angioplasty is a minimally invasive surgery for treating benign ureteral stricture. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of placing double J (D-J) stents using high-pressure balloon angioplasty in treating benign ureteral stricture.Methods A total of 42 patients (48 cases) with benign ureteral stricture (42 had benign ureteral stricture) were investigated by inserting dual D-J stents using high-pressure balloon angioplasty. The control group contained 50 patients (57 cases) employing the conventional balloon angioplasty with a single D-J stent inserted for comparison.Results The overall effective rate of the treated and control groups was 87.8% (36/41) and 62.7% (32/51), respectively (P <0.05).Conclusion This new approach produces a better curative effect than the conventional balloon angioplasty with a single D-J stent insertion in treating benign ureteral stricture.

  11. Balloon pulmonary angioplasty in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

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    Irene Lang


    Full Text Available Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH is thought to result from incomplete resolution of pulmonary thromboemboli that undergo organisation into fibrous tissue within pulmonary arterial branches, filling pulmonary arterial lumina with collagenous obstructions. The treatment of choice is pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA in CTEPH centres, which has low post-operative mortality and good long-term survival. For patients ineligible for PEA or who have recurrent or persistent pulmonary hypertension after surgery, medical treatment with riociguat is beneficial. In addition, percutaneous balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA is an emerging option, and promises haemodynamic and functional benefits for inoperable patients. In contrast to conventional angioplasty, BPA with undersized balloons over guide wires exclusively breaks intraluminal webs and bands, without dissecting medial vessel layers, and repeat sessions are generally required. Observational studies report that BPA improves haemodynamics, symptoms and functional capacity in patients with CTEPH, but controlled trials with long-term follow-up are needed. Complications include haemoptysis, wire injury, vessel dissection, vessel rupture, reperfusion pulmonary oedema, pulmonary parenchymal bleeding and haemorrhagic pleural effusions. This review summarises the available evidence for BPA, patient selection, recent technical refinements and periprocedural imaging, and discusses the potential future role of BPA in the management of CTEPH.

  12. A comparison of balloon-expandable-stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in patients with coronary artery disease. Benestent Study Group.


    Serruys, P.W.; de Jaegere, P; Kiemeneij, F.; Macaya, C; Rutsch, W; Heyndrickx, G.; Emanuelsson, H.; Marco, J.; Legrand, Victor; Materne, P.


    BACKGROUND: Balloon-expandable coronary-artery stents were developed to prevent coronary restenosis after coronary angioplasty. These devices hold coronary vessels open at sites that have been dilated. However, it is unknown whether stenting improves long-term angiographic and clinical outcomes as compared with standard balloon angioplasty. METHODS: A total of 520 patients with stable angina and a single coronary-artery lesion were randomly assigned to either stent implantation (262 patients)...

  13. Angioplasty with drug coated balloons for the treatment of infrainguinal peripheral artery disease. (United States)

    Werner, Martin


    Restenosis or re-occlusion after femoropopliteal angioplasty or stent implantation is the main limitation of endovascular treatment strategies for peripheral artery disease. Within the last years, balloon catheters with anti-proliferative drug coating on the balloon surface have shown to be associated with higher patency rates compared to plain balloon angioplasty. Thus, drug-coated balloons were gradually adopted in many interventional centres for the treatment of femoropopliteal obstructions. The current review summarises the existing evidence for drug-coated balloons in the infrainguinal vessels and their indication in special lesion cohorts.

  14. Parallel wire balloon angioplasty for undilatable venous stenosis in hemodialysis fistula

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    Shin, Tae Beom; You, Jin Jong; Cho, Jae Min [Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)


    The purpose of this study was to assess the value of the parallel wire balloon angioplasty technique for treating dysfunctional hemdialysis fistula with rigid stenosis, and this type of lesion was resistant to conventional angioplasty. Between March 2002 and August 2003, we included 6 patients (mean age: 59, males: 2, females: 4) who were treated via parallel the wire balloon angioplasty technique and their hemodialysis fistula has stenoses that were resistant to conventional angioplasty. We performed conventional angioplasty in all patients, but we failed to achieve sufficient dilatation. In the cases of highly resistant stenosis, an additional 0.016 inch wire was inserted into the 7 F vascular sheath. During angioplasty, a 0.016 inch guide wire was inserted between the balloon and the stenosis and then it was pushed to and fro until the balloon indentation disappeared. After the procedure, we performed angiography to identify the residual stenosis and the procedure-related complications. The undilatable stenoses in 5 patients were successfully resolved without complications via the parallel wire angioplasty technique. In one patient, indentation of balloon was not resolved, but the residual stenosis was both minimal and hemodynamically insignificant. The parallel wire angioplasty technique seems to be a feasible and cost-effective method for treating a dysfunctional hemodialysis fistula with undilatable and rigid stenosis.

  15. Absence of Bacteria on Coronary Angioplasty Balloons from Unselected Patients

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    Hansen, Gorm Mørk; Nilsson, Martin; Nielsen, Claus Henrik


    Periodontitis is a chronic, bacterially-induced inflammatory disease of the tooth-supporting tissues, which may result in transient bacteremia and a systemic inflammatory response. Periodontitis is associated with coronary artery disease independently of established cardiovascular risk factors......, and translocation of bacteria from the oral cavity to the coronary arteries may play a role in the development of coronary artery disease. Very few studies have used angioplasty balloons for in vivo sampling from diseased coronary arteries, and with varying results. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess...... patients with stable angina, unstable angina/non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, and ST-elevation myocardial infarction (n = 15 in each group) were collected and analyzed using a PCR assay with high sensitivity and specificity for 16S rRNA genes of the oral microbiome. Despite elimination of extraction...

  16. Prediction of Outcome after Femoropopliteal Balloon Angioplasty by Intervascular Ultrasound

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    Schroeder, Torben Veith; Vogt, Katja; Just, S.;


    original, intravascular ultrasound, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, peripheral arteries, plaquemorphology, prediction of outcome......original, intravascular ultrasound, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, peripheral arteries, plaquemorphology, prediction of outcome...

  17. Cephalic arch stenosis in autogenous brachiocephalic hemodialysis fistulas: results of cutting balloon angioplasty

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    Heerwagen, Søren Thorup; Lönn, Lars; Schroeder, Torben V;


    Cephalic arch stenosis is a known cause of hemodialysis access failure in patients with brachiocephalic fistulas (BCFs). Outcomes of endovascular treatment are affected by resistance of the stenosis to balloon dilation, a high vein rupture rate and the development of early restenosis. The purpose...... of this retrospective study was to report outcomes after cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA) of cephalic arch stenosis....

  18. Vessel wall temperature estimation for novel short term thermal balloon angioplasty: study of thermal environment. (United States)

    Kaneko, Kenji; Nakatani, Eriko; Futami, Hikaru; Ogawa, Yoshifumi; Arai, Tsunenori; Fukui, Masaru; Shimamura, Satoshi; Kawabata, Takashi


    We have been proposing novel thermal balloon angioplasty, photo-thermo dynamic balloon angioplasty (PT-DBA). PTDBA realized thermal injury and low pressure dilatation that can prevent restenosis in chronic phase. We aim to determine the most efficient heating condition suit to individual symptom with pre-operation thermal simulation. We analyzed the flow dynamics and heat convection inside the balloon, and investigated heat conduction of balloon film to establish the temperature estimation method among vessel wall. Compared with ex vivo temperature measurement experiment, we concluded that the factors need to be considered for the establishment would be the heat conduction of the flow inside PTDB, heat conduction at the balloon film, and contact thermal resistance between the balloon film and vessel wall.

  19. Healing after arterial dilatation with radiofrequency thermal and nonthermal balloon angioplasty systems. (United States)

    Kaplan, J; Barry, K J; Connolly, R J; Nardella, P C; Hayes, L L; Lee, B I; Waller, B F; Becker, G J; Callow, A D


    Thermal balloon angioplasty has been proposed as a means of reducing acute and delayed reclosure of arteries after percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty. A radiofrequency (rf) balloon catheter was used to perform thermal balloon angioplasty on canine arteries in vivo. The histologic appearance of rf-treated sites was compared with that of control sites treated by conventional percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Acutely, rf-treated sites showed a reduced medial cellularity with preservation of internal elastic lamina except at the transitional zone between thermal injury and normal artery, where localized internal elastic lamina disruption was found. Nonthermal sites showed generalized disruption of internal elastic lamina and normal medial cellularity. Both thermal and nonthermal sites displayed a return of intimal cover commencing at 1 to 2 weeks and completed by 4 weeks. Diffuse myointimal hyperplasia appeared by 2 weeks after injury at breaks in the internal elastic lamina along the nonthermal vessels but was localized to the transitional zone in thermal injury sites. In rf-treated vessels, repopulation of the acellular thermally modified media had commenced by 4 weeks, and by 8 weeks the media was diffusely repopulated by spindle-shaped cells resembling smooth muscle cells lying between and aligned with preserved connective tissue laminae. Overall, the distribution and extent of the proliferative response after rf thermal balloon angioplasty were less than those seen after nonthermal balloon angioplasty. Thermal sites, which underwent reintimalization before medial cells returned, were considerably less prone to the development of myointimal hyperplasia. These results suggest that this modality may have beneficial effects on arterial healing after angioplasty.

  20. A comparison of balloon-expandable-stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in patients with coronary artery disease

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    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); P.P.T. de Jaegere (Peter); F. Kiemeneij (Ferdinand); C.M. Miguel (Carlos); W.R. Rutsch (Wolfgang); G.R. Heyndrickx (Guy); H.U. Emanuelsson (Hakan); J. Marco (Jean); V.M.G. Legrand (Victor); P.H. Materne (Phillipe); J.A. Belardi (Jorge); U. Sigwart (Ulrich); A. Colombo (Antonio); J-J. Goy (Jean-Jacques); P.A. van den Heuvel (Paul); J. Delcan; M-A.M. Morel (Marie-Angèle)


    textabstractBalloon-expandable coronary-artery stents were developed to prevent coronary restenosis after coronary angioplasty. These devices hold coronary vessels open at sites that have been dilated. However, it is unknown whether stenting improves long-term angiographic and clinical outcomes as c

  1. A comparison of balloon-expandable-stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in patients with coronary artery disease.

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    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); P.P.T. de Jaegere (Peter); F. Kiemeneij (Ferdinand); C.M. Miguel (Carlos); W.R. Rutsch (Wolfgang); G.R. Heyndrickx (Guy); H.U. Emanuelsson (Hakan); J. Marco (Jean); V.M.G. Legrand (Victor); P.H. Materne (Phillipe); J.A. Belardi (Jorge); U. Sigwart (Ulrich); A. Colombo (Antonio); J-J. Goy (Jean-Jacques); P. van den Heuvel; J. Delcan; M-A.M. Morel (Marie-Angèle)


    textabstractBACKGROUND. Balloon-expandable coronary-artery stents were developed to prevent coronary restenosis after coronary angioplasty. These devices hold coronary vessels open at sites that have been dilated. However, it is unknown whether stenting improves long-term angiographic and clinical o

  2. Comparison of a nitinol stent versus balloon angioplasty for treatment of a dysfunctional arteriovenous graft

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    Yoon, Yeo Chang; Shin, Byung Seok; Ahn, Moon Sang [Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Mi Hyun [Dankook Univ. Hospital, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of); Ohm, Joon Young [The Catholic Univ. of Korea College of Medicine/Bucheon St. Mary' s Hospital, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ho Jun [Konyang Univ. Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    This study aimed to 1) evaluate the outcome of placing a nitinol stent for treating dysfunctional arteriovenous grafts (AVG), and 2) compare the results with those of successful balloon angioplasty. Between February 2008 and October 2011, we retrospectively reviewed the interventional data and medical records of 29 patients (21 men, 8 women; mean age, 67.4 years) who underwent interventional procedures for dysfunctional AVG. Stents were placed only in cases with inadequate angioplasty results. Stent patency was evaluated and compared to cases of successful balloon angioplasty using the Kaplan Meier analysis. Eleven stents and 18 angioplasties were performed successfully at the venous anastomotic site of AVG. The primary patency at 3, 6, 12, and 18 months did not differ significantly for stent placement and angioplasty (52%, 29%, 15%, 15% vs. 71%, 50%, 34%, 34%; mean survival, 164 vs. 253 days, p = 0.283). Secondary patency of the stent also did not differ significantly from angioplasty (80%, 80%, 49%, 49% vs. 76%, 57%, 57%, 36%; mean survival, 405 vs. 385 days, p = 0.553). Nitinol stent placement was effective for treating dysfunctional AVG, but did not improve the primary and secondary patency compared to successful angioplasty.

  3. Effect of low-grade conductive heating on vascular compliance during in vitro balloon angioplasty. (United States)

    Mitchel, J F; Fram, D B; Aretz, T A; Gillam, L D; Woronick, C; Waters, D D; McKay, R G


    Radiofrequency-powered, thermal balloon angioplasty is a new technique that enhances luminal dilatation with less dissection than conventional angioplasty. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of radiofrequency heating of balloon fluid on the pressure-volume mechanics of in vitro balloon angioplasty and to determine the histologic basis for thermal-induced compliance changes. In vitro, radiofrequency-powered, thermal balloon angioplasty was performed on 46 paired iliac segments freshly harvested from 23 nonatherosclerotic pigs. Balloon inflations at 60 degrees C were compared to room temperature inflations in paired arterial segments. Intraballoon pressure and volume were recorded during each inflation as volume infusion increased pressure over a 0 to 10 atm range. Pressure-volume compliance curves were plotted for all dilatations. Six segments were stained to assess the histologic abnormalities associated with thermal compliance changes. Radiofrequency heating acutely shifted the pressure-volume curves rightward in 20 of 23 iliac segments compared to nonheated controls. This increase in compliance persisted after heating and exceeded the maximum compliance shift caused by multiple nonheated inflations in a subset of arterial segments. Histologically, heated segments showed increased thinning and compression of the arterial wall, increased medial cell necrosis and altered elastic tissue fibers compared to nonheated specimens. In conclusion, radiofrequency heating of intraballoon fluid to 60 degrees C acutely increases vascular compliance during in vitro balloon angioplasty of nonatherosclerotic iliac arteries. The increased compliance persists after heating and can be greater than the compliance shifts induced by multiple conventional dilatations. Arterial wall thinning and irreversible alteration of elastic tissue fibers probably account for thermal compliance changes.

  4. Cost-effectiveness analysis of orbital atherectomy plus balloon angioplasty vs balloon angioplasty alone in subjects with calcified femoropopliteal lesions

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    Full Text Available Barry Weinstock,1 Raymond Dattilo,2 Tiffini Diage3 1Orlando Health Heart Institute, Mid-Florida Cardiology Specialists, Orlando, FL, USA; 2Department of Cardiology, St Francis Health Center, Topeka, KS, USA; 3North American Science Association (NAMSA, Sunnyvale, CA, USA Introduction: As cost considerations become increasingly critical when selecting optimal endovascular treatment strategies, a cost-benefit analysis was conducted comparing the Diamondback 360°® Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS (Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., St Paul, MN, USA and balloon angioplasty (BA vs BA alone for treatment of calcified femoropopliteal lesions. Patients and methods: The clinical outcomes from COMPLIANCE 360°, a prospective, multicenter, randomized study comparing OAS+BA vs BA alone for treatment of calcified femoropopliteal lesions, were correlated with cost data and previously published quality of life data. Site of service, hospital charges, and associated medical resource utilization were obtained from Uniform Billing statements for index treatments and associated revascularizations out to 1 year. Hospital costs were estimated using hospital-specific, procedure-specific cost-to-charge ratios. Length of stay and procedural data were collected from participating study sites. Results: Twenty-five subjects with 38 lesions and 25 subjects with 27 lesions were randomized to the OAS+BA and BA-alone groups, respectively. Mean hospital charges (US$51,755 vs US$39,922 and estimated hospital costs (US$15,100 vs US$11,016 were higher for OAS+BA compared with BA alone (not statistically significant. Stent utilization was statistically significantly higher with BA-alone treatment for all subjects (1.1 vs 0.1, P=0.001 and in the subset of subjects with one lesion (1.0 vs 0.1, P<0.00001. There was a significant difference in cost for single-lesion versus multiple-lesion treatment. Using costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs for the single-lesion cohort, the 1-year

  5. Angiographic risk factors of luminal narrowing after coronary balloon angioplasty using balloon measurements to reflect stretch and elastic recoil at the dilation site. The CARPORT Study Group

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); J. Vos (Jeroen); K.J. Beatt (Kevin); P.M.M. Bossuyt (Patrick); W.R. Rutsch (Wolfgang); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    textabstractBecause many ongoing clinical restenosis prevention trials are using quantitative angiography to assess whether a drug is capable of reducing the amount of intimal hyperplasia, quantitative angiographic risk factors for angiographic luminal narrowing after balloon angioplasty were determ

  6. Angiographic risk factors of luminal narrowing after coronary balloon angioplasty using balloon measurements to reflect stretch and elastic recoil at the dilatation site

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); J. Vos (Jeroen); K.J. Beatt (Kevin); P.M.M. Bossuyt (Patrick); W.R. Rutsch (Wolfgang); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    textabstractAbstract Because many ongoing clinical restenosis prevention trials are using quantitative angiography to assess whether a drug is capable of reducing the amount of intimal hyperplasia, quantitative angiographic risk factors for angiographic luminal narrowing after balloon angioplasty

  7. Balloon Angioplasty - The Legacy of Andreas Grüntzig, M.D. (1939-1985

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    Matthias eBarton, MD, FAHA


    Full Text Available In 1974, at the Medical Policlinic of the University of Zürich, German-born physician-scientist Andreas Grüntzig (1939-1985 successfully applied a balloon-tipped catheter to re-open a severely stenosed femoral artery, a procedure which he initially called percutaneous transluminal dilatation. Transluminal angioplasty of atherosclerotic vascular disease, for which Grüntzig and Charles T. Dotter (1920-1985 received a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978, became one of the most successful examples of translational medicine in the 20th century. Known today as percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA in peripheral arteries or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI in coronary arteries, balloon angioplasty has become the method of choice to treat patients with acute myocardial infarction or occluded leg arteries. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of balloon angioplasty, we summarize Grüntzig’s life and career in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States and also review the developments in vascular medicine from the 1890s to the 1980s, including Dotter’s first accidental angioplasty in 1963. The work of pioneers of catheterization, including Pedro L. Fariñas in Cuba, André F. Cournand in France, Werner Forssmann, Werner Porstmann and Eberhard Zeitler in Germany, Sven-Ivar Seldinger in Sweden, and Thomas J. Fogarty, Melvin P. Judkins, Richard K. Myler, Dickinson W. Richards, and F. Mason Sones in the United States, is discussed. We also present quotes and excerpts from a unfinished book manuscript by Grüntzig, statements of his former colleagues and contemporary witnesses, and also include hitherto unpublished historic photographs and links to historic materials and archive recordings. This year, on June 25, 2014, Andreas Grüntzig would have celebrated his 75th birthday. This article is dedicated to his memory.

  8. Cutting-Balloon Angioplasty Versus Balloon Angioplasty as Treatment for Short Atherosclerotic Lesions in the Superficial Femoral Artery: Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Poncyljusz, Wojciech, E-mail:; Falkowski, Aleksander, E-mail: [Pomeranian Medical University, Department of Interventional Radiology (Poland); Safranow, Krzysztof, E-mail:; Rac, Monika, E-mail: [Pomeranian Medical University, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Chemistry (Poland); Zawierucha, Dariusz, E-mail: [Interventional Radiology, Sacred Heart Medical Center, River Bend (United States)


    Purpose: To evaluate the treatments of a short-segment atherosclerotic stenosis in the superficial femoral arteries with the cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA) versus conventional balloon angioplasty [percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)] in a randomized controlled trial. Material and Methods: The study group comprised 60 patients (33 men, 27 women; average age 64 years) with a short ({<=}5 cm) focal SFA de novo atherosclerotic stenosis associated with a history of intermittent claudication or rest pain. The primary end point of this study was the rate of binary restenosis in the treated segment 12 months after the intervention. All patients were evenly randomized to either the PTA or CBA treatment arms. Follow-up angiograms and ankle-brachial index (ABI) measurements were performed after 12 months. The evaluation of the restenosis rates and factors influencing its occurrence were calculated by logistic regression analysis. Results: In the intention-to-treat analysis, restenosis rates after 2-month follow-up were 9 of 30 (30 %) in the PTA group and 4 of 30 (13 %) in the CBA group (p = 0.117). In the actual treatment analysis, after exclusion of patients who required nitinol stent placement for a suboptimal result after angioplasty alone (5 patients in the PTA group and none in the CBA group), restenosis rates were 9 of 25 (36 %) and 4 of 30 (13 %), respectively (p = 0.049). In the intention-to-treat analysis there were also significant differences in ABI values between the PTA and CBA groups at 0.77 {+-} 0.11 versus 0.82 {+-} 0.12, respectively (p = 0.039), at 12 months. Conclusion: Based on the presented results of the trial, CBA seems to be a safer and more effective than PTA for treatment of short atherosclerotic lesions in the superior femoral artery.

  9. Optical coherence tomography layer thickness characterization of a mock artery during angioplasty balloon deployment (United States)

    Azarnoush, Hamed; Vergnole, Sébastien; Boulet, Benoît; Lamouche, Guy


    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used to study the deformation of a mock artery in an angioplasty simulation setup. An OCT probe integrated in a balloon catheter provides intraluminal real-time images during balloon inflation. Swept-source OCT is used for imaging. A 4 mm semi-compliant polyurethane balloon is used for experiments. The balloon is inflated inside a custom-built multi-layer artery phantom. The phantom has three layers to mock artery layers, namely, intima, media and adventitia. Semi-automatic segmentation of phantom layers is performed to provide a detailed assessment of the phantom deformation at various inflation pressures. Characterization of luminal diameter and thickness of different layers of the mock artery is provided for various inflation pressures.

  10. Ureteric angioplasty balloon placement to increase localised dosage of BCG for renal pelvis TCC.

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    Forde, J C


    Endoscopic percutaneous resection of a renal pelvis transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is a viable treatment option in those who would be rendered dialysis dependent following a nephroureterectomy. We report endoscopic percutaneous resection of an upper tract TCC recurrence in a single functioning kidney followed by antegrade renal pelvis BCG instillation with novel placement of inflated angioplasty balloon in the ureter to help localise its effect.

  11. Angioplasty and stent - heart - discharge (United States)

    Drug-eluting stents - discharge; PCI - discharge; Percutaneous coronary intervention - discharge; Balloon angioplasty - discharge; Coronary angioplasty - discharge; Coronary artery angioplasty - discharge; Cardiac ...

  12. Cineangiographic findings and balloon catheter angioplasty of pulmonic valvular stenosis

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    Yeon, Kyung Mo; Yoon, Yong Soo; Kim, In One; Han, Man Chung [College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Transluminal balloon valvuloplasty was performed in the treatment of congenital pulmonic valvular stenosis in 55 children, aged 4 months to 15 years. The right ventricular outflow tract pressure gradient decreased significantly immediately after the procedure from 87.18 {+-} 56mmHg to 29.62 {+-} 26.48mmHg ({rho} < 0.001). Technical success rate was 98% (54/55 patients) and failed case (1 patient) was due to severe fibrous thickening of valve. Complication occurred in one case, that is tricuspid regurgitation (Grade II) due to suspected rupture of chordae tendinae. The degree of pulmonary conus dilatation was closely related with age than the pressure gradient.

  13. Infrapopliteal Percutaneous Transluminal Balloon Angioplasty: Clinical Results and Influence Factors

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    Song, Jang Hyeon; Lee, Seung Jin; Jung, Hye Doo; Lim, Jae Hoon; Chang, Nam Kyu; Yim, Nam Yeol; Kim, Jae Kyu [Dept. of Radiology, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Keun Bae [Dept. of Radiology, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    To assess the efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in patients with infrapopliteal arterial disease, and to determine the influencing factor for prognosis. A total of 55 patients (60 limbs) with infrapopliteal arterial stenosis or occlusion underwent PTA. Atherosclerotic risk factors, clinical symptoms, TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus (TASC) classification, and vascular wall calcification were evaluated before PTA. The number of patent infrapopliteal arteries was estimated, and the outcome was evaluated by symptom relief and limb salvage. Technical success was achieved in 53/60 limbs (88.3%) and 81/93 arteries (87.1%), TASC classification (p = 0.038) and vascular calcification (p = 0.002) influenced on technical failure. During follow-up, 26 of 55 limbs (47%) achieved symptom relief and 42/55 limbs (76%) underwent limb salvage. Non-diabetic patients (9/12, 75%) were superior to diabetic patients (17/43, 40%) in terms of symptom relief (p = 0.024). TASC classification and vascular wall calcification influenced on symptom relief and limb salvage. The number of patent infrapopliteal arteries after PTA influenced symptom relief (p < 0.001) and limb amputation (p = 0.003). PTA in patients with chronic critical limb ischemia is worthwhile as a primary treatment. The influence factors should be considered before PTA, and PTA should be performed in as many involved arteries as possible.

  14. Balloon pulmonary angioplasty: a treatment option for inoperable patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

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    Full Text Available In chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, stenoses or obstructions of the pulmonary arteries due to organized thrombi can cause an elevation in pulmonary artery resistance, which in turn can result in pulmonary hypertension. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension can be cured surgically by pulmonary endarterectomy; however, patients deemed unsuitable for pulmonary endarterectomy due to lesion, advanced age, or comorbidities have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Recently, advances have been made in balloon pulmonary angioplasty for these patients, and this review highlights this recent progress.

  15. Self-expanding nitinol stents for treatment of infragenicular arteries following unsuccessful balloon angioplasty

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    Tepe, Gunnar; Heller, Stephan; Wiskirchen, Jakub; Fischmann, Arne; Claussen, Claus D. [University of Tuebingen, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Zeller, Thomas [Heart Center, Bad Krotzingen (Germany); Coerper, Stephan; Beckert, Stefan [University of Tuebingen, Department of Surgery, Tuebingen (Germany); Balletshofer, Bernd [University of Tuebingen, Department of Angiology, Tuebingen (Germany)


    The feasibility of self-expanding nitinol stents for treatment of infragenicular arteries following unsuccessful balloon angioplasty was assessed. Options for lower limb percutaneous revascularization are limited, especially for complex vessel obstruction. Depending on the lesion and the experience of the interventionalist, the failure rate of balloon angioplasty (PTA) ranges between 10 and 40%. Until recently, no self-expanding stent for the use in the infragenicular arteries was available. This is the first report of the results for 18 consecutive patients who received 4F sheath compatible self-expanding nitinol stents following unsuccessful PTA or early restenosis. Twenty-four stents were implanted in 21 lesions for various indications residual stenosis >50% due to heavy calcification, flow-limiting dissection, occluding thrombus resistant to thrombolyis, thrombaspiration, and PTA, and early restenosis after previous PTA. Stent implantation was feasible in all cases. No complications occurred. After the stent implantation, all primarily unsuccessful interventions could be transformed into successful procedures with no residual stenosis >30% in any case. After 6 {+-} 2 months, two of the 18 patients died, and 14 of the 16 remaining patients improved clinically. At follow-up, the patency could be assessed in 14 stented arteries. Three stents were occluded, one stent showed some neointimal hyperplasia (50-70% restenosis), the remaining ten stents showed no restenosis (0-30%). The use of self-expanding nitinol stents in tibioperoneal and popliteal arteries is a safe and feasible option for the treatment of unsuccessful PTA. The 6-months patency is high. (orig.)

  16. [Recanalization of the peripheral arteries by laser thermal balloon angioplasty. 2 years of clinical experience]. (United States)

    Riambau Alonso, V; Masotti Centol, M; Latorre Vilallonga, J; Viver Manresa, E; Crexells Figueres, C; Oriol Palou, A


    Laser angioplasty represents an attractive alternative to overcome the limitations of balloon angioplasty. We describe our results with laser thermal balloon angioplasty (LTBA) in the treatment of atherosclerosis obliterans in the lower limbs after two years clinical follow up. We also analyse the influence of lesion characteristics on immediate results. Thirty seven patients (34 men), whose mean age was 58 +/- 9 years, were included in this study. Occlusive arterial disease (Fontaine stage II-IV), with 39 significant haemodynamic arterial lesions were present in all of them. Ankle/brachial Doppler index was O,51 +/- 0,17. Eighteen lesions were located in the iliac area (13 stenoses 2,3 +/- 1 cm of length and 5 occlusions 4,2 +/- 3 cm) and 21 lesions in femoro-popliteal area (5 stenoses 2,6 +/- 2 cm and 16 occlusions 5,7 +/- 3 cm). A percutaneous procedure was used in 38 cases and only in one case a femoral dissection was necessary. The laser source was argon in 26 cases and Nd-YAG in 13. The overall immediate angiographic and clinical success was 85% (89% in iliac lesions and 81% in femoropopliteal lesions; 100% in stenoses and 70% in occlusions). The presence of occlusion (p less than 0,01) and/or calcium (p less than O,05) influenced negatively the immediate results. No major complications were observed. Seven (17%) minor complications occurred, but no emergency surgery was necessary. The ankle/brachial Doppler index after treatment was 0,82 +/- 0,21. Cumulative clinical patency was 91% for successfully treated patients after two years follow up. We conclude that LTBA represents an effective and less aggressive way to treat atherosclerosis obliterans.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. Preliminary experience with drug-coated balloon angioplasty in primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Hee; Hwa; Ho; Julian; Tan; Yau; Wei; Ooi; Kwok; Kong; Loh; Than; Htike; Aung; Nwe; Tun; Yin; Dasdo; Antonius; Sinaga; Fahim; Haider; Jafary; Paul; Jau; Lueng; Ong


    We evaluated the clinical feasibility of using drugcoated balloon(DCB) angioplasty in patients undergoingprimary percutaneous coronary intervention(PPCI). Between January 2010 to September 2014,89 STelevation myocardial infarction patients(83% male,mean age 59 ± 14 years) with a total of 89 coronary lesions were treated with DCB during PPCI. Clinical outcomes are reported at 30 d follow-up. Left anterior descending artery was the most common target vessel for PCI(37%). Twenty-eight percent of the patients had underlying diabetes mellitus. Mean left ventricular ejection fraction was 44% ± 11%. DCB-only PCI was the predominant approach(96%) with the remaining 4% of patients receiving bail-out stenting. Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction(TIMI) 3 flow was successfully restored in 98% of patients. An average of 1.2 ± 0.5 DCB were used per patient,with mean DCB diameter of 2.6 ± 0.5 mm and average length of 23.2 ± 10.2 mm. At 30-d follow-up,there were 4 deaths(4.5%). No patients experienced abrupt closure of the infarctrelated artery and there was no reported target-lesion failure. Our preliminary experience showed that DCB angioplasty in PPCI was feasible and associated with a high rate of TIMI 3 flow and low 30-d ischaemic event.

  18. Critical appraisal of paclitaxel balloon angioplasty for femoral–popliteal arterial disease

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    Full Text Available Monika Herten,1 Giovanni B Torsello,1,2 Eva Schönefeld,3 Stefan Stahlhoff2 1Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University Hospital Münster, 2Department of Vascular Surgery, St Franziskus Hospital, Münster, 3Institute for Education and Student Affairs, University Hospital Münster, Münster, Germany Abstract: Peripheral arterial disease, particularly critical limb ischemia, is an area with urgent need for optimized therapies because, to date, vascular interventions often have limited life spans. In spite of initial encouraging technical success after femoropopliteal percutaneous transluminal angioplasty or stenting, postprocedural restenosis remains the major problem. The challenging idea behind the drug-coated balloon (DCB concept is the biological modification of the injury response after balloon dilatation. Antiproliferative drugs administered via DCBs or drug-eluting stents are able to suppress neointimal hyperplasia, the main cause of restenosis. This article reviews the results of DCB treatments of femoropopliteal and infrapopliteal lesions in comparison to standard angioplasty with uncoated balloons. A systematic literature search was performed in 1 medical journals (ie, MEDLINE, 2 international registers for clinical studies (ie,, and 3 abstracts of scientific sessions. Several controlled randomized trials with follow-up periods of up to 5 years demonstrated the efficacy of paclitaxel –DCB technology. However, calcified lesions seem to affect the efficacy of DCB. Combinations of preconditioning methods with DCBs showed promising results. Although the mechanical abrasion of calcium via atherectomy or laser ablation showed favorable periprocedural results, the long-term impact on restenosis and clinical outcome has to be demonstrated. Major advantages of the DCBs are the rapid delivery of drug at uniform concentrations with a single dose, their efficacy in areas wherein stents have been

  19. Influence of inflation pressure and balloon size on the development of intimal hyperplasia after balloon angioplasty. A study in the atherosclerotic rabbit. (United States)

    Sarembock, I J; LaVeau, P J; Sigal, S L; Timms, I; Sussman, J; Haudenschild, C; Ezekowitz, M D


    To evaluate the effect of balloon size and inflation pressure on acute and subsequent outcome following balloon angioplasty (BA), 70 New Zealand White rabbits with bilateral femoral atherosclerosis were assigned to four groups: group 1, oversized balloon, low inflation pressure (n = 35 vessels; balloon size, 3.0 mm/inflation pressure, 5 atm); group 2, oversized balloon, high inflation pressure (n = 36; 3.0 mm/10 atm); group 3, appropriate size, low inflation pressure (n = 17; 2.5 mm/5 atm); and group 4, appropriate size balloon, high inflation pressure (n = 19; 2.5 mm/10 atm). Angiograms were obtained before, 10 minutes after, and 28 days after BA and read by two blinded observers using electronic calipers. The in vivo balloon-to-vessel ratio was measured for each group. There were eight non-BA controls. Rabbits were sacrificed either immediately (n = 34) or at 28 days after BA (n = 36), with the femoral vessels pressure perfused for histologic and morphometric analysis. The latter was performed at 28 days only. Absolute angiographic diameters increased in all groups immediately after BA (p less than 0.01). Acute angiographic success, defined as greater than 20% increase in luminal diameter, was higher using high inflation pressure (group 2, 32/36 [89%] and group 4, 16/19 [84%] vs. group 1, 23/35 [66%] and group 3, 9/17 [53%]; p less than 0.05). A 3.0-mm balloon resulted in significant oversizing irrespective of inflation pressure (balloon-to-vessel ratio, 1.5 +/- 0.1 vs. 1.1 +/- 0.1 to 1, for the 2.5-mm balloon). Vessels exposed to high inflation pressure had a significantly higher incidence of mural thrombus, dissection (p less than 0.01), and medial necrosis versus low pressure (p less than 0.05). At 28 days, the rates of restenosis (defined as greater than 50% loss of initial gain) were 14/20 (70%), 11/16 (69%), 5/10 (50%), and 5/10 (50%) for groups 1 through 4 (p = NS; a trend in favor of the groups using an oversized balloon). There was an increase in the

  20. Deep sea water prevents balloon angioplasty-induced hyperplasia through MMP-2: an in vitro and in vivo study.

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    Pei-Chuan Li

    Full Text Available Major facts about the development of restenosis include vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs proliferation and migration. A previous study showed that in vitro treatment with magnesium chloride has the potential to affect the proliferation and migration of VSMCs. Magnesium is the major element in deep sea water (DSW and is a biologically active mineral. It is unclear whether DSW intake can prevent abnormal proliferation and migration of VSMCs as well as balloon angioplasty-induced neointimal hyperplasia. Thus, we attempted to evaluate the anti-restenotic effects of DSW and its possible molecular mechanisms. Several concentrations of DSW, based on the dietary recommendations (RDA for magnesium, were applied to a model of balloon angioplasty in SD rats. The results showed that DSW intake markedly increased magnesium content within the vascular wall and reduced the development of neointimal hyperplasia. The immunohistochemical analysis also showed that the expression of proteins associated with cell proliferation and migration were decreased in the balloon angioplasty groups with DSW supplement. Furthermore, in vitro treatment with DSW has a dose-dependent inhibitory effect on serum-stimulated proliferation and migration of VSMCs, whose effects might be mediated by modulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK signaling and of the activity of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2. Our study suggested that DSW intake can help prevent neointimal hyperplasia (or restenosis, whose effects may be partially regulated by magnesium and other minerals.

  1. Deep sea water prevents balloon angioplasty-induced hyperplasia through MMP-2: an in vitro and in vivo study. (United States)

    Li, Pei-Chuan; Pan, Chun-Hsu; Sheu, Ming-Jyh; Wu, Chin-Ching; Ma, Wei-Fen; Wu, Chieh-Hsi


    Major facts about the development of restenosis include vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation and migration. A previous study showed that in vitro treatment with magnesium chloride has the potential to affect the proliferation and migration of VSMCs. Magnesium is the major element in deep sea water (DSW) and is a biologically active mineral. It is unclear whether DSW intake can prevent abnormal proliferation and migration of VSMCs as well as balloon angioplasty-induced neointimal hyperplasia. Thus, we attempted to evaluate the anti-restenotic effects of DSW and its possible molecular mechanisms. Several concentrations of DSW, based on the dietary recommendations (RDA) for magnesium, were applied to a model of balloon angioplasty in SD rats. The results showed that DSW intake markedly increased magnesium content within the vascular wall and reduced the development of neointimal hyperplasia. The immunohistochemical analysis also showed that the expression of proteins associated with cell proliferation and migration were decreased in the balloon angioplasty groups with DSW supplement. Furthermore, in vitro treatment with DSW has a dose-dependent inhibitory effect on serum-stimulated proliferation and migration of VSMCs, whose effects might be mediated by modulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling and of the activity of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2). Our study suggested that DSW intake can help prevent neointimal hyperplasia (or restenosis), whose effects may be partially regulated by magnesium and other minerals.

  2. Randomized Trial of the SMART Stent versus Balloon Angioplasty in Long Superficial Femoral Artery Lesions: The SUPER Study

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    Chalmers, Nicholas, E-mail: [Manchester Royal Infirmary, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Walker, Paul T. [James Cook University Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Belli, Anna-Maria [St. George' s Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Thorpe, Anthony P. [Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Sidhu, Paul S. [King' s College Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Robinson, Graham [Hull Royal Infirmary, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Ransbeeck, Mariella van [Johnson and Johnson Medical NV/SA, Cordis (Belgium); Fearn, Steven A. [Johnson and Johnson Medical Ltd., Cordis (United Kingdom)


    To determine whether primary stenting reduces the rate of restenosis compared with balloon angioplasty alone in the endovascular treatment of long superficial femoral artery lesions; and to assess the effect of treatment on quality of life. A total of 150 patients with superior femoral artery occlusion or severe stenosis of 5-22 cm length from 17 UK centers were randomized to either primary stenting with the SMART stent or balloon angioplasty (i.e., percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, PTA). Bailout stent placement was permitted in case of inadequate result from PTA. The primary end point was restenosis measured by duplex ultrasound at 1 year. Quality-of-life assessments were performed by the EuroQol (EQ)-5D questionnaire. Mean lesion length was 123.0 mm in the stent group and 116.8 mm in the PTA group. A total of 140 (93.3 %) of 150 had total occlusions. At 12 months' follow-up, restenosis measured by Duplex ultrasound was not significantly different between the stent and PTA groups by intention-to-treat or as-treated analyses: 47.2 versus 43.5 % (p = 0.84) and 40.8 versus 46.7 % (p = 0.68), respectively. There were fewer target lesion revascularizations in patients randomized to stenting, but this did not reach statistical significance (12.5 vs. 20.8 %, p = 0.26). There was no difference in the rate of amputation. Patients in both groups reported improved quality of life. Primary stenting of long lesions in predominantly occluded superficial femoral arteries does not reduce the rate of binary restenosis compared with balloon angioplasty and bailout stenting. Both treatment strategies conferred a meaningful and sustained improvement to the quality of life of patients with severe superficial femoral artery disease.

  3. Outcome of patients undergoing balloon angioplasty in the two months prior to noncardiac surgery. (United States)

    Brilakis, Emmanouil S; Orford, James L; Fasseas, Panayotis; Wilson, Stephanie H; Melby, Steven; Lennon, Ryan J; Berger, Peter B


    We report on the incidence of adverse cardiac events in 350 patients who underwent noncardiac surgery within 2 months of successful balloon angioplasty (BA) at our institution between 1988 and 2001. Three patients died perioperatively (n = 1) or had myocardial infarction (n = 2) (0.9%, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.2% to 2.5%), which is a lower incidence than that reported for patients undergoing noncardiac surgery after stenting (3.9% to 32%). One patient died, and 2 had a nonfatal myocardial infarction. All 3 (1.6%, 95% CI 0.3% to 4.6%) were among the 188 patients who underwent surgery within 2 weeks of BA. Repeat target vessel revascularization was performed in 10 patients (2.9%, 95% CI 1.4% to 5.2%): in 3 (1.6%, 95% CI 0.3% to 4.6%) of 188 patients who underwent surgery within 2 weeks of BA and in 7 (5.1%, 95% CI 2.1% to 10.2%) of 138 patients who underwent surgery within 3 to 7 weeks of BA. Therefore, in patients in whom percutaneous coronary revascularization is required before noncardiac surgery, BA appears to be safe, especially in patients who need to undergo surgery early after percutaneous coronary intervention.

  4. Balloon pulmonary angioplasty: applicability of C-Arm CT for procedure guidance

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    Hinrichs, Jan B. [Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Member of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), Hannover Medical School, Hannover (Germany); Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover (Germany); Renne, Julius; Wacker, Frank K.; Meyer, Bernhard C. [Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Member of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), Hannover Medical School, Hannover (Germany); Hoeper, Marius M.; Olsson, Karen M. [Clinic for Pneumology, Member of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), Hannover Medical School, Hannover (Germany)


    To investigate the feasibility of and compare two C-Arm CT (CACT) guidance methods during balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA). Forty-two BPAs [27 CTEPH patients (nine males, 70 ± 14y)] targeting 143 pulmonary arteries were included. Twenty-two BPAs were guided by contrast-enhanced CACT acquired immediately before BPA (G3D). In another 20 BPAs (G2D), two orthogonal fluoroscopy images of the chest where acquired to compute a registration of a previously acquired CACT. Volume rendering-based graphic representations (VRT guidance) were generated indicating the origin and course of the vessels. Based on VRT guidance, the intervention was planned. Procedure durations and radiation exposure data were compared between the two groups (Wilcoxon test). The overall intervention time was approximately 2 h in both groups (p = 0.31). BPA was successfully performed in G3D 91 % and G2D 94 %. No significant difference was found concerning the mean dose area product (DAP) related to fluoroscopy (p = 0.38), while DAP related to DSA was slightly higher in G3D (p = 0.048). Overall, DAP was significantly higher in G3D (p = 0.002). The use of CACT for procedure guidance in patients undergoing BPA is feasible and accurate. Image fusion of a pre-acquired CACT can be used to decrease radiation exposure due to multiple BPA sessions. (orig.)

  5. Finite Element Modeling of Balloon Angioplasty by Considering Overstretch of Remnant Non-diseased Tissues in Lesions (United States)

    Gasser, T. Christian; Holzapfel, Gerhard A.


    The paper deals with the modeling of balloon angioplasty by considering the balloon-induced overstretch of remnant non-diseased tissues in atherosclerotic arteries. A stenotic artery is modeled as a heterogenous structure composed of adventitia, media and a model plaque, and residual stresses are considered. The constitutive models are able to capture the anisotropic elastic tissue response in addition to the inelastic phenomena associated with tissue stretches beyond the physiological domain. The inelastic model describes the experimentally-observed changes of the wall during balloon inflation, i.e. non-recoverable deformation, and tissue weakening. The contact of the artery with a balloon catheter is simulated by a point-to-surface strategy. The states of deformations and stresses within the artery before, during and after balloon inflation are computed, compared and discussed. The 3D stress states at physiological loading conditions before and after balloon inflation differ significantly, and even compressive normal stresses may occur in the media after dilation.

  6. Endovascular brachytherapy from Re-188-filled balloon catheter to prevent restenosis following angioplasty; Endovaskulaere Brachytherapie mit einem Re-188-gefuellten Ballonkatheter zur Praevention der Restenose nach Angioplastie

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    Kotzerke, J. [Ulm Univ. (Germany). Abt. Nuklearmedizin; Kropp, J. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin


    Stent implantation and endovascular brachytherapy are the single effective methods to reduce restenosis after angioplasty. Gamma- and beta-emitter can be applied. The use of a liquid beta-emitter filled balloon catheter allows nuclear medicine to participate in this new concept of therapy due to the unsealed source. From various beta-emitters Re-188-perrhenate seems to be the most attractive one regarding logistic, radiation protection and costs. Feasibility of the method was demonstrated by several groups. Interim analysis of ECRIS-2 demonstrate an effectiveness comparable to the best of other irradiation data. (orig.) [German] Die endovaskulaere Brachytherapie ist neben der Stentimplantation bisher die einzige Methode, mit der die Restenoserate nach Angioplastie (PTCA) deutlich reduziert werden kann. Sowohl Gamma- wie auch Betastrahler sind einsetzbar. Die Anwendung eines fluessigen Betastrahlers in einem Ballonkatheter erlaubt dem Nuklearmediziner, an diesem Therapiekonzept zu partizipieren, da es sich um die Anwendung eines offenen radioaktiven Isotops handelt. Von den diversen moeglichen Betastrahlern erscheint Re-188-Perrhenat am geeignetsten zu sein im Hinblick auf die Logistik, den Strahlenschutz und die Kosten. Die Praktikabilitaet dieser Methode wurde von mehreren Zentren bestaetigt. Eine Zwischenauswertung der ECRIS-2-Studie aus Ulm ergibt Daten, die grossen amerikanischen Studien keineswegs nachstehen. (orig.)

  7. Effect and outcome of balloon angioplasty and stenting of the iliac arteries evaluated by intravascular ultrasound

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    Vogt, K J; Rasmussen, John Bøje Grønvall; Just, S;


    To document the mechanism of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and stenting of the iliac arteries, and to relate the effect to patency.......To document the mechanism of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and stenting of the iliac arteries, and to relate the effect to patency....

  8. Prolonged high-pressure balloon angioplasty of femoropopliteal lesions:Impact on stent implantation rate and mid-term outcome

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    Gianluca Rigatelli; Mariano Palena; Paolo Cardaioli; Fabio dellAvvocata; Massimo Giordan; Dobrin Vassilev; Marco Manzi


    Objectives To assess the impact on stent implantation rate and mid-term outcomes of prolonged high pressure angioplasty of femoropopliteal lesions. Methods We retrospectively enrolled 620 consecutive patients from January 2011 to December 2011 (75.6 ±12.3 years, 355 males, 76.5%in Rutherford class 5-6), referred for critical limb ischemia and submitted to prolonged high-pressure angioplasty of femoropopliteal lesions. The definition of prolonged high-pressure angioplasty includes dilation to at least 18 atm for at least 120 s. Proce-dural data, and clinical and instrumental follow-up were analyzed to assess stent implantation rate and mid-term outcomes. Results The preferred approach was ipsilateral femoral antegrade in 433/620 patients (69.7%) and contralateral cross-over in 164/620 (26.4%) and pop-liteal retrograde+femoral antegrade in 23/620 (3.7%). Techniques included subintimal angioplasty in 427/620 patients (68.8%) and endolu-minal angioplasty in 193/620 patients (31.2%). The prolonged high pressure balloon angioplasty procedure was successful in 86.2%(minor intra-procedural complications rate 15.7%), stent implantation was performed in 74 patients (11.9%), with a significant improvement of ankle-brachial index (0.29 ±0.6 vs. 0.88 ±0.3, P<00.1) and Rutherford class (5.3 ±0.8 vs. 0.7 ±1.9, P<0.01), a primary patency rate of 86.7%, restenosis of 18.6%on Doppler ultrasound and a target lesion revascularization of 14.8%at a mean follow-up of 18.1 ±6.4 months (range 1-24 months). Secondary patency rate was 87.7%. Conclusions Prolonged high pressure angioplasty of femoropopliteal lesions appears to be safe and effective allowing for an acceptable patency and restenosis rates on mid-term.

  9. Optical coherence tomography monitoring of angioplasty balloon inflation in a deployment tester (United States)

    Azarnoush, Hamed; Vergnole, Sébastien; Bourezak, Rafik; Boulet, Benoit; Lamouche, Guy


    We present an innovative integration of an intravascular optical coherence tomography probe into a computerized balloon deployment system to monitor the balloon inflation process. The high-resolution intraluminal imaging of the balloon provides a detailed assessment of the balloon quality and, consequently, a technique to improve the balloon manufacturing process. A custom-built swept-source optical coherence tomography system is used for real-time imaging. A semicompliant balloon with a nominal diameter of 4 mm is fabricated for the experiments. Imaging results correspond to balloon deployment in air and inside an artery phantom. A characterization of the balloon diameter, wall thickness, compliance, and elastic modulus is provided, based on image segmentation. Using the images obtained from the probe pullback, a three-dimensional visualization of the inflated balloon is presented.

  10. Continued benefit of coronary stenting versus balloon angioplasty: one-year clinical follow-up of Benestent trial. Benestent Study Group.

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    C.M. Miguel (Carlos); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); P.N. Ruygrok (Peter); H. Suryapranata (Harry); S. Klugmann (Silvio); P. Urban (Philip); P. den Heijer (Peter); K. Koch (Karel); R. Simon (Rudiger); M-C. Morice (Marie-Claude); P.A. Crean (Peter); J.J.R.M. Bonnier (Hans); W. Wijns (William); N. Danchin (Nicolas); C. Bourdonnec (Claude); M-A.M. Morel (Marie-Angèle); E.G. Mast (Gijs)


    textabstractObjectives. This study sought to determine the 1-year clinical follow-up of patients included in the Benestent trial. Background. The Benestent trial is a randomized study comparing elective Palmaz-Schatz stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in patients with stable angina and a de

  11. Lumen narrowing after percutaneous transluminal coronary balloon angioplasty follows a near gaussian distribution: a quantitative angiographic study in 1,445 successfully dilated lesions

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); J.G.P. Tijssen (Jan); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); J.W. Deckers (Jaap)


    textabstractTo determine whether significant angiographic narrowing and restenosis after successful coronary balloon angioplasty is a specific disease entity occurring in a subset of dilated lesions or whether it is the tail end of a gaussian distributed phenomenon, 1,445 successfully dilated lesion

  12. Cutting balloon angioplasty for in-stent restenosis of the aortic coarctation in a young boy presenting with systemic hypertension of the upper extremities. (United States)

    Lee, Meng-Luen


    An 8.25-year-old boy was incidentally found to have systemic hypertension of the upper extremities. Blood pressures of the upper extremities were 142-150/86-98 mmHg, and those of the lower extremities 110-116/60-66 mmHg. Doppler echocardiography showed in-stent restenosis of the aortic coarctation. Traditional high-pressure balloon angioplasty failed to dilate this inveterate in-stent restenosis. Instead, a cutting balloon angioplasty was performed. The lumen was dilated from 4.80 mm to 7.89 mm. The pressure gradient dropped from 32 mmHg to 9 mmHg. Blood pressures of the upper extremities were 112-116/76-78 mmHg, and those of the lower extremities 100-104/70-72 mmHg. This paper highlights that a cutting balloon angioplasty can serve as a juste milieu to relieve in-stent restenosis of the aortic coarctation when traditional high-pressure balloon angioplasty is debatable.

  13. Clinical impact and risk stratification of balloon angioplasty for femoropopliteal disease in nitinol stenting era: Retrospective multicenter study using propensity score matching analysis

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    Taketsugu Tsuchiya


    Full Text Available Objective: Nitinol stenting could bring the better outcome in endovascular therapy for femoropopliteal disease. However, it might be expected that recent marked advances in both device technology and operator technique had led to improved efficacy of balloon angioplasty even in this segment. The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinical impact of balloon angioplasty for femoropopliteal disease and make risk stratification clear by propensity score matching analysis. Methods: Based on the multicenter retrospective data, 2758 patients (balloon angioplasty: 729 patients and nitinol stenting: 2029 patients, those who underwent endovascular therapy for femoropopliteal disease, were analyzed. Results: The propensity score matching procedure extracted a total of 572 cases per group, and the primary patency rate of balloon angioplasty and nitinol stenting groups after matching was significantly the same (77.2% vs 82.7% at 1 year; 62.2% vs 64.3% at 3 years; 47.8% vs 54.3% at 5 years. In multivariate Cox hazard regression analysis, significant predictors for primary patency were diabetes mellitus, regular dialysis, cilostazol use, chronic total occlusion, and intra-vascular ultra-sonography use. The strategy of balloon angioplasty was not evaluated as a significant predictor for the primary patency. After risk stratification using five items (diabetes mellitus, regular dialysis, no use of intra-vascular ultra-sonography, chronic total occlusion, and no use of cilostazol: the DDICC score, the estimated primary patency rates of each group (low, DDICC score 0–2; moderate, DDICC score 3; high risk, DDICC score 4–5 were 88.6%, 78.3%, and 63.5% at 1 year; 75.2%, 60.7%, and 39.8% at 3 years; and 66.0%, 47.1%, and 26.3% at 5 years (p < 0.0001. The primary patency rate of balloon angioplasty and nitinol stenting groups was significantly the same in each risk stratification. Conclusion: This study suggests that balloon angioplasty does

  14. Absence of Bacteria on Coronary Angioplasty Balloons from Unselected Patients: Results with Use of a High Sensitivity Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay. (United States)

    Hansen, Gorm Mørk; Nilsson, Martin; Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Holmstrup, Palle; Helqvist, Steffen; Tolker-Nielsen, Tim; Givskov, Michael; Hansen, Peter Riis


    Periodontitis is a chronic, bacterially-induced inflammatory disease of the tooth-supporting tissues, which may result in transient bacteremia and a systemic inflammatory response. Periodontitis is associated with coronary artery disease independently of established cardiovascular risk factors, and translocation of bacteria from the oral cavity to the coronary arteries may play a role in the development of coronary artery disease. Very few studies have used angioplasty balloons for in vivo sampling from diseased coronary arteries, and with varying results. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess if bacterial DNA from primarily oral bacteria could be detected on coronary angioplasty balloons by use of an optimized sampling process combined with an internally validated sensitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay. Coronary angioplasty balloons and control samples from a total of 45 unselected patients with stable angina, unstable angina/non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, and ST-elevation myocardial infarction (n = 15 in each group) were collected and analyzed using a PCR assay with high sensitivity and specificity for 16S rRNA genes of the oral microbiome. Despite elimination of extraction and purification steps, and demonstration of sensitivity levels of 25-125 colony forming units (CFU), we did not detect bacterial DNA from any of the coronary angioplasty balloons. A subsequent questionnaire indicated that the prevalence of periodontitis in the study cohort was at least 39.5%. Although coronary angioplasty balloons are unlikely to be useful for detection of bacteria with current PCR techniques in unselected patients with coronary artery disease, more studies are warranted to determine the extent to which bacteria contribute to atherosclerosis and its clinical manifestations and whether the presence of bacteria in the arteries is a transient phenomenon.

  15. Simulation of balloon angioplasty in residually stressed blood vessels-Application of a gradient-enhanced fibre damage model. (United States)

    Polindara, César; Waffenschmidt, Tobias; Menzel, Andreas


    In this contribution we study the balloon angioplasty in a residually stressed artery by means of a non-local gradient-enhanced fibre damage model. The balloon angioplasty is a common surgical intervention used to extend or reopen narrowed blood vessels in order to restore the continuous blood flow in, for instance, atherosclerotic arteries. Inelastic, i.e. predominantly damage-related and elastoplastic processes are induced in the artery during its inflation resulting in an irreversible deformation. As a beneficial consequence, provided that the inelastic deformations do not exceed a specific limit, higher deformations can be obtained within the same pressure level and a continuous blood flow can be guaranteed. In order to study the mechanical response of the artery in this scenario, we make use of the non-local gradient-enhanced model proposed in Waffenschmidt et al. (2014). In this contribution, we extend this model to make use of an incompressible format in connection with a Q1Q1P0 finite element implementation. The residual stresses in the artery are also taken into account following the framework presented in Waffenschmidt (2015). From the results it becomes apparent that, when the artery is subjected to radial stresses beyond the physiological range, damage evolution is triggered in the collagen fibres. The impact of the residual stresses on the structural response and on the circumferential stress distribution along the thickness of the arterial wall is also studied. It is observed that the residual stresses have a beneficial effect on the mechanical response of the arterial wall.

  16. Ultrasonography-guided Balloon Angioplasty in an Autogenous Arteriovenous Fistula: Preliminary Results

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    Kim, Ji Chang [Daejeon St Mary' s Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, June Sik [Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Percutaneous trasnluminal angioplasty (PTA) of a malfunctioning arteriovenous fistula (AVF) in hemodialysis patients requires the use of contrast angiography and fluoroscopy guidance. We attempted to perform this procedure under duplex ultrasound guidance to reduce the amount of contrast agent administered and to reduce the radiation dose during the interventional procedures. From September 2006 to February 2007, 45 patients received interventional treatment due to malfunctioning hemodialysis access in our hospital. Among the patients, we selected 10 patients diagnosed with stenosis of an autogenous arteriovenous fistula based on a physical examination. There were six males and four females aged 51-78 years (mean age, 59 years). Seven of these patients had a Brescia-Cinimo type fistula and three patients had a basilic vein transposition. All procedures were performed in the angiography suite. All procedures that required angioplasty were performed under duplex ultrasound guidance and then contrast angiography was performed to confirm the final patency of the vessels. Conventional angioplasty was also performed under fluoroscopy guidance for any lesions that required an additional angioplasty. The volume flow before and after the PTA and procedure time were recorded. Clinical success was defined as the performance of one or more successful hemodialysis sessions after treatment. Eight of ten patients did not require an additional angioplasty by conventional angiography after the duplex- guided angioplasty. One case showed recoiling of stenosis after the duplex-guided PTA and another case was missed at duplex scanning due to the extremely short nature of the recoiling of stenosis. The mean volume flow before and after PTA was 167 ml/min (range, 80-259 ml/min) and 394.2 ml/min (range, 120-586 ml/min), respectively. No complications associated with the duplex-guide procedure occurred. In nine cases, PTA enabled hemodialysis to be conducted more than one time. In one

  17. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting of the vertebral artery ostium with balloon-mounted bare coronary stents

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    Javad Kojuri


    Full Text Available Background : Vertebral artery ostial stenosis (VAOS is one of the most frequent causes of posterior circulation stroke. Percutaneous angioplasty and stenting (PTAS is one of the treatment modalities. Patients and Methods : This is a longitudinal observational study from September 2006 to February 2009, conducted at hospitals affiliated with the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, southern Iran. The patient cohort included patients with posterior circulation stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA and more than 70% VAOS, and patients with asymptomatic VAOS of more than 70% and aplasia or total occlusion of the contralateral VA or subclavian artery. All the patients underwent PTAS with balloon-mounted bare coronary stents. Technical success, procedural complications, composite outcomes of death, stroke or TIA in the vertebrobasilar territory during the first 30 days, stroke or TIA in the vertebrobasilar territory, and restenosis during follow-up, were assessed. Results : During the study period, 81 patients (mean age 68 + 8.9 years, 63 (78% males, 71 symptomatic and 18 asymptomatic underwent the procedure. Technical success was achieved in 88 (99% patients. Procedure-related complications, other than puncture site complications, were seen in two patients (2.2%. The composite outcome of death, stroke or TIA in the vertebrobasilar territory during the first 30 days was 1%. None of the patients had clinical recurrence or restenosis during the follow-up (mean follow-up 14 months. Conclusion : Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting of the proximal VA was feasible and safe. The risk of restenosis should be analyzed in long-term studies with angiographic follow-up.

  18. Cephalic arch stenosis in autogenous brachiocephalic hemodialysis fistulas: results of cutting balloon angioplasty

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    Heerwagen, Søren Thorup; Lönn, Lars; Schroeder, Torben V;


    Cephalic arch stenosis is a known cause of hemodialysis access failure in patients with brachiocephalic fistulas (BCFs). Outcomes of endovascular treatment are affected by resistance of the stenosis to balloon dilation, a high vein rupture rate and the development of early restenosis. The purpose...

  19. Preparation and characterisation of polyamide 11/montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposites for use in angioplasty balloon applications

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    Halim, Khairul Anwar A. [Department of Polymer Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone (Ireland); School of Materials Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Perlis (Malaysia); Farrell, Joseph B. [Department of Polymer Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone (Ireland); Kennedy, James E., E-mail: [Department of Polymer Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone (Ireland)


    With increased demands on catheter balloon functionality, there is an emphasis to blend new materials which can improve mechanical performance. Polymer nanocomposites were prepared by melt blending polyamide 11 (PA 11) with organically modified montmorillonite nanoclay. The effects of incorporating the nanoclay on the short-term mechanical properties of PA 11 were assessed using a design of experiments (DoEs) approach. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis techniques (DMA) were used to characterise the morphology of the nanocomposites. Design of experiments studies revealed that the optimum nanocomposites properties can be achieved by carefully controlling the melt compounding parameters. XRD and TEM data proved that exfoliated clay morphologies existed within the matrix at low clay loading (2%). Whereas the interaction between the polymer matrix and nanoclay was quantified in the DMA spectra, showed a significant increase in storage modulus (up to 80%). The reinforcing effect of nanoclay within the PA 11 was further investigated using mechanical testing, where significant increases in the ultimate tensile strength and strain at break of reinforced tri-layer balloon tubing were observed. - Highlights: • TEM reveals the coexistence of exfoliated and intercalated nanostructures. • Isothermal crystallisation studies found that the nano-clays reduced the crystallisation time. • Significant increase in the storage modulus was due to the reinforcing effect of the nano-clay platelets. • It was observed that the activation energy values decreased due to the presence of nanoclay.

  20. Utility of birefringence changes due to collagen thermal denaturation rate process analysis: vessel wall temperature estimation for new short term heating balloon angioplasty (United States)

    Kaneko, Kenji; Shimazaki, Natsumi; Gotoh, Maya; Nakatani, Eriko; Arai, Tsunenori


    Our photo thermal reaction heating architecture balloon realizes less than 10 s short term heating that can soften vessel wall collagen without damaging surrounding tissue thermally. New thermal balloon angioplasty, photo-thermo dynamic balloon angioplasty (PTDBA) has experimentally shown sufficient opening with 2 atm low pressure dilation and prevention of chronic phase restenosis and acute phase thrombus in vivo. Even though PTDBA has high therapeutic potential, the most efficient heating condition is still under study, because relationship of treatment and thermal dose to vessel wall is not clarified yet. To study and set the most efficient heating condition, we have been working on establishment of temperature history estimation method from our previous experimental results. Heating target of PTDBA, collagen, thermally denatures following rate process. Denaturation is able to be quantified with measured collagen birefringence value. To express the denaturation with equation of rate process, the following ex vivo experiments were performed. Porcine extracted carotid artery was soaked in two different temperature saline baths to enforce constant temperature heating. Higher temperature bath was set to 40 to 80 degree Celsius and soaking duration was 5 to 40 s. Samples were observed by a polarizing microscope and a scanning electron microscope. The birefringence was measured by polarizing microscopic system using Brace-Koehler compensator 1/30 wavelength. The measured birefringence showed temperature dependency and quite fit with the rate process equation. We think vessel wall temperature is able to be estimated using the birefringence changes due to thermal denaturation.

  1. Safety and efficacy of limus-eluting stents and balloon angioplasty for sirolimus-eluting in-stent restenosis

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    Ota, Hideaki [Division of Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC 20010 (United States); Mahmoudi, Michael [University of Surrey, Guildford Road, Surrey, GU2-7XH (United Kingdom); Kitabata, Hironori; Torguson, Rebecca; Chen, Fang; Satler, Lowell F.; Suddath, William O.; Pichard, Augusto D. [Division of Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC 20010 (United States); Waksman, Ron, E-mail: [Division of Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC 20010 (United States)


    Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of everolimus-eluting stent (EES), sirolimus-eluting stent (SES), and plain old balloon angioplasty (POBA) for the treatment of SES in-stent restenosis (S-ISR). Background: The optimal treatment for drug-eluting in-stent restenosis remains controversial. Methods: The study cohort comprised 310 consecutive patients (444 lesions) who presented with S-ISR to our institution and underwent treatment with EES (43 patients), SES (102), or POBA (165). The analyzed clinical parameters were the 1-year rates of death, Q-wave myocardial infarction (MI), target lesion revascularization (TLR), target vessel revascularization (TVR), definite stent thrombosis (ST) and major adverse cardiac event (MACE) defined as the composite of death, MI, or TLR at 1-year. Results: The three groups were well matched for the conventional risk factors for coronary artery disease except for smoking. The 1-year analyzed clinical parameters were similar in the three groups: MACE (EES = 14%, SES = 18%, POBA = 20%; p = 0.65), death (EES = 2.3%, SES = 6.2%, POBA = 6.1%; p = 0.61), MI (EES = 4.8%, SES = 2.1%, POBA = 2.5%; p = 0.69), TLR (EES = 11.9%, SES = 12.1%, POBA = 24%; p = 0.78), and TVR (EES = 11.9%, SES = 24.8%, POBA = 22.2%; p = 0.23). There were no cases of definite ST. MACE-free rate was significantly lower in patients with recurrent in-stent restenosis (log-rank p = 0.006). Presentation with acute MI, number of treated lesions and a previous history of MI were found to be independent predictors of MACE. Conclusions: In patients presenting with S-ISR, treatment with implantation of an EES, SES, or POBA is associated with similar clinical outcomes. Patients presenting with recurrent ISR may have a poorer clinical outcome.

  2. Monitoring of gadolinium-BOPTA uptake into the vessel wall during magnetic resonance (MR)-guided angioplasty of the peripheral arteries with a paclitaxel/gadolinium-BOPTA-coated balloon. An experimental study at 3 Tesla

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    Neizel, M.; Kelm, M. [University Hospital Duesseldorf (Germany). Dept. of Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology; Ruebben, A.; Weiss, N. [Aachen Resonance, Aachen (Germany); Guenther, R.W. [University Hospital Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Krombach, G.A. [University Hospital Giessen (Germany). Dept. of Radiology


    Purpose: The success of paclitaxel distribution within the vessel wall during paclitaxel-coated balloon angioplasty to prevent restenosis cannot be monitored under X-ray guidance. The aim of this pilot study was to demonstrate the feasibility of monitoring Gadolinium-BOPTA delivery within the vessel wall during magnetic resonance (MR)-guided paclitaxel/Gadolinium-BOPTA-coated balloon angioplasty of the peripheral arteries. Materials and methods: 6 pigs (47 ± 2 kg) were investigated. All experiments were performed using a 3 Tesla MR scanner. MR-guided bilaterial angioplasty of the iliac arteries was performed using a paclitaxel/MR contrast agent-coated balloon catheter. The feasibility of monitoring the delivery of Gadolinium-BOPTA to the vessel was assessed in 4 animals. In two additional animals, bilateral stenosis was surgically induced in the iliac arteries. Delivery of paclitaxel to the vessel wall was monitored using a 3 D T1-weighted gradient echo (GE) sequence for delineation of the vessel wall. Normalized signal intensity (SI) of the vessel wall was measured before and repeatedly after the intervention for 45 min. in all animals. Results: Paclitaxel/gadolinium-BOPTA-coated balloon angioplasty was successfully accomplished in all iliac arteries (n = 12). In animals with stenosis MR-angiography demonstrated successful dilatation (n = 4). The normalized SI of the vessel wall on T1-weighted GE images significantly increased after the intervention in all animals with and without stenosis for more than 45 min. (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Monitoring of Gadolinium-BOPTA into the vessel wall during MR-guided coated balloon angioplasty is feasible. This is a first step towards providing a tool for the online control of homogenous drug delivery after paclitaxel-coated balloon angioplasty. (orig.)

  3. Distal coronary hemoperfusion during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

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    deMuinck, ED; denHeijer, P; vanDijk, RB; Crijns, HJGM; Hillige, HL; Lie, KI


    Distal coronary hemoperfusion during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)-with an autoperfusion balloon or active system-facilitates prolonged balloon inflation. Prolonged inflations may tack up intimal dissections and improve the primary angioplasty result in complex lesions. Addit

  4. Acute embolic occlusion of the right common iliac artery after revision total hip arthroplasty treated with catheter-directed thrombolysis and balloon angioplasty: A case report

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    Hongqi Yang


    Full Text Available Methods: A 63-year-old woman with atrial fibrillation presented clinical symptoms and signs of acute ischemia in the right lower extremity on the 17th postoperative day after revision total hip arthroplasty of the left hip for aseptic loosening of femoral component. Aspirin was discontinued 7 days before surgery. Both computed tomography angiography and digital subtraction angiography demonstrated complete occlusion of the right common iliac artery. An emergency catheter-directed thrombolysis with urokinase combined with balloon angioplasty was performed to obtain complete patency of the right common iliac artery. Results: The patient received anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy postoperatively and was fine at the 2-year follow-up. Conclusions: This case demonstrated that catheter-directed thrombolysis combined with balloon angioplasty could be an efficacious, minimally invasive approach for the treatment of acute embolic occlusion of the common iliac artery. Preoperative anticoagulation for patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty with long-term use of aspirin for atrial fibrillation needs further investigation.

  5. Randomized trial of Legflow® paclitaxel eluting balloon and stenting versus standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting for the treatment of intermediate and long lesions of the superficial femoral artery (RAPID trial): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    A. Karimi; S.W. de Boer (Sanne W.); D.A.F. Van Den Heuvel; B. Fioole (Bram); D. Vroegindeweij (Dammis); J.M.M. Heyligers (Jan); P.N.M. Lohle (Paul N.M.); O.E. Elgersma (Otto E.); R.P.T. Nolthenius (Rudolf ); J.A. Vos (Jan Albert); J.-P.P.M. de Vries (Jean-Paul)


    textabstractBackground: Restenosis after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) may occur in 45% of patients at 2 years follow-up. Paclitaxel-coated balloons have been found to reduce neointimal hyperplasia, and thus reduce restenosis. Recently, the Legfl

  6. 切割球囊扩张在股浅动脉长段闭塞治疗中的作用%Angioplasty with cutting balloon in patient with long segmental obstruction of superficial femoral artery

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    王爱林; 徐恒; 刘军; 韩圣辉


    Objective To compare the technical success rate and midterm results of cutting balloon angioplasty (CBA) to conventional balloon angioplasty (BA) for treatment of long segmental obstruction of the superficial femoral artery. Methods Between March 2009 and May 2010, 33 patients with long segmental obstruction of the superficial femoral artery treated with conventional angioplasty underwent cutting angioplasty. Follow-up consisted clinical examination and computed tomographic angiography at interval of one year. Results After conventional angioplasty there were still severe stenoses in the treated segments of the superficial femoral artery among the 33 selected patients. The stenosis rate decreased from 60% -95% (average 78%) post-conventional angioplasty to 15% -45% (average 36%) after cutting balloon angioplasty. Three patients complicated minor vessel dissection without other major complication. The one year patency of the cutting balloon angioplasty was 66% , which is better than the patency of the conventional balloon angioplasty ( 37% ) . Conclusion Cutting balloon angioplasty provides better vessel patency additional to balloon angioplasty in the treatment of the long segmental obstruction of the superficial femoral artery.%目的 分析评价在常规球囊扩张基础上加用切割球囊治疗股浅动脉长段闭塞的治疗效果和中期通畅率.方法 应用了切割球囊扩张治疗33例股浅动脉长段闭塞患者,导丝通过闭塞段后,首先应用常规球囊进行扩张后,进行动脉造影,对常规球囊扩张后仍有明显狭窄部位进行切割球囊扩张,再次动脉造影评价切割球囊扩张效果.术后对经过治疗的24例患者进行1年的中期随访,并与前期完成的24例单纯常规球囊扩张的1年通畅率进行比较,总结分析两者的中期通畅率、再狭窄的病变特点.结果 在股浅动脉长段闭塞部位进行常规球囊扩张后,均存在不同部位的短段重度狭窄,狭窄部位位于

  7. The use of primary stenting or balloon percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty for the treatment of acutely occluded saphenous vein grafts. Results from the Brazilian National Registry - CENIC

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: We conducted a comparative analysis of the in-hospital outcomes of patients who underwent primary percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTCA or stent implantation because of an acute myocardial infarction (AMI related to an acute vein graft occlusion. METHODS: Since 1991 the Brazilian Society of Hemodynamic and Interventional Cardiology has maintained a large database (CENIC. From these, we selected all consecutive patients, who underwent primary PTCA or stenting in the first 24 hours of AMI, with the target vessel being an occluded vein graft. Immediate results and major coronary events occurring up until hospital discharge were analyzed. RESULTS: During this period, 5,932 patients underwent primary PTCA or stenting; 158 (3% of the procedures were performed because of an acute vein graft occlusion. Stenting was performed in 74 (47% patients. Patients treated with stents had a higher success rate and lower mean residual stenosis compared with those who underwent primary balloon PTCA. The incidence of reinfarction and death were similar for stenting and balloon PTCA. CONCLUSION: Primary percutaneous treatment of AMI related to acute vein graft occlusion is still an uncommon practice. Primary stenting improved luminal diameter and offered higher rates of success; however, this strategy did not reduce the in-hospital reinfarction and death rate, compared with that occurring with PTCA treatment.

  8. Drug-eluting versus plain balloon angioplasty for the treatment of failing dialysis access: Final results and cost-effectiveness analysis from a prospective randomized controlled trial (NCT01174472)

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    Kitrou, Panagiotis M., E-mail: [Department of Interventional Radiology, Patras University Hospital, School of Medicine, Rion 26504 (Greece); Katsanos, Konstantinos [Department of Interventional Radiology, Guy' s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, King' s Health Partners, London SE1 7EH (United Kingdom); Spiliopoulos, Stavros; Karnabatidis, Dimitris; Siablis, Dimitris [Department of Interventional Radiology, Patras University Hospital, School of Medicine, Rion 26504 (Greece)


    Highlights: •1-Year target lesion primary patency significantly higher after PCB application compared to plain balloon angioplasty in the failing dialysis access. •Significant difference in favor of PCB in cumulative primary patency of AVGs at 1 year. •No significant difference in cumulative primary patency of AVFs treated with PCB at 1 year. •Cost effectiveness analysis performed. •Paclitaxel-coated balloon angioplasty proves to be a cost-effective option for treating dialysis access. -- Abstract: Objective: To report the final results and cost-effectiveness analysis of a prospective randomized controlled trial investigating drug-eluting balloon (DEB) versus plain balloon angioplasty (BA) for the treatment of failing dialysis access ( (NCT01174472)). Methods: 40 patients were randomized to angioplasty with either DEB (n = 20) or BA (n = 20) for treatment of significant venous stenosis causing a failing dialysis access. Both arteriovenous fistulas (AVF) and synthetic arteriovenous grafts (AVG) were included. Angiographic follow up was scheduled every two months. Primary endpoints were technical success and target lesion primary patency at 1 year. Cumulative and survival analysis was performed. Incremental net benefit (INB) and incremental cost effectiveness ratio (ICER) were calculated and the cost-effectiveness acceptability curve (CEAC) was drawn. Results: Baseline variables were equally distributed between the two groups. At 1 year, cumulative target lesion primary patency was significantly higher after DEB application (35% vs. 5% after BA, p < 0.001). Overall, median primary patency was 0.64 years in case of DEB vs. 0.36 years in case of BA (p = 0.0007; unadjusted HR = 0.27 [95%CI: 0.13–0.58]; Cox adjusted HR = 0.23 [95%CI: 0.10–0.50]). ICER was 2198 Euros (€) per primary patency year of dialysis access gained. INB was 1068€ (95%CI: 31–2105€) for a willingness-to-pay (WTP) threshold of 5000€ (corresponding acceptability probability >97

  9. Surface modification of poly(ethylene terephthalate) angioplasty balloons with a hydrophilic poly(acrylamide-co-ethylene glycol) interpenetrating polymer network coating. (United States)

    Park, S; Bearinger, J P; Lautenschlager, E P; Castner, D G; Healy, K E


    An interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) of poly(acrylamide-co-ethylene glycol) (p(AAm-co-EG)) hydrogel was covalently grafted to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) angioplasty balloons to increase surface hydrophilicity and improve lubricity. A 2-step graft polymerization protocol was followed to first polymerize and cross-link acrylamide onto the substrate with a photosensitizer and/or oxygen plasma pretreatment. The effects of varying photo-initiation and plasma exposure times were investigated separately and conjunctively using water contact angles to obtain optimal coating deposition parameters. A poly(ethylene glycol) network was then grafted by swelling the preexisting polyacrylamide network to allow inter-diffusion of the monomer and cross-linker, which were then polymerized by photo-initiation. When the photo-initiation time was long enough to reach near gelation, pretreatment of PET with oxygen plasma did not offer significant benefit. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the presence of both polymer layers, and composition depth profiles supported the assessment that an interpenetrating network was formed. Tensile testing and application of Weibull statistics on unmodified and modified films indicated that the surface modification approach did not significantly alter the mechanical integrity of the material. These findings indicate that a p(AAm-co-EG) coating can be effectively deposited on PET surfaces without compromising the structural integrity of the substrate.

  10. Factors influencing technical success and outcome of percutaneous balloon angioplasty in de novo native hemodialysis arteriovenous fistulas

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    Heye, Sam, E-mail: [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven (Belgium); Maleux, Geert, E-mail: [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven (Belgium); Vaninbroukx, Johan, E-mail: [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven (Belgium); Claes, Kathleen, E-mail: [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Nephrology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven (Belgium); Kuypers, Dirk, E-mail: [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Nephrology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven (Belgium); Oyen, Raymond, E-mail: [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven (Belgium)


    Objective: To determine predictors of technical success, dysfunction recurrence and patency after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of de novo dysfunctional hemodialysis arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs). Methods: Retrospective analysis of first time PTA of 167 AVF in 162 patients (100 men, 66 ± 13 years). Anatomical (location, length, grade and number of stenoses) and clinical variables (sex, age, prior AVF, diabetes mellitus and AVF age, side and location) were reviewed. Results: 217 stenoses or segmental occlusions were treated. Technical success rate (84.4%) was higher in radiocephalic AVF compared to brachial artery–median vein AVF (p = 0.030) and was negatively correlated with initial stenosis (p = 0.049). Dysfunction recurrence was seen in 52.7% and correlated negatively with technical success (p = 0.013) and AVF age (p = 0.008). Early dysfunction (within 6 months) was negatively correlated with AVF age (p = 0.016) and positively with diabetes (p = 0.003). Higher AVF age resulted in higher primary (p = 0.005) and secondary patency rates (p = 0.037–0.005). Conclusions: Technical success of PTA in hemodialysis AVF is affected by AVF type and initial stenosis and has significant effect on dysfunction recurrence, but not on AVF longevity. Younger AVF has increased risk for (early) recurrent dysfunction and lower patency rates. Patients with diabetes mellitus have higher risk for early dysfunction.

  11. Myxomavirus anti-inflammatory chemokine binding protein reduces the increased plaque growth induced by chronic Porphyromonas gingivalis oral infection after balloon angioplasty aortic injury in mice.

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    Alexandra R Lucas

    Full Text Available Thrombotic occlusion of inflammatory plaque in coronary arteries causes myocardial infarction. Treatment with emergent balloon angioplasty (BA and stent implant improves survival, but restenosis (regrowth can occur. Periodontal bacteremia is closely associated with inflammation and native arterial atherosclerosis, with potential to increase restenosis. Two virus-derived anti-inflammatory proteins, M-T7 and Serp-1, reduce inflammation and plaque growth after BA and transplant in animal models through separate pathways. M-T7 is a broad spectrum C, CC and CXC chemokine-binding protein. Serp-1 is a serine protease inhibitor (serpin inhibiting thrombotic and thrombolytic pathways. Serp-1 also reduces arterial inflammation and improves survival in a mouse herpes virus (MHV68 model of lethal vasculitis. In addition, Serp-1 demonstrated safety and efficacy in patients with unstable coronary disease and stent implant, reducing markers of myocardial damage. We investigate here the effects of Porphyromonas gingivalis, a periodontal pathogen, on restenosis after BA and the effects of blocking chemokine and protease pathways with M-T7 and Serp-1. ApoE-/- mice had aortic BA and oral P. gingivalis infection. Arterial plaque growth was examined at 24 weeks with and without anti-inflammatory protein treatment. Dental plaques from mice infected with P. gingivalis tested positive for infection. Neither Serp-1 nor M-T7 treatment reduced infection, but IgG antibody levels in mice treated with Serp-1 and M-T7 were reduced. P. gingivalis significantly increased monocyte invasion and arterial plaque growth after BA (P<0.025. Monocyte invasion and plaque growth were blocked by M-T7 treatment (P<0.023, whereas Serp-1 produced only a trend toward reductions. Both proteins modified expression of TLR4 and MyD88. In conclusion, aortic plaque growth in ApoE-/- mice increased after angioplasty in mice with chronic oral P. gingivalis infection. Blockade of chemokines, but not

  12. Percutaneous Balloon Angioplasty for Severe Native Aortic Coarctation in Young Infants Less Than 6 Months: Medium-to Long-term Follow-up

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    Lan He; Fang Liu; Lin Wu; Chun-Hua Qi; Li-Feng Zhang; Guo-Ying Huang


    Background:Although balloon angioplasty (BA) has been performed for more than 20 years,its use as a treatment for native coarctation of the aorta (CoA) during childhood,especially in young infants,remains controversial.This study aimed to assess the effects and potential role of percutaneous transcatheter BA for native CoA as an alternative therapy to surgical repair in young infants.Methods:The 37 patients aged from 6 days to 6 months with severe CoA in congestive heart failure or circulatory shock were admitted for BA.Patient's weight ranged from 2.4 to 6.1 kg.All 37 patients were experiencing cardiac dysfunction,and eight patients were in cardiac shock with severe metabolic acidosis.Eleven patients had an isolated CoA,whereas the others had a CoA associated with other cardiac malformations.Cardiac catheterization and aortic angiography were performed under general anesthesia with intubation.Transfemoral arterial approaches were used for the BA.The size of the balloon ranged from 3 mm × 20 mm to 8 mm × 20 mm,and a coronary artery balloon catheter was preferred over a regular peripheral vascular balloon catheter.Results:The femoral artery was successfully punctured in all but one patient,with that patient undergoing a carotid artery puncture.The systolic peak pressure gradient (PG) across the coarctation was 41.0 ± 16.0 mmHg (range 13-76 mmHg).The mean diameter of the narrowest coarctation site was 1.7 ± 0.6 mm (range 0.5-2.8 mm).All patients had successful dilation;the PG significantly decreased to 13.0 ± 1 1.0 mmHg (range 0-40 mmHg),and the diameter of coarctation significantly improved to 3.8 ± 0.9 mm (range 2.5-5.3 mm).No intraoperative complications occurred for any patients.However,in one case that underwent a carotid artery puncture,a giant aneurysm formed at the puncture site and required surgical repair.The following observations were made during the follow-up period from 6-month to 7-year:(1) The PG across the coarctation measured by

  13. Transradial artery coronary angioplasty. (United States)

    Kiemeneij, F; Laarman, G J; de Melker, E


    This study explored the feasibility and safety of percutaneous coronary balloon angioplasty (PTCA) with miniaturized PTCA equipment via the radial artery. Coronary angioplasty (PTCA) via the femoral or brachial arteries may be associated with rare vascular complications such as bleeding and damage to the artery and adjacent structures. It was postulated that PTCA via the radial artery with miniaturized angioplasty equipment is feasible and that no major puncture site-related complications occur because hemostasis is obtained easily and because no major structures are near the radial artery. With double blood supply to the hand, radial artery occlusion is well tolerated. In 100 patients with collateral blood supply to the right hand, PTCA was attempted with 6F guiding catheters and rapid-exchange balloon catheters for exertional angina (87 patients) or nonexertional angina (13 patients). Angioplasty was attempted in 122 lesions (type A n = 67 [55%], Type B n = 37 [30%], and type C n = 18 [15%]). Pre- and post-PTCA computerized quantitative coronary analysis was performed. Radial artery function and structure were assessed clinically and with Doppler and two-dimensional ultrasound on the day of discharge. Coronary catheterization via the radial artery was successful in 94 patients (94%). The 6 remaining patients had successful PTCA via the femoral artery (n = 5) or the brachial artery (n = 1). Procedural success (120 of 122 lesions) was achieved in 92 patients (98%) via the radial artery and in 98 patients of the total study population.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  14. Laser angioplasty for cardiovascular disease (United States)

    Okada, Masayoshi


    Recently, endovascular interventions such as balloon angioplasty, atherectomy and the stenting method, except for conventional surgery have been clinically employed for the patients with atheromatous plaques of the peripheral- and the coronary arteries, because the number of patients with arteriosclerosis is now increasing in the worldwide. Among these procedures, restenoses after endovascular interventions have been remarkably disclosed in 20-40 % of the patients who underwent percutaneous coronary interventions. Thus, there are still some problems in keeping long-term patency by means of endovascular techniques such as balloon angioplasty and atherectomy (1, 2). For reduction of these problems , laser angioplasty using Argon laser was applied experimentally and clinically. Based on excellent experimental studies, laser was employed for 115 patients with stenotic ,or obstructive lesions occluding more thasn 75 % of the peripheral and the coronary arteries angiographycally.


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    During coronary angioplasty, perfusion distal to the inflated angioplasty balloon can be maintained with autoperfusion balloon catheters and coronary perfusion pumps. The blood flow rates through the autoperfusion balloon catheters and the flow rates achieved with a perfusion pump were compared in v

  16. Local hemodynamic changes caused by main branch stent implantation and subsequent virtual side branch balloon angioplasty in a representative coronary bifurcation. (United States)

    Williams, Andrew R; Koo, Bon-Kwon; Gundert, Timothy J; Fitzgerald, Peter J; LaDisa, John F


    Abnormal blood flow patterns promoting inflammation, cellular proliferation, and thrombosis may be established by local changes in vessel geometry after stent implantation in bifurcation lesions. Our objective was to quantify altered hemodynamics due to main vessel (MV) stenting and subsequent virtual side branch (SB) angioplasty in a coronary bifurcation by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. CFD models were generated from representative vascular dimensions and intravascular ultrasound images. Time-averaged wall shear stress (TAWSS), oscillatory shear index (OSI), and fractional flow reserve (FFR) were quantified. None of the luminal surface was exposed to low TAWSS (stenting introduced eccentric areas of low TAWSS along the lateral wall of the MV. Virtual SB angioplasty resulted in a more concentric region of low TAWSS in the MV distal to the carina and along the lateral wall of the SB. The luminal surface exposed to low TAWSS was similar before and after virtual SB angioplasty (rest: 43% vs. 41%; hyperemia: 18% vs. 21%) and primarily due to stent-induced flow alterations. Sites of elevated OSI (>0.1) were minimal but more impacted by general vessel geometry established after MV stenting. FFR measured at a jailed SB was within the normal range despite angiographic stenosis of 54%. These findings indicate that the most commonly used percutaneous interventional strategy for a bifurcation lesion causes abnormal local hemodynamic conditions. These results may partially explain the high clinical event rates in bifurcation lesions.

  17. Balloon angioplasty for native coarctation in children: one year follow-up results%球囊扩张成形术治疗儿童主动脉缩窄一年随访

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    何岚; 吴琳; 刘芳; 齐春华; 陆颖; 张丹艳; 黄国英


    Objective Balloon angioplasty is an alternative to surgical repair for coarctation of the aorta in children.However,its role in the treatment of neonates and infants younger than 3 months old remains controversial.The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of balloon angioplasty for native coarctation by comparing children in different age groups.Method This is a retrospective clinical study including 37 children treated with balloon angioplasty for native coarctation from January 2006 to December 2012.A total of 37 patients consisting of 26 boys and 11 girls underwent the procedure,with median age 10 months (range from 7 days to 6 years) and the mean body weight was 6.3 (2.5-17.0) kg.The indication of the procedure includes discrete native coarctation without aortic arch hypoplasia and a peak-to-peak systolic pressure gradient > 20 mmHg (1 mmHg =0.133 kPa) across aortic coarctation.During one year follow-up,the approach artery injury,recoarctation and aneurysm formation were particularly assessed.Result We classified these patients into two groups according to their age.Group A consisted of 25 patients younger than 3 months and Group B of 12 patients older than 3 months.There was no significant difference between the two groups in systolic pressure gradient before balloon angioplasty (P > 0.05).The mean peak systolic gradient decreased from (38 ± 18) mmHg to (12 ± 11) mmHg immediately after angioplasty in group A and from (47 ±18) to (17 ± 12) mmHg in group B (P =0.000 for both).Meanwhile,the mean diameter of the coarctation segment increased from (1.8 ± 0.7) to (3.7 ± 1.1) mm after angioplasty in group A and from (2.6 ± 1.5) to (5.5 ± 1.8) mm in group B (both P =0).The initial successful balloon angioplasty (immediate postangioplasty peak pressure gradient < 20 mmHg) was achieved in all the 37 patients; 32 patients (86.5%) have been followed up for one year.Approach arterial complications occurred in 3 patients (9.4

  18. Regional differences in elastic recoil after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty: a quantitative angiographic study

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); B.H. Strauss (Bradley); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter)


    textabstractThe immediate result of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty is influenced by both plastic and elastic changes of the vessel wall. To evaluate the amount of elastic recoil after coronary balloon angioplasty, the minimal luminal cross-sectional area of the largest balloon used a

  19. Novel paclitaxel-coated angioplasty balloon catheter based on cetylpyridinium salicylate: Preparation, characterization and simulated use in an in vitro vessel model

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    Petersen, Svea, E-mail: [Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Rostock, Friedrich-Barnewitz-Straße 4, 18119 Rostock (Germany); Kaule, Sebastian [Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Rostock, Friedrich-Barnewitz-Straße 4, 18119 Rostock (Germany); Stein, Florian [Institute for Chemistry, Analytical and Technical Chemistry University of Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Straße 3a, 18059 Rostock (Germany); Minrath, Ingo; Schmitz, Klaus-Peter [Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Rostock, Friedrich-Barnewitz-Straße 4, 18119 Rostock (Germany); Kragl, Udo [Institute for Chemistry, Analytical and Technical Chemistry University of Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Straße 3a, 18059 Rostock (Germany); Sternberg, Katrin [Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Rostock, Friedrich-Barnewitz-Straße 4, 18119 Rostock (Germany)


    Drug-coated balloons (DCB), which have emerged as therapeutic alternative to drug-eluting stents in percutaneous cardiovascular intervention, are well described with regard to clinical efficiency and safety within a number of clinical studies. In vitro studies elucidating the correlation of coating method and composition with DCB performance are however rare but considered important for the understanding of DCB requirements and the improvement of established DCB. In this context, we evaluated the applicability of a pipetting, dip-coating, and spray-coating process for the establishment of DCB based on paclitaxel (PTX) and the ionic liquid cetylpyridinium salicylate (Cetpyrsal) as novel innovative additive in three different compositions. Among tested methods and compositions, the pipetting process with 50 wt.% PTX resulted in most promising coatings as drug load was less controllable by the other processes and higher PTX contents led to considerable drug crystallization, as visualized by electron microscopy, accelerating PTX loss during short-term elution. Applying these conditions, homogeneous coatings could be applied on balloon catheter, whose simulated use in an in vitro vessel model revealed percental drug losses of 36 and 28% during transit and percental drug transfers of 12 and 40% under expansion for coatings applied in expanded and folded balloon condition, respectively. In comparison to literature values, these results support the high potential of Cetpyrsal as novel DCB matrix regarding low drug loss and efficient drug transfer. - Highlights: • We provide detailed in vitro data for definition of DCB coating requirements. • An in vitro vessel model for evaluating drug delivery from DCB is presented. • Innovative ionic liquid-based coatings for DCB are developed. • The coating shows low drug loss and efficient drug transfer.

  20. 球囊血管成形术对血浆TNF-α、ET水平及局部血管组织ET-IR的影响%Effect of balloon angioplasty on plasma ET and TNF-α levels and tissue endothe lin immunoreactivity in experimental atherosclerotic rabbits

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    杜荣增; 吴宗贵; 黄佐; 黄高忠; 张国元


    目的 :通过建立兔髂动脉粥样硬化(AS)模型,观察球囊 血管成形术(BA)对血浆肿瘤坏死因子α(TNF-α)、内皮素(ET)水平及局部血管组织E T免疫反应性(ET-IR)的影响。方法:20只新西兰雄性大白兔经高脂饲 料喂养至少8周造成AS,然后进行髂动脉BA,18只兔获得成功。检测了BA前、即刻及24 h后 血浆ET和TNF-α水平,ET采用放射免疫法测定,TNF-α采用生物活性法测定。同时,应用 免疫组织化学技术评价血管组织ET-IR。结果:BA前后即刻:血浆ET水 平(pg/ml)分别为76.4±13.58和92.67±11.38(P0.05);而血浆TNF-α水平(U/ml)分别为31.35±6.23和56.26±7.37(P 0.05)。 BA后局部髂动脉血管壁ET-IR较未经BA的髂动脉明显增加。结论:BA 后血浆ET、TNF-α水平升高及局部血管壁ET-IR增加可能与局部血管内膜损伤有关,提示E T、TNF-α可能参与了PTCA后急性冠脉收缩及再狭窄过程。%Objective: To assess the effect of balloon angiopl asty on circulating endothelin (ET) and TNF-α levels and tissue endothelin in experimental atherosclerosis in rabbits. Methods: After 20 New Z ealand rabbits had a high cholesterol diet for at least 8 weeks, successful ball oon angioplasty was performed in rihgt iliac arteries in 18 rabbits. Circulatin g levels of ET and TNF-α were measured before as well as immediately and 24 h after balloon angioplasty. Tissue endothelin immunoreactivity in atherosclerotic iliac artery wall after balloon angioplasty was assessed by immunohistochemica l technique. Results: Plasma levels of ET and TNF-α were signi ficantly increased immediately after ballon angioplasty (76.40±13.58)pg/ml vs (92.67±11.38) pg/ml and (31.35±6.23) U/ml vs (56.26±7.37) U/ml, resp ectively (P0.05). T issue endothelin immunoreactiuvity was markedly increased in right iliac artery wall after balloon angioplasty than that in opposite iliac artery wall. Conclusion: The increase of plasma

  1. 依达拉奉防治大鼠颈动脉球囊成形术后血管再狭窄%Experimental study on edaravone in prevention of restenosis in rat common carotid balloon angioplasty

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    周海武; 徐平


    Objective To investigate edaravane in prevention of restenosis in rat common catery arteries balloon angioplasty and the possible mechanism of this process. Methods Forty male SD rats were randomly divided into 2 groups: treatment group (whose intima was injured by balloon and was given edaravone 3 mg/kg by peritoneal injection, bid) and control group (whose intima was injured by ballon and was given the same volume NS as edaravone). 1, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days after angioplasty, rats were killed and the local arteries were sectioned for analysis of pathological morphology and the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Results Small amounts of smooth muscle cell appeared at the intima of blood vessel 3 days after the artery injured by balloon. Consecutive intima was formed 7 days after artery injury. The intima was even or uneven thickened and the lumen of artery was significant stenosed 14 and 28 days afterwards. In the control group, the intimal area reached (0.240±0.043) mm2, the intima hyperplasy index were 0.52±0.06, stenosis ratio were 30%±9% 14 days afterwards. The intimal area were (0.420±0.063 )mm2, the intima hyperplasy index were 0.67± 0.07, stenosis ratio were 54%±9% on day 28. In the treatment group, the intimal area were (0.063± 0.025)mm2, the intima hyperplasy index were 0.24±0.07, stenosis ratio were 8%±3% after 14 days. The intimal area were (0.116±0.023) mm2, the intima hyperplasy index were 0.38±0.05, stenosis ratio were 16%±4% after 28 days. Compared with control group at the same time, the intimal area (F values were 50.488 and 81.119 respectively, P < 0.05 ), the intima hyperplasy index ( F values were 41.743 and 48.122 respectively, P<0.05) and stenosis ratio (F values were 24.221 and 81.119 respectively, P< 0.05) were decreased in treatment group. The expressions of MMP-2 raised after balloon injury. In control group, the expressions of MMP-2 were 27.16%±7.15% after 3 days, 22.59%±6

  2. Angioplasty and stent placement - heart (United States)

    ... angioplasty; Coronary artery angioplasty; Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty; Heart artery dilatation ... to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries. Dye will be injected into your ...

  3. Matrix metalloproteinase inhibition reduces adventitial thickening and collagen accumulation following balloon dilation

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    Sierevogel, MJ; Velema, E; van der Meer, FJ; Nijhuis, MO; de Kleijn, DPV; Borst, C; Pasterkamp, G


    Objective: Constrictive arterial remodeling following balloon angioplasty has been related to adventitial collagen accumulation and subsequent thickening and can be prevented by matrix ructalloprotemase (MMP) inhibition. Following balloon dilation, we examined the effect of MMP inhibition on colla-e

  4. Histopathology of human laser thermal angioplasty recanalization. (United States)

    White, R A; White, G H; Vlasak, J; Fujitani, R; Kopchok, G E


    Laserprobe thermal-assisted balloon, angioplasty (LTBA) has demonstrated promising initial clinical results in recanalizing stenotic or occluded superficial femoral and popliteal arteries. Over the past year we have obtained six specimens of laserprobe thermal (LT) and LTBA treated total occlusions (avg. length 12 cm) for histopathologic examination from patients who were treated for limb salvage. Three tissue specimens were obtained acutely, and one was obtained at 6, 8, and 13 days, respectively, after laser angioplasty at the time of revision for complications or failed procedures. Serial histologic sections of the treated LT segments demonstrated recanalization of atherosclerotic lesions to approximately 60-70% of the probe diameter. The LT channels were lined by a thin layer of carbonized or coagulated tissue and several layers of cell necrosis. The histology of the thermal injury was similar regardless of whether it was produced by the heated metal cap or by free argon laser energy. Stellate balloon angioplasty fractures were frequently filled with thrombus. Analysis of these human LT and LTBA specimens revealed that the thermal device produces a confined injury through the path of least resistance. Balloon dilatation produces fragmented cracks in the vessel wall, which appear to be more thrombogenic than the carbonized LT surface. With improved guidance methods, LTBA shows potential for continuing development.

  5. Has multivessel angioplasty displaced surgical revascularization? (United States)

    King, S B; Ivanhoe, R J


    Over the years, PTCA has been proved a safe and effective therapy for single-vessel CAD. Given the record of favorable results for single-vessel angioplasty, the extension of angioplasty to multivessel CAD soon followed. The successful application of PTCA to multivessel disease has been facilitated by developments in balloon, guidewire, and guide catheter technology. Success rates have been satisfactory, and complications have remained acceptable. Furthermore, as an outgrowth of an understanding of the mechanism and effect of PTCA, guidelines have been developed to aid case selection. As emphasized earlier, these guidelines should weigh heavily in deciding whether to select PTCA as a treatment modality. Presently, in our opinion, PTCA has not yet completely displaced surgery for multivessel CAD. Surgical standby is required for safe PTCA, because emergency surgery can be lifesaving and limit myocardial infarction after failed angioplasty. It is doubtful that surgery will ever relinquish its position as the treatment of choice for left main coronary artery disease. Nor will elective surgery find wide application in single-vessel disease. Whether one mode of revascularization will emerge as the most efficacious for multivessel disease related to long-term survival, limitation of cardiac events, and cost will be addressed in the analysis of the ongoing randomized trials of surgery versus angioplasty. Andreas Gruentzig established that it was possible to work within the coronary artery in an alert and comfortable patient. Interventional cardiology has experienced rapid technologic growth. Many patients formerly treated with bypass surgery can be managed effectively with angioplasty. If effective bail-out methods for acute closure are proven effective and restenosis is limited to a small percentage of patients, angioplasty in some form will further displace CABG. Until those ultimate goals are achieved, the value of angioplasty compared with bypass surgery must rest

  6. Distal coronary hemoperfusion during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

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    Muinck, Ebo Derk de


    In this thesis several aspects of passive and active coronary perfusion during coronary angioplasty are investigated. The autoperfusion balloon catheters that were evaluated are the Stack® and the RX-60® catheters (Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, inc., Santa Clara, California, U.S.A). The coronary

  7. Segmentally enclosed thrombolysis in percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for femoropopliteal occlusions

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    Jørgensen, B; Tønnesen, K H; Nielsen, J D;


    Segmentally enclosed thrombolysis (SET) was performed immediately following 34 percutaneous transluminal angioplasties (PTAs) for femoropopliteal occlusions. The dilated segment was sealed off with a double balloon catheter, and recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) 1 mg/ml and heparin...

  8. Thermal laser-assisted angioplasty of renal artery stenosis for renovascular hypertension. (United States)

    Tani, M; Mizuno, K; Midorikawa, H; Igari, T; Egawa, M; Niimura, S; Fukuchi, S; Hoshino, S


    Percutaneous transluminal laser-assisted angioplasty of a renal artery stenosis was performed in a 16-year-old woman with renovascular hypertension. The stenotic portion of the renal artery was predilated by delivering Nd-YAG laser energy to the terminal tip of a laser catheter. Although the luminal diameter did not increase sufficiently with laser angioplasty alone, it allowed passage of the balloon catheter and subsequent successful balloon angioplasty. Immediately after dilatation, the patient's blood pressure fell to normal, and plasma renin activity decreased. There were no serious complications. Thermal laser angioplasty seems to be an effective adjunct technique for the treatment of severe renal artery stenosis which does not allow initial passage of a balloon catheter.

  9. Safety and efficacy of recombinant Hirudin (CGP 39 393) versus Heparin in patients with stable angina undergoing coronary angioplasty

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    A.A. van den Bos (Arjan); G.R. Heyndrickx (Guy); G-J. Laarman (GertJan); H. Suryapranata (Harry); F. Zijlstra (Felix); P. Close (Philip); J.J.M.M. Rijnierse (Joep); H.R. Büller (Harry); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); J.W. Deckers (Jaap)


    textabstractBACKGROUND. Enhanced thrombin activity has been associated with acute and long-term complications following balloon angioplasty (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). We evaluated, in a 2-to-1 randomized, double-blind trial, the effects of recombinant hirudin, CGP 39 393

  10. Pumpkin Balloon


    Nishimura, Jun; 西村, 純


    The Pumpkin shaped balloons, which are the extreme case of the heart-type balloons had been studied as one of the promising candidate of the super pressure balloons. Here, detailed studies for the features of the pumpkin balloons are described, particularly by comparing with those of the spherical shaped super pressure balloons.


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    Some of the newer over-the-wire coronary angioplasty catheters have shaft sizes of 3.0 French (F) or less. The inner diameter of modern 8-F guiding catheters is large enough to accommodate two of such balloon catheters. We report a kissing balloon procedure with two over-the-wire catheters through a

  12. [Role of angioplasty in the treatment of renal artery stenosis]. (United States)

    Armero, S; Bonello, L; Paganelli, F; Barragan, P; Roquebert, P-O; Commeau, P


    Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is frequent and is associated with a high incidence of morbidity and mortality, with a strong correlation with coronary artery disease, (Kalra et al., 2005; Cheung et al., 2002; Guo et al., 2007 [1-3]). The atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is an independent predictive factor of death (Conlon et al., 1998 [4]). The treatment of this lesion does not have strong evidence. A lot of studies in this area suggest the angioplasty is superior in a big majority between surgery, and angioplasty with stent is superior between balloon angioplasty, but some studies fail to prove the superiority of angioplasty versus medical treatment. These studies have sadly a lot of mistakes and nowadays we don't know what is the treatment for our patients in a lot of cases. The angioplasty is indicated when there is a failure of antihypertensive medications for control of blood pressure, when it is associated with a renal insufficiency quickly progressive or when there is a lesion on each renal artery. Other studies must be organized for prove the superiority of angioplasty when there is a real stenosis, maybe with the use of fractional flow reserve.

  13. Balloon angioplasty to disrupt fibrin sheaths in tunneled dialysis catheters for the treatment of catheter dysfunctionb%球囊破坏纤维鞘纠正血液透析导管功能不良效果观察

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    詹申; 杨涛; 张丽红; 刘丽芳; 王玉柱


    目的 探索一种处理纤维鞘的新方法以改善透析患者的血流量.方法 6例无法建立动静脉内瘘并有多次多部位中心静脉导管留置史的维持性血液透析患者,经血管造影(Digital Substraction Angiography (DSA)证实存在导管相关纤维鞘.对纤维鞘行经皮腔内球囊扩张血管成形术(percutaneous transluminal angioplasty,PTA),然后经颈内静脉或股静脉途径置入长期中心静脉导管.结果术后应用导管透析,1例患者第2次透析时血流量为220ml/min,其余患者血流量均在250ml/min以上,随访2~6个月,所有患者均未出现导管功能不良及感染.结论球囊破坏纤维鞘可以改善导管的通畅性及血流量.

  14. 可注射珊瑚人工骨与经皮球囊成型修复股骨头坏死%Percutaneous balloon angioplasty combined with injectable coral artificial bone repairs femoral head necrosis

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    朱康华; 孟志斌; 黄涛; 谭海涛; 孙博; 庞学毅


    BACKGROUND: There are many methods for the treatment of femoral head necrosis, such as core decompression, bone graft, arthroplasty and joint replacement, and each of which has its own shortcomings. So, percutaneous bal oon angioplasty combined with coral artificial bone provides a new attempt for the treatment of femoral head necrosis. OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of percutaneous bal oon angioplasty combined with coral artificial bone on femoral head necrosis repair. METHODS: Twenty-four Duroc piglets were enrol ed to establish bilateral femoral head necrosis models by liquid nitrogen freezing method. Then, model piglets were randomly treated with percutaneous bal oon angioplasty combined with injectable coral artificial bone (experimental group) or bone cement (control group) on one affected side, and meanwhile, given no treatment on the contralateral side (blank control group). At 2, 4, 8 and 16 weeks after surgery, X-ray examination, biomechanical test and histological detection were conducted. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: X-ray showed that at 16 weeks after surgery, numerous new bones could be found in the experimental group and there was a fuzzy boundary between the artificial bone and surrounding tissues; no new bone formed in the control group, and the boundary was clear; in the blank control group, the surface of the femoral head col apsed, and bone trabeculae arranged disorderly, which were seriously destroyed. And in the histological detection at 16 weeks after surgery, there were numerous bone trabecula and osteoblasts around the coral bone in the experimental group, and the coral artificial bone almost dissolved; in the control group, bone cement was in an irregular shape and no bone trabecula formed; in the blank control group, bone trabecula were damaged in the col apsed area, whose structure was in disorder. Additional y, biomechanical changes in the experimental group were significantly better than those in the other two groups at different time

  15. Percutaneous balloon angioplasty of coarctation of the aorta in children: 12-year follow-up results%经皮球囊血管成形术治疗先天性主动脉缩窄:12年随访结果

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    李奋; 周爱卿; 高伟; 王荣发; 余志庆; 黄美蓉; 杨建萍


    目的总结我院27例次经皮球囊血管成形术治疗先天性主动脉缩窄12年随访结果,以评价该介人方法的长期疗效及影响疗效的因素。方法 1987年9月至1999年8月,共有24例先天性主动脉缩窄患儿接受了27次经皮球囊血管成形术治疗,其中19例为局限性峡部缩窄(隔膜型),4例为主动脉弓发育不良型,1例为手术后再狭窄。选择的球囊直径一般不超过缩窄段近端主动脉直径(11.06±2.80mm与11.78±3.18mm),球囊/缩窄段之比为2~4(平均2.57±0.68)。术后随访6月~12年,平均6.2±2.8年。跨缩窄段压差≤20 mm Hg为疗效良好。结果术后跨缩窄段压差由48.17±14.68 mm Hg下降至14.96±13.12 mm Hg(P<0.01),缩窄段直径由4.66±2.43 mm增加至8.80±3.32 mm(P<0.01)。19例(79%)患儿即刻疗效良好。5例疗效不良患儿中,4例为发育不良型,1例为隔膜型。19例疗效良好患儿中,18例为隔膜型,1例为手术后再狭窄。1例隔膜型初次疗效良好的患儿随访中压差上升至30 mm Hg,2年半后接受第二次扩张术并获良好疗效;1例发育不良型患儿即刻疗效不佳,7年后再次行扩张术但疗效仍不理想;1例隔膜型但初次疗效不佳的患儿7年后再次行扩张术获良好效果。随访中无动脉瘤及其它并发症发生。结论经皮球囊血管成形术可有效治疗手术后复发性或隔膜型主动脉缩窄,对发育不良型治疗效果不佳。%Objective To evaluate the efficiency of percutaneous balloon angioplasty of coarctation ot the aorta in children and discuss its risk factors that can lead to poor long-term results. Mehods From September 1987 to August 1999, 24 patients underwent 27 balloon angioplasty procedures for native or recurrent coarctation of the aorta at our institution. There were 19 patients with discrete (membranous) coarctation, 4 patients with long-segment and aortic arch hypoplasia, and 1 patient with postoperative

  16. Quantitative angiographic assessment of elastic recoil after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); K.J. Beatt (Kevin); G-J. Laarman (GertJan); H. Suryapranata (Harry); M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    textabstractLittle is known about the elastic behavior of the coronary vessel wall directly after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Minimal luminal cross-sectional areas of 151 successfully dilated lesions were studied in 136 patients during balloon inflation and directly after

  17. Quantitative angiographic assessment of elastic recoil after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); K.J. Beatt (Kevin); G-J. Laarman (GertJan); H. Suryapranata (Harry); M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    markdownabstractAbstract Little is known about the elastic behavior of the coronary vessel wall directly after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Minimal luminal cross-sectional areas of 151 successfully dilated lesions were studied in 136 patients during balloon inflation and

  18. Femoral artery recanalisation with percutaneous angioplasty and segmentally enclosed plasminogen activator

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    Jørgensen, B; Tønnesen, K H; Bülow, J;


    To establish whether re-occlusion of the femoral artery could be prevented, in 6 consecutive patients undergoing percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for superficial femoral artery occlusion the recanalised segment was isolated, with a 7-French double-balloon catheter. 5 mg recombined human...

  19. Angioplasty simulation using ChainMail method (United States)

    Le Fol, Tanguy; Acosta-Tamayo, Oscar; Lucas, Antoine; Haigron, Pascal


    Tackling transluminal angioplasty planning, the aim of our work is to bring, in a patient specific way, solutions to clinical problems. This work focuses on realization of simple simulation scenarios taking into account macroscopic behaviors of stenosis. It means simulating geometrical and physical data from the inflation of a balloon while integrating data from tissues analysis and parameters from virtual tool-tissues interactions. In this context, three main behaviors has been identified: soft tissues crush completely under the effect of the balloon, calcified plaques, do not admit any deformation but could move in deformable structures, the blood vessel wall undergoes consequences from compression phenomenon and tries to find its original form. We investigated the use of Chain-Mail which is based on elements linked with the others thanks to geometric constraints. Compared with time consuming methods or low realism ones, Chain-Mail methods provide a good compromise between physical and geometrical approaches. In this study, constraints are defined from pixel density from angio-CT images. The 2D method, proposed in this paper, first initializes the balloon in the blood vessel lumen. Then the balloon inflates and the moving propagation, gives an approximate reaction of tissues. Finally, a minimal energy level is calculated to locally adjust element positions, throughout elastic relaxation stage. Preliminary experimental results obtained on 2D computed tomography (CT) images (100x100 pixels) show that the method is fast enough to handle a great number of linked-element. The simulation is able to verify real-time and realistic interactions, particularly for hard and soft plaques.

  20. Laser angioplasty of totally occluded arteries of the limb (United States)

    Szopinski, Piotr; Hara, Marek; Noszczyk, Wojciech


    The authors summarize their experience in the use of Nd-YAG laser in chronic occlusion of lower limb arteries. Percutaneous transluminal laser angioplasty (PTLA) with laser-heated metal and sapphire tips were used as an adjuvant to conventional balloon angioplasty. In cases of reocclusions, endovascular stents were implanted. Laser recanalization was performed in 46 arteries (iliac, superficial femoral, and popliteal). Indications for the procedure were: limb salvage, claudication below 100 m, and temporal or rest pain. Initial clinical and hemodynamic improvement was observed in 37 (80%) patients. Four perforations occurred without clinical sequel. The one-year cumulative clinical patency was 27 (58%) of the 46 lesions. PTLA may be appropriate for high-risk patients, who are unsuitable for surgical reconstruction because of the concomitant diseases. The combination of laser recanalization and implantation of vascular stents may be a promising method in the management of limb ischemia.

  1. 脉冲电场介导AT2R基因在血管局部表达及其对血管新生内膜的影响%Electroporation-mediated angiotensin Ⅱ type 2 receptor expression improves neo intimal hyperplasia of carotid arteries in rats after balloon angioplasty

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    刘德峰; 屈小玲; 刘建平


    Objective To determine the effects of electroporation on the transfection of angiotensin Ⅱ type 2 receptor (AT2R) gene into rat carotid arteries and predict its role in neointimal hyperplasia of carotid arteries after balloon angioplasty. Methods After the establishment of rat carotid balloon injury restenosis model, 18 SD rats were divided into AT2R transfection group, empty plasmid transfection group (GFP), and non-transfection group (n = 6 ). AT2R gene plasmid or empty plasmid was transfected by electroporation into rat carotid arteries. Their arteries were harvested at 3, 14 and 21 d after gene transfer, with 2 rats at each time points. The expression of AT2B and morphology of the arteries were evaluated by immunohistochemistry and HE staining respoctively. Results Electroporation-mediated transfection of AT2R gene into injured rat carotid arteries significantly up-regulated the levels of AT2R mRNA in the neointima in a time dependent manner from day 3 to day 14 ( strong to moderate to mild expression). But no expression of AT2B was found in the other 2 groups at these 3 time points. At day 21, AT2R transfection significantly reduced intimal/medial area ratio as compared with non-transfection group and GFP transfection group (0.76 ± 0.08 vs 1.39 ± 0.08 and 1.32 ± 0. 10, P < 0.01 ). No significant difference was found between non-transfection group and GFP transfection group. Conclusion Our results indicate that electroporation is an effective means to introduce naked AT2R DNA into the blood vessel wall, and gene transfer of AT2R in vessel wall may effectively inhibit VSMC proliferation and neointimal hyperplasia in the rat carotid arteries after balloon angioplasty.%目的 研究脉冲电场对血管紧张素2型受体(AT2R)基因在血管局部表达的作用,探讨AT2R基因在体转染对大鼠颈动脉球囊损伤后新生内膜增生的作用.方法 大鼠颈动脉球囊损伤后,用脉冲电穿孔法介导AT2R cDNA真核表达质粒或空质粒载

  2. Use of Reactor-Produced Radioisotopes for Prevention Restenosis After Angioplasty

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    Knapp, F.F.; Pipes, D.W.


    Coronary heart disease leads to myocardial infarction and is a major cause of death in the US. Myocardial infarctions result from atherosclerotic plaque deposits in the coronary arteries, reducing blood flow through these arteries which supply oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. The two major approaches for restoring adequate blood flow are coronary bypass graft surgery and coronary angioplasty. Angioplasty is a routinely used clinical procedure, where a deflated balloon attached to the end of a long catheter is inserted into an artery in the leg and then advanced through the aorta into the blocked regions of the coronary arteries. After positioning in the occluded region of the artery, the balloon is inflated with a pressurized saline solution which opens the artery restoring blood flow by pressing the atherosclerotic plaque into the vessel wall. Angioplasty is a widely performed procedure with the coronary arteries and is a much less expensive alternative to coronary bypass surgery. The best patients for angioplasty are those with single occlusions and this method is preferred over bypass grafting because of the significantly reduced expense. The reformation of plaque deposits in arteries (restenosis) following angioplasty, however, is a major clinical problem encountered in as high as 40 percent of patients. Because reduction of health care costs is a major national priority, development of effective new preventative methods for restenoses is an important national priority.

  3. Percutaneous angioplasty of portal vein stenosis that complicated liver transplantation: the mid-term therapeutic results

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    Park, Kwang Bo; Choo, Sung Wook; Do, Young Soo; Shin, Sung Wook; Cho, Sung Gi; Choo, In Wook [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We wanted to valuate the mid-term therapeutic results of percutaneous transhepatic balloon angioplasty for portal vein stenosis after liver transplantation. From May 1996 to Feb 2005, 420 patients underwent liver transplantation. Percutaneous transhepatic angioplasty of the portal vein was attempted in six patients. The patients presented with the clinical signs and symptoms of portal venous hypertension or they were identified by surveillance doppler ultrasonography. The preangioplasty and postangioplasty pressure gradients were recorded. The therapeutic results were monitored by the follow up of the clinical symptoms, the laboratory values, CT and ultrasonography. The overall technical success rate was 100%. The clinical success rate was 83% (5/6). A total of eight sessions of balloon angioplasty were performed in six patients. The mean pressure gradient decreased from 14.5 mmHg to 2.8 mmHg before and after treatment, respectively. The follow up periods ranged from three months to 64 months (mean period; 32 months). Portal venous patency was maintained in all six patients until the final follow up. Combined hepatic venous stenosis was seen in one patient who was treated with stent placement. One patient showed puncture tract bleeding, and this patient was treated with coil embolization of the right portal puncture tract via the left transhepatic portal venous approach. Percutaneous transhepatic balloon angioplasty is an effective treatment for the portal vein stenosis that occurs after liver transplantation, and our results showed good mid-term patency with using this technique.

  4. Properties of nylon 12 balloons after thermal and liquid carbon dioxide treatments. (United States)

    Ro, Andrew J; Davé, Vipul


    Critical design attributes of angioplasty balloons include the following: tear resistance, high burst pressures, controlled compliance, and high fatigue. Balloons must have tear resistance and high burst pressures because a calcified stenosis can be hard and nominal pressures of up to 16 atm can be used to expand the balloon. The inflated balloon diameter must be a function of the inflation pressure, thus compliance is predictable and controlled. Reliable compliance is necessary to prevent damage to vessel walls, which may be caused by over-inflation. Balloons are often inflated multiple times in a clinical setting and they must be highly resistant to fatigue. These design attributes are dependent on the mechanical properties and polymer morphology of the balloon. The effects of residual stresses on shrinkage, crystallite orientation, balloon compliance, and mechanical properties were studied for angioplasty nylon 12 balloons. Residual stresses of these balloons were relieved by oven heat treatment and liquid CO2 exposure. Residual stresses were measured by quantifying shrinkage at 80 °C of excised balloon samples using a dynamic mechanical analyzer. Shrinkage was lower after oven heat treatment and liquid CO2 exposure compared to the as-received balloons, in the axial and radial directions. As-received, oven heat treated, and liquid CO2-exposed balloon samples exhibited similar thermal properties (T(g), T(m), X(t)). Crystallite orientation was not observed in the balloon cylindrical body using X-ray scattering and polarized light microscopy, which may be due to balloon fabrication conditions. Significant differences were not observed between the stress-strain curves, balloon compliance, and average burst pressures of the as-received, oven heat treated, and liquid CO2-exposed balloons.

  5. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. A review of the literature

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    Przybojewski, J.Z.; Weich, H.F.H. (Tygerberg Hospital, Stellenbosch (South Africa). Dept. of Internal Medicine)


    The purpose of this article is to review PTCA, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, which can be considered to be a truly revolutionary and fairly simple invasive form of intervention to atherosclerotic obstruction. The 'epidemic' of IHD, ischaemic heart disease, in the Republic of South Africa calls for the employment of this technique, which has already been carried out in a few teaching hospitals in this country. Very recently, modified balloon dilatation catheters have been used percutaneously in the non-operative transluminal correction of congenital coarctation of the aorta in infants and children, congenital pulmonary value stenosis, and hypoplasia and stenosis of the pulmonary arteries. It has also been employed for PTCA and for the simultaneous occlusion of coronary-bronchial artery anastomosis using a detachable balloon. The isotopes thallium 201 and technetium 99 were also used in scintiscanning.

  6. Prediction of outcome after femoropopliteal balloon angioplasty by intravascular ultrasound

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    Vogt, K C; Just, S; Rasmussen, John Bøje Grønvall


    arteries remained patent. Two occlusions and two stenoses developed during the first 3 months after the intervention and one occlusion occurred after 1 year. The following IVUS parameters were related to a favourable patency: presence of calcification; dissection or plaque rupture and residual stenosis...

  7. Influences on vascular wall smooth muscle cells with novel short-duration thermal angioplasty (United States)

    Kunio, M.; Shimazaki, N.; Arai, T.; Sakurada, M.


    We investigated the influences on smooth muscle cells after our novel short-duration thermal angioplasty, Photo-thermo Dynamic Balloon Angioplasty (PTDBA), to reveal the mechanism that can suppress neo-intimal hyperplasia after PTDBA. We obtained the sufficient arterial dilatations by short-duration heating (angioplasty in vivo. The measured neo-intimal hyperplasia occupancy rate was less than 20% after PTDBA in vivo. We prospect that the inhibition of the growth factor's expression by stretch-fixing may result to suppress the neo-intimal hyperplasia. In addition, the decrease of smooth muscle cells' density in the vessel media by heating might be another reason for the neo-intimal hyperplasia suppression.

  8. Percutaneous laser thermal angioplasty: initial clinical results with a laser probe in total peripheral artery occlusions. (United States)

    Cumberland, D C; Sanborn, T A; Tayler, D I; Moore, D J; Welsh, C L; Greenfield, A J; Guben, J K; Ryan, T J


    A metal-tipped laser fibre was used during percutaneous angioplasty of femoral/popliteal or iliac artery occlusions in 56 patients. Primary success was achieved in 50 (89%) of these total occlusions, providing a channel for subsequent balloon dilatation. Before the procedure, 18 lesions had been judged untreatable by conventional angioplasty and four of the six failures were in these. Complications directly attributable to the laser probe were one case of vessel perforation and two cases of entry into vessel walls; these had no sequelae. Other acute complications were a distal thrombosis in a non-heparinised patient, requiring local streptokinase treatment, and two reocclusions and one transient peripheral embolic episode in the first 24 hours. The laser probe technique has potential for increasing the proportion of patients suitable for angioplasty.

  9. Successful Venous Angioplasty of Superior Vena Cava Syndrome after Heart Transplantation

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    Thomas Strecker


    Full Text Available Introduction. For patients with terminal heart failure, heart transplantation (HTX has become an established therapy. Before transplantation there are many repeated measurements with a pulmonary artery catheter (PAC via the superior vena cava (SVC necessary. After transplantation, endomyocardial biopsy (EMB is recommended for routine surveillance of heart transplant rejection again through the SVC. Case Presentation. In this report, we present a HTX patient who developed a SVC syndrome as a possible complication of all these procedures via the SVC. This 35-year-old Caucasian male could be successfully treated by balloon dilatation/angioplasty. Conclusion. The SVC syndrome can lead to pressure increase in the venous system such as edema in the head and the upper part of the body and further serious complications like cerebral bleeding and ischemia, or respiratory problems. Balloon angioplasty and stent implantation are valid methods to treat stenoses of the SVC successfully.

  10. The clinical application of percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty for hemodialysis patients with stenosis of arteriovenous ifstula%经皮腔内血管成形术在血透患者动静脉内瘘血管狭窄中的应用

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    郑尘非; 孙文学; 贾秀芬; 缪克凯; 潘慧君; 刘毅; 黄朝兴


    Objective: To report the technical success and long-term clinical outcomes of arteriovenous ifstula (AVF) stenosis after percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty (PTA).Methods: A total of 30 patients with stenosis of AVF were enrolled. There were 16 men and 14 women, and the median age was 64.8±13.2 years. Mean time between ifstula creation and intervention was 16.5±13.8 months. The mean duration of hemodialysis time was 31.5±30.2 months. They were examined by digital subtraction angiography (DSA) when they under-went PTA. After the treatment of PTA, all of the patients were examined by 64-multislice spiral computed tomog-raphy angiography every 3 months.Results: The technical success rate was 90.0% in the hemodialysis patients (17 native AVFs and 10 arteriovenous grafts). Primary patency at ifrst, second, third, fourth and iffth three months was 100%, 91.3%, 79.5%, 72.6% and 62.2% respectively. Univariate analysis indicated that there was no signiif-cant correlation between the clinical factors (including age, diabetes mellitus, location, length, grade, and number of stenosis) and primary patency (P>0.05).Conclusion: PTA is an effective treatment method for arteriovenous stenosis, which has high rates of technical success and less complication.%目的:探讨经皮腔内血管成形术(PTA)治疗动静脉内瘘(AVF)狭窄的疗效。方法:回顾性分析30例上肢AVF狭窄患者的临床资料,其中男16例,女14例,平均年龄(64.8±13.2)岁;瘘管平均使用时间(16.5±13.8)月,患者平均透析时间(31.5±30.2)月。所有患者在数字减影血管造影(DSA)下行PTA,术后每3个月经64层螺旋CT血管造影对AVF功能进行评估。结果:本组手术成功率90.0%,其中17例自体AVF和10例人工血管动静脉内瘘(AVG)。术后27例患者首次开通率3个月为100%,6个月为91.3%,9个月为79.5%,12个月为72.6%,15个月为62.2%;术后AVF首次通畅率的单因素Cox风

  11. Intravascular optical coherence tomography to characterize tissue deformation during angioplasty: preliminary experiments with artery phantoms (United States)

    Azarnoush, Hamed; Vergnole, Sébastien; Pazos, Valérie; Bisaillon, Charles-Étienne; Boulet, Benoit; Lamouche, Guy


    We explored the potential of intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) to assess deformation during angioplasty balloon inflation. Using a semi-compliant balloon and artery phantoms, we considered two experimental scenarios. The goal for the first scenario was to investigate if variation in the elasticity of the structure surrounding the balloon could be sensed by IVOCT monitoring. In this scenario, we used three single-layer phantoms with various mechanical properties. Image analysis was performed to extract the inner and outer diameters of the phantoms at various pressures. The goal for the second scenario was twofold. First, we investigated the IVOCT capability to monitor a more complex balloon inflation process. The balloon was in a folded state prior to inflation. This allowed studying two stages of deformation: during balloon unfolding and during balloon expansion. Second, we investigated IVOCT capability to monitor the deformation in a three-layer phantom used to better mimic a true artery. So, not only were the IVOCT images processed to provide the inner and outer diameters of the phantom, but the layer thicknesses were also determined. In both scenarios, IVOCT monitoring revealed to be very efficient in providing relevant information about the phantom deformation during balloon inflation.

  12. [The practical clinical guidelines of the Sociedad Española de Cardiología on interventional cardiology: coronary angioplasty and other technics]. (United States)

    Esplugas, E; Alfonso, F; Alonso, J J; Asín, E; Elizaga, J; Iñiguez, A; Revuelta, J M


    Interventional cardiology has had an extraordinary expansion in last years. This clinical guideline is a review of the scientific evidence of the techniques in relation to clinical and anatomic findings. The review includes: 1. Coronary arteriography. 2. Coronary balloon angioplasty. 3. Coronary stents. 4. Other techniques: directional atherectomy, rotational atherectomy, transluminal extraction atherectomy, cutting balloon, laser angioplasty and transmyocardial laser and endovascular radiotherapy. 5. Platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors. 6. New diagnostic techniques: intravascular ultrasound, coronary angioscopy, Doppler and pressure wire. For the recommendations we have used the classification system: class I, IIa, IIb, III like in the guidelines of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

  13. Primary angioplasty for infarction due to isolated right ventricular artery occlusion

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    Anwar; A; Chahal; Min-Young; Kim; Alexander; N; Borg; Yahya; Al-Najjar


    We report an unusual case of an isolated right ventricular infarction with haemodynamic compromise caused by spontaneous isolated proximal occlusion of the right ventricular branch of the right coronary artery(RCA), successfully treated by balloon angioplasty. A 58-yearold gentleman presented with epigastric pain radiating into both arms. Electrocardiograph with right ventricular leads confirmed ST elevation in V4 R and a diagnosis of isolated right ventricular infarction was made. Urgent primary percutaneous intervention was performed which revealed occlusion of the right ventricular branch of the RCA. During the procedure, the patient’s blood pressure dropped to 80/40 mm Hg, and echocardiography showed impaired right ventricular systolic function. Despite aggressive fluid resuscitation, the patient remained hypotensive, continued to have chest pain and persistent electrocardiograph changes, and hence balloon angioplasty was performed on the proximal right ventricular branch which restored flow to the vessel and revealed a severe ostial stenosis. This was treated with further balloon angioplasty which restored TIMI 3 flow with resolution of patient’s symptoms. Repeat echocardiography showed complete resolution of theST-elevation in leads V4 R and V5 R and partial resolution in V1. Subsequent dobutamine-stress echocardiography at 4 wk showed good left and right ventricular contractions. The patient was discharged after a 3-d inpatient stay without any complications.

  14. Paclitaxel-coated balloons - Survey of preclinical data. (United States)

    Schnorr, B; Kelsch, B; Cremers, B; Clever, Y P; Speck, U; Scheller, B


    Restenosis following interventions in the coronary or peripheral arteries develops over weeks to months. In coronary arteries the restenosis rate has been markedly reduced since the advent of drug-eluting stents. Non-stent-based methods for local drug delivery enable restenosis inhibition without the need for stent implantation, does not permanently change the structure of the vessel, are repeatable, and seems to be applicable where drug-eluting stents provide insufficient protection. Preclinical data indicate that short exposure of the vessel wall to a lipophilic inhibitor of cell proliferation is sufficient for preventing restenosis. Initial evidence to this effect emerged from an investigation of paclitaxel embedded in a matrix that enhances the solubility and release of the agent from the balloon coating as well as its transfer to the vessel wall. Further corroborating data from preclinical and clinical studies demonstrating a reduction in late lumen loss and lower restenosis rates led to the market introduction of a variety of paclitaxel-coated angioplasty balloons. The effectiveness of restenosis inhibition is not determined by the active agent alone. Other factors that are crucial for the effectiveness and safety of drug-coated angioplasty balloons are the formulation containing the agent and the coating technique. In this review we first outline the development of paclitaxel-coated balloons to then provide an overview of the preclinical results obtained with different paclitaxel-coated balloons and finally compare these with the outcome in patients. The article concludes with a short outlook on initial results with a zotarolimus-coated angioplasty balloon.

  15. Drug-eluting balloon catheters for lower limb peripheral arterial disease: the evidence to date

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    Full Text Available Mohamed Barkat,1 Francesco Torella,1 George A Antoniou2 1Liverpool Vascular and Endovascular Service, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, 2Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Manchester, UK Abstract: A significant proportion of patients with severe lower limb peripheral arterial disease require revascularization. Over the past decade, an endovascular-first approach even for complex disease has gained widespread use among vascular specialists. An important limitation of percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty or stenting remains the occurrence of restenosis. Drug-coated balloons have emerged as an exciting technology developed to overcome the limitations of standard balloon angioplasty and stenting. Drug-eluting devices inhibit neointimal growth of vascular smooth muscle cells with the potential of preventing restenosis. This review provides a synopsis of the up-to-date evidence on the role of drug-coated balloons in the treatment of lower limb peripheral arterial disease. Bibliographic searches were conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library electronic database. Eleven randomized clinical trials, two systematic reviews, and a published registry providing the best available evidence were identified. Current evidence suggests that angioplasty with drug-coated balloon is reliable, safe, and efficient in increasing patency rates and reducing target lesion revascularization and restenosis. However, it remains unknown whether these improved results can translate into beneficial clinical outcomes, as current randomized clinical trials have failed to demonstrate a significant benefit in limb salvage and mortality. Further randomized trials focusing on clinical and functional outcomes of drug-eluting balloons and on cost versus clinical benefit are required. Keywords: drug-eluting balloon, drug-coated balloon, angioplasty, peripheral arterial

  16. Emerging Stent and Balloon Technologies in the Femoropopliteal Arteries

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    Georgios Pastromas


    Full Text Available Endovascular procedures for the management of the superficial femoral (SFA and popliteal artery disease are increasingly common. Over the past decade, several stent technologies have been established which may offer new options for improved clinical outcomes. This paper reviews the current evidence for SFA and popliteal artery angioplasty and stenting, with a focus on randomized trials and registries of nitinol self-expanding stents, drug-eluting stents, dug-coated balloons, and covered stent-grafts. We also highlight the limitations of the currently available data and the future routes in peripheral arterial disease (PAD stent and balloon technology.

  17. Drug-eluting balloon catheters for lower limb peripheral arterial disease: the evidence to date (United States)

    Barkat, Mohamed; Torella, Francesco; Antoniou, George A


    A significant proportion of patients with severe lower limb peripheral arterial disease require revascularization. Over the past decade, an endovascular-first approach even for complex disease has gained widespread use among vascular specialists. An important limitation of percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty or stenting remains the occurrence of restenosis. Drug-coated balloons have emerged as an exciting technology developed to overcome the limitations of standard balloon angioplasty and stenting. Drug-eluting devices inhibit neointimal growth of vascular smooth muscle cells with the potential of preventing restenosis. This review provides a synopsis of the up-to-date evidence on the role of drug-coated balloons in the treatment of lower limb peripheral arterial disease. Bibliographic searches were conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library electronic database. Eleven randomized clinical trials, two systematic reviews, and a published registry providing the best available evidence were identified. Current evidence suggests that angioplasty with drug-coated balloon is reliable, safe, and efficient in increasing patency rates and reducing target lesion revascularization and restenosis. However, it remains unknown whether these improved results can translate into beneficial clinical outcomes, as current randomized clinical trials have failed to demonstrate a significant benefit in limb salvage and mortality. Further randomized trials focusing on clinical and functional outcomes of drug-eluting balloons and on cost versus clinical benefit are required. PMID:27274265

  18. Peripheral Applications of Drug-Coated Balloons: Past, Present and Future

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    Krokidis, Miltiadis, E-mail:; Spiliopoulos, Stavros, E-mail:; Katsanos, Konstantinos, E-mail:; Sabharwal, Tarun, E-mail: [Guy' s and St. Thomas' Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)


    Drug-coated balloon (DCB) technologies represent the latest and hottest development in the field of endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease. Initial experience with paclitaxel-coated balloon use in the femoral artery has demonstrated lower mid-term restenosis and superior mid-term clinical outcomes in terms of improved wound healing and reduced repeat angioplasty rates compared with standard balloon angioplasty. Many companies are presently developing and/or improving DCB catheters and therefore ongoing, technical improvements of the already existing platforms, new drugs, and innovative carriers are expected. The ongoing basic research studies and various multicenter randomized, controlled trials that are currently in progress will offer valuable scientific insights regarding the long-term effectiveness and other crucial issues, such as efficacy in various vascular beds, optimal balloon dosage, and post angioplasty antiplatelet therapy. Future applications of these devices also could include in-stent restenosis, anastomotic stenosis of surgical bypass, and benign stenoses of the central venous system. The authors envision that DCB angioplasty will evolve to a major paradigm shift in the endovascular treatment of occlusive vascular diseases.

  19. Restenosis of the coronary stenotic lesions treated by holmium:YAG laser coronary angioplasty (United States)

    Miyazaki, Shunichi; Nonogi, Hiroshi; Goto, Yoichi; Itoh, Akira; Ozono, Keizaburo; Daikoku, Satoshi; Haze, Kazuo


    Clinical efficacy of newly developed Holmium YAG laser coronary angioplasty (HLCA) was assessed for 30 patients with angina. There were 12 near left main trunk (LMT) lesions and 4 aorto- ostial lesions. Adjunctive balloon angioplasty was performed for 25 of 30 lesions. Delivered energy ranged from 1.5 to 2.5 watts/pulse and the total exposure time ranged from 6 to 55 seconds. External diameter of laser catheter was 1.5 mm for 13 lesions, 1.4 mm for 17 lesions, and 1.7 mm for 5 lesions. Laser success, defined as 20% reduction of stenotic ratio, was obtained in 21 of 30 (70%) and overall procedural success rate was 93%. There were 3 cases with acute coronary occlusions relieved by adjunctive balloon angioplasty and one coronary perforation without manifestation of cardiac tamponade. There were no large coronary dissection which involved more than 5 mm of the coronary artery. Follow up coronary angiography after 3 months showed restenosis in 14 of 27 patients (52%). Percent stenosis after lasering (56%) was similar to that at 3 months after (62%). HLCA is acutely effective treatment for lesions near LMT, because of low incidence of large coronary dissection. However, angiographical restenosis rate is high at 3 months after HLCA. This may be attributed to the relatively large residual stenosis after the procedure and vessel injury caused by shock wave.

  20. Heme oxygenase-1 alleviates cigarette smoke-induced restenosis after vascular angioplasty by attenuating inflammation in rat model. (United States)

    Ni, Leng; Wang, Zhanqi; Yang, Genhuan; Li, Tianjia; Liu, Xinnong; Liu, Changwei


    Cigarette smoke is not only a profound independent risk factor of atherosclerosis, but also aggravates restenosis after vascular angioplasty. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an endogenous antioxidant and cytoprotective enzyme. In this study, we investigated whether HO-1 upregulating by hemin, a potent HO-1 inducer, can protect against cigarette smoke-induced restenosis in rat's carotid arteries after balloon injury. Results showed that cigarette smoke exposure aggravated stenosis of the lumen, promoted infiltration of inflammatory cells, and induced expression of inflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules after balloon-induced carotid artery injury. HO-1 upregulating by hemin treatment reduced these effects of cigarette smoke, whereas the beneficial effects were abolished in the presence of Zincprotoporphyrin IX, an HO-1 inhibitor. To conclude, hemin has potential therapeutic applications in the restenosis prevention after the smokers' vascular angioplasty.

  1. Drug-coated balloons are replacing the need for nitinol stents in the superficial femoral artery. (United States)

    Kitrou, Panagiotis; Karnabatidis, Dimitrios; Katsanos, Konstantinos


    Amassed evidence from several randomized controlled trials and high quality meta-analyses clearly support the primary use of paclitaxel-coated balloons (PCB) in the superficial femoral artery over traditional plain balloon angioplasty or primary bare nitinol stenting with significantly lower vascular restenosis, less need for repeat procedures, improved quality of life and potential cost savings for the healthcare system. Stents may be reserved for bail-out in case of a suboptimal dilatation result, and for selected more complex lesions, or in case of critical limb ischemia in order to eliminate vessel recoil and maximize immediate hemodynamic gain. Debulking atherectomy remains unproven, but holds a lot of promise in particular in combination with PCBs, in order to improve compliance of the vessel wall by plaque removal, allow for a better angioplasty result and optimize drug transfer and bioavailability. The present overview summarizes and discusses current evidence about femoropopliteal PCB angioplasty compared to the historical standard of plain old balloon angioplasty and bare nitinol stents. Available evidence is appraised in the context of clinically meaningful results, relevant unresolved issues are highlighted, and future trends are discussed.

  2. Which angiographic variable best describes functional status 6 months after successful single-vessel coronary balloon angiopasty?

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    B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); J.W. Deckers (Jaap)


    textabstractOBJECTIVES. The aim of this study was to determine which quantitative angiographic variable best describes functional status 6 months after coronary balloon angioplasty. BACKGROUND. Several angiographic restenosis criteria have been developed. These can be divided into those that describ

  3. Peripheral pulsed laser angioplasty - 4-year clinical experience; Periphere gepulste Laserangioplastie - Erfahrungen nach 4jaehrigem klinischen Einsatz

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    Huppert, P.E. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Duda, S.H. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Kalighi, K. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Thorax-, Herz- und Gefaesschirurgie; Baumbach, A. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. 3, Medizinische Klinik; Seboldt, H. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Thorax-, Herz- und Gefaesschirurgie; Claussen, C.D. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik


    In 134 patients, 21 iliac, 91 femoropopliteal and 22 crural arterial occlusions were treated by percutaneous laser-assisteed angioplasty and in 32 patients femoropopliteal occlusions by conventional balloon angioplasty. Laser angioplasty could be performed in 126 patients following initial guide wire recanalisation using 9, 7 and 4.5-F multifibre catheters, respectively. In 72 patients a 308-nm excimer laser and in 54 patients a 504-nm pulsed day laser was used. Luminal opening by laser angioplasty was obtained in 102 of 126 (81%) procedures (9 incomplete catheter passages, 15 persistent occlusions). 95% of iliac, 90% of femoropopliteal and 77% of crural recanalisations including supplemental balloon dilatations (n=105) and stent implantations (n-24) succeeded technically. Clinical success rates at 1 (2) years after angioplasty weere 95% (89%) for iliac, 66% (63%) for femoropopliteal and 57% (50%) for crural treatments. Technical and clinical results of laser-assissted femoropopliteal recanalisations showed no significant differences in comparison to the results of conventional balloon angioplasty. The use of pulsed lasers for the treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease would require further technical improvements. (orig.) [Deutsch] Bei 134 Patienten mit arterieller Verschlusskrankheit wurden 21 iliakale, 91 femoropopliteale und 22 krurale Okklusionen einer Behandlung durch perkutane laserassistierte Angioplastie zugefuehrt und bei 32 Patienten femoropoliteale Okklusionen vergleichsweise einer konventionellen Ballonangioplastie. 126 Laserangioplastien konnten mit 9, 7 und 4,5-F-Multifaserkathetern nach initialer Fuehrungsdrahtpassage durchgefuehrt werden. Bei 72 Eingriffen wurde ein 308-nm-Excimerlaser und bei 54 ein 405-nm-Farbstofflaser verwendet. Eine Lumeneroeffnung gelang bei 102 von 126 (81%) Laserangioplastien (9 inkomplette Katheterpassagen, 15 persistierende Okklusionen). 95% iliakaler, 90% femoropoplitealer und 77% kruraler laserassistierter

  4. Below-the-ankle Angioplasty and Stenting for Limb Salvage: Anatomical Considerations and Long-term Outcomes

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    Katsanos, Konstantinos, E-mail:; Diamantopoulos, Athanasios; Spiliopoulos, Stavros; Karnabatidis, Dimitris; Siablis, Dimitris [School of Medicine, Patras University Hospital, Department of Interventional Radiology (Greece)


    PurposeTo report the long-term angiographic and clinical results in a series of below-the-ankle (BTA) angioplasty procedures and to present some biomechanical issues related to the unique anatomical geometry of the ankle.MethodsWe performed a retrospective analysis of BTA angioplasty procedures. Clinical end points included technical success, patient mortality, salvage of the treated foot, and repeat target lesion revascularization. Imaging end points included primary patency, binary restenosis of the target lesion at the 50 % threshold, and stent integrity (stent fracture, deformation, or collapse). Univariate subgroup analysis was performed.ResultsIn total, 40 limbs in 37 patients (age 73.5 {+-} 8.2 years) with critical limb ischemia were included and 42 inframalleolar lesions (4.2 {+-} 1.4 cm) were analyzed. Technical success was achieved in 95.2 % (40 of 42). Provisional stent placement was performed in 45.2 % (19 of 42). Two patients died, and two major amputations occurred up to 3 years. At 1 year, overall primary vessel patency was 50.4 {+-} 9.1 %, lesion binary restenosis rate was 64.1 {+-} 8.3 %, and repeat intervention-free survival was 93.6 {+-} 4.3 % according to life table analysis of all treated lesions. Pairwise subgroup analysis showed that BTA self-expanding stents were associated with significantly higher restenosis and poorer primary patency compared to plain balloon angioplasty or sirolimus-eluting balloon-expandable stents. Significant deformation and/or fracture of balloon-expandable stents placed BTA were identified in five of 11. Dynamic imaging showed that the dorsalis pedis artery is kinked during foot dorsiflexion, whereas the distal posterior tibial artery is kinked during plantar flexion of the foot.ConclusionBTA angioplasty for critical limb ischemia treatment is safe and feasible with satisfactory long-term results. BTA stent placement must be reserved for bailout indications.

  5. Restenosis following balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis

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    Ying-Sheng Cheng; Ming-Hua Li; Ren-Jie Yang; Hui-Zhen Zhang; Zai-Xian Ding; Qi-Xin Zhuang; Zhi-Ming Jiang; Ke-Zhong Shang


    AIM: To elucidate the mechanism of restenosis following balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis.METHODS: A total of 49 rats with esophageal stenosis were induced in 70 rats using 5 ml of 50 % sodium hydroxide solution and the double-balloon method, and an esophageal restenosis (RS) model was developed by esophageal stenosis using dilation of a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) balloon catheter. These 49 rats were divided into two groups: rats with benign esophageal stricture caused by chemical burn only (control group, n=21) and rats with their esophageal stricture treated with balloon catheter dilation (experimental group, n=28). Imaging analysis and immunohistochemistry were used for both quantitative and qualitative analyses of esophageal stenosis and RS formation in the rats, respectively.RESULTS: Cross-sectional areas and perimeters of the esophageal mucosa layer, muscle layer, and the entire esophageal layers increased significantly in the experimental group compared with the control group. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) was expressed on the 5th day after dilation, and was still present at 1 month. Fibronectin (FN)was expressed on the 1st day after dilation, and was still present at 1 month.CONCLUSION: Expression of PCNA and FN plays an important role in RS after balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis.

  6. GHOST balloons around Antarctica (United States)

    Stearns, Charles R.


    The GHOST balloon position as a function of time data shows that the atmospheric circulation around the Antarctic Continent at the 100 mb and 200 mb levels is complex. The GHOST balloons supposedly follow the horizontal trajectory of the air at the balloon level. The position of GHOST balloon 98Q for a three month period in 1968 is shown. The balloon moved to within 2 deg of the South Pole on 1 October 1968 and then by 9 December 1968 was 35 deg from the South Pole and close to its position on 1 September 1968. The balloon generally moved from west to east but on two occasions moved in the opposite direction for a few days. The latitude of GHOST balloons 98Q and 149Z which was at 200 mb is given. Both balloons tended to get closer to the South Pole in September and October. Other GHOST balloons at the same pressure and time period may not indicate similar behavior.

  7. Effect of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty on the stenosis of autogenous radiocephalic ateriovenous fistula for hemodialysis

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    Jeong, Sun Min; Kim, Jeong Ho; Byun, Sung Su; Kang, Jin MMo; Choi, Sang Tae; Kim, Jong Woo; Kim, Hyung Sik; Choi, Hye Young [Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jae Hyung [Dept. of Radiology, Seonam University College of Medicine, Myongji Hospital, Goyang (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) on stenosis of autogenous radiocephalic arteriovenous fistula (RCF) for hemodialysis and to determine the factors influencing patency. This retrospective study included 136 patients referred for PTA of RCF stenosis between March 2005 and July 2014. The technical success rate, complications, and patency rate were evaluated. The following factors were analyzed as they might influence patency: age, gender, site and duration of arteriovenous fistula, underlying disease, body mass index, hypercholesterolemia, smoking, peripheral artery or coronary artery occlusive disease, stenosis length/grade, cutting balloon, and balloon size. The initial technical success rate was 91.9% (125/136). Complications included vessel rupture (n = 2) and vessel dissection (n = 2). The patency rates at 6, 12, 24, and 48 months after PTA were 81.9, 67.1, 52.7, and 42.3%, respectively. The patency rate was higher in cases with longer (> 3 cm) stenosis (p = 0.04). Use of cutting balloon and larger size of balloon catheter made the patency longer, but this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.637, 0.258). PTA is a safe and effective way to manage stenosis in RCF. The length of stenosis was the only factor which affected the patency rate in this study.

  8. The Application of Dual-wire Balloon in The Treatment of Coronary Bifurcation Lesions

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    Objectives To assess the efficiency and safety of dual-wire balloon angioplasty side branch combined stenting the main branch in the treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions. Methods This study included thirty-six patients with 41 coronary bifurcation lesions. Selective dual-wire balloon angioplasty was performed in side branch and/or in main branch, and implantation of stents was performed in main branch only. Clinical outcome and major adverse cardiac events were observed inhospital and follow-up. Results Success rate of side branch dilatation before main branch stenting was 100%; main branch direct stenting performed in 4 cases; success main branch dilatation performed in the other 37 cases; kissing technique was performed successfully in 5 cases, which side branch was jailed after main branch stenting with TIMI grade 0-2 flow. No Q-wave myocardial infarction, acute revascularization and death occurred during in-hospital.Clinical follow-up was available in all patients. No Q-wave myocardial infarction, revascularization and death occurred, angina pectoris recurred in three patients,released by strengthen drug treatment. Conclusions Dual-wire balloon angioplasty side branch combined stenting the main branch is simple, safe and effective for the treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions.

  9. Clefting in pumpkin balloons (United States)

    Baginski, F.; Schur, W.

    NASA's effort to develop a large payload, high altitude, long duration balloon, the Ultra Long Duration Balloon, focuses on a pumpkin shape super-pressure design. It has been observed that a pumpkin balloon may be unable to pressurize into the desired cyclically symmetric equilibrium configuration, settling into a distorted, undesired stable state instead. Hoop stress considerations in the pumpkin design leads to choosing the lowest possible bulge radius, while robust deployment is favored by a large bulge radius. Some qualitative understanding of design aspects on undesired equilibria in pumpkin balloons has been obtained via small-scale balloon testing. Poorly deploying balloons have clefts, but most gores away from the cleft deploy uniformly. In this paper, we present models for pumpkin balloons with clefts. Long term success of the pumpkin balloon for NASA requires a thorough understanding of the phenomenon of multiple stable equilibria and means for quantitative assessment of measures that prevent their occurrence. This paper attempts to determine numerical thresholds of design parameters that distinguish between properly deploying designs and improperly deploying designs by analytically investigating designs in the vicinity of criticality. Design elements which may trigger the onset undesired equilibria and remedial measures that ensure deployment are discussed.

  10. Role of interferon-γ on smooth muscle cells proliferation and migration after balloon injury by inhibiting transforming growth factor-β signal pathway

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    MEI Yu; WANG Gui-zhao; HUANG Yong-lin


    @@ Objective Restenosis after balloon angioplasty resuits from abnormal proliferation of phenotypically modulated vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) that migrate and synthesize large amounts of extracellular matrix. A vafety of growth factors have been shown to play a role in the development of restenotic lesions including transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β).

  11. The usefulness of wire-loop technique for percutaneous angioplasty of insufficient hemodialysis fistula

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    Lee, Dong Hun; Goo, Dong Erk; Kim, Dae Ho; Choi, Deuk Lin; Moon, Chul [College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the usefulness of the wire-loop technique, used to perform percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in occluded arteriovenous fistula when standard methods fail to pass the balloon catheter across the stenotic segment. In 30 patients (M:F = 14:16; aged 27-77 (mean, 51.3) years), the Wire-Loop technique was used to perform percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of insufficiently hemodialysed arteriovenous fistula where a balloon catheter had failed to pass through the stenotic lesion after a guide wire had successfully passed. Native and Gore-tex fistula were used in 22 and eight cases, respectively.Sixteen stenoses were located in the central vein, and fourteen in the peripheral. The puncture sites used in order to perform the technique were the femoral vein in all cases of central stenosis; three basilic, four cephalic, and five femoral veins in cases of peripheral stenosis and one femoral and one radial artery in cases of anastomotic stenosis. The guide wire was passed through the stenotic lesion, pulled out using the snare technique, and then stretched in order to tighten it. The balloon catheter was then passed through the lesion and traditional balloon angioplasty was performed. The technical success rate and complications of the technique, and the patency rate of recanalized arteriovenous fistula, were evaluated. In 26 of the thirty patients, (86.7%), the procedure was technically successful. In the remaining four cases, failure was due to venous dissection (n=1), marked residual stenosis (n=2), or cardiac arrest (n=1) during the procedure. The average procedure time was 105 (range, 40-210) minutes, and in three cases rupture of the vein occurred. The patency rate of PTA was 80% (24/30) at four months, 63% (19/30) at six months, and 30% (9/30) at twelve months. The expected technical success rate of traditional PTA, without the Wire-Loop technique, would have been 79.3%, but using the technique, the rate increased to 86.7%. The Wire

  12. [Subintimal angioplasty and diabetic foot revascularisation]. (United States)

    Pierret, Charles; Tourtier, Jean-Pierre; Bordier, Lise; Blin, Emmanuel; Duverger, Vincent


    Diabetic wounds foot are responsible for 5-10% minor or major amputation in France. In fact, amputation risk of lower limbs is 15-30% higher for diabetic patients. University of Texas classification (UT) is the reference for diabetic foot wound. It distinguish non ischemic and ischemic wound with more amputation. If ischaemia is combined, revascularization may be considered for salvage of the limb. Some revascularization techniques are well known: as surgical by-pass, angioplasty with or without stent, or hybrid procedures with the both. Subintimal angioplasty is a more recent endovascular technique, in assessment for old patients who are believed to be unsuitable candidates for conventional by-pass or angioplasty.

  13. Balloon dacryocystoplasty study in the management of adult epiphora.

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    Fenton, S


    PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy of dacryocystoplasty with balloon dilation in the treatment of acquired obstruction of the nasolacrimal system in adults. METHODS: Balloon dacryocystoplasty was performed in 52 eyes of 42 patients under general anaesthetic. A Teflon-coated guidewire was introduced through the canaliculus and manipulated through the nasolacrimal system and out of the nasal aperture. A 4 mm wide 3 cm coronary angioplasty balloon catheter was threaded over the guidewire in a retrograde fashion and dilated at the site of obstruction. RESULTS: There was complete obstruction in 30% of cases and partial obstruction in 70%. The most common site of obstruction was the nasolacrimal duct. The procedure was technically successful in 94% of cases. The overall re-obstruction rate was 29% within 1 year of the procedure. There was an anatomical failure rate of 17% for partial obstruction and 69% for complete obstruction within 1 year. CONCLUSIONS: Balloon dacryocystoplasty has a high recurrence rate. There may be a limited role for this procedure in partial obstructions. Further refinements of the procedure are necessary before it can be offered as a comparable alternative to a standard surgical dacryocystorhinostomy.

  14. Holmium:YAG laser angioplasty: treatment of acute myocardial infarction (United States)

    Topaz, On


    We report our clinical experience with a group of 14 patients who presented with acute myocardial infarction. A holmium:YAG laser was applied to the infarct-related artery. This laser emits 250 - 600 mJ per pulse, with a pulse length of 250 microseconds and repetition rate of 5 Hz. Potential benefits of acute thrombolysis by lasers include the absence of systemic lytic state; a shortened thrombus clearing time relative to using thrombolytics; safe removal of the intracoronary thrombus and facilitation of adjunct balloon angioplasty. Potential clinical difficulties include targeting the obstructive clot and plaque, creation of debris and distal emboli and laser-tissue damage. It is conceivable that holmium:YAG laser can be a successful thrombolytic device as its wave length (2.1 microns) coincides with strong water absorption peaks. Since it is common to find an atherosclerotic plaque located under or distal to the thrombotic occlusion, this laser can also be applied for plaque ablation, and the patient presenting with acute myocardial infarction can clearly benefit from the combined function of this laser system.

  15. Percutaneous laser-assisted thermal coronary angioplasty in native coronary arteries and saphenous vein grafts: initial results and angiographic follow-up. (United States)

    Linnemeier, T J; Rothbaum, D A; Cumberland, D C; Landin, R J; Hodes, Z I; Ball, M W


    Percutaneous laser-assisted thermal coronary angioplasty was attempted in 29 vessels (27 patients): 10 left anterior descending, 2 left circumflex and 17 mid-shaft (non-anastomotic) saphenous vein grafts. Argon or YAG laser thermal energy was applied via a 1.3, 1.6 or 1.9 mm metal capped probe followed by conventional balloon angioplasty in 27 vessels and sole thermal laser therapy in two vessels. The laser probe successfully crossed 83% (24/29) of vessels and subsequent balloon dilatation increased the success rate to 93% (25/27). Perforation occurred in a vein graft resulting in one in-hospital death post repeat emergency coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Angiographic follow-up was obtained in 85% (24/28) of vessels. Angiographic restenosis ( greater than 50% reduction in lumen diameter) occurred in 27% (3/11) of native coronary arteries and 62% (8/13) of saphenous vein grafts. Therefore, despite high initial success rates, the application of laser thermal energy with small laser probes relative to vessel size, followed by conventional balloon angioplasty, does not appear to alter restenosis. Further evaluation of coronary laser systems should be continued only with catheters that are capable of creating channels closer to the size of the vessel treated.

  16. The laser driven short-term heating balloon catheter: Relation between the chronic neointimal hyperplasia formation and thermal damage to arterial smooth muscle cells. (United States)

    Shimazaki, Natsumi; Hayashi, Tomoaki; Kunio, Mie; Igami, Yuka; Arai, Tsunenori; Sakurada, Masami


    We proposed a novel laser-driven short-term heating angioplasty to realize restenosis-suppressive angioplasty for peripheral artery disease. In this study, we investigated the chronic intimal hyperplasia formation after the short-term heating dilatation in vivo, as well as the thermal damage calculation on arterial smooth muscle cells (SMCs). The prototype short-term heating balloon catheter with 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 mm φ in balloon diameter and 25 mm in balloon length were employed. The short-term heating dilatation was performed in porcine iliac arteries with dilatation conditions of 75°C (N=4) and 65°C (N=5) as peak balloon temperature, 18 ± 4s as heating duration, 3.5 atm as balloon dilatation pressure. Four weeks after the balloon dilatation, the balloon-dilated artery segments were extracted and were stained with HE and picrosirius red for histological observation. In the case of 75°C as the peak balloon temperature, neointimal hyperplasia formation was significantly reduced. In this case, the SMCs density in the artery media measured from the HE-stained specimen was 20% lower than that in the reference artery. According to the thermal damage calculation, it was estimated that the SMCs lethality in artery media after the short-term heating angioplasty was 20% in the case of 75°C as the peak balloon temperature. We demonstrated that the short-term heating dilatation reduced the number of SMCs in artery media. We think this SMCs reduction might contribute to the suppression of chronic neointimal hyperplasia.

  17. Role of endovascular irradiation in the prevention of vascular restenosis following angioplasty; Role de la curietherapie endovasculaire dans la prevention de la restenose vasculaire apres angioplastie

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    Noel, G.; Feuvret, L.; Mazeron, J.J.; Pousset, F. [Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, 75 - Paris (France); Bourhis, J.; Gerbaulet, A. [Institut Gustave Roussy, 94 - Villejuif (France); Popowski, Y. [Hopital Universitaire, Geneve (Switzerland)


    About 30% of patients who underwent percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty show evidence of restenosis, which appears to be independent of the angioplasty method used. The restenosis is due of two factors, Firstly migration of smooth vascular muscle cells of the vascular media to the intima and multiplication which lead to the formation of a neo-intima. Irradiation limits the proliferation by acting of the cells in the mitotic stage. The vascular target volume is not very thick and is difficult to define it, that why brachytherapy seems to be the best procedure to prevent restenosis. However, the development of this treatment present many difficulties. Different irradiation techniques have been studied. Such techniques include catheter containing radioactive sealed source, radioactive stent, or balloon containing radioactive liquid inside. Each of these methods have their own advantages, inconveniences, problems and risks. Radioisotope may be either beta or gamma emitters.Gamma emitter presents problems for radioprotection but the satisfactory dose distribution may be difficult to obtain using beta emitter. Choice of dose, dose rate and delay between the end of angioplasty and the beginning of brachytherapy is subject to some discuss. Animal experiments using radioisotope have shown reduction in cell proliferation. Human trials showed feasibility, safety of the method and real impact on restenosis prevention. However, long-term efficacy has not been proved because the follow-up of the patients is too short. A randomized trial of {sup 192}Ir brachytherapy for prevention of restenosis has recently shown the efficacy in short and median term. However, long term efficiency and secondary effects have not yet been established as the follow up time of this study is still too short. That is why, collaboration between cardiologists and radiotherapists and physicists is indispensable to enable the development of an optimal technique. (authors)

  18. Dose rate in intravascular radionuclide therapy using Re-188 coated balloon

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    Baek, M. Y.; Kim, J. K. [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Restenosis is the major drawback problem after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). In order to reduce the restenosis, radionuclide therapy has been used, and these day balloon coating method with radionuclide is investigating to effective therapy. We intend to calculate the activity by Monte Carlo method, which is needed in the investigation of coated balloon using Re-188. We used EGSnrc code system to calculate this activity. Balloons were assumed be a length of 20 mm or 30 mm and to have a central catheter of diameter 0.5 mm. The surface of balloon is coated with 0.01 mm depth Re-188 using poly urethan. We calculated dose distribution as radial distance from the surface of balloon. And we calculate how much activities are needed to irradiate 18Gy at the 0.5 mm, 1.0 mm distance from balloon surface during 3 minutes. As results it is needed 19.3 mCi and 33.6 mCi relatively for each 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm in the 20 mm balloon. It is need 27.8 mCi and 48.3 mCi in the 30 mm balloon. Recent report for Ho-166 using EGS4 suggests 13.04 mCi at 0.5 mm distance in the 20 mm balloon. This value is lower than our result for Re-188 for the same size balloon. It is considered to be a systemic difference between two simulation codes ({approx}10%)

  19. Laser-driven short-duration heating angioplasty: chronic artery lumen patency and histology in porcine iliac artery (United States)

    Shimazaki, Natsumi; Kunio, Mie; Naruse, Sho; Arai, Tsunenori; Sakurada, Masami


    We proposed a short-duration heating balloon angioplasty. We designed a prototype short-duration heating balloon catheter that can heat artery media to 60-70°C within 15-25 s with a combination of laser-driven heat generation and continuous fluid irrigation in the balloon. The purpose of this study was to investigate chronic artery lumen patency as well as histological alteration of artery wall after the short-duration heating balloon dilatation with porcine healthy iliac artery. The short-term heating balloon dilated sites were angiographically patent in acute (1 hour) and in chronic phases (1 and 4 weeks). One week after the dilatation, smooth muscle cells (SMCs) density in the artery media measured from H&E-stained specimens was approx. 20% lower than that in the reference artery. One and four weeks after the dilatations, normal structure of artery adventitia was maintained without any incidence of thermal injury. Normal lamellar structure of the artery media was also maintained. We found that the localized heating restricted to artery media by the short-duration heating could maintain adventitial function and artery normal structure in chronic phase.

  20. New developments in the clinical use of drug-coated balloon catheters in peripheral arterial disease

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    Full Text Available Jesse Naghi, Ethan A Yalvac, Ali Pourdjabbar, Lawrence Ang, John Bahadorani, Ryan R Reeves, Ehtisham Mahmud, Mitul Patel Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA Abstract: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD involving the lower extremity is a major source of morbidity and mortality. Clinical manifestations of PAD span the spectrum from lifestyle limiting claudication to ulceration and gangrene leading to amputation. Advancements including balloon angioplasty, self-expanding stents, drug-eluting stents, and atherectomy have resulted in high technical success rates for endovascular therapy in patients with PAD. However, these advances have been limited by somewhat high rates of clinical restenosis and clinically driven target lesion revascularization. The recent introduction of drug-coated balloon technology shows promise in limiting neointimal hyperplasia induced by vascular injury after endovascular therapies. This review summarizes the contemporary clinical data in the emerging area of drug-coated balloons. Keywords: drug-coated balloons, endovascular, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, paclitaxel, peripheral arterial disease

  1. Coronary angioplasty for early postinfarction unstable angina

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    P.J. de Feyter (Pim); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); A. Soward; M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); E. Bos (Egbert); P.G. Hugenholtz (Paul)


    textabstractCoronary angioplasty was performed in 53 patients in whom unstable angina had reoccurred after 48 hr and within 30 days after sustained myocardial infarction. Single-vessel disease was present in 64% of the patients and multivessel disease in 36%. The preceding myocardial infarction had

  2. Development of a balloon volume sensor for pulsating balloon catheters. (United States)

    Nolan, Timothy D C; Hattler, Brack G; Federspiel, William J


    Helium pulsed balloons are integral components of several cardiovascular devices, including intraaortic balloon pumps (IABP) and a novel intravenous respiratory support catheter. Effective use of these devices clinically requires full inflation and deflation of the balloon, and improper operating conditions that lead to balloon under-inflation can potentially reduce respiratory or cardiac support provided to the patient. The goal of the present study was to extend basic spirographic techniques to develop a system to dynamically measure balloon volumes suitable for use in rapidly pulsating balloon catheters. The dynamic balloon volume sensor system (DBVSS) developed here used hot wire anemometry to measure helium flow in the drive line from console to catheter and integrated the flow to determine the volume delivered in each balloon pulsation. An important component of the DBVSS was an algorithm to automatically detect and adjust flow signals and measured balloon volumes in the presence of gas composition changes that arise from helium leaks occurring in these systems. The DBVSS was capable of measuring balloon volumes within 5-10% of actual balloon volumes over a broad range of operating conditions relevant to IABP and the respiratory support catheter. This includes variations in helium concentration from 70-100%, pulsation frequencies from 120-480 beats per minute, and simulated clinical conditions of reduced balloon filling caused by constricted vessels, increased driveline, or catheter resistance.

  3. A pilot study of coronary angioplasty in outpatients.


    Laarman, G.J.; Kiemeneij, F.; van der Wieken, L R; Tijssen, J.G.; Suwarganda, J S; Slagboom, T.


    BACKGROUND--Is it safe to discharge patients from hospital on the same day as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)? The hypothesis tested was that careful pre and post angioplasty selection of patients can identify a group that is at very low risk of postprocedural complications and that these patients may be discharged on the day of the procedure. METHODS--63 patients undergoing limited risk coronary angioplasty of 72 lesions were studied. So that patients would be able to w...

  4. Mars Solar Balloon Lander Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Mars Solar Balloon Lander (MSBL) is a novel concept which utilizes the capability of solar-heated hot air balloons to perform soft landings of scientific...

  5. Venus Altitude Cycling Balloon Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The ISTAR Group ( IG) and team mate Thin Red Line Aerospace (TRLA) propose a Venus altitude cycling balloon (Venus ACB), an innovative superpressure balloon...

  6. [Femoral angioplasty. Long-term results]. (United States)

    Foucart, H; Carlier, C; Baudrillard, J C; Joffre, F; Cécile, J P


    A study on the long-term efficacy of femoral-popliteal angioplasty was carried out on 185 angioplasty cases over a 5 year follow-up period. A classification of data according to the type of lesion treated, revealed that results were favorable in case of stenosis (87%), short obstruction (70%) and long obstruction (35%). A special study of the outcome of treatments for stage IV arteritis was carried out. After comparing results with those obtained by other teams, the authors list the complications encountered, hematomas, and thromboses, and show their current tendency for regression. Lastly, the authors stress the advantages of angioscopy, which permits to identify the nature of the treated lesions and to predict possible complications, which are usually underrated by angiography.

  7. Short and long term outcomes of primary angioplasty in patients aged 75 years and over

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    Full Text Available The treatment of elderly patients with ST segment elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI remains controversial. This study aimed to investigate the effects of primary angioplasty in elderly patients on in-hospital and long term major adverse cardiac events (MACE.Materials and methods: From October 2003 to March 2008, we retrospectively enrolled 220 patients aged 75 years and over with STEMI who underwent primary angioplasty. Patients’ characteristics, in-hospital and long term events were recorded.Results: Male/Female ratio of patients was 129/91 and mean age was 78.7 ± 3.6 (range, 75-97 years, and 58.6% of male. Of these patients 29.2% were diabetics, 69.8% were hypertensive, 34.4% were smoker and 43.5% were anemic at admission. Anterior myocardial infarction was diagnosed in 52.3% of patients. Mean pain-balloon time was 222 ± 116 minutes. Eighty two (38.2% of these 220 patients had three-vessel disease and 12 (5.7% were diagnosed as cardiogenic shock. Procedural success was observed in 79.6% of patients. Heart failure was observed 27.7% in hospital and intra aortic pump was used in 14.5% of patients. There was no significant difference between age groups in long term major cardiac events and in hospital mortality. Diabetes, leukocyte count at admission and in hospital heart failure were independent predictors of short term MACE and low hemoglobin level at admission and peak CKMB levels were independent predictors of long term MACE.Conclusions: Primary angioplasty in patients aged 75 years and over seems to be associated with low procedural complication, high procedural success, improved short and long term survival.

  8. Primary coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction (the Primary Angioplasty Registry). (United States)

    O'Neill, W W; Brodie, B R; Ivanhoe, R; Knopf, W; Taylor, G; O'Keefe, J; Grines, C L; Weintraub, R; Sickinger, B G; Berdan, L G


    During a 14-month period, 6 experienced centers prospectively enrolled 271 patients into a registry in which percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty was the primary treatment for acute myocardial infarction. Patients age > 18 years who presented with ST-segment elevation on the 12-lead electrocardiogram were enrolled if symptom duration was or = 2 units of blood occurred in 46 patients (18%); 14 of these transfusions were related to coronary artery bypass surgery. Primary angioplasty is associated with a high reperfusion rate, low in-hospital mortality and few recurrent myocardial ischemic events. These results point to the need for a large-scale trial comparing angioplasty with thrombolytic therapy in the setting of acute myocardial infarction.

  9. Development of novel short-term heating angioplasty: thermal denaturation dynamics of collagen in artery wall (United States)

    Shimazaki, N.; Tokunaga, H.; Katou, Y.; Hayashi, T.; Arai, T.


    We have studied to develop the new thermal angioplasty methodology, photo-thermo dynamic balloon angioplasty (PTDBA), which provides artery dilatation with short-term (collagen in artery media may be the important factor to attain sufficient artery dilatation for the PTDBA. In order to predict the optimum heating condition i.e. the balloon temperature and heating duration, we investigated the thermal denaturation dynamics of artery collagen in ex vivo. The extracted fresh porcine carotid artery was used. The temperature-dependent light scattering property and mechanical property of the artery specimen were simultaneously measured during artery temperature rising by specially made setup to assess the denaturation of arterial collagen. The change rate of the backscattered light intensity from the artery specimen; I(T)/I0 with 633nm was measured to evaluate the artery scattering property change with the thermal denaturation. The artery specimen was heated from 25°C to 80°C with constant temperature rising rate of 3°C/min. The measured I(T)/I0 was suddenly increased over 48°C. This boundary temperature might be the initiation temperature of the arterial collagen denaturation. We defined the variation of the I(T)/I0 as the collagen denaturation ratio, and calculated the reactive enthalpy by the chemical equilibrium theory. Since the calculated enthalpy was similar to the enthalpy in literature report, the variety of I(T)/I0 during the temperature rising might be attributed to the collagen conformational change due to the denaturation. In terms of the artery internal force measurement, the artery force was decreased with increasing of the artery temperature up to 65°C (i.e. softening), and increased over 65°C (i.e. shrinkage). We confirmed that the changes of the backscattered light (at 633nm in wavelength) from the artery might represent the artery collagen thermal denaturation degree.

  10. How does subintimal angioplasty compare to transluminal angioplasty for the treatment of femoral occlusive disease? (United States)

    Klimach, S G; Gollop, N D; Ellis, J; Cathcart, P


    A best evidence topic in surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed how subintimal angioplasty (SIA) compares to transluminal angioplasty (TA) for the treatment of femoral occlusive disease. One hundred and thirty two papers were found using the reported search; the 5 which represented the best evidence to answer the question are discussed. The evidence on this subject is limited; there are no randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing SIA to TA for pathologically equivalent lesions. However SIA remains a safe and effective alternative to surgical bypass grafting when TA cannot be performed.

  11. Ballon angioplasty and stenting for acute ischemic stroke%急性缺血性卒中患者的球囊血管成形和支架置入术治疗

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    石明超; 王守春


    药物溶栓治疗急性缺血性卒中存在一定的局限性,球囊血管成形和支架置入术已成为急性缺血性卒中治疗的研究热点.文章综述了球囊血管成形和支架置入术治疗急性缺血性卒中的有效性和安全性.%Thrombolytic agents for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke have some limitations. Balloon angioplasty and stenting have become the research hotspot in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. 1his article reviews the effectiveness and safety of balloon angioplasty and stenting in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke.

  12. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty for culprit lesions in patients with post myocardial infarction angina based on dextrocardia and anomalous coronary arteries. Case reports and methods. (United States)

    Yabe, Y; Tsukahara, R


    Four cases of successful coronary angioplasty for anomalous coronary arteries, including dextrocardia associated with three-vessel disease, single left coronary artery with proximal left anterior descending lesion, anomalous right coronary artery (RCA) from adjacent left coronary sinus of Valsalva associated with proximal RCA lesion, and anomalous left circumflex angulated lesion bifurcated from the RCA, were encountered. Four cases with 8 target lesions who had a mean age of 63.5 +/- 11.5 years old are presented. All the targets lesions were completely dilated through balloon angioplasty, including use of a newly developed support device for cases with large jeopardized myocardium. The factors for complete revascularization were appropriate selection of catheters and originality and ingenuity of procedural technique based on the anatomic characteristics.

  13. Characteristics of smooth muscle cells' shape and proliferation rate in novel short-term thermal angioplasty ex vivo and in vitro. (United States)

    Kunio, Mie; Shimazaki, Natsumi; Ito, Arisa; Hayashi, Tomoaki; Arai, Tsunenori


    We investigated the influences on the smooth muscle cells of temporally heated arterial walls in both ex vivo and in vitro study to determine the optimum heat parameter of novel short-term thermal angioplasty, Photo-thermo Dynamic Balloon Angioplasty (PTDBA). Arterial heating dilatation was performed by the prototype PTDBA balloon ex vivo. We found that the smooth muscle cells in the vessel wall were stretch-fixed after the heating dilatation ex vivo. The stretch-fixing rate of these cells was increased with the temperature rise in the balloon of PTDBA from 60 °C to 70 °C. We measured the proliferation rate of the stretch-fixed smooth muscle cells, which were extracted from porcine arteries, on specially designed culture equipment in vitro. It was observed that the proliferation rate was inhibited at 20 % stretching compared to 10 % stretching. We think the stretch-fixing of the smooth muscle cells might not be harmful for PTDBA performances.

  14. Carotid angioplasty and stenting in the elderly

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    Kadkhodayan, Yasha [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Cross, DeWitte T.; Moran, Christopher J. [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, St. Louis, MO (United States); Derdeyn, Colin P. [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, St. Louis, MO (United States); Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, St. Louis, MO (United States)


    To investigate the technical success rate as well as the procedural and mid-term complication rates of carotid angioplasty and stenting in elderly patients, a group excluded from large randomized endarterectomy trials given their perceived high surgical risk. Of 200 consecutive carotid angioplasty and/or stenting procedures performed between March 1996 and March 2005, 21 procedures were performed without cerebral protection devices in 20 patients over the age of 79 years (mean age: 83 years, 12 men, eight women). These patients' medical records were retrospectively reviewed for vascular imaging reports and available clinical follow-up. Procedural and mid-term complication rates were calculated and compared to a previously published cohort of 133 consecutive patients {<=}79 years of age who also underwent endovascular treatment at our institution. Carotid stenosis was reduced from a mean of 82% to no significant stenosis in all procedures. The procedural stroke rate was zero of 21 procedures. The procedural transient ischemic attack rate (TIA) was one of 21 procedures (4.8%). Mean follow-up was 24.6 months (range: 1.0-79.5 months) with at least a 30-day follow-up for 20 of the 21 procedures (95.2%). There were no new strokes. There was one recurrent ipsilateral TIA at 1.9 months. In five cases with follow-up carotid ultrasonography, no hemodynamically significant restenosis had occurred. There were three myocardial infarctions (MI) occurring at 0.5, 2.1, and 15.2 months, of which the last MI was fatal. The composite 30-day stroke and death rate was zero of 21 procedures (95% confidence interval: 0-14%). No significant difference was found in the 30-day rate of stroke, TIA, MI, or death between the elderly and younger patients. Carotid angioplasty and stenting in elderly patients can be performed successfully with acceptable procedural and mid-term complication rates comparable to younger patients. (orig.)

  15. Space Weather Ballooning (United States)

    Phillips, Tony; Johnson, Sam; Koske-Phillips, Amelia; White, Michael; Yarborough, Amelia; Lamb, Aaron; Herbst, Anna; Molina, Ferris; Gilpin, Justin; Grah, Olivia; Perez, Ginger; Reid, Carson; Harvey, Joey; Schultz, Jamie


    We have developed a "Space Weather Buoy" for measuring upper atmospheric radiation from cosmic rays and solar storms. The Buoy, which is carried to the stratosphere by helium balloons, is relatively inexpensive and uses off-the-shelf technology accessible to small colleges and high schools. Using this device, we have measured two Forbush Decreases and a small surge in atmospheric radiation during the St. Patrick's Day geomagnetic storm of March 2015.

  16. Obesity and gastric balloon

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    Mohammed I Yasawy


    Full Text Available Background: The obesity epidemic, which is among the most common nutritional disorders, is rising rapidly worldwide. It leads to several health problems such as metabolic disorders, stroke, and even cancer. Efforts to control obesity with exercise and diet have a limited value in obese patients and different approaches to do this have been tried. In this paper, we share our experience with bioenteric intragastric balloon (BIB in treating obesity: Its safety, tolerability, and its efficacy in weight reduction. Materials and Methods: From January 2009 to September 2012, a total of 190 gastric balloons was inserted on patients at the endoscopy unit in King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al-Khobar. This is an evaluation of the first 100 patients. All the patients had a body mass index of over 30 kg/m 2 and were within the age range of 17-55 with a mean age of 32 years. After consent, preballoon investigation tests and anesthesia evaluation, BIB was inserted under monitored anesthesia care sedation in the endoscopy suite. The balloon was filled with 500-700 mls of stained saline. All patients′ were given an analgesic and antiemetic for a week and antisecretory proton pump inhibitor′s for 6 months. Diet and the importance of the exercise were part of the preballoon insertion phase and protocol. The balloon was removed after 6-12 months. Results: The weight loss response to BIB in the 100 patients are classified into four groups: In the uncooperative, noncompliant patients - the maximum weight loss was 7 kg, while in the most compliant patients the weight loss reached up to 39 kg. In addition, there was significant improvement into diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and fatty liveras. Its safety and tolerability were extremely acceptable. Conclusion: Our data indicates that in well-selected patients, BIB is an effective device, which with minimum complications helps to achieve body weight loss and resolve many obesity related

  17. Prevention of Intracranial In-stent Restenoses: Predilatation with a Drug Eluting Balloon, Followed by the Deployment of a Self-Expanding Stent

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    Vajda, Zsolt, E-mail:; Guethe, Thomas, E-mail:; Perez, Marta Aguilar, E-mail:; Kurre, Wiebke, E-mail: [Klinikum Stuttgart, Katharinenhospital, Klinik fuer Neuroradiologie, Neurozentrum (Germany); Schmid, Elisabeth, E-mail:; Baezner, Hansjoerg, E-mail: [Klinikum Stuttgart, Klinik fuer Neurologie, Neurozentrum (Germany); Henkes, Hans, E-mail: [Klinikum Stuttgart, Katharinenhospital, Klinik fuer Neuroradiologie, Neurozentrum (Germany)


    Stenting in intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD) is increasingly debated, due to issues of procedural safety, technical efficacy, and in-stent recurrent stenoses (ISR). In the present study, feasibility, safety, and efficacy of angioplasty using a drug-eluting balloon (DEB) followed by the implantation of a self-expanding stent (Enterprise) were evaluated for the treatment of ICAD lesions. Fifty-two patients (median age: 71 years; range: 54-86 years; male/female ratio 37:15) underwent stenting of high-grade ICAD lesions between February 2010 and November 2011 in a single center. Angioplasty using a paclitaxel coated SeQuent Please (B. Braun, Germany) or DIOR (Eurocor, Germany) coronary PTCA balloon, followed by the implantation of a self-expanding stent (Enterprise, Codman, USA) was performed in 54 lesions. Angiographic and clinical follow-up was performed at 6 and 12 weeks, 6 and 12 months, and yearly thereafter. Technical success rate, periprocedural complications, occurrence of recurrent ischemic symptoms, and the development of an ISR were analyzed. Angioplasty using a DEB followed by stent implantation was successfully performed in 44 (81 %) cases. DEB insertion failed in 19 % of the cases and angioplasty was finally performed using a conventional PTCA balloon. The combined procedure related permanent neurologic morbidity and mortality rate (stroke, ICH, and subarachnoid hemorrhage) at 30 days and beyond was 5 %. Angiographic and clinical follow-up were obtained in 33 (61 %) lesions in 32 patients. Recurrent stenosis was seen in one (3 %) lesion. Angioplasty and stenting using a DEB is safe and yields encouragingly low ISR rates. Further technical developments to improve lesion accessibility are, nevertheless, mandatory.

  18. Cleft formation in pumpkin balloons (United States)

    Baginski, Frank E.; Brakke, Kenneth A.; Schur, Willi W.

    NASA’s development of a large payload, high altitude, long duration balloon, the Ultra Long Duration Balloon, centers on a pumpkin shape super-pressure design. Under certain circumstances, it has been observed that a pumpkin balloon may be unable to pressurize into the desired cyclically symmetric equilibrium configuration, settling into a distorted, undesired state instead. Success of the pumpkin balloon for NASA requires a thorough understanding of the phenomenon of multiple stable equilibria and developing of means for the quantitative assessment of design measures that prevent the occurrence of undesired equilibrium. In this paper, we will use the concept of stability to classify cyclically symmetric equilibrium states at full inflation and pressurization. Our mathematical model for a strained equilibrium balloon, when applied to a shape that mimics the Phase IV-A balloon of Flight 517, predicts instability at float. Launched in Spring 2003, this pumpkin balloon failed to deploy properly. Observations on pumpkin shape type super-pressure balloons that date back to the 1980s suggest that within a narrowly defined design class of pumpkin shape super-pressure balloons where individual designs are fully described by the number of gores ng and by a single measure of the bulging gore shape, the designs tend to become more vulnerable with the growing number of gores and with the diminishing size of the bulge radius rB Weight efficiency considerations favor a small bulge radius, while robust deployment into the desired cyclically symmetrical configuration becomes more likely with an increased bulge radius. In an effort to quantify this dependency, we will explore the stability of a family of balloon shapes parametrized by (ng, rB) which includes a design that is very similar, but not identical, to the balloon of Flight 517. In addition, we carry out a number of simulations that demonstrate other aspects related to multiple equilibria of pumpkin balloons.

  19. Breakthrough in Mars balloon technology (United States)

    Kerzhanovich, V. V.; Cutts, J. A.; Cooper, H. W.; Hall, J. L.; McDonald, B. A.; Pauken, M. T.; White, C. V.; Yavrouian, A. H.; Castano, A.; Cathey, H. M.; Fairbrother, D. A.; Smith, I. S.; Shreves, C. M.; Lachenmeier, T.; Rainwater, E.; Smith, M.


    Two prototypes of Mars superpressure balloons were flight tested for aerial deployment and inflation in the Earth's stratosphere in June, 2002. One was an 11.3 m diameter by 6.8 m high pumpkin balloon constructed from polyethylene film and Zylon (PBO) tendons, the second was a 10 m diameter spherical balloon constructed from 12 μm thick Mylar film. Aerial deployment and inflation occurred under parachute descent at 34 km altitude, mimicing the dynamic pressure environment expected during an actual Mars balloon mission. Two on-board video cameras were used on each flight to provide real-time upward and downward views of the flight train. Atmospheric pressure and temperature were also recorded. Both prototypes successfully deployed from their storage container during parachute descent at approximately 40 m/s. The pumpkin balloon also successfully inflated with a 440 g charge of helium gas injected over a 1.5-min period. Since the helium inflation system was deliberately retained after inflation in this test, the pumpkin balloon continued to fall to the ocean where it was recovered for post-flight analysis. The less robust spherical balloon achieved only a partial (~70%) inflation before a structural failure occurred in the balloon film resulting in the loss of the vehicle. This structural failure was diagnosed to result from the vigorous oscillatory motion of the partially inflated balloon, possibly compounded by contact between the balloon film and an instrumentation box above it on the flight train. These two flights together represent significant progress in the development of Mars superpressure balloon technology and pave the way for future flight tests that will include post-deployment flight of the prototype balloons at a stable altitude.

  20. Outpatient coronary angioplasty: feasible and safe. (United States)

    Slagboom, Ton; Kiemeneij, Ferdinand; Laarman, Gert Jan; van der Wieken, Ron


    This study tested the safety and feasibility of coronary angioplasty on an outpatient basis. The purpose of this approach includes cost-effectiveness and patient comfort. Six hundred forty-four patients were randomized to either transradial or transfemoral PTCA using 6 Fr equipment. Patients were triaged to outpatient management based on a predefined set of predictors of an adverse outcome in the first 24 hr after initially successful coronary angioplasty. Three hundred seventy-five patients (58%) were discharged 4-6 hr after PTCA; 42% stayed in hospital overnight. In the outpatient group, one adverse event occurred (subacute stent thrombosis 7 hr postdischarge, nonfatal myocardial infarction). There were no major vascular complications. In the hospital group, 19 patients (7%) sustained an adverse cardiac even in the first 24 hr; 1 patient died. Patients treated via the femoral route had more (minor) bleeding complications (19 patients; 6%); in 17 of these, this was the sole reason that discharge was delayed. PTCA on an outpatient basis, performed via the radial or the femoral artery with low-profile equipment, is safe and feasible in a considerable part of a routine PTCA population. A larger proportion of transradial patients can be discharged due to a reduction in (minor) bleeding complications.

  1. Titan Balloon Convection Model Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This innovative research effort is directed at determining, quantitatively, the convective heat transfer coefficients applicable to a Montgolfiere balloon operating...

  2. Magnetic Particle / Magnetic Resonance Imaging: In-Vitro MPI-Guided Real Time Catheter Tracking and 4D Angioplasty Using a Road Map and Blood Pool Tracer Approach.

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    Johannes Salamon

    Full Text Available In-vitro evaluation of the feasibility of 4D real time tracking of endovascular devices and stenosis treatment with a magnetic particle imaging (MPI / magnetic resonance imaging (MRI road map approach and an MPI-guided approach using a blood pool tracer.A guide wire and angioplasty-catheter were labeled with a thin layer of magnetic lacquer. For real time MPI a custom made software framework was developed. A stenotic vessel phantom filled with saline or superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MM4 was equipped with bimodal fiducial markers for co-registration in preclinical 7T MRI and MPI. In-vitro angioplasty was performed inflating the balloon with saline or MM4. MPI data were acquired using a field of view of 37.3×37.3×18.6 mm3 and a frame rate of 46 volumes/sec. Analysis of the magnetic lacquer-marks on the devices were performed with electron microscopy, atomic absorption spectrometry and micro-computed tomography.Magnetic marks allowed for MPI/MRI guidance of interventional devices. Bimodal fiducial markers enable MPI/MRI image fusion for MRI based roadmapping. MRI roadmapping and the blood pool tracer approach facilitate MPI real time monitoring of in-vitro angioplasty. Successful angioplasty was verified with MPI and MRI. Magnetic marks consist of micrometer sized ferromagnetic plates mainly composed of iron and iron oxide.4D real time MP imaging, tracking and guiding of endovascular instruments and in-vitro angioplasty is feasible. In addition to an approach that requires a blood pool tracer, MRI based roadmapping might emerge as a promising tool for radiation free 4D MPI-guided interventions.

  3. Application of new balloon catheters in the treatment of congenital heart defects (United States)

    Fiszer, Roland; Szkutnik, Małgorzata; Smerdziński, Sebastian; Chodór, Beata; Białkowski, Jacek


    Introduction Balloon angioplasty (BAP) and aortic or pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty (BAV, BPV) are well-established treatment options in congenital heart defects. Recently, significant technological progress has been made and new catheters have been implemented in clinical practice. Aim To analyze the results of BAP, BAV and BPV with the new balloon catheter Valver and its second generation Valver II, which the company Balton (Poland) launched and developed. These catheters have not been clinically evaluated yet. Material and methods We performed 64 interventions with Valver I and Valver II. With Valver I the following procedures were performed: 17 BPV (including 9 in tetralogy of Fallot – TOF), 10 BAV and 27 BAP in coarctations of the aorta (CoA) – including 9 native and 18 after surgery. With Valver II ten interventions were done – 3 BPV, 2 pulmonary supravalvular BAP (after switch operations), 2 BAP of recoarctations and 3 other BAP. Age of the patients ranged from a few days to 40 years. Results All procedures were completed successfully, without rupture of any balloon catheters. The pressure gradient drop was statistically significant in all groups: BPV in isolated pulmonary valvular stenosis 28.1 mm Hg (mean), BPV in TOF 18.7 mm Hg, BAV 32.8 mm Hg, BAP in native CoA 15.4 mm Hg and in recoarctations 18.6 mm Hg. In 3 cases during rapid deflation of Valver I, wrinkles of the balloons made it impossible to insert the whole balloon into the vascular sheath (all were removed surgically from the groin). No such complication occured with Valver II. Conclusions Valver balloon catheters are an effective treatment modality in different valvular and vascular stenoses. PMID:27625686

  4. Balloon Angioplasty and Drug Eluting Stenting for Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease

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    Full Text Available Peripheral arterial disease is one of the manifestations of systemic atherosclerosis. In the last decade, remarkable technological advances, especially in the stent area, have shifted revascularization strategies from traditional open surgical approaches toward less morbide percutaneous endovascular treatments. However, even with new designed nitinol bare stents, restenosis remains as the major obstacle of this procedures. More recently, drug eluting stent platforms have been used to treat atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease. In this article, we reviewed new studies relevant to drug eluting stents for lower extremity peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

  5. Comparative quantitative angiographic analysis of directional coronary atherectomy and balloon coronary angioplasty

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    A.W.M. Umans (A. W M); K.J. Beatt (Kevin); B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    markdownabstract__Abstract__ An attempt to assess the “utility” of directional atherectomy was made using a new quantitative angiographic index. This index can be subdivided into an initial gain component and a restenosis component. The initial gain index is the ratio between the gain in diameter d

  6. Treatment of pacemaker-induced superior vena cava syndrome by balloon angioplasty and stenting.

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    Klop, B


    Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is a rare but serious complication after pacemaker implantation. This report describes three cases of SVC syndrome treated with venoplasty and venous stenting, with an average follow-up of 30.7 (±3.1) months. These cases illustrate that the definitive diagnosis, and the extent and location of venous obstruction, can only be determined by venography.

  7. [Reintervention with percutaneous balloon angioplasty in patients with congenital heart disease with left-sided obstructions]. (United States)

    Márquez-González, Horacio; López-Gallegos, Diana; Pérez-Velázquez, Nataly Alejandra; Yáñez-Gutiérrez, Lucelli


    Introducción: las obstrucciones izquierdas representan 15% de las cardiopatías congénitas (CC). El tratamiento en la edad adulta es quirúrgico; no obstante, la dilatación con balón puede paliar los síntomas en edad pediátrica para permitir que alcancen la talla diana. El objetivo fue determinar la sobrevida y los factores asociados a la reintervención en enfermos con CC con obstrucción izquierda tratados con plastía con balón. Métodos: se realizó un estudio de cohorte en pacientes entre 4 y 17 años con cardiopatías de obstrucción izquierda (estenosis valvular, supravalvular y coartación aórtica) tratados con angioplastía con balón exitosa. El seguimiento fue de 10 años y la variable de desenlace fue la reestenosis con criterios para reintervención. Se consideraron variables pronósticas la etapa pediátrica al momento del procedimiento, el estado nutricional, el gradiente residual y la presencia de síndromes genéticos. Se usaron medidas de tendencia central y dispersión. Se usó chi cuadrada en variables cualitativas y Kruskal-Wallis en variables cuantitativas. Resultados: fueron 110 pacientes; 40% presentó coartación aórtica, 35% estenosis valvular y 25% estenosis supravalvular aórtica. El 39% requirió reintervención y la frecuencia fue la siguiente: 80% en estenosis supravalvular, 35% en coartación aórtica y 14% en estenosis valvular aórtica. Conclusión: la intervención con balón es una medida paliativa que permite a los enfermos con obstrucciones izquierdas alcanzar la talla diana.

  8. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of infrarenal arteries in intermittent claudication

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    Henriksen, L O; Jørgensen, B; Holstein, P E;


    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed on 55 iliac and 31 femoropopliteal arteries in 71 patients with intermittent claudication (23 women, 48 men). The two-year patency rate was 80% after iliac and 41% after femoropopliteal angioplasty. In 17 femoropopliteal cases with lesions greater...... than or equal to 5 cm the 2-year patency rate was only 32%, but the corresponding figure for shorter lesions was 53%. Complicating haematoma appeared in 10% of the cases and the arterial state deteriorated in one patient. There was no distal embolization. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty...

  9. Use of the AngioSculpt scoring balloon for infrapopliteal lesions in patients with critical limb ischemia: 1-year outcome. (United States)

    Bosiers, Marc; Deloose, Koen; Cagiannos, Catherine; Verbist, Jürgen; Peeters, Patrick


    The AngioSculpt Scoring Balloon Catheter (AngioScore, Inc., Fremont, CA) is composed of a semicompliant balloon encircled by three nitinol spiral struts providing targeted lesion scoring on balloon inflation. Between April 2005 and April 2006, procedural and follow-up data on 31 patients (mean age 76 years; 54.8% males) endovascularly treated for severe infrapopliteal disease were collected. The AngioSculpt catheter was used to treat 36 complex, tibioperoneal, atherosclerotic lesions. All patients had symptomatic critical limb ischemia (Rutherford 4-5) and single-vessel runoff to the ankle. Complication-free survival at 1 month was the safety end point, whereas primary patency and limb salvage were the efficacy end points evaluated at 1 year. The AngioSculpt balloon was successfully inflated in all 36 target lesions. Eleven patients (35.5%) required additional stenting for minor dissections or suboptimal stenosis reduction. The 1-month complication-free survival was 96.8%. One-year survival, primary patency, and limb salvage rates were 83.9 +/- 6.6%, 61.0 +/- 9.3%, and 86.3 +/- 6.4%, respectively. The 1-year data show the AngioSculpt Scoring Balloon Catheter to be an effective and safe treatment for infrapopliteal, atherosclerotic lesions in patients with critical limb ischemia. However, more patients, a longer follow-up, and randomized studies comparing it with conventional balloon angioplasty and stenting in the infrapopliteal region are required.

  10. Buddy balloon for TAVI. (United States)

    Balkin, Jonathan; Silberman, Shuli; Almagor, Yaron


    Percutaneous transfemoral aortic valve replacement is a new rapidly evolving technique that has made significant progress in recent years. The technology is however limitted and in some cases has resulted in failure to deliver the prosthetic valve. We describe a new technique using a buddy balloon, from the contralateral femoral artery, to assist in crossing the native aortic valve in those cases where extreme calcification and or tortuosity have caused the delivery system to hang up on the aortic wall. The technique is easily applied and facilitates the success of the procedure in cases which may otherwise have to be converted to open surgical aortic valve replacement.

  11. Clopidogrel Responsiveness in Patients Undergoing Peripheral Angioplasty

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    Pastromas, Georgios, E-mail:; Spiliopoulos, Stavros, E-mail:; Katsanos, Konstantinos, E-mail:; Diamantopoulos, Athanasios, E-mail:; Kitrou, Panagiotis, E-mail:; Karnabatidis, Dimitrios, E-mail:; Siablis, Dimitrios, E-mail: [Patras University Hospital, Department of Interventional Radiology (Greece)


    Purpose: To investigate the incidence and clinical significance of platelet responsiveness in patients receiving clopidogrel after peripheral angioplasty procedures. Materials and Methods: This prospective study included patients receiving antiplatelet therapy with clopidogrel 75 mg after infrainguinal angioplasty or stenting and who presented to our department during routine follow-up. Clopidogrel responsiveness was tested using the VerifyNow P2Y12 Assay. Patients with residual platelet reactivity units (PRU) {>=} 235 were considered as nonresponders (NR group NR), whereas patients with PRU < 235 were considered as normal (responders [group R]). Primary end points were incidence of resistance to clopidogrel and target limb reintervention (TLR)-free survival, whereas secondary end points included limb salvage rates and the identification of any independent predictors influencing clinical outcomes. Results: In total, 113 consecutive patients (mean age 69 {+-} 8 years) with 139 limbs were enrolled. After clopidogrel responsiveness analysis, 61 patients (53.9 %) with 73 limbs (52.5 %) were assigned to group R and 52 patients (46.1 %) with 66 limbs (47.5 %) to group NR. Mean follow-up interval was 27.7 {+-} 22.9 months (range 3-95). Diabetes mellitus, critical limb ischemia, and renal disease were associated with clopidogrel resistance (Fisher's exact test; p < 0.05). According to Kaplan-Meier analysis, TLR-free survival was significantly superior in group R compared with group NR (20.7 vs. 1.9 %, respectively, at 7-year follow-up; p = 0.001), whereas resistance to clopidogrel was identified as the only independent predictor of decreased TLR-free survival (hazard rate 0.536, 95 % confidence interval 0.31-0.90; p = 0.01). Cumulative TLR rate was significantly increased in group NR compared with group R (71.2 % [52 of 73] vs. 31.8 % [21 of 66], respectively; p < 0.001). Limb salvage was similar in both groups. Conclusion: Clopidogrel resistance was related with

  12. A Methane Balloon Inflation Chamber (United States)

    Czerwinski, Curtis J.; Cordes, Tanya J.; Franek, Joe


    The various equipments, procedure and hazards in constructing the device for inflating a methane balloon using a standard methane outlet in a laboratory are described. This device is fast, safe, inexpensive, and easy to use as compared to a hydrogen gas cylinder for inflating balloons.

  13. Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project (United States)

    Colman Des Jardins, Angela; Berk Knighton, W.; Larimer, Randal; Mayer-Gawlik, Shane; Fowler, Jennifer; Harmon, Christina; Koehler, Christopher; Guzik, Gregory; Flaten, James; Nolby, Caitlin; Granger, Douglas; Stewart, Michael


    The purpose of the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project is to make the most of the 2017 rare eclipse event in four main areas: public engagement, workforce development, partnership development, and science. The Project is focused on two efforts, both student-led: online live video of the eclipse from the edge of space and the study of the atmospheric response to the eclipse. These efforts, however, involving more than 60 teams across the US, are challenging in many ways. Therefore, the Project is leveraging the NASA Space Grant and NOAA atmospheric science communities to make it a success. The first and primary topic of this poster is the NASA Space Grant supported online live video effort. College and high school students on 48 teams from 31 states will conduct high altitude balloon flights from 15-20 locations across the 8/21/2017 total eclipse path, sending live video and images from near space to a national website. Video and images of a total solar eclipse from near space are fascinating and rare. It’s never been done live and certainly not in a network of coverage across a continent. In addition to the live video to the web, these teams are engaged in several other science experiments as secondary payloads. We also briefly highlight the eclipse atmospheric science effort, where about a dozen teams will launch over one hundred radiosondes from across the 2017 path, recording an unprecedented atmospheric data sample. Collected data will include temperature, density, wind, humidity, and ozone measurements.

  14. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in refractory unstable angina pectoris: are new devices useful? (United States)

    Bertaglia, E; Ramondo, A; Cacciavillani, L; Isabella, G; Reimers, B; Marzari, A; Maddalena, F; Chioin, R


    This study was undertaken to assess if the introduction of new angioplasty devices (autoperfusion balloon catheters, stent and atherectomy) could ameliorate early and late results of prompt percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in patients with refractory unstable angina. From January 1993 to June 1995, 59 of 278 patients (14 female, 45 male; mean age: 61 +/- 10 years; range: 38-78) admitted to our Coronary Care Unit with the diagnosis of unstable angina had more than one episode of chest pain at rest with dynamic electrocardiographic ST-T changes and without signs of cardiac necrosis while on medical therapy including oxygen, aspirin, heparin, nitroglycerin and either a beta-blocker or a calcium-antagonist. Coronary angiography was performed within 48 h from the last ischemic attack and a culprilesion technically suitable for PTCA was identified. PTCA was performed in 73 lesions. Elective stent implantation was considered for 16 type B or C lesions in 14 patients. The procedure was initially successful in 52/59 patients (88%), uncomplicated unsuccessful in 4/59 (7%) and complicated in 3/59 (5%). Elective stent insertions were all successful (16/16, 100%). All successfully treated patients were followed up for a mean of 12 +/- 7 months (range: 6-27): 2/52 patients (3.8%) suffered from non-transmural myocardial infarction, 14/52 (26.9%) had a recurrence of angina and 2/52 (3.8%), asymptomatic, had a positive stress test. We conclude that prompt PTCA in refractory unstable angina using 1990s 'state of the art' equipment compares favorably to previous study and that stent delivery might become the elective treatment of complex lesions in this subset of patients.

  15. Subintimal angioplasty for femoro-popliteal occlusive disease. (United States)

    Markose, George; Miller, Fiona N A C; Bolia, Amman


    There has been a longstanding debate about the roles of surgical bypass graft, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, subintimal angioplasty, and conservative management for femoro-popliteal occlusive disease. Subintimal angioplasty was first described in 1987 as a method of performing an endovascular arterial bypass. The subintimal space at the start of the occlusion is entered with a catheter and a wire loop is used to cross the occlusion and reenter the vessel lumen distally. In patients with critical limb ischemia, there is high quality evidence demonstrating that the limb salvage rate and amputation-free survival rates for surgery and endovascular treatment are similar, but surgery is more expensive than angioplasty in the short term. In patients with intermittent claudication, surgical bypass using an autologous saphenous vein graft is currently believed to be the gold standard, but this is increasingly questioned in the light of recent advances in endovascular techniques. Surgical bypass with vein graft offers a 2-year patency of 81%, compared with 67% for a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) graft and at best 67% for subintimal angioplasty. The better patency offered by surgery must be balanced against a higher morbidity and mortality. To conclude, subintimal angioplasty is an extremely valuable technique in the management of critical limb ischemia. Based on the evidence to date, this technique is likely to have an increasing role in the management of intermittent claudication over the coming years, particularly if the risk of general anaesthesia is high or there is no suitable vein.

  16. Emergency coronary artery bypass surgery for failed percutaneous coronary angioplasty. A 10-year experience. (United States)

    Craver, J M; Weintraub, W S; Jones, E L; Guyton, R A; Hatcher, C R


    Six hundred ninety-nine patients have required emergency coronary artery bypass after failed elective percutaneous coronary angioplasty during the decade September 1980 through December 1990. This represents 4% of 9860 patients having 12,146 elective percutaneous coronary angioplasty procedures during this interval. Emergency coronary artery bypass was required for acute refractory myocardial ischemia in 82%. Hospital mortality rate for all patients was 3.1%; 3.7% in patients with refractory myocardial ischemia but 0.8% in patients without refractory myocardial ischemia, p = 0.08. Postprocedural Q-wave myocardial infarctions were observed in 21% versus 2.4%, p less than 0.0001, and intra-aortic balloon pumping was required in 19% with versus 0.8% without refractory myocardial ischemia, p less than 0.0001. Multivessel disease, p = 0.004, age older than 65 years, p = 0.005, and refractory myocardial ischemia, p = 0.08, interacted to produce the highest risk of in-hospital death. Follow-up shows that there have been 28 additional late deaths, including 23 of cardiac causes for a 91% survival at 5 years. Freedom from both late death and Q-wave myocardial infarction at 5 years was 61%. In the group going to emergency coronary artery bypass with refractory myocardial ischemia, the late cardiac survival was 90%, and in those without ischemia, 92% at 5 years, p = not significant. The MI--free survival in the group with refractory ischemia, however, was 56% versus 83% in the group without ischemia, p less than 0.0001. Multivariate analysis showed the highest late event rates for patients with Q-wave myocardial infarction at the initial emergency coronary artery bypass, age older than 65 years, angina class III or IV, and prior coronary bypass surgery. In spite of a continuing high incidence of early acute myocardial infarction and an increasing operative mortality rate (7%) in the latest 3 years cohort of patients, excellent late survival and low subsequent cardiac event

  17. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty in a patient with chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and persistent left superior vena cava. (United States)

    Lupattelli, T; Benassi, F; Righi, E; Bavera, P; Bellagamba, G


    Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is a syndrome characterized by stenoses of the internal jugular veins (IJVs) and/or azygos veins and formation of collateral venous channels. A case of a 57-year-old patient with CCSVI in whom the venous outflow from the left IJV to the right atrium occurred through a venous anomaly, the persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC), is reported. PLSVC is caused by persistence of the left anterior cardinal vein that drains blood from the limb effluent from the left and the left side of head and neck into coronary sinus (Type a), or in the left atrium (Type b). PLSVC can be associated either with innominate vein hypoplasia or other congenital heart abnormalities. Because of evidence of left innominate vein hypoplasia, angioplasty was not performed using the ordinary route but passing with the balloon directly through the PLSVC up to the left IJV. Finally, angioplasty was carried out in a standard manner in the right IJV as well as in the azygous vein. Confirmation angiogram revealed complete reopening of all treated vessels with no evidence of peri- and postoperative complications. The patient was discharged home the following day in good general conditions. PLSVC is a rare congenital vein anomaly but in case of concomitant innominate vein hypoplasia may prove to be a valuable alternative to treat patients with IJV diseases.

  18. Aggressive plaque modification with rotational atherectomy and cutting balloon for optimal stent expansion in calcified lesions (United States)

    Tang, Zhe; Bai, Jing; Su, Shao-Ping; Lee, Pui-Wai; Peng, Liang; Zhang, Tao; Sun, Ting; Nong, Jing-Guo; Li, Tian-De; Wang, Yu


    Objective To evaluate the factors affecting optimal stent expansion in calcified lesions treated by aggressive plaque modification with rotational atherectomy (RA) and a cutting balloon (CB). Methods From January 2014 to May 2015, 92 patients with moderate to severe coronary calcified lesions underwent rotational atherectomy and intravascular ultrasound imaging at Chinese PLA General Hospital (Beijing, China) were included in this study. They were divided into a rotational artherectomy combined with cutting balloon (RACB) group (46 patients treated with RA followed by CB angioplasty) and an RA group (46 patients treated with RA followed by plain balloon angioplasty). Another 40 patients with similar severity of their calcified lesions treated with plain old balloon angioplasty (POBA) were demographically matched to the other groups and defined as the POBA group. All patients received a drug-eluting stent after plaque preparation. Lumen diameter and lumen diameter stenosis (LDS) were measured by quantitative coronary angiography at baseline, after RA, after dilatation, and after stenting. Optimal stent expansion was defined as the final LDS < 10%. Results The initial and post-RA LDS values were similar among the three groups. However, after dilatation, the LDS significantly decreased in the RACB group (from 54.5% ± 8.9% to 36.1% ± 7.1%) but only moderately decreased (from 55.7% ± 7.8% to 46.9% ± 9.4%) in the RA group (time × group, P < 0.001). After stenting, there was a higher rate of optimal stent expansion in the RACB group (71.7% in the RACB group, 54.5% in the RA group, and 15% in the POBA group, P < 0.001), and the final LDS was significantly diminished in the RACB group compared to the other two groups (6.0% ± 2.3%, 10.8% ± 3.3%, 12.7% ± 2.1%, P < 0.001). Moreover, an LDS ≤ 40% after plaque preparation (OR = 2.994, 95% CI: 1.297–6.911) was associated with optimal stent expansion, which also had a positive correlation with the appearance of a

  19. US Air Force Balloon Observations (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Worksheets containing pilot balloon data computed from releases at Air Force stations in the western United States. Elevation and azimuth angles are used to compute...

  20. US Monthly Pilot Balloon Observations (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Monthly winds aloft summary forms summarizing Pilot Balloon observational data for the United States. Generally labeled as Form 1114, and then transitioning to Form...

  1. Superpressure Tow Balloon for Extending Durations and Modifying Trajectories of High Altitude Balloon Systems Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed innovation involves the concept of using a Superpressure Tow Balloon (STB) with existing NASA high altitude balloon designs to form a tandem balloon...

  2. Simple balloon dilation for drug-eluting in-stent restenosis: An optical coherent tomography analysis

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    Arikawa, Ryo [Division of Cardiology, Tenyoukai Central Hospital, Izumi-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima (Japan); Yamaguchi, Hiroshi, E-mail: [Division of Cardiology, Tenyoukai Central Hospital, Izumi-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima (Japan); Takaoka, Junichiro; Miyamura, Akihiro; Atsuchi, Nobuhiko; Ninomiya, Toshiko; Atsuchi, Yoshihiko [Division of Cardiology, Tenyoukai Central Hospital, Izumi-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima (Japan); Ohishi, Mitsuru [Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Hypertension, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima (Japan); Terashima, Mitsuyasu [Department of Cardiology, Toyohashi Heart Center, Toyohashi (Japan); Kaneda, Hideaki [Okinaka Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Tokyo (Japan)


    Background: Although drug-eluting stent (DES) has significantly reduced restenosis, the treatment of DES-in-stent restenosis (ISR) remains a challenge with high restenosis rate. Methods: We examined whether morphologic appearance of restenosis tissue by optical coherent tomography (OCT) had an impact on outcomes after balloon angioplasty for DES-ISR. The morphologic appearance of restenosis tissue was qualitatively assessed for tissue structures such as homogeneous, layered, and heterogeneous patterns. Results: Using OCT, 50 patients with DES-ISR were divided into 2 groups: 25 lesions with homogeneous or layered patterns (homo/layered group) and 25 lesions with heterogeneous patterns (hetero group). Acute gain was larger in the hetero group (1.33 ± 0.41 mm vs. 1.06 ± 0.32 mm in the homo/layered group, P = 0.03). On intravascular ultrasound analysis, post-procedural percent neointimal area was smaller in the hetero group (27.4 ± 9.2% vs. 34.0 ± 11.2% in the homo/layered group, P = 0.05). Angiographic follow-up was performed in 37 lesions (74%). Follow-up minimal lumen diameter was larger in the hetero group (1.75 ± 0.89 mm vs. 1.01 ± 0.81 mm in the homo/layered group, P = 0.04). Target lesion revascularization rates tended to be lower in the hetero group (20% vs. 43% in the homo/layered group, P = 0.12). Conclusions: Balloon angioplasty was more effective for DES-ISR with heterogeneous tissue appearance than DES-ISR with homogeneous/layered tissue appearance. OCT assessment of DES-ISR morphology may be a useful adjunct in determining clinical strategies. Simple balloon dilatation is a possible treatment strategy for DES-ISR lesions with a heterogeneous appearance on OCT images.

  3. Angioplasty and stent treatment of transplant renal artery stenosis. (United States)

    Del Pozo, Maitane; Martí, Jordi; Guirado, Lluís; Facundo, Carme; Canal, Cristina; de la Torre, Pablo; Ballarín, José; Díaz, Joan M


    Transplant renal artery stenosis is a major complication that requires a therapeutic approach involving surgery or angioplasty. The aim of this study was to analyse the evolution of renal transplant patients with renal allograft artery stenosis treated by angioplasty and stent placement. Thirteen patients were diagnosed with transplant renal artery stenosis. Clinical suspicion was based on deterioration of renal function and/or poorly controlled hypertension with compatible Doppler ultrasound findings. The diagnosis was confirmed by arteriography, performing an angioplasty with stent placement during the same operation. A progressive improvement in renal function was observed during the first 3 months after the angioplasty, and renal function then remained stable over 2 years. In addition, blood pressure improved during the first 2 years, and as a consequence there was no need to increase the average number of anti-hypertensive drugs administered (2.5 drugs per patient). In conclusion, angioplasty with stent placement is a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of transplant renal artery stenosis.

  4. Limb-salvage angioplasty in poor surgical chronic liver disease and diabetic patients. (United States)

    Hamdy, Hussam; El-Kolly, M; Ezzat, H; Abbas, M; Farouk, Y; Naser, M; Magdy, M; Elraouf, A


    Critical limb ischemia (CLI) in high surgical risk patients with chronic liver diseases has a grave prognosis with a one-year mortality rate of 20% and a one-year amputation rate of 25% after the initial diagnosis. According to Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus (TASC)-II Guidelines, revascularization (surgical & endovascular) is the treatment of choice for patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). The primary goal of revascularization is to relieve ischemic rest pain, heal ulcers, prevent amputation, improve patient's quality of life (limb salvage) and secondary goal was the periprocedural complications. Endovascular techniques include balloon angioplasty, stents, stent-grafts, and plaque debulking procedures. Surgical options, identification of patients at risk of postoperative complications could have an impact on the indications for a procedure as well as permitting modifications of treatment to reduce the surgical risk This study evaluated the treatment out comas after limb salvage angioplasty for patients who otherwise would be candidates for primary amputation due to poor co-morbid conditions as chronic liver disease and diabetes. The clinical evaluation, laboratory investigations and abdominal ultrasonography were performed to all patients to evaluate their liver status. Patients were classified according to Child-pugh classification into child A, B & C. All patients were subjected to either detailed arterial duplex or C.T. angiography to assess their arterial lesions from January 2008- January 2010. 95 patients with critical limb ischemia (Rutherford categories 4, 5, 6) were treated by primary percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). No patient was excluded on the basis of the extent of arterial occlusive disease. The primary end points were immediate technical success, clinical improvement and limb salvages rates. Secondary end points were periprocedural complications and mortality. Most of the patients were male (54.7%) with mean age 62 (48

  5. Sensor System for Super-Pressure Balloon Performance Modeling Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Long-duration balloon flights are an exciting new area of scientific ballooning, enabled by the development of large super-pressure balloons. As these balloons...

  6. Development of novel short-term heating angioplasty: diameter and elasticity change of vascular wall ex vivo (United States)

    Shimazaki, Natsumi; Kaneko, Kenji; Nakatani, Eriko; Arai, Tsunenori


    In order to investigate the optimum operation parameters on novel short-term heating (angioplasty in which we demonstrated sufficient vascular dilatation with lower pressure by heat- induced denaturation of arterial collagen. And we have also demonstrated the suppression of intimal hyperplasia in animal experiments. We need to understand the PTDB dilatation mechanism to determine the optimum operation parameters. The prototype PTDB with diameter of 3mm was used in our experiments. The internal diameters of extracted fresh porcine carotid arteries at pre- and post- PTDB dilatation were measured. Balloon parameters were follows; pressure P=2atm, peak temperature in balloon T=60-80 °C, and heating duration t=4-30s. Morphological change in the media of dilated artery with PTDB were microscopically examined with Weigert staining. Elastic properties were carried out by stress-strain measurements with calculation of young's modulus. We found that PTDB dilatation provided the effect to prevent elastic recoil. We explained that the reason of this effect might be arrangement of micro- structure in the media, i.e., heat-denatured collagen fibers sustained the elastic recoil due to rubbery elastin fibers. The arterial elasticity was not significant different after PTDB dilatation. It was suggested that there could be no compliance mismatch after PTDB dilatation in physiological range. We found that a part of PTDB dilatation mechanism, in which the vascular wall structure played an important role. The optimum operation parameters for PTDB might be determined in consideration of collagen denaturation progress and arterial composition.

  7. Structure variations of pumpkin balloon (United States)

    Yajima, N.; Izutsu, N.; Honda, H.


    A lobed pumpkin balloon by 3-D gore design concept is recognized as a basic form for a super-pressure balloon. This paper deals with extensions of this design concept for other large pressurized membrane structures, such as a stratospheric airship and a balloon of which volume is controllable. The structural modifications are performed by means of additional ropes, belts or a strut. When the original pumpkin shape is modified by these systems, the superior characteristics of the 3-D gore design, incorporating large bulges with a small local radius and unidirectional film tension, should be maintained. Improved design methods which are adequate for the above subjects will be discussed in detail. Application for ground structures are also mentioned.

  8. Balloon Exoplanet Nulling Interferometer (BENI) (United States)

    Lyon, Richard G.; Clampin, Mark; Woodruff, Robert A.; Vasudevan, Gopal; Ford, Holland; Petro, Larry; Herman, Jay; Rinehart, Stephen; Carpenter, Kenneth; Marzouk, Joe


    We evaluate the feasibility of using a balloon-borne nulling interferometer to detect and characterize exosolar planets and debris disks. The existing instrument consists of a 3-telescope Fizeau imaging interferometer with 3 fast steering mirrors and 3 delay lines operating at 800 Hz for closed-loop control of wavefront errors and fine pointing. A compact visible nulling interferometer is under development which when coupled to the imaging interferometer would in-principle allow deep suppression of starlight. We have conducted atmospheric simulations of the environment above 100,000 feet and believe balloons are a feasible path forward towards detection and characterization of a limited set of exoplanets and their debris disks. Herein we will discuss the BENI instrument, the balloon environment and the feasibility of such as mission.

  9. Yellow Balloon in a Briar Patch. (United States)

    Cooper, Frank; Fitzmaurice, Robert W.


    As part of a meteorology unit, sixth grade science students launched helium balloons with attached return postcards. This article describes Weather Service monitoring of the balloons and postcard return results. (MA)

  10. Complications of balloon packing in epistaxis

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    Vermeeren, Lenka; Derks, Wynia; Fokkens, Wytske; Menger, Dirk Jan


    Although balloon packing appears to be efficient to control epistaxis, severe local complications can occur. We describe four patients with local lesions after balloon packing. Prolonged balloon packing can cause damage to nasal mucosa, septum and alar skin (nasal mucosa, the cartilaginous skeleton

  11. Ballonnen in zee = balloons as marine litter

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    Franeker, van J.A.


    Releasing balloons seems harmless. However, remains of balloons, especially valves and ribbons are becoming a common and persistent type of marine litter found on beaches. Following Dutch Queens day 2007, large numbers of Dutch balloons were found in Normandy, France. Animals may become entangled in

  12. Subintimal angioplasty: predictors of long-term success.

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    Keeling, Aoife N


    To determine the clinical outcomes and success rates after percutaneous subintimal angioplasty (SIA) in patients with lower-limb occlusive lesions causing intermittent claudication (IC) or critical limb ischemia (CLI) at midterm to long-term follow-up. The secondary aim was to elicit factors predictive of a successful outcome.

  13. A meta-analytic overview of thrombectomy during primary angioplasty

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    Luca, G. De; Navarese, E.P.; Suryapranata, H.


    INTRODUCTION: Even though primary angioplasty restores TIMI 3 flow in more than 90% of STEMI patients, the results in terms of myocardial perfusion are still unsatisfactory in a relatively large proportion of patients. Great interest has been focused in the last years on distal embolization as major

  14. Early rethrombosis in femoropopliteal occlusions treated with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty

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    Jørgensen, B; Meisner, S; Holstein, P;


    One hundred and thirty-seven consecutive percutaneous transluminal angioplasties (PTA) were performed for femoropopliteal vascular disease including 58 stenoses and 79 total occlusions. Nine occlusions could not be crossed with the guidewire, but in the remaining 128 the haemodynamic and clinical...

  15. Simulating clefts in pumpkin balloons (United States)

    Baginski, Frank; Brakke, Kenneth


    The geometry of a large axisymmetric balloon with positive differential pressure, such as a sphere, leads to very high film stresses. These stresses can be significantly reduced by using a tendon re-enforced lobed pumpkin-like shape. A number of schemes have been proposed to achieve a cyclically symmetric pumpkin shape, including the constant bulge angle (CBA) design, the constant bulge radius (CBR) design, CBA/CBR hybrids, and NASA’s recent constant stress (CS) design. Utilizing a hybrid CBA/CBR pumpkin design, Flight 555-NT in June 2006 formed an S-cleft and was unable to fully deploy. In order to better understand the S-cleft phenomenon, a series of inflation tests involving four 27-m diameter 200-gore pumpkin balloons were conducted in 2007. One of the test vehicles was a 1/3-scale mockup of the Flight 555-NT balloon. Using an inflation procedure intended to mimic ascent, the 1/3-scale mockup developed an S-cleft feature strikingly similar to the one observed in Flight 555-NT. Our analysis of the 1/3-scale mockup found it to be unstable. We compute asymmetric equilibrium configurations of this balloon, including shapes with an S-cleft feature.

  16. Stability of the pumpkin balloon (United States)

    Baginski, Frank

    A large axisymmetric balloon with positive differential pressure, e.g., a sphere, leads to high film stresses. These can be significantly reduced by using a lobed pumpkin-like shape re-enforced with tendons. A number of schemes have been proposed to achieve a cyclically symmetric pumpkin-shape at full inflation, including the constant bulge angle (CBA) design and the constant bulge radius (CBR) design. The authors and others have carried out stability studies of CBA and CBR designs and found instabilities under various conditions. While stability seems to be a good indicator of deployment problems for large balloons under normal ascent conditions, one cannot conclude that a stable design will deploy reliably. Nevertheless, stability analysis allows one to quantify certain deployment characteristics. Ongoing research by NASA's Balloon Program Office utilizes a new design approach developed by Rodger Farley, NASA/GSFC, that takes into account film and tendon strain. We refer to such a balloon as a constant stress (CS) pumpkin design. In June 2006, the Flight 555-NT balloon (based on a hybrid CBR/CBA design) developed an S-cleft and did not deploy. In order to understand the S-cleft phenomena and study a number of aspects related to the CS-design, a series of inflation tests were conducted at TCOM, Elizabeth City, NC in 2007. The test vehicles were 27 meter diameter pumpkins distinguished by their respective equatorial bulge angles (BA). For example, BA98 indicates an equatorial bulge angle of 98° . BA90, BA55, and BA00 are similarly defined. BA98 was essentially a one-third scale version of of the Flight 555 balloon (i.e., 12 micron film instead of 38.1 micron, mini-tendons, etc.). BA90 and BA55 were Farley CS-designs. BA00 was derived from the BA55 design so that a flat chord spanned adjacent tendons. In this paper, we will carry out stability studies of BA98, BA90, BA55, and BA00. We discuss the deployment problem of pumpkin balloons in light of 2007 inflation

  17. Early outcome of high energy Laser (Excimer) facilitated coronary angioplasty ON hARD and complex calcified and balloOn-resistant coronary lesions: LEONARDO Study

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    Ambrosini, Vittorio; Sorropago, Giovanni; Laurenzano, Eugenio [Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano (Italy); Golino, Luca, E-mail: [Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano (Italy); Moriggia-Pelascini Hospital, Gravedona, Como (Italy); Casafina, Alfredo; Schiano, Vittorio [Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano (Italy); Gabrielli, Gabriele [University Hospital Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona (Italy); Ettori, Federica; Chizzola, Giuliano [Spedali Civili University Hospital, Brescia (Italy); Bernardi, Guglielmo; Spedicato, Leonardo [University Hospital S. Maria Misericordia, Udine (Italy); Armigliato, Pietro [Istituto Italiano Ricerche Mediche, Verona (Italy); Spampanato, Carmine [Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), Naples (Italy); Furegato, Martina [Istituto Italiano Ricerche Mediche, Verona (Italy)


    Aim: An innovative xenon–chlorine (excimer) pulsed laser catheter (ELCA X80) has been recently used for the treatment of complex coronary lesions, as calcified stenosis, chronic total occlusions and non-compliant plaques. Such complex lesions are difficult to adequately treat with balloon angioplasty and/or intracoronary stenting. The aim of this study was to examine the acute outcome of this approach on a cohort of patients with coronary lesions. Methods and Results: Eighty patients with 100 lesions were enrolled through four centers, and excimer laser coronary angioplasty was performed on 96 lesions (96%). Safety and effectiveness data were compared between patients treated with standard laser therapy and those treated with increased laser therapy. Laser success was obtained in 90 lesions (93.7%), procedural success was reached in 88 lesions (91.7%), and clinical success in was obtained in 87 lesions (90.6%). There was no perforation, major side branch occlusion, spasm, no-reflow phenomenon, dissection nor acute vessel closure. Increased laser parameters were used successfully for 49 resistant lesions without complications. Conclusions: This study suggests that laser-facilitated coronary angioplasty is a simple, safe and effective device for the management of complex coronary lesions. Furthermore, higher laser energy levels delivered by this catheter improved the device performance without increasing complications. - Highlights: • We planned this multicenter study to examine the acute outcome of an innovative xenon–chlorine (excimer) pulsed laser catheter (ELCA X80) for treatment of complex coronary lesions. • We enrolled 80 patients with 100 lesions and performed excimer laser coronary angioplasty in 96 lesions (96%). • Laser success was obtained in 90 lesions (93.7%), procedural success was reached in 88 lesions (91.7%), and clinical success was obtained in 87 lesions (90.6%). • Increased laser parameters were used successfully for 49 resistant


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    Objective.The present study investigated the role of endogenous carbon monoxide(CO)in the pathogenesis of neointimal formation induced by balloon injury in rat.Method.Endothelial denudation of the left common carotid artery of rat was carried out by three passages of a Fogarty 2F balloon catheter.DNA,collagen and elastin contents of each intima-media were estimated;and heme oxygenase(HO)activity and CO production in vascular smooth muscle cell(VSMC)were measured after administration of HO inhibitor.Result.Our data showed that neointima occurred in the rat on day 7 and day 21 after balloon injury,and at the same time HO activity and CO production in VSMC were markedly increased.Administration of HO inhibitor,zinc deuteroporphyrin 2,4-bisglycol(ZnDPBG),could effectively inhibit HO activity and CO production,significantly enhance neointimal formation(aortic intima/media ratio were 21.4±1.8% vs 17.6±2.0%,P<0.05 on day 7;and 30.5±2.4% vs 23.0±2.2%,P<0.01 on day 21,respectively,compared with balloon alone group).Conclusion.We concluded that 1)inhibition of CO production may enhance neointimal formation induced by endothelial denudation,implying endogenous CO play an protective role in response to vascular injury,and 2)induction of HO activity may be applied clinically for preventing restenosis after angioplasty.

  19. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for atherosclerotic stenosis of the intracranial cerebral arteries. initial results and long-term follow-up. (United States)

    Hyodo, A; Kato, N; Nakai, Y; Anno, I; Sato, H; Okazaki, M; Matsumaru, Y; Nose, T


    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) was carried out 52 times for 49 lesions in 47 cases of atheroscrelotic stenosis of the intracranial or skull base cerebral arteries. The stenotic lesions involved the middle cerebral artery in 21 cases, the basilar artery in eight cases, the internal carotid artery (petrous-supraclinoid portion) in 15 cases, and the intracranial vertebral artery in five cases. Nearly all cases were symptomatic, such as TIA or stroke, and the degree of stenosis ranged from 70 to 99 percent, with a mean of 80 percent. PTA was performed using a STEALTH balloon angioplasty catheter. In these trials, PTA was successfully performed (as indicated by a residual stenosis under 50%) 41 times. The initial success rate was 79% and stenosis was reduced from 80% to 25%. Clinical follow-up was performed from 7 to 84 months with a mean of 44 months. During this period, death due to myocardial infarction or pneumonia occurred in five cases, stroke related to previous PTA occurred ih one case (due to re-stenosis) and stroke unrelated tl? previous PTA occurred in two cases. Angiographic follow-up was performed in 31 cases after 41 successful PTA procedures. Re-stenosis was seen in 20% of the cases, symptomrltic complications occurred in 6%, and asymptomatic complications occurred in 6% of the cases. One case suffered severe subarachnoid hemorrhage just after the PTA due to preexisting aneurysm rupture and he died a week after the PTA. So mortality in this series was 2%. From the results described here, we may conclude that PTA of the intracranial or skull base cerebral artery is technically feasible, and it can be performed with relatively low risk. From our results, it may be a useful method and effective for long-term survival of patients. But results from a larger number of patients and more long-term follow-up data are still necessary in order to evaluate the safety and usefulness of this method.

  20. Experimental Study of Adenovirus Vector Mediated-hVEGF165 Gene on Prevention of Restenosis after Angioplasty

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    刘启功; 陆再英; 岳远坤; 林立; 张卫东; 颜进


    This study evaluated the effects of adenovirus vector mediated human vascular endothelial growth factor-165 (hVEGF165) gene on prevention of restenosis after angioplasty. Rabbit models of bilateral carotid artery injury were established by balloon denudation. The recombinant adenoviruses containing hVEGF165 cDNA was directly injected into left side of the injured carotid arteries.On day 3 and week 3 after transfection the expression of VEGF was observed by RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. The thrombokinesis, reendothelialization (rET) and intimal hyperplasia in carotid arteries were evaluated by computerized image analysis system 3 weeks after gene transfer.The changes in the VEGF gene-treated side were compared with the control side. Our results showed that 3 days and 3 weeks after hVEGF165 gene transfer the VEGF mRNA and antigen expression were detected in vivo. 3 weeks after the transfer, the carotid artery rET was markedly better in the VEGF gene-treated group compared with the control. The thrombokinesis, intima area/media area (I/M), maximal intimal and medial thicknesses (ITmax and MTmax) demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in arteries treated with VEGF gene as compared with the control group. It is concluded that VEGF gene transfer could be achieved by intra-arterial injection of recombinant adenoviruses. It might accelerate the restoration of endothelial integrity, inhibit thrombokinesis and attenuate intimal hyperplasia in the injured arteries after VEGF gene transfer. This procedure could be useful in preventing restenosis after angioplasty.

  1. Scientific ballooning in India: recent developments (United States)

    Joshi, M. N.; Damle, S. V.

    The National Scientific Balloon Facility (NBF) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has been conducting regular balloon flights for various experiments in the areas of Space Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences. A continuous improvement in all aspects of Scientific Ballooning through a sustained R and D programme ensures uptodate services and a better handle on the design specifications for the balloon. Recent developments in balloon grade films, continuous improvements in design specifications, balloon manufacturing methods, flight operational procedures and improved balloon flight capabilities have resulted in a greatly improved flight performance in the last five years. A launch capability upgradation programme in terms of new launch spool and new launch vehicle has been initiated to be able to safely launch balloons with gross lifts upto 3500 kg, balloon volumes upto 450,000 m^3 and payloads upto 1400 kg. A series of steps have been initiated to improve long duration flight capabilities. In this paper, we present details on some of these aspects of Scientific Ballooning in India.

  2. [Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty in vascular by-passes]. (United States)

    Rodríguez, J E; Fernández Guinea, O; López, V; Suárez Pereiro, M J; Reimunde, E; Cosío, J M; Barreiro, A


    Results from 21 cases of percutaneous transluminal angioplasties as a treatment of stenosed vascular by-pass from 16 patients, are presented. The technique took place in 10 cases at the aorto-femoral area, in others 10 cases at the popliteal-femoral area and, in the last one, at the carotid-subclavian area. Preliminary results were successful in all cases (100%). Follow-up showed a better long-term results at the aorto-femoral level. Considering the satisfactory results and also considering that, in case of negative results or re-stenosis, other surgical techniques could be performed, we conclude that the percutaneous transluminal angioplasty should be the first treatment for such of injuries.

  3. Resource utilization, cost, and health status impacts of coronary stent versus "optimal" percutaneous coronary angioplasty: results from the OPUS-I trial. (United States)

    Neil, Nancy; Ramsey, Scott D; Cohen, David J; Every, Nathan R; Spertus, John A; Weaver, W Douglas


    In the OPUS-I trial, primary coronary stent implantation reduced 6-month composite incidence of death, myocardial infarction, cardiac surgery, or target vessel revascularization relative to a strategy of initial PTCA with provisional stenting in patients undergoing single vessel coronary angioplasty. The purpose of this research was to compare the economic and health status impacts of each treatment strategy. Resource utilization data were collected for the 479 patients randomized in OPUS-I. Itemized cost estimates were derived from primary hospital charge data gathered in previous multicenter trials evaluating coronary stents, and adjusted to approximate 1997 Medicare-based costs for a cardiac population. Health status at 6 months was assessed using the Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ). Initial procedure related costs for patients treated with a primary stent strategy were higher than those treated with optimal PTCA/provisional stent ($5,389 vs $4,339, P < 0.001). Costs of initial hospitalization were also higher for patients in the primary stent group ($9,234 vs $8,434, P < 0.01) chiefly because of the cost differences in the index revascularization. Mean 6-month costs were similar in the two groups; however, there was a slight cost advantage associated with primary stenting. Bootstrap replication of 6-month cost data sustained the economic attractiveness of the primary stent strategy. There were no differences in SAQ scores between treatment groups. In patients undergoing single vessel coronary angioplasty, routine stent implantation improves important clinical outcomes at comparable, or even reduced cost, compared to a strategy of initial balloon angioplasty with provisional stenting.

  4. Viscoelastic behaviour of pumpkin balloons (United States)

    Gerngross, T.; Xu, Y.; Pellegrino, S.


    The lobes of the NASA ULDB pumpkin-shaped super-pressure balloons are made of a thin polymeric film that shows considerable time-dependent behaviour. A nonlinear viscoelastic model based on experimental measurements has been recently established for this film. This paper presents a simulation of the viscoelastic behaviour of ULDB balloons with the finite element software ABAQUS. First, the standard viscoelastic modelling capabilities available in ABAQUS are examined, but are found of limited accuracy even for the case of simple uniaxial creep tests on ULDB films. Then, a nonlinear viscoelastic constitutive model is implemented by means of a user-defined subroutine. This approach is verified by means of biaxial creep experiments on pressurized cylinders and is found to be accurate provided that the film anisotropy is also included in the model. A preliminary set of predictions for a single lobe of a ULDB is presented at the end of the paper. It indicates that time-dependent effects in a balloon structure can lead to significant stress redistribution and large increases in the transverse strains in the lobes.

  5. Study of the stenosis-inhibiting effects of high-dose rate endovascular irradiation in balloon injured rabbit iliac artery

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    Kobayashi, Masao; Sekine, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Akihiko; Ohyama, Noriaki; Hataba, Yoshiaki [Jikei Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine


    With scanning electron microscopy, we investigated the effectiveness of inhibition by endovascular irradiation (Ir-192 high dose rate) of intimal hyperplasia after angioplasty. We also examined changes in the irradiated arterial vessel wall after balloon injury and the mechanism of the inhibition of intimal hyperplasia. Japanese white rabbits (male, 3.0-3.5 kg) were used. Under anesthesia, a percutaneous transluminal angioplasty balloon catheter was inserted into the iliac arteries and inflated to 6 atm for 1 minute 3 times at 1-minute intervals. One artery was irradiated (12 Gy) with an iridium-192 high-dose rate endovascular irradiation device (the reference point was set at 2 mm to center; dose rate 18-48 Gy/min). From 2 days to 12 weeks after the procedure, fixation was performed at a perfusion pressure of 120 to 150 cm H{sub 2}O, and the arteries were systematically examined. Endothelial cells after balloon injury with or without irradiation were examined with light microscopy or scanning electron microscopy. Endovascular irradiation inhibited intimal hyperplasia for at least 12 weeks. Irradiated arteries were not constricted, so we assumed that this phenomenon was caused by inhibition of negative remodeling. From 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure, we recognized mild intimal hyperplasia at nonirradiated arteries, but no hyperplasia recognized at irradiated arteries. This hyperplasia was mainly constituted by endothelial cells, and this change happened at least 2 days with scanning electron scopy. At the injury site, platelet aggregation, thrombus, and endothelial cells were observed. After irradiation, endothelial cells and nuclei were injured. Hypertrophic nuclei, the deformity of cell alignment, and stratified endothelial cells were recognized. It means that irradiation may affect the metabolism of the endothelial cells against normal formation with light microscopy. (author)

  6. Below knee angioplasty in elderly patients: Predictors of major adverse clinical outcomes.

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    Keeling, Aoife N


    To determine predictors of clinical outcome following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in elderly patients with below knee atherosclerotic lesions causing intermittent claudication (IC) or critical limb ischaemia (CLI).

  7. Basic study of effects on the smooth muscle cells' proliferation with novel short-term thermal angioplasty in vitro and in vivo (United States)

    Kunio, M.; Shimazaki, N.; Ito, A.; Hayashi, T.; Arai, T.; Sakurada, M.


    We investigated the effect on smooth muscle cells' proliferation with stretch-fixing in both in vitro and in vivo porcine study to determine the optimum heat condition of novel short-term thermal angioplasty, Photo-thermo Dynamic Balloon Angioplasty (PTDBA). With PTDBA, we have obtained the sufficient arterial dilatation by short-term heating (< 15 s, < 70 °C) and low dilatation pressure (< 0.4 MPa) without excessive neo-intimal hyperplasia on chronic phase. The smooth muscle cells were found to be fixed with stretched shape in vascular wall after PTDBA in vivo. The deformation rate of smooth muscle cells' nuclei was 1.6 +/- 0.1 after PTDBA (15 s, 65 °C, 0.35 MPa). The smooth muscle cells, which were extracted from porcine arteries, were cultured on the specially designed equipment to give stretch-fixing stimulus in vitro. The cell proliferation was inhibited at 20 % stretching compared to 15 % stretching significantly (p < 0.05). The immunostaining specimens of basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF) and its receptor FGFR-1 were made from the porcine arteries in vivo. We found that the expressions of bFGF and FGFR-1 in the media were not observed after PTDBA. We think that these results suggested the possibility for the inhibition of the excessive cell proliferation after PTDBA.

  8. Early Results with the Use of Heparin-bonded Stent Graft to Rescue Failed Angioplasty of Chronic Femoropopliteal Occlusive Lesions: TASC D Lesions Have a Poor Outcome

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    Kuhan, Ganesh, E-mail:; Abisi, Said; Braithwaite, Bruce D.; MacSweeney, Shane T. R. [Nottingham University Hospitals, Vascular and Endovascular Unit, Queens Medical Centre (United Kingdom); Whitaker, Simon C.; Habib, Said B. [Nottingham University Hospitals, Department of Radiology, Queen' s Medical Centre (United Kingdom)


    Purpose: To evaluate early patency rate of the heparin-bonded stent grafts in atherosclerotic long femoropopliteal occlusive disease, and to identify factors that affect outcome. Methods: Heparin-bonded Viabahn stent grafts were placed in 33 limbs in 33 patients during 2009-2010. The stents were deployed to rescue failed conventional balloon angioplasty. Mean age was 69 (range 44-88) years, and 67 % (22 of 33) were men. Most procedures (21 of 33, 64 %) were performed for critical limb ischemia (33 % for rest pain, 30 % tissue loss). Kaplan-Meier plots and Cox regression analysis were used to identify significant risk factors. Results: The average length of lesions treated was 25 {+-} 10 cm, and they were predominantly TASC (Transatlantic Intersociety Consensus) D (n = 13) and C (n = 17) lesions. The median primary patency was 5.0 months (95 % confidence interval 1.22-8.77). The mean secondary patency was 8.6 months (95 % confidence interval 6.82-10.42). Subsequently, 4 patients underwent bypass surgery and 5 patients underwent major amputation. One patient died. There were 5 in-stent or edge-stent stenoses. Cox multivariate regression analysis identified TASC D lesions to be a significant risk factor for early occlusion (p = 0.035). Conclusion: TASC D lesions of femoropopliteal occlusions have poor patency rates with the use of heparin-bonded stent grafts after failed conventional angioplasty. Alternative options should be considered for these patients.

  9. Hyperspectral Polarimeter for Monitoring Balloon Strain Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA's latest generation of superpressure, ultra long duration balloons (ULDB) extend the flight time for stratospheric experiments to levels previously unattainable...

  10. Scientific Ballooning Activities and Recent Developments in Technology and Instrumentation of the TIFR Balloon Facility, Hyderabad (United States)

    Buduru, Suneel Kumar


    The Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-BF) is a unique center of expertise working throughout the year to design, fabricate and launch scientific balloons mainly for space astronomy, atmospheric science and engineering experiments. Recently TIFR-BF extended its support to new user scientists for conducting balloon launches for biological and middle atmospheric sciences. For the first time two balloon launches conducted for sending live lab rats to upper stratosphere and provided launch support for different balloon campaigns such as Tropical Tropopause Dynamics (TTD) to study water vapour content in upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric regions over Hyderabad and the other balloon campaign to study the Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer (BATAL) during the Indian summer monsoon season. BATAL is the first campaign to conduct balloon launches during active (South-West) monsoon season using zero pressure balloons of different volumes. TIFR-BF also provided zero pressure and sounding balloon support to various research institutes and organizations in India and for several international space projects. In this paper, we present details on our increased capability of balloon fabrication for carrying heavier payloads, development of high strength balloon load tapes and recent developments of flight control and safety systems. A summary of the various flights conducted in two years will be presented along with the future ballooning plans.

  11. Endovascular brachytherapy (EVBT) with rhenium-188 for restenosis prophylaxis after angioplasty of infrainguinal lesions. Early experience; Endovaskulaere Brachytherapie (EVBT) mit Rhenium-188 zur Restenoseprophylaxe nach Angioplastie infrainguinaler Laesionen. Erste Erfahrungen

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    Leissner, G.G.; Winterstein, A.; Bohndorf, K.; Wohlgemuth, W.A. [Klinikum Augsburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Diagnostische Radiologie und Neuroradiologie; Wengenmair, H. [Klinikum Augsburg (Germany). Medizinische Physik und Strahlenschutz; Sciuk, J. [Klinikum Augsburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Woelfle, K.D. [Klinikum Augsburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Gefaesschirurgie; Weinrich, K. [Klinikum Augsburg (Germany). II. Medizinische Klinik, Angiologie


    Purpose: Restenosis remains a major problem in percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of peripheral arteries. The aim of this feasibility study was to evaluate the technical feasibility and safety of a new endovascular brachytherapy (EVBT) device with Rhenium-188 in restenosis prophylaxis of infrainguinal arteries. Materials and Methods: From March 2006 to April 2009, 52 patients with 71 infrainguinal arterial lesions were treated with Re-188 to prevent restenosis after PTA. 40 patients with 53 lesions (24 de-novo lesions and 29 restenoses) were reexamined (clinic, color-coded duplex ultrasound) after a mean follow-up period of 12.7 months (2.6 to 25.1 months). The liquid beta-emitter Re-188 was introduced to the target lesion via an EVBT certified PTA balloon and a tungsten applicator. After the calculated irradiation time, Re-188 was aspirated back into the tungsten applicator. A dose of 13 Gy was applied at a depth of 2 mm into the vessel wall. Results: After a mean follow-up of 12.7 months, the overall restenosis rate after Re-PTA was 15.1 % (8/53 lesions). The restenosis rate for de-novo lesions was 20.8 % (5/24) and 10.3 % for restenoses (3/29). In 4 patients reintervention was necessary (3 PTAs and 2 major amputations). No periprocedural complications were observed. No elevated radiation dose for the patient or the interventionalist was measured. Conclusion: EVBT with a Re-188 filled balloon catheter was technically feasible and safe after PTA of infrainguinal arterial lesions with restenosis rates lower than expected compared to published results. Treatment of restenoses seems to be more effective than de-novo lesions. (orig.)

  12. Paclitaxel-Coated Balloons: Review of a Promising Interventional Approach to Preventing Restenosis in Femoropopliteal Arteries. (United States)

    Teleb, Mohamed; Wardi, Miraie; Gosavi, Sucheta; Said, Sarmad; Mukherjee, Debabrata


    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, is characterized by intermittent claudication and is associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The goal of treatment is to address the underlying cause and to modify risk factors. Although medical management is the first-line treatment of PAD, some individuals may have severe symptoms and require revascularization with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty with or without stent placement or surgery. Interventional approaches may, however, be associated with high prevalence of restenosis and subsequent complications such as critical limb ischemia and amputation. Drug-eluting balloons (DEBs) are a new interventional technology with the primary goal of preventing restenosis. We review the clinical trials and studies that assessed the efficacy and safety profile of DEB and will focus on the restenosis rate in femoropopliteal arteries including target lesion revascularization (TLR) and late lumen lesion (LLL) using different modalities of intervention such as stents and DEB. Average data collected from the trials reported included restenosis rate of 25%, 0.3 mm LLL, and 14% reduction in TLR with DEB versus uncoated balloons. Below the knee (BTK) only intervention studies were excluded from this review as endovascular approach is usually reserved for critical limb ischemia for BTK disease. Interventional approach to treat PAD with DEB appears to be a promising technology. Additional larger studies are needed to further define safety, efficacy, and longer term outcome with this novel technology.

  13. Angioplasty alone versus angioplasty and stenting for subclavian artery stenosis--a systematic review and meta-analysis. (United States)

    Chatterjee, Saurav; Nerella, Nishant; Chakravarty, Saneka; Shani, Jacob


    Subclavian artery stenosis has long been treated with great success with bypass surgery. Percutaneous intervention, often used in combination with stent placement, has come into vogue for the past few years as a safe and effective therapeutic modality. This study aimed to compare angioplasty alone with angioplasty followed by stent placement by combining available data. The objective of this study was to perform a review of the available literature to compare the efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) alone with PTA followed by stent placement for proximal subclavian artery stenosis. Successful recanalization was defined as patency at the end of 1 year, and reocclusions and restenoses were noted as events for the purpose of pooling the data. The authors searched the Specialized Register and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in The Cochrane Library, PubMed, EMBASE, and CINAHL databases for relevant trials/studies comparing PTA and PTA with stenting. Review authors independently assessed the methodological quality of studies (focusing on the adequacy of the randomization process, allocation concealment, blinding, completeness of follow-up, and intention-to-treat analysis) and selected studies for inclusion. All retrospective observational studies were also included in the analysis in the absence of double-blinded randomized trials for increasing sample size. All analyses were done using RevMan 5.0. Odds ratio was calculated using Mantel-Haenszel test with a fixed effect model. All included studies were assessed by all authors for potential sources of bias. Eight studies were included in the analysis having 544 participants. Stenting after PTA was significantly superior to angioplasty alone for treatment of subclavian artery stenosis and maintenance of patency at 1 year, as indicated by absence of events (P = 0.004; 95% confidence interval, odds ratio 2.37 [1.32-4.26]) without significant complication rates for either

  14. Intragastric balloon and multidisciplinary team

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    R. A. Mazure

    Full Text Available Background: The intragastric balloon is widely used for weight reduction in obese patients, but results are variable. We describe our results enhancing the importance of a Multidisciplinary Team (MT taking part in the treatment. Methods: A retrospective review was done concerning a total of 119 balloons , placed in 116 patients, under endoscopic control and conscious sedation, from May 2001 until August 2006. 49 patients were prepared and recommended to be followed by a MT in a physical unit, at least every 15 days during 6 months. 67 were indicated and followed by other colleagues, without MT. Removal was performed 6 months later. Results: Concerning our 49 patients, mean age was 38, 1 years, 31 female and 18 males, with BMI ranged between 32 and 63, average of 42. The average decrease of weight excess was 31, 85% (-4, 45-80, 4%, and the BMI diminished 5,3 points (from 13,6 to gain of 0,9. The treatment failed in 34,6 % of our patients -including 4 patients lost of follow-up (8, 16%-, compared with 53, 8% of patients without structured MT for selection and follow-up. Physical exercise enhanced markedly the results with 45, 8% of excess of weight loss in women and 39, 7% in males, compared with 14, 6 and 15, 6% in patients who didn't follow the program. The weight loss was mostly fat mass, 89,9% in men and 75,6% in women.- The results maintenance was obtained in 40% of patients one year later. There were no major complications; one balloon had to be removed at 3 weeks because of intolerance, another at 5 months because of gastroesophageal reflux. Conclusions: BIB is an effective help to achieve a short term weight loss in obese patients; nevertheless, good and long lasting results will depend on the modification of life style obtained by a multidisciplinary approach.

  15. The Dutch experience in percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of narrowed saphenous veins used for aortocoronary arterial bypass

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    W.H.T. Plokker; H.J. Meester (Hannie); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    textabstractOf 19,994 percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty procedures performed in The Netherlands between April 1980 and January 1989, the long-term follow-up of 454 patients who underwent angioplasty of greater than or equal to 1 saphenous vein bypass graft was reviewed. In 46% of patien

  16. Emergency endovascular repair of iliac artery rupture caused by post-stenting angioplasty with an endograft

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    ZHOU Yu-bin; WU Dan-ming; XU Ke; WANG Cheng-gang; YI Wei; JIA Qi; SUN Yu-xin


    @@ Iliac artery rupture is a rare complication of poststenting angioplasty and can lead to massive lifethreatening haemorrhage. Conventional surgery can not repair the damaged vessel easily and may cause substantial blood loss and high operative morbidity and mortality. We report our experience with a selfexpanding covered endoprosthesis for endovascular repair of the rupture of an iliac artery caused by stenting angioplasty.

  17. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the superficial femoral artery by retrograde catheterization via the popliteal artery

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    Tønnesen, K H; Sager, P; Karle, A;


    We report the results of 50 angioplasty procedures via the popliteal artery. A 3-year follow-up including control of blood pressures at ankle and toe levels show results comparable to reports in the literature. This new approach for angioplasty of the superficial femoral artery and eventually...

  18. Impact of Diabetes on Long-Term Outcome After Primary Angioplasty

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    De Luca, Giuseppe; Dirksen, Maurits T; Spaulding, Christian;


    Diabetes has been shown to be associated with worse survival and repeat target vessel revascularization (TVR) after primary angioplasty. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the impact of diabetes on long-term outcome in patients undergoing primary angioplasty treated with bare metal stents...

  19. Paraplegia following intraaortic balloon circulatory assistance

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    Benício Anderson


    Full Text Available Intraaortic balloon counterpulsation is frequently used in patients experiencing severe ventricular dysfunction following maximal drug therapy. However, even with the improvement of percutaneous insertion techniques, the procedure has always been followed by vascular, infectious, and neurological complications. This article describes a case of paraplegia due to intraaortic balloon counterpulsation in the postoperative period of cardiac surgery.

  20. [Percutaneous angioplasty (PTA) in the treatment of non-penetrating injuries to the subclavian artery. A clinical case]. (United States)

    Giordanengo, F; Boneschi, M; Giorgetti, P L; Lovaria, A


    Non penetrating injuries to the subclavian vessels are uncommon. We present a case of a young patient with an isolated blunt trauma of the right subclavian artery. The patient, a 25 year-old woman, was admitted to our Institute after a motor-vehicle accident, with a physical findings of absent peripheral pulses and right clavicular fracture, confirmed by non-invasive vascular evaluation and X-ray of the chest. Diagnosis was established by an urgent selective angiography that showed a subintimal hematoma with occlusion of the vessel and peripheral ischemia of the arm. The patient clinical status (hemodynamically stable) permitted a conservative management and a transluminal percutaneous angioplasty (PTA) with a trans-femoral catheter balloon. After radiologic treatment, the patient showed good palpable peripheral pulses. Clavicular fracture was treated by esternal stabilization. We believe that in selected patients, without other serious life-threatening injures, the intimal artery injury can be treated by a conservative and now also radiologic Therapy; PTA treatment avoids morbidity and mortality associated with surgical intervention.

  1. The patients' perception of recovery after coronary angioplasty. (United States)

    Higgins, M; Dunn, S; Theobald, K


    Coronary angioplasty and stent placement is associated with short hospital stays. Patients are expected to recover at home, alone, following limited care time with nurses. The purpose of the study was to describe participants' perceptions of recovery after angioplasty. Eight men and three women were interviewed 1 month after discharge from hospital. Verbatim transcripts were analysed for major themes using the qualitative techniques of grounded theory. Data analysis revealed three major categories: awareness of the problem, coping response and appraisal of the situation. These were linked via a problem solving process. In step one, the problem was identified. In step two, coping responses were taken to try and solve the problem. In step three, the results of the coping responses were appraised or evaluated. These categories were further defined by four phases identified as: pre-admission, admission, during the angioplasty and recovery. This paper describes the recovery phase. Awareness of the problem in the recovery phase was associated with 'relief from chest pain' for most participants. In contrast, anxiety continued and was associated with 'uncertainty over future health'. Participants described coping responses of "taking control of their life again" by undertaking both physical and psychological strategies. Finally, the situation was appraised to be either a 'good' or a 'bad' recovery. This appraisal was based on such considerations as the absence of chest pain, improvement in well-being and energy levels. The results of this study highlight patients' concerns and support the need for greater emphasis on their psychosocial needs. This care must be provided within the time constraints of short hospital stays. Nurses must also consider providing support to patients in the pre-admission and recovery phases.

  2. Carotid angioplasty and stent placement for restenosis after endarterectomy

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    Kadkhodayan, Yasha [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Moran, Christopher J.; Cross, DeWitte T. [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, St. Louis, MO (United States); Derdeyn, Colin P. [Washington University School of Medicine, Interventional Neuroradiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (United States); Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, St. Louis, MO (United States); Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, St. Louis, MO (United States)


    Recurrent carotid stenosis following endarterectomy is a common complication, and reoperation may be associated with increased morbidity. The goal of this study was to determine the procedural safety and long-term complication rates of carotid angioplasty and stenting for recurrent stenosis. Of 248 consecutive carotid angioplasty and/or stenting procedures performed at our institution between March 1996 and November 2005, 83 procedures for recurrent stenosis following endarterectomy were performed in 75 patients (mean age 68 years; 43 men, 32 women) without cerebral protection devices. The patients' medical records were retrospectively reviewed for vascular imaging reports and available clinical follow-up. Procedural and long-term complication rates were calculated. Recurrent stenosis was reduced from a mean of 80.6% to no significant stenosis in 82 of 83 procedures. The procedural stroke rate was 3 out of 83 procedures (3.6%). The procedural transient ischemic attack (TIA) rate was 2 out of 83 procedures (2.4%). Mean follow-up was 22.4 months (range 0.1 to 86.7 months) with at least 6 months follow-up for 54 of 83 procedures (65%). There were five TIAs and no strokes on follow-up (new TIAs at 25.5 and 43.4 months; recurrent TIAs at 1, 11.1, and 12 months, all with normal angiograms). The composite 30-day stroke, myocardial infarction, or death rate was 5 of 83 procedures (6.0%). In this series, angioplasty and stenting were effective in relieving stenosis secondary to recurrent carotid disease after endarterectomy, and have low rates of ischemic complications. (orig.)

  3. Transradial approach for coronary angioplasty in Chinese elderly patients

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    CAO Zheng; ZHOU Yu-jie; ZHAO Ying-xin; LIU Yu-yang; SHI Dong-mei; GUO Yong-he; CHENG Wan-jun; NIE Bin; WANG Jian-long


    Background The radiaI artery is currently regarded as a useful vascular access site for coronary procedures.This study was conducted to investigate the feasibility and safety of the percutaneous radial artery approach for angioplasty in the elderly.Methods Two thousand and fifty-eight consecutive patients (762 elderly,age≥65 years;and 1296 non-elderly,age <65 years,respectively) who underwent transradial coronary angioplasty were recruited in this study.Study endpoints included procedure success rate,procedure time,vascular complications at access site,and major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events during hospitalization.Results Elderly patients were more likely to present with unstable angina and renal dysfunction.The incidence of radial and brachiocephalic trunk anatomical tortuosity was higher in elderly patients than that in non-elderly patients (11.5% vs 3.7%;8.9% vs 2.6%,P<0.01,respectively).However,procedural success rate(94.7% vs 95.6%)and total mean procedure time ((67.9±27.3)minutes vs (58.6±38.5) minutes) for transradial coronary angioplasty were not significantly different between the two groups.Clinical course during the hospitalization was slightly worse in the elderly patients because of more adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events after the procedure.However,the incidence of vascular complications was not significantly different between the elderly and non-elderly patients.Conclusion Although the incidence of radial and brachiocephalic trunk anatomical tortuosity is higher in elderly patients,transradial coronary intervention can be performed with similar safety and procedural success in these patients as compared with non-elderly patients.

  4. Successful angioplasty during pregnancy for renal artery stenosis. (United States)

    Margueritte, François; Velasco, Stephane; Pourrat, Olivier; Pierre, Fabrice


    Renal artery stenosis can be diagnosed during pregnancy and treated at the same time. A 30-year-old woman had a sudden, severe but asymptomatic hypertensive crisis at 21 weeks of gestation. The diagnosis of renal artery stenosis suspected on Doppler ultrasonography was confirmed and treated by renal angioplasty, which reduced her blood pressure. At 27 weeks of gestation, her blood pressure increased again, associated with significant proteinuria, suggesting pre-eclampsia. A cesarean section was performed giving birth to a healthy 940-g child. Renal artery stenosis should be considered when sudden and early-onset hypertension appears during pregnancy.

  5. [Angioscopy and angioplasty of the iliac and femoral arteries]. (United States)

    Baudrillard, J C; Cécile, J P; Foucart, H; Carlier, C; Baidj, Z


    Angioscopy is a technique of endoscopic investigation of the vascular lumen and its contents, which we have coupled with iliac and femoral angioplasty. The material comprises 3 main elements: the angioscope, the TV-monitoring assembly and the infusion system. No complication was recorded in a series of 94 angioscopies (47 iliac, 44 distal femoral and 3 grafts) performed over a period of 18 months. The technical quality of the images obtained was good in 90% of cases (85/94). Angioscopy revealed lesions that had either been nonvisualized or underrated by angiography, and played a determinant role in 16% of cases (15/94), whereby the therapeutical procedure could be modified accordingly.

  6. Who is responsible for the consequences? A case of stent thrombosis subsequent to noncompliance with post angioplasty treatment regimen. (United States)

    Sajwani, Salma Abdul Aziz; Allana, Saleema


    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of mortality internationally and in Pakistan. Angioplasty has been proven to be an effective treatment for CAD. Stent thrombosis is a known but preventable complication of angioplasty. Several factors may lead to stent thrombosis with non-compliance with the prescribed drug regimen, being one of the most important factors. We report a case of stent thrombosis after four months of angioplasty. After exploring of patient's post angioplasty routines, it was found that the patient was non-compliant with the prescribed anti- platelets and other prescribed drugs. This time the patient presented with another acute myocardial infarction, and he went through angioplasty again.

  7. The protective effect of bergamot oil extract on lecitine-like oxyLDL receptor-1 expression in balloon injury-related neointima formation. (United States)

    Mollace, Vincenzo; Ragusa, Salvatore; Sacco, Iolanda; Muscoli, Carolina; Sculco, Francesca; Visalli, Valeria; Palma, Ernesto; Muscoli, Saverio; Mondello, Luigi; Dugo, Paola; Rotiroti, Domenicantonio; Romeo, Francesco


    Lectin-like oxyLDL receptor-1 (LOX-1) has recently been suggested to be involved in smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation and neointima formation in injured blood vessels. This study evaluates the effect of the nonvolatile fraction (NVF), the antioxidant component of bergamot essential oil (BEO), on LOX-1 expression and free radical generation in a model of rat angioplasty. Common carotid arteries injured by balloon angioplasty were removed after 14 days for histopathological, biochemical, and immunohistochemical studies. Balloon injury led to a significant restenosis with SMC proliferation and neointima formation, accompanied by increased expression of LOX-1 receptor, malondialdehyde and superoxide formation, and nitrotyrosine staining. Pretreatment of rats with BEO-NVF reduced the neointima proliferation together with free radical formation and LOX-1 expression in a dose-dependent manner. These results suggest that natural antioxidants may be relevant in the treatment of vascular disorders in which proliferation of SMCs and oxyLDL-related endothelial cell dysfunction are involved.

  8. Airborne Internet Providing Tethered Balloon System

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    Full Text Available In this paper we shall introduce a new system for providing wireless network communication over a specified area using ’lighter than air’ balloons. This technology will replace the existing fiber optic network system. This will be done by using a tethered balloon along with the payload (containing a receiver, a transmitter and a radio communication device.This payload will be suspended from the ground at an altitude (depending on the area of coverage required. Users under this area will be able to access this system directly for internet connectivity. This system can be used over large areas like universities, companies and societies to provide internet facility to their users through Wi-Fi or over an area where the user is specified (commercial purposes. Currently Google is working on similar idea called the ’Google Loon’ in which they use high altitude balloons which float at an altitude twice as high as air planes and the weather. They recently tested this system over New-Zealand by providing internet to their pilot testers on ground. Their balloons not being stationary, move with directional winds and have to be replaced one after the other to maintain consistency. This can be a huge problem over the areas where upper atmospheric winds are not in favorable direction. We can resolve this problem by using our stationary tethered balloon system which can communicate with the loon balloons to provide internet facility over a desired area. Moreover when our balloon will communicate with the loon balloon it will increase the coverage area as the loon balloon has to communicate to a point which is above the ground. Our system will not only replace the existing fiber optic system but it will also be selfsustaining i.e. It will generate its own power using solar panels.

  9. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of supra-aortic arteries especially the internal carotid artery

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    Kachel, R.; Basche, S. (Medizinische Akademie, Erfurt (Germany, F.R.). Radiologische Klinik); Heerklotz, I.; Grossmann, K. (Medizinische Akademie, Erfurt (Germany, F.R.). Klinik fuer Innere Medizin); Endler, S. (Medizinische Akademie, Erfurt (Germany, F.R.). Klinik fuer Neurologie und Psychiatrie)


    We present our experience with 105 patients in whom percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed in 112 stenosed or occluded supra-aortic arteries. Symtoms of cerebrovascular and/or vertebrobasilar insufficiency were present in 104 of the 105 patients. The angioplasty was successful in 35 stenoses of the internal carotid artery, 2 stenoses of the common carotid artery, 1 stenosis of the external carotid artery, 15 stenoses of the vertebral artery, 3 stenoses of the innominate artery and 44 stenoses of the subclavian artery. There were only 4 minor-complications (2 haematomas, 1 transient ischemic attack, 1 small thrombus of the internal carotid artery which was detected by 111-indium platelet scintigraphy and treated by thrombendarterectomy before the appearance of neurological symptoms). All patients were symptom free after angioplasty. During the observations period of 3 to 109 months (average 58 months) there were only two cases with re-stenosis after subclavian angioplasty. The results of more than 700 personal and international published percutaneous transluminal angioplasties of supra-aortic arteries are presented. The results suggest that angioplasty of supra-aortic arteries is an effective method. On strict definition of the indications, the complication rate for angioplasty of the supra-aortic arteries is not likely to be higher than that for operative treatment. (orig.).

  10. Stratospheric electric field measurements with transmediterranean balloons (United States)

    de La Morena, B. A.; Alberca, L. F.; Curto, J. J.; Holzworth, R. H.


    The horizontal component of the stratospheric electric field was measured using a balloon in the ODISEA Campaign of Transmediterranean Balloon Program. The balloon flew between Trapani (Sicily) and El Arenosillo (Huelva, Spain) along the 39 deg N parallel at a height between 34 and 24 km. The high values found for the field on fair-weather and its quasi-turbulent variation, both in amplitude and direction, are difficult to explain with the classical electric field source. A new source, first described by Holzworth (1989), is considered as possibly causing them.

  11. A balloon-borne integrating nephelometer

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    Brown, G.S.; Apple, M.L. (Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (USA)); Weiss, R.E. (Radiance Research, Seattle, WA (USA))


    A balloon-borne integrating nephelometer has been successfully developed and flown by Sandia National Laboratories and Radiance Research. This report details instrument design, calibration and data conversion procedure. Free and tethered balloon transport and telemetry systems are described. Data taken during March 1989 South-Central New Mexico free flight ascents are presented as vertical profiles of atmospheric particle scattering coefficient, temperature and balloon heading. Data taken during December 1989 Albuquerque, New Mexico tethered flights are also presented as vertical profiles. Data analysis shows superior instrument performance. 5 refs., 22 figs.

  12. Looners: Inside the world of balloon fetishism


    McIntyre, Karen E


    In the spring of 1997, Shaun had just broken up with a boyfriend, and his roommate had moved out. Living alone for the first time and relieved of the fear that someone might walk in the door, he was finally able to indulge his fantasy. The young man sat on his couch and started blowing up balloons. Shaun had loved playing with balloons since he was a child. When he hit puberty, he felt his first orgasm rubbing against a balloon. It was then that his relationship with the object took ...

  13. Balloon-expandable covered stent therapy of complex endovascular pathology. (United States)

    Giles, Heath; Lesar, Christopher; Erdoes, Luke; Sprouse, Richard; Myers, Stuart


    restenosis rate included two renal artery occlusions in patients noncompliant with clopidogrel use and resulted in ipsilateral kidney loss in both patients. In-stent peak systolic velocities decreased significantly (p<0.05) from preoperation to 12 months in iliac stents and to 18 months in renal stents. Ankle-brachial index increased significantly in iliac stents from preoperation (0.62+/-0.18) to 18 months (0.86+/-0.16). Successful exclusion of atheromatous lesions and aneurysm/dissection/endoleak was 100%. Access-site complications occurred in 6%: pseudoaneurysm (n=2), dissection (n=1), and bleeding (n=1). Balloon-expandable covered stents have an acceptable primary patency with an excellent assisted patency after salvage angioplasty. The clinical utility of this technology is broad for the treatment of aneurysms, extravasation, unstable atheromatous lesions, and recurrent in-stent restenosis.

  14. Shielded Mars Balloon Launcher (SMBL) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Aurora Flight Sciences, along with its partner Vertigo Industries, proposes a novel approach to deployment of balloon-based payloads into the Martian atmosphere....

  15. Attitude determination for balloon-borne experiments

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    Gandilo, N N; Amiri, M; Angile, F E; Benton, S J; Bock, J J; Bond, J R; Bryan, S A; Chiang, H C; Contaldi, C R; Crill, B P; Devlin, M J; Dober, B; Dore, O P; Farhang, M; Filippini, J P; Fissel, L M; Fraisse, A A; Fukui, Y; Galitzki, N; Gambrel, A E; Golwala, S; Gudmundsson, J E; Halpern, M; Hasselfield, M; Hilton, G C; Holmes, W A; Hristov, V V; Irwin, K D; Jones, W C; Kermish, Z D; Klein, J; Korotkov, A L; Kuo, C L; MacTavish, C J; Mason, P V; Matthews, T G; Megerian, K G; Moncelsi, L; Morford, T A; Mroczkowski, T K; Nagy, J M; Netterfield, C B; Novak, G; Nutter, D; O'Brient, R; Pascale, E; Poidevin, F; Rahlin, A S; Reintsema, C D; Ruhl, J E; Runyan, M C; Savini, G; Scott, D; Shariff, J A; Soler, J D; Thomas, N E; Trangsrud, A; Truch, M D; Tucker, C E; Tucker, G S; Tucker, R S; Turner, A D; Ward-Thompson, D; Weber, A C; Wiebe, D V; Young, E Y


    An attitude determination system for balloon-borne experiments is presented. The system provides pointing information in azimuth and elevation for instruments flying on stratospheric balloons over Antarctica. In-flight attitude is given by the real-time combination of readings from star cameras, a magnetometer, sun sensors, GPS, gyroscopes, tilt sensors and an elevation encoder. Post-flight attitude reconstruction is determined from star camera solutions, interpolated by the gyroscopes using an extended Kalman Filter. The multi-sensor system was employed by the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope for Polarimetry (BLASTPol), an experiment that measures polarized thermal emission from interstellar dust clouds. A similar system was designed for the upcoming flight of SPIDER, a Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiment. The pointing requirements for these experiments are discussed, as well as the challenges in designing attitude reconstruction systems for high altitude balloon flights. ...

  16. Retrieving Balloon Data in Flight Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration —   NASA has plans to fly stratospheric ULDBs for missions of 100 days or more in the next few years. As these balloons circumnavigate the globe multiple times,...

  17. Deployment Instabilities of Lobed-Pumpkin Balloon (United States)

    Nakashino, Kyoichi

    A lobed-pumpkin balloon, currently being developed in ISAS/JAXA as well as in NASA, is a promising vehicle for long duration scientific observations in the stratosphere. Recent ground and flight experiments, however, have revealed that the balloon has deployment instabilities under certain conditions. In order to overcome the instability problems, a next generation SPB called 'tawara' type balloon has been proposed, in which an additional cylindrical part is appended to the standard lobed-pumpkin balloon. The present study investigates the deployment stability of tawara type SPB in comparison to that of standard lobed-pumpkin SPB through eigenvalue analysis on the basis of finite element methods. Our numerical results show that tawara type SPB enjoys excellent deployment performance over the standard lobed-pumpkin SPBs.

  18. Magnetometer for Balloons and UAVs Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Phase I SBIR project will investigate a new, low-cost approach to atomic magnetometry that is suited for operation from UAVs and research balloons. Atomic...

  19. Power Systems Design for Long Duration Ballooning (United States)

    Stilwell, Bryan; Chuzel, Alain


    The Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility has been designing and building high-altitude balloon power systems for over 26 years. With that experience, we have found certain types of PV panels, batteries, and charge controllers that are reliable in stratospheric environments. The ultimate goal is to ensure that power systems will provide power reliably throughout the duration of an LDB flight. The purpose of this presentation is to provide some general guidelines and best practices for power system design.

  20. Abnormally high failure rate for femoral angioplasty in patients with pseudoxanthoma elasticum

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    Ammi, Myriam; Kranenburg, Guido; Omarjee, Loukman; Martin, Ludovic; Spiering, Wilko; Lefthériotis, Georges


    Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is an inherited disease characterized by skin lesions, central blindness, and progressive peripheral occlusive disease. Severe claudication is a frequent symptom for which angioplasty represents a possible therapeutic avenue. We report the outcomes of four patients wit

  1. Effects of a behavioural intervention on quality of life and related variables in angioplasty patients

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    Appels, Ad; van Elderen, Therese; Bär, Frits


    The EXhaustion Intervention Trial investigated the effect of a behavioural intervention programme on exhaustion, health-related quality of life (HRQL), depression, anxiety, hostility, and anginal complaints in angioplasty patients who felt exhausted after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)....

  2. Simple risk stratification at admission to identify patients with reduced mortality from primary angioplasty

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    Thune, Jens Jakob; Hoefsten, Dan Eik; Lindholm, Matias Greve;


    BACKGROUND: Randomized trials comparing fibrinolysis with primary angioplasty for acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction have demonstrated a beneficial effect of primary angioplasty on the combined end point of death, reinfarction, and disabling stroke but not on all-cause death. Identifying......-risk group might have a reduced mortality with an invasive strategy. METHODS AND RESULTS: We classified 1527 patients from the Danish Multicenter Randomized Study on Fibrinolytic Therapy Versus Acute Coronary Angioplasty in Acute Myocardial Infarction (DANAMI-2) trial with information for all variables...... necessary for calculating the TIMI risk score as low risk (TIMI risk score, 0 to 4) or high risk (TIMI risk score > or =5) and investigated the effect of primary angioplasty versus fibrinolysis on mortality and morbidity in the 2 groups. Follow-up was 3 years. We classified 1134 patients as low risk and 393...

  3. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of iliac and femoral arteries in severe lower-limb ischaemia

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    Jørgensen, B; Henriksen, L O; Karle, A;


    Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed 92 times in 86 patients with severe lower-limb ischaemia (40% occlusion), giving rise to rest pain and/or gangrene. The patients were thereafter observed for periods up to 5 years. Criteria for success were appearance of normal groin pulse (iliac...... angioplasty) or persistent greater than or equal to 0.15 rise in arm/ankle blood pressure index (femoropopliteal angioplasty). The respective technical success rates were 82% and 64%. The complication rate was 10.9%, including 5.4% distal embolization. Patency rates were higher in iliac than...... in femoropopliteal lesions, in stenotic than occluded vessels, and also when the lesion was shorter than 5 cm and if there was good run-off. Limb salvage exceeded patency by 10% in the iliac procedures and by 15% in the femoropopliteal. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is recommended for selected cases...

  4. [Percutaneous angioscopy and angioplasty in the treatment of arteriopathies of the lower limbs]. (United States)

    Baudrillard, J C; Foucart, H; Defache, C H; Lerais, J M; Cécile, J P


    Since 1987, the authors have routinely combined angioscopy with angioplasty of peripheral arteries. In a series of 251 angioplasties carried out in 191 patients, angioscopy was found to be more specific and more sensitive than arterial angiography in the etiological diagnosis of arterial stenoses and/or obstructions. Angioscopic findings modified the angioplasty procedure in 29% of cases. Using an inflatable catheter remains the most commonly used approach (230 cases); in 10 cases, this was preceded by thromboaspiration and in 4 cases by dotterization. Angioscopic support was useful in carrying out difficult manoeuvres (monitoring of the angioplasty in 4 cases, correct orientation of the guide into the lumen in 14 cases, installation of an endoprosthesis in 9 cases, arterial biopsy in 5 cases and sampling of an atheroma in 8 cases).

  5. Ulcerated Radiodermatitis Induced after Fluoroscopically Guided Stent Implantation Angioplasty (United States)

    Herz-Ruelas, Maira Elizabeth; Gómez-Flores, Minerva; Moxica-del Angel, Joaquín; Miranda-Maldonado, Ivett; Gutiérrez-Villarreal, Ilse Marilú; Villarreal-Rodríguez, Adriana Orelia


    Cases of radiation-induced skin injury after fluoroscopically guided procedures have been reported since 1996, though the majority of them have been published in Radiology and Cardiology literature, less frequently in Dermatology journals. Chronic radiation dermatitis induced by fluoroscopy can be difficult to diagnose; a high grade of suspicion is required. We report a case of an obese 46-year-old man with hypertension, dyslipidemia, and severe coronary artery disease. He developed a pruritic and painful atrophic ulcerated skin plaque over his left scapula, six months after fluoroscopically guided stent implantation angioplasty. The diagnosis of radiodermatitis was confirmed histologically. We report this case to emphasize the importance of recognizing fluoroscopy as a cause of radiation dermatitis. A good clinical follow-up at regular intervals is important after long and complicated procedures, since the most prevalent factor for injury is long exposure time. PMID:25276441

  6. Imaging Sunlit Aurora from Balloon (United States)

    Lummerzheim, D.; Zhou, X.


    Since 1892 when aurora was first imaged by Martin Brendel, useful auroral images have been obtained only when the aurora is in darkness. While UV imagers onboard satellite provide global auroral dynamics, the sunlit aurora in the UV band is overwhelmed by the UV airglow that has the same wavelengths with the UV auroral emissions. The visible band imaging is feasible only when the aurora is in darkness to avoid the sunlight contamination. However, sunlit aurora (such as dayside aurora) is closely related to the solar wind - magnetosphere - ionosphere coupling. In addition, limited land area has badly restricted the capability of imaging dayside aurora from the northern hemisphere and nightside aurora from the southern hemisphere. We have confirmed that sunlit aurora can be imaged using a near-infrared (NIR) camera on board the balloon platform flying in Antarctica or Arctic. This method provides a unique capability for dayside and conjugate auroral investigations. Scientific questions that can be addressed by such observations include how does the dayside aurora respond to solar wind transient variations? Are auroras hemispherically symmetric? Are auroral forms and their variations under sunlight the same as those in darkness? etc. The new method is also cost effective comparing to space-borne imagers, and offers capabilities not obtainable from space and the ground. With the accomplishment of identifying auroral dynamics in sunlight and darkness, in the south and north simultaneously, our knowledge and understanding of auroral phenomenon and its causes will be expanded.

  7. Effects of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor on the repair of vessel intima damaged by balloon

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    ZHANG Xing-hua; MA Xiao-jing; ZHAO Tong


    Background The dysfunction of vascular endothelial cells plays a key role in starting and facilitating restenosis. The acceleration of intima repair and the recovery of endothelial function would reduce the restenosis rate. This study was undertaken to assess the effect of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) on the repair of damaged iliac arteries.Methods Twenty-four male New Zealand white rabbits undergoing primary iliac artery deendothelialization were randomly divided into two groups (GM-CSF group and control group). The GM-CSF group received a subcutaneous injection of GM-CSF (10 μg·kg-1·d-1), and the control group was given a subcutaneous injection of equivalent saline. The iliac arteries of all animals were damaged by balloon after 7 days. The levels of nitric oxide (NO) were detected before, 1 week, 2 weeks and 4 weeks after angioplasty. The repair and hyperplasia of the intima were observed microscopically and the indices of stenosis were evaluated by computerized planimetry after 4 weeks of angioplasty.Results The NO levels of the GM-CSF group were higher than those of the control group 2 weeks and 4 weeks after angioplasty [(91.92±11.57) μmol/L vs. (81.67±12.18) μmol/L; (97.67±10.13) μmol/L vs. (83.16±12.64) μmol/L]. Four weeks after balloon damage, histological examination showed that neointima formation, vascular smooth muscle cells and fibrous tissue of the GM-CSF group were less than those of the control group. The endothelium of the GM-CSF group was more integrated, and stenosis of lumen was slighter than that of the control group. Morphometry showed the lumen area of the GM-CSF group was larger than that of the control group [(1.27±0.31) mm2 vs. (0.92±0.24) mm2], the neointimal area and percent of intima hyperplasia were significantly smaller than those of the control group [(0.85±0.34) mm2 vs. (1.18±0.38) mm2; (40±7)% vs. (55±6)%].Conclusion GM-CSF could facilitate the repair of the intima, reduce neointima

  8. Angioplasty of symptomatic high-grade internal carotid artery stenosis with intraluminal thrombus: therapeutic approach

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    Gonzalez, A.; Mayol, A. [Seccion de Neurorradiologia Intervencionista, Servicio de Radiologia, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Avenida Manuel Siurot s/n, Avenida Manuel Siurot s/n, 41013, Sevilla (Spain); Gil-Peralta, A.; Gonzalez-Marcos, J.R. [Servicio de Neurologia, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Avenida Manuel Siurot s/n, 41013, Sevilla (Spain); Boza, F. [Servicio de Neurofisiologia, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Avenida Manuel Siurot s/n, 41013, Sevilla (Spain); Ruano, J. [Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Avenida Manuel Siurot s/n, 41013, Sevilla (Spain)


    Intraluminal thrombus in the internal carotid artery (ICA) is usually found in patients with severe atheromatous stenosis. Having reviewed 300 carotid angioplasties for symptomatic >70% ICA stenosis, we found three patients (1%) with intraluminal thrombus. Conservative treatment with anticoagulants and double antiplatelet coverage can result in lysis of the thrombus without severe risks. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting, preferably with distal protection, can be an excellent alternative to carotid endarterectomy. (orig.)

  9. A Finite Difference Numerical Analysis of Heat Transfer in Atheromatous Plaque for Percutaneous Transluminal Microwave Angioplasty (United States)


    method for placing a catheter into the vascular system by surgical exposure of a blood vessel or percutaneous technique was developed by S.I. Seldinger ...angioplasty method is a new technique that has a tremendous potential for selectively heating atheromatous plaques in arteries with minimal thermal...well as reduced medical expenses associated with this procedure. Modern angioplasty techniques are the by-products of two important technological

  10. 3-year midterm results following hydrolyser{sup TM} thrombolysis; Langzeit-Ergebnisse nach Hydrolyser-unterstuetzter Angioplastie - eine prospektive Studie

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    Beyer-Enke, S.A.; Deichen, J.; Zeitler, E. [Staedtisches Klinikum Nuernberg-Nord (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische und interventionelle Radiologie


    Purpose: Data of a three-year follow-up after mechanical thrombolysis with the Hydrolyser catheter were evaluated. Patients have otherwise been treated by local thrombolysis. Method: 35 patients were treated by thrombolysis, balloon angioplasty, aspiration, local thrombolysis, and stent placement, if necessary. Morphological results following Hydrolyser treatment and additional treatment were evaluated. Results: Following Hydrolyser treatment a significant reduction of the degree and length of the occlusion was observed. Primary clinical success was 80%. Patency rate after 3 years was 0.5. 23% of all patients died in the follow-up period. Conclusion: The Hydrolyser treatment is a relevant alternative to local thrombolysis. This method reduces the time of treatment. The authors favor the lateral opening of the catheter to remove mural thrombus. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Auswertung der Nachkontrollen von Patienten, die anstelle einer lokalen Lyse mit dem Hydrolyser {sup trademark} -Thrombektomiekatheter (HT), Ballondilatation (PTA), Aspirationsthrombektomie (PAT) oder Stent behandelt wurden. Methode: 35 Patienten wurden behandelt und ueber drei Jahre nachbeobachtet. Alle Patienten hatten thromotische/thrombembolische Verschluesse der unteren Extremitaet. Die Laesionen wurden alle mit dem Hydrolyser {sup trademark} -Katheter behandelt. Abhaengig von der Art der Laesion wurden die unterschiedlichen Zusatzverfahren eingesetzt. Das morphologische Resultat wurde sowohl nach dem Einsatz des Hydrolysers {sup trademark} als auch nach der sekundaeren Therapie beurteilt. Ergebnis: Nach Verwendung des Hydrolysers konnte in 21 Faellen eine weitgehende Rekanalisation erreicht werden. Nach sekundaerer Angioplastie wurde in 31 Faellen ein zufrieden-stellendes Resultat (keine relevante Reststenose) erzielt. Die primaere klinische Erfolgsrate lag bei 28/35 (80%). Die Offenheitsrate nach drei Jahren betrug 0,5. 8 Patienten (23%) waren verstorben. Schlussfolgerung: Das System verkuerzt

  11. Safety and effectiveness of combined percutaneous coronary angioplasty and aortic valvuloplasty in an elderly patient with cardiogenic shock: effect on concomitant severe mitral regurgitation.

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    Emanuele Cecchi


    Full Text Available An 80-year-old diabetic man with severe aortic stenosis was admitted to our hospital for cardiogenic shock complicating non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Echocardiographic evaluation showed also a severe degree of both left ventricular dysfunction and mitral regurgitation. The patient was initially stabilized with inotropes and mechanical ventilation was necessary because of concurrent pulmonary edema. The day after, he was submitted to coronary angiography showing bivessel coronary disease. Given the high estimated operative risk, the patient was treated with angioplasty and bare metal stent implantation on both right coronary and circumflex artery; contemporarily, balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV was performed with anterograde technique, obtaining a significant increase in planimetric valve area and reduction in transvalvular peak gradient. Few days after the procedure echocardiogram showed an increase in left ventricular ejection fraction, moderate aortic stenosis with mild regurgitation and moderate mitral regurgitation. Hemodynamic and clinical stabilization were also obtained, allowing amine support discontinuation and weaning from mechanical ventilation. At three months follow-up, the patient reported a further clinical improvement from discharge, and echocardiographic evaluation showed moderate aortic stenosis and an additional increase in left ventricular function and decrease in mitral regurgitation degree. In conclusion, combined BAV and coronary angioplasty were associated in our patient with hemodynamic and clinical stabilization as well as with a significant reduction in transvalvular aortic gradient and mitral regurgitation and an increase in left ventricular ejection fraction both in-hospital and at three month follow-up; this case suggests that these procedures are feasible even in hemodynamically unstable patients and are associated with a significant improvement in quality of life.

  12. Femoro-popliteal artery occlusions treated by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and enclosed thrombolysis

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    Tønnesen, K H; Holstein, P; Andersen, E


    Removal of fibrin from the site of a newly dilated femoro-popliteal occlusion may be an attractive way of preventing rethrombosis. A double balloon catheter with a dilating tip balloon and an occlusive balloon 10, 15 or 20 cm approximately were introduced percutaneously. Following successful dila...

  13. Small dense low density lipoprotein particles are associated with poor outcome after angioplasty in peripheral artery disease.

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    Vincenzo Jacomella

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: In patients suffering from symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD, percutaneous revascularization is the treatment of choice. However, restenosis may occur in 10 to 60% in the first year depending on a variety of factors. Small dense low density lipoprotein (sdLDL particles are associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular events, but their role in the process of restenosis is not known. We conducted a prospective study to analyze the association of sdLDL particles with the outcome of balloon angioplasty in PAD. The composite primary endpoint was defined as improved walking distance and absence of restenosis. METHODS: Patients with angiographically documented PAD of the lower extremities who were scheduled for lower limb revascularization were consecutively recruited for the study. At baseline and at three month follow-up triglyceride, total cholesterol, LDL size and subclasses and HDL cholesterol and ankle-brachial index (ABI were measured. Three months after the intervention duplex sonography was performed to detect restenosis. RESULTS: Sixty-four patients (53% male with a mean age of 68.6±9.9 years were included. The proportion of small- dense LDL particles (class III and IV was significantly lower (33.1±11.0% vs. 39.4±12.1%, p = 0.038 in patients who reached the primary end-point compared with those who did not. Patients with improved walking distance and without restenosis had a significantly higher LDL size at baseline (26.6±1.1 nm vs. 26.1±1.1 nm, p = 0.046 and at follow-up (26.7±1.1 nm vs. 26.2±0.9 nm, p = 0.044 than patients without improvement. CONCLUSIONS: Small-dense LDL particles are associated with worse early outcome in patients undergoing percutaneous revascularization for symptomatic PAD.

  14. Japan-Indo collaboration on balloon observations (United States)

    Makino, Fumiyoshi

    Japan-Indo collaboration on balloon observations of cosmic X-ray sources was started in 1969 by the late S. Hayakawa of Nagoya Univ. and B. V. Sreekantan of TIFR. Cosmic background X-ray and soft gamma-ray spectra, simultaneous X-ray and optical flux variation, and size of X-ray emitting region of Crab Nebula were observed successfully by balloon flights at Hyderabad in 1969-1975. H. Shibai of Nagoya Univ. and T. N. Rengarajan of TIFR have organized collaboration on far infrared sky survey at wavlength of 150 micron emitted from CII. By employing improved detectors, CII distribution of Orion Nebula has been obtained in good accuracy by more than ten balloon flights in 1999-2008.

  15. Near ultraviolet spectrograph for balloon platform (United States)

    Sreejith, A. G.; Safonova, Margarita; Murthy, Jayant


    Small and compact scientific payloads may be easily designed constructed and own on high altitude balloons. Despite the fact that large orbital observatories provide accurate observations and statistical studies of remote and/or faint space sources, small telescopes on board balloons or rockets are still attractive because of their low cost and rapid response time. We describe here a near ultraviolet (NUV) spectrograph designed to be own on a high{altitude balloon platform. Our basic optical design is a modified Czerny-Turner system using off the shelf optics. We compare different methods of aberration corrections in such a system. We intend the system to be portable and scalable to different telescopes. The use of reflecting optics reduces the transmission loss in UV. We plan on using an image intensified CMOS sensor operating in photon counting mode as the detector of choice.

  16. 75 FR 33838 - National Environmental Policy Act; Scientific Balloon Program (United States)


    ... SPACE ADMINISTRATION National Environmental Policy Act; Scientific Balloon Program AGENCY: National... Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for NASA's Scientific Balloon Program. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of...

  17. Application of bidirectional subintimal angioplasty in atherosclerotic occlusion of lower extremities%双向内膜下血管成形术在治疗下肢动脉闭塞症中的应用

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    路军良; 李京雨; 张强; 徐力扬; 刘涛


    Objective To discuss the therapeutic efficacy of bidirectional subintimal angioplasty in the treatment of atherosclerotic occlusive of lower limbs. Methods Five patients with long segment of obstructed artery in lower limb were enrolled in the study. Of five patients, occlusion of the lower segment of abdominal aorta and bilateral iliac artery was seen in one, occlusion of iliac artery in 2 and occlusion of superficial femoral artery in the remaining two. Antegrade subintimal angioplasty procedure was unsuccessful in all five patients as the wire could not be placed into the true lumen, so retrograde subintimal angioplasty by puncturing the distal segment of the occlusive artery was employed. Through the newly created channel the retrograde guide wire was manipulated to be pulled out of vessel through the antegrade catheter. The subintimal tract was dilated with angioplasty balloon and the stent implantation was performed. Results Bidirectional subintimal angioplasty was successfully accomplished in all five patients, with a total of nine stents being implanted. Conclusion Bidirectional subintimal angioplasty is a safe and effective procedure for bringing the subintimal recanalization to success, this technique can be regarded as a remedial measure when unidirectional subintimal angioplasty ends up in failure.%目的 探讨双向内膜下血管成形术在治疗周围动脉完全闭塞性病变中的意义.方法 采用双向内膜下血管成形术治疗5例长段动脉闭塞患者,其中腹主动脉下端合并两侧髂总动脉及髂外动脉闭塞1例,髂外动脉闭塞2例,股浅动脉闭塞2例.在单向内膜下再通时,进人真腔失败后而在患肢闭塞动脉远端血管穿刺,使用导丝从病变对侧进入闭塞段内膜下,在病变内膜下腔,采用导丝贯穿至对侧导管技术,成功后,将导丝从对侧导管引出体外,然后用球囊扩张成型并植入支架.结果 本组5例患者均成功完成双向

  18. Particle Astrophysics in NASA's Long Duration Balloon Program

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    Gorham, Peter W


    A century after Viktor Hess' discovery of cosmic rays, balloon flights still play a central role in the investigation of cosmic rays over nearly their entire spectrum. We report on the current status of NASA balloon program for particle astrophysics, with particular emphasis on the very successful Antarctic long-duration balloon program, and new developments in the progress toward ultra-long duration balloons.

  19. There is a Text in 'The Balloon'

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    Elias, Camelia


    From the Introduction: Camelia Elias' "There is a Text in 'The Balloon': Donald Barthelme's Allegorical Flights" provides its reader with a much-need and useful distinction between fantasy and the fantastic: "whereas fantasy in critical discourse can be aligned with allegory, in which a supernatu......From the Introduction: Camelia Elias' "There is a Text in 'The Balloon': Donald Barthelme's Allegorical Flights" provides its reader with a much-need and useful distinction between fantasy and the fantastic: "whereas fantasy in critical discourse can be aligned with allegory, in which...

  20. On the inflation of a rubber balloon (United States)

    Vandermarlière, Julien


    It is a well-known fact that it is difficult to start a balloon inflating. But after a pressure peak that occurs initially, it becomes far easier to do it! The purpose of this article is to establish the experimental pressure-radius chart for a rubber balloon and to compare it to the theoretical one. We will demonstrate that the barometer of a smartphone is a very suitable tool to reach this goal. We hope that this phenomenon will help students realize that sometimes very simple questions can lead to very interesting and counterintuitive science.

  1. High altitude balloon experiments at IIA (United States)

    Nayak, Akshata; Sreejith, A. G.; Safonova, Margarita; Murthy, Jayant

    Recent advances in balloon experiments as well as in electronics have made it possible to fly scientific payloads at costs accessible to university departments. We have begun a program of high altitude ballooning at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru. The primary purpose of this activity is to test low-cost ultraviolet (UV) payloads for eventual space flight, but we will also try scientific exploration of the phenomena occurring in the upper atmosphere, including sprites and meteorite impacts. We present the results of the initial experiments carried out at the CREST campus of IIA, Hosakote, and describe our plans for the future.

  2. A quantitative analysis of the benefits of pre-hospital infarct angioplasty triage on outcome in patients undergoing primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction

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    van 't Hof, AWJ; van de Wetering, H; Ernst, N; Hollak, F; de Pooter, F; Suryapranata, H; Hoorntje, JCA; Gosselink, M; Zijlstra, F; de Boer, MJ; Dambrink, Jan Hendrik Everwijn


    Primary coronary angioplasty has been shown to be a very effective reperfusion modality in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, the time from diagnosis to therapy is often very long, often due to interhospital transfer of the patient. This study evaluates the effect of improving

  3. Auditory Risk of Exploding Hydrogen-Oxygen Balloons (United States)

    Gee, Kent L.; Vernon, Julia A.; Macedone, Jeffrey H.


    Although hydrogen-oxygen balloon explosions are popular demonstrations, the acoustic impulse created poses a hearing damage risk if the peak level exceeds 140 dB at the listener's ear. The results of acoustical measurements of hydrogen-oxygen balloons of varying volume and oxygen content are described. It is shown that hydrogen balloons may be…

  4. Ballooning behavior in the golden orbweb spider Nephilapilipes (Araneae: Nephilidae

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    Vanessa M.J. Lee


    Full Text Available Ballooning, a mode of aerial dispersal in spiders, is an innate behavior that requires appropriate physiological and meteorological conditions. Although only rarely reported in the golden orbweb spiders, family Nephilidae, the large geographic distributions of most nephilids—in particular of Nephila species—would imply that these spiders likely routinely disperse by ballooning in spite of giant female sizes. Here we study ballooning behavior in the golden orbweb spider Nephila pilipes (Fabricius, 1793. Specifically, we test for the propensity of spiderlings to deploy ballooning as a dispersal mechanism. We subjected a total of 59 first-instar spiderlings to a wind experiment at two wind speeds (2.17 ± 0.02 m s-1 and 3.17 ± 0.02 m s-1 under laboratory conditions. Under an average wind speed of 3.17 m s-1, none of the spiderlings exhibited pre-ballooning or ballooning behavior. However, at an average wind speed of 2.17 m s-1, 53 (89.8% spiderlings showed pre-ballooning behavior, and 17 (32.1% of the pre-ballooners ultimately ballooned. Our results concur with prior reports on spiderlings of other families that pre-ballooning behavior is a requirement for ballooning to occur. Furthermore, although we cannot rule out other dispersal mechanisms such as synanthropic spread, our findings suggest that the widespread N. pilipes uses ballooning to colonize remote oceanic islands.

  5. 21 CFR 884.5050 - Metreurynter-balloon abortion system. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Metreurynter-balloon abortion system. 884.5050... Devices § 884.5050 Metreurynter-balloon abortion system. (a) Identification. A metreurynter-balloon abortion system is a device used to induce abortion. The device is inserted into the uterine...

  6. Plasma levels following application of paclitaxel-coated balloon catheters in patients with stenotic or occluded femoropopliteal arteries

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    Freyhardt, Patrick; Kroencke, T.J.; Schreiter, N.F.; Sixt, S.; Rastan, A. [Charite Universitaetsmedizin, Berlin (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlenheilkunde; Zeller, T.; Schwarzwaelder, U. [Herzzentrum Bad Krozingen (Germany). Abt. fuer Klinische und Interventionelle Angiologie; Stiepani, H.; Werk, M. [Martin-Luther-Krankenhaus, Berlin (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin


    Purpose: Paclitaxel-coated balloon catheters inhibit restenosis after coronary and peripheral angioplasty (PCI,PTA). The aim of this study was to investigate paclitaxel plasma levels and laboratory parameters following PTA with paclitaxel-coated balloons (PCB) in peripheral arteries. Materials and Methods: This single treatment arm, multicenter study included 14 patients with Rutherford stage 1 - 5 with occlusions of up to 5 cm or {>=} 70 % diameter stenosis of the superficial femoral or popliteal arteries (SFA, PA). PTA was performed using up to three PCB catheters. The paclitaxel plasma levels and safety laboratory parameters were determined by collecting blood samples pre-intervention, immediately post-intervention, at 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 24 hours and 1 and 4 weeks post-intervention (p. i.). Vital signs were monitored to assess clinical safety. Results: PTA was performed successfully in all patients. Paclitaxel plasma levels were always below a level and duration known to cause systemic side effects. A mean peak paclitaxel plasma level (40 ng/ml) was reached immediately p. i. and decreased rapidly below detectable levels in more than half of the patients already 2 hours p. i. The paclitaxel plasma concentrations returned to values below detectable levels at 24 hours p. i. in all patients. Laboratory parameters and vital signs did not give any reason for safety concerns. No adverse events associated with balloon coating were observed. Conclusion: The results of 14 patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease show no systemic bioavailability of paclitaxel > 24 hours after PTA with one or more PCB catheters, indicating that the PCB catheter is safe with regard to possible systemic effects. (orig.)

  7. Early outcomes after carotid angioplasty with stenting performed by neurologists

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    Bathala Lokesh


    Full Text Available Aims: To evaluate the results of carotid artery angioplasty and stenting (CAS in treating extracranial carotid artery stenosis performed by neurologists in our center and compare the results with other large published series. Materials and Methods: Data for all patients who underwent CAS from January 2003 through November 2007, was retrieved from the Nanjing Stroke Registry. Perioperative and post-procedural complications within 30 days following stenting were analyzed and compared with that from other series. A total number of 75 patients were enrolled, with a mean age of 65.9 ± 8.8 years, and 64 (85.3% of them were male. Results: Procedural success was achieved in 74 patients (98.7%. Pre-treatment stenosis was 73.8 ± 14.9 and post-treatment residual stenosis was less than 10%. Thirty-four patients (45.3% had bilateral carotid artery disease and seven (9.3% had tandem stenosis. The neurological complication rate was 3.9% (one major and two minor strokes. Bradycardia in four (5.3% and hypotension in 13 (17.3% were observed during procedures. Using the Fischer′s exact t test, the complication rate compared with the large published series did not reveal any statistically significant difference (P > 0.05. Conclusions: We conclude that neurologists, with adequate training, can develop and add this technical skill to the existing cognitive skill of vascular neurology and safely perform stenting.

  8. Endovascular treatment with angioplasty or stenting versus endarterectomy in patients with carotid artery stenosis in the Carotid and Vertebral Artery Transluminal Angioplasty Study (CAVATAS): long-term follow-up of a randomised trial.

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    Ederle, Jörg


    Endovascular treatment (angioplasty with or without stenting) is an alternative to carotid endarterectomy for carotid artery stenosis but there are scarce long-term efficacy data showing that it prevents stroke. We therefore report the long-term results of the Carotid and Vertebral Artery Transluminal Angioplasty Study (CAVATAS).

  9. Single-balloon versus double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. (United States)

    Wang, Heng; Sun, Zhenzhong; Wang, Zhiwen; Jiang, Weimin


    Twenty-eight patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCF) were treated with single-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty (Group A), and 40 patients were treated with double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty (Group B). Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) score, vertebral height, and kyphotic angle (KA) were evaluated pre-operatively, post-operatively (3 days after surgery) and at final follow-up. Operative time, X-ray exposure frequency and costs were recorded. The mean operative time and X-ray exposure frequency in Group A were greater than in Group B (pkyphoplasty is a safe and cost-effective surgical method for the treatment of OVCF. It can achieve pain relief comparable with double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty. However, double-balloon bipedicular kyphoplasty is more efficacious in terms of the restoration of vertebral height and reduction of KA, and the operative time and X-ray exposure frequency are lower.

  10. Primary coronary angioplasty in 9,434 patients during acute myocardial infarction: predictors of major in- hospital adverse events from 1996 to 2000 in Brazil

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    Mattos Luiz Alberto


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To verify the results after the performance of primary coronary angioplasty in Brazil in the last 4 years. METHODS: During the first 24 hours of acute myocardial infarction onset, 9,434 (12.2% patients underwent primary PTCA. We analyzed the success and occurrence of major in-hospital events, comparing them over the 4-year period. RESULTS: Primary PTCA use increased compared with that of all percutaneous interventions (1996=10.6% vs. 2000=13.1%; p<0.001. Coronary stent implantation increased (1996=20% vs. 2000=71.9%; p<0.001. Success was greater (1998=89.5% vs. 1999=92.5%; p<0.001. Reinfarction decreased (1998=3.9% vs. 99=2.4% vs. 2000=1.5%; p<0.001 as did emergency bypass surgery (1996=0.5% vs. 2000=0.2%; p=0.01. In-hospital deaths remained unchanged (1996=5.7% vs. 2000=5.1%, p=0.53. Balloon PTCA was one of the independent predictors of a higher rate of unsuccessful procedures (odds ratio 12.01 [CI=95%] 1.58-22.94, and stent implantation of lower mortality rates (odds ratio 4.62 [CI=95%] 3.19-6.08. CONCLUSION: The success rate has become progressively higher with a significant reduction in reinfarction and urgent bypass surgery, but in-hospital death remains nearly unchanged. Coronary stenting was a predictor of a lower death rate, and balloon PTCA was associated with greater procedural failure.

  11. Experiments with Helium-Filled Balloons (United States)

    Zable, Anthony C.


    The concepts of Newtonian mechanics, fluids, and ideal gas law physics are often treated as separate and isolated topics in the typical introductory college-level physics course, especially in the laboratory setting. To bridge these subjects, a simple experiment was developed that utilizes computer-based data acquisition sensors and a digital gram scale to estimate the molar mass of the gas in an inflated balloon. In this experiment, the comparable density of an inflated balloon to that of atmospheric air introduces a significant role for buoyancy that must be accounted for. The ideal gas law approximation is assumed for both the isolated gas mixture within the balloon and the surrounding air, which defines the relationship between the gas pressure, volume, temperature, and molar quantity. Analysis of the forces associated with the inflated balloon with the incorporation of Archimedes' principle and the ideal gas law into Newton's second law results in an experimental method for the measurement of the molar mass and mole fraction of a gas that is easy to implement yet academically challenging for students. The following narrative describes the basic setup of this experiment, along with a sample set of data as acquired and analyzed by a typical physics student from one of my classes.

  12. Pumpkins and onions and balloon design (United States)

    Winker, J. A.

    The reach for a capability to make long flights (months) with heavy payloads (tonnes) has long been pursued. The closest we have come is with polar flights devoid of a significant diurnal cycle. Superpressure technology, with its ability to survive diurnal cycles, is an obvious choice, but materials limitations have been an obstacle to realizing these ambitious goals. Now comes an assortment of new synthetic materials, coupled with a special variety of superpressure balloon which, in combination, is poised to yield a solution for our enhanced duration/payload quest. In this paper we are looking not at materials, but only at a balloon concept. This concept is a "natural shape" oblate spheroid balloon whose shape is chosen to exploit properties of component materials, particularly newly available ones. The current variation of this concept is called a "pumpkin" balloon. The most visible work on this shape is that done by France's CNES, Japan's ISAS, and in the USA by NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. But the basic design idea is not new; it extends back at least a half century. This paper traces the origins of the shape, its evolution through various iterations, and it speculates on some of the recent thinking regarding construction details.

  13. Stratospheric Balloon Platforms for Near Space Access (United States)

    Dewey, R. G.


    For over five decades, high altitude aerospace balloon platforms have provided a unique vantage point for space and geophysical research by exposing scientific instrument packages and experiments to space-like conditions above 99% of Earth's atmosphere. Reaching altitudes in excess of 30 km for durations ranging from hours to weeks, high altitude balloons offer longer flight durations than both traditional sounding rockets and emerging suborbital reusable launch vehicles. For instruments and experiments requiring access to high altitudes, engineered balloon systems provide a timely, responsive, flexible, and cost-effective vehicle for reaching near space conditions. Moreover, high altitude balloon platforms serve as an early means of testing and validating hardware bound for suborbital or orbital space without imposing space vehicle qualifications and certification requirements on hardware in development. From float altitudes above 30 km visible obscuration of the sky is greatly reduced and telescopes and other sensors function in an orbit-like environment, but in 1g. Down-facing sensors can take long-exposure atmospheric measurements and images of Earth's surface from oblique and nadir perspectives. Payload support subsystems such as telemetry equipment and command, control, and communication (C3) interfaces can also be tested and operationally verified in this space-analog environment. For scientific payloads requiring over-flight of specific areas of interests, such as an active volcano or forest region, advanced mission planning software allows flight trajectories to be accurately modeled. Using both line-of-sight and satellite-based communication systems, payloads can be tracked and controlled throughout the entire mission duration. Under NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, NSC can provide a range of high altitude flight options to support space and geophysical research: High Altitude Shuttle System (HASS) - A balloon-borne semi-autonomous glider carries

  14. Measurements of gondola motion on a stratospheric balloon flight

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    Safonova, Margarita; Sreejith, A G; Sarpotdar, Mayuresh; Ambily, S; Prakash, Ajin; Mathew, Joice; Murthy, Jayant; Anand, Devarajan; Kapardhi, B V N; Kumar, B Suneel; Kulkarni, P M


    Balloon experiments are an economically feasible method of conducting observations in astronomy that are not possible from the ground. The astronomical payload may include a telescope, a detector, and a pointing/stabilization system. Determining the attitude of the payload is of primary importance in such applications, to accurately point the detector/telescope to the desired direction. This is especially important in generally unstable lightweight balloon flights. However, the conditions at float altitudes, which can be reached by zero pressure balloons, could be more stable, enabling accurate pointings. We have used the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), placed on a stratospheric zero pressure balloon, to observe 3-axis motion of a balloon payload over a fight time of 4.5 hours, from launch to the float altitude of 31.2 km. The balloon was launched under nominal atmospheric conditions on May 8th 2016, from a Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Balloon Facility, Hyderabad.

  15. Amputation-Free Survival after Crural Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty for Critical Limb Ischemia

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    Strøm, M; Konge, L; Lönn, L;


    BACKGROUND AND AIM: To evaluate the amputation-free survival after below the knee percutaneous transluminal angioplasty in a consecutive group of patients with critical ischemia of the lower extremity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 70 consecutive patients with critical ischemia were treated...... with below the knee percutaneous transluminal angioplasty at the vascular center at Rigshospitalet with the purpose of limb salvage. All patients were deemed unfit for major surgery due to anatomical limitations or severe co-morbidity, and no prior attempts of revascularization were performed. Follow...... within the first year. Complications after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty were rare. Cumulative mortality after 1 and 2 years was 22% and 34%, respectively. Amputation-free survival at 1 and 2 years of follow-up was 68% and 58%, respectively. There were no association between known risk factors...

  16. Report on the Activities of National Balloon Facility, Hyderabad (United States)

    Vasudevan, Rajagopalan; Sreenivasan, S.; Suneel Kumar, B.; Kulkarni, P. M.


    More than five and half decades back, the Indian Balloon Group at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai started development of stratospheric zero pressure balloon technology and today it is one among the leading balloon groups in the world. For the past 40 years, the Institute has been operating a Scientific Balloon Facility at Hyderabad and carried out 478 balloon flights for various disciplines of space sciences like primary cosmic ray studies, X ray, Gamma Ray, Infra Red Astronomies and Atmospheric science maintaining 100% success rate during the past nine years. The Balloon Facility has the capability to build balloons of volume up to 750,000 Cu.M. as well as carrying out R & D in all aspects of scientific ballooning like balloon engineering, balloon material development, general and flight support instrumentation. A continued effort in R & D for ultra thin balloon material for High Altitude Sounding Flights has resulted in lowering the thickness of the proven indigenous Antrix film initially from 6 to 3.8 microns in the first phase and further reduction to 2.7 microns in the second phase. A test balloon of volume 5000 Cu.M. using the 2.7 micron film attained a record altitude of 45.0 Km. amsl with 1 Kg. GPS sonde payload. A 60,000 Cu.M. balloon fabricated out of 3.8 micron film capable of reaching 47 Km. Altitude with 10 Kg. Payload is awaiting trial. This report briefly describes our balloon activities during the past two years. In atmospheric sciences, aerosol studies were made with OPC,QCM,Aethelometer, Nephelometer,MWR, CIMEL Sun Photometer and Raman LIDAR.Measuments of vertical profile of Meteorological parameters and ozone upto stratosphere using GPS Radiosonde and Ozone sonde is made respectively.Study of Ionospheric tomography is done with CADI and CRABEX.

  17. Usefulness of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in silent myocardial ischemia

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    Hou, Mami [Toho Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine


    The usefulness of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) was assessed in patients with exercise-induced asymptomatic myocardial ischemia (silent ischemia) and compared with exercise-induced symptomatic myocardial ischemia (symptomatic ischemia). Patients with single vessel coronary artery disease (51 with angina pectoris, 40 with old myocardial infarction) and evidence of stress-induced ischemia on thallium-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) underwent successful PTCA. Thirty-seven percent of angina patients and 60% of infarction patients showed asymptomatic exercise-induced ischemia. There was no significant difference in population characteristics between silent and symptomatic patients. Patients with silent angina had significantly higher percentage thallium uptake and washout rate than symptomatic patients. After PTCA, both percentage diameter stenosis and percentage thallium uptake were improved in all patients with angina irrespective of the presence or absence of symptoms. There were no significant differences in percentage thallium uptake and washout rate between patients with silent and symptomatic infarction. After PTCA, percentage diameter stenosis, percentage thallium uptake, and washout rate improved in all infarction patients irrespective of the symptoms. Zero percent of silent angina patients, 12% of symptomatic angina patients, 12% of silent infarction patients, 19% of symptomatic infarction patients had cardiac events during about 4.5 years after PTCA. The incidence of cardiac events did not significantly differ in any patient group. PTCA improved myocardial perfusion in all patients, and the incidence of cardiac events did not differ between the silent and symptomatic groups. Revascularization with PTCA is suitable for patients with silent as well as symptomatic ischemia. (author).

  18. Medical angioplasty - Hope and expectations: An optimistic overview

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    Mohammed F Abdul-Mohsen


    Full Text Available Primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD are markedly overlooked worldwide. The use of these kinds of preventive methods will greatly improve outcome of or even reverse major CVD, especially coronary atherosclerosis. Comprehensive lifestyle changes combined with aggressive medical therapy [lipid lowering agents "statins", antiplatelet agents, beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors] for patients suffering from coronary heart disease significantly reduce all major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE, especially in those with stable coronary artery disease (CAD, even if their coronary lesions are significant. The main mechanistic pathways for the significant reduction of MACE are: Stabilization of atheromatous plaques through endothelial function reparation, strengthening of the fibrous cap of the atheromatous plaque and reduction of atheroma burden, i.e., reversal of the process of coronary artery stenosis, the great dream of "medical angioplasty". Despite the compelling data indicating the great beneficial effects of both primary and secondary prevention of coronary atherosclerosis, the US national survey data reveals that only a minority of patients eligible by guidelines for these therapies in fact receive them. Hence, we strongly believe that our main duties as cardiologists is to improve the up-to-date knowledge of the practicing physicians about utility of aggressive medical therapy for both prevention and reversal of CVD, and also to promote useful primary and secondary prevention programs among physicians and patients. Meanwhile, further improvement and refinement of the current therapeutic modalities and introduction of new modalities for the management of lipid parameters other than LDL-C, such as HDL-C, triglyceride, lipoprotein (a, LDL particle size and susceptibility to oxidation may add further favourable effects in prevention and reversal of atherosclerotic process. Cardiologists should be

  19. [Complications of transluminal coronary angioplasty. A multicenter French study (1983)]. (United States)

    Valeix, B; Labrunie, P; Marco, J; Cherrier, F; Cuillière, M; Bertrand, M; Schmitt, R; Sabatier, M; Gaspard, P; Guermonprez, J L


    The authors report the complications observed during 1 247 transluminal coronary angioplasties (TCA) performed in 1 187 patients in 17 french centers between 1979 and October 1983. There were 855 primary successes (68.9 p. 100). There were 41 cases of symptomatic dissection (3.3 p. 100) of which 32 underwent aortocoronary bypass surgery with a residual myocardial infarction (MI) in 13 cases (40.6 p. 100). Medical treatment of symptomatic dissection gave very poor results (7 out of 9 MI) and is formally contra-indicated. 67 per- or postoperative occlusions were observed (5.3 p. 100). This is the most serious complication which necessitates an emergency revascularisation procedure (TCA or coronary bypass surgery--CBS--) because MI rapidly follows in patients without a well-developed collateral circulation. In this series MI occurred in 28 out of 45 patients--62 p. 100--despite CBS. This underlines the value of an immediate repeat TCA which, when successful, results in a much faster revascularisation. Seventy-three MI (5.8 p. 100) were observed in the first 24 hours: 50 p. 100 were secondary to an angiographically documented coronary occlusion. The other two causes were coronary dissection and spasm. Emergency CBS was carried out in 107 cases (8.9 p. 100) mainly for coronary occlusion or symptomatic dissection. The mortality was 11 out of 1 187 patients (0.93 p. 100). Death occurred in the catheter laboratory in 3 cases, during the first 24 hours in the operating theatre in 1 case, and after the first 24 hours but before hospital discharge in 7 patients.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  20. Treatment of renovascular hypertension by transluminal angioplasty--13 years experience in a single centre

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    Øvrehus, Kristian A; Andersen, Poul E; Jacobsen, Ib A


    OBJECTIVE: The study is a follow-up on treatment of renovascular hypertension (RVH) with percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty (PTRA). METHODS: Patients were screened on the basis of clinical criteria of increased probability of RVH with renography and in selected cases with renal vein renin...... stable. CONCLUSION: PTRA is an effective treatment of RVH in patients selected by signs of a flow-restricting stenosis. Twelve percent were normotensive after angioplasty and a further 77% had better controlled hypertension. Few complications were seen and renal function was on average unchanged...

  1. Endovascular angioplasty before resection of a sphenoidal meningioma with vascular encasement. (United States)

    Chivoret, N; Fontaine, D; Lachaud, S; Chau, Y; Sedat, J


    We describe a case of sphenoid wing meningioma presenting with cerebral infarction due to extended vascular encasement in which endovascular angioplasty was performed before surgery to avoid perioperative ischemia. A severe stenosis involved the intracranial internal carotid artery and the proximal segments of the middle and anterior cerebral arteries. Endovascular dilatation was followed by complete surgical resection. Preoperative mild aphasia and hemiparesia resolved completely after surgery. Endovascular angioplasty of arterial trunks and their branches can be proposed before the resection of skull base meningiomas encasing these arteries to decrease the risk of perioperative brain ischemia related to their surgical manipulation or vasospasm.

  2. Balloon-borne gamma-ray polarimetry

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    Pearce, Mark


    The physical processes postulated to explain the high-energy emission mechanisms of compact astrophysical sources often yield polarised soft gamma rays (X-rays). PoGOLite is a balloon-borne polarimeter operating in the 25-80 keV energy band. The polarisation of incident photons is reconstructed using Compton scattering and photoelectric absorption in an array of phoswich detector cells comprising plastic and BGO scintillators, surrounded by a BGO side anticoincidence shield. The polarimeter is aligned to observation targets using a custom attitude control system. The maiden balloon flight is scheduled for summer 2011 from the Esrange Space Centre with the Crab and Cygnus X-1 as the primary observational targets.

  3. Burn Injury Arise From Flying Balloon Toys


    Yalcin Kulahci; Fatih Zor; Mehmet Bozkurt; Serdar Ozturk; Mustafa Sengezer


    Many of peoples are faced minor or major burn injuries in their life. Even the most widespread burn cause is flame injuries, too different burn cause pointed out in literature like Acetylen burns. The cases which imply in literature, mostly causes from explosion of high pressure acetylene tube, metal oxygene patch flame or carbide lamp using from cave explorers. An interesting acetylene burn cause in Turkey was publised by the authors. This cases was to come into being from flying toy balloon...

  4. Double balloon enteroscopy examinations in general anesthesia

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    Laszlo; Zubek; Lena; Szabo; Peter; Laszlo; Lakatos; Janos; Papp; Janos; Gal; Gabor; Elo


    AIM:To demonstrate that the double balloon enteroscopy(DBE) can be safely performed in general anesthesia with intubation.METHODS:We performed a retrospective examination between August 2005 and November 2008 amongpatients receiving intubation narcosis due to DBE examination.The patients were grouped based on sex,age and physical status.Anesthesia records includedduration of anesthesia,quantity of medication usedand anesthesia-related complications.We determinedthe frequency of complications in the differen...

  5. MAXIS Balloon Observations of Electron Microburst Precipitation (United States)

    Millan, R. M.; Hunter, A. E.; McCarthy, M. P.; Lin, R. P.; Smith, D. M.


    Quantifying and understanding losses is an integral part of understanding relativistic electron variability in the radiation belts. SAMPEX observations indicate that electron microburst precipitation is a major loss mechanism during active periods; the loss of relativistic electrons during a six hour period due to microburst precipitation was recently estimated to be comparable to the total number of trapped electrons in the outer zone (Lorentzen et al., 2001). Microburst precipitation was first observed from a balloon (Anderson and Milton, 1964), but these early measurements were only sensitive to MAXIS 2000 long duration balloon campaign. MAXIS was launched from McMurdo Station in Antarctica carrying a germanium spectrometer, a BGO scintillator and two X-ray imagers designed to measure the bremsstrahlung produced by precipitating electrons. The balloon circumnavigated the south pole in 18 days covering magnetic latitudes ranging from 58o-90o South. During the week following a moderate geomagnetic storm (with Dst reaching -91 nT), MAXIS detected a total of over 16 hours of microburst precipitation. We present high resolution spectra obtained with the MAXIS germanium spectrometer which allow us to determine the precipitating electron energy distribution. The precipitating distribution will then be compared to the trapped distribution measured by the GPS and LANL satellites. We also examine the spatial distribution of the precipitation.

  6. Long Duration Balloon Charge Controller Stack Integration (United States)

    Clifford, Kyle

    NASA and the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility are interested in updating the design of the charge controller on their long duration balloon (LDB) in order to enable the charge controllers to be directly interfaced via RS232 serial communication by a ground testing computers and the balloon's flight computer without the need to have an external electronics stack. The design involves creating a board that will interface with the existing boards in the charge controller in order to receive telemetry from and send commands to those boards, and interface with a computer through serial communication. The inputs to the board are digital status inputs indicating things like whether the photovoltaic panels are connected or disconnected; and analog inputs with information such as the battery voltage and temperature. The outputs of the board are 100ms duration command pulses that will switch relays that do things like connect the photovoltaic panels. The main component of this design is a PIC microcontroller which translates the outputs of the existing charge controller into serial data when interrogated by a ground testing or flight computer. Other components involved in the design are an AD7888 12-bit analog to digital converter, a MAX3232 serial transceiver, various other ICs, capacitors, resistors, and connectors.

  7. Report on the Brazilian Scientific Balloon Program (United States)

    Braga, Joao


    We report on the recent scientific ballooning activities in Brazil, and present the plans for the next few years. Recent technological developments, especially on telecommunications and gondola attitude control systems will be reported. We also present the recent progress achieved in the development of the protoMIRAX balloon experiment. protoMIRAX is a balloon-borne hard X-ray imaging telescope under development at INPE as a pathfinder for the MIRAX (Monitor e Imageador de Raios X) satellite mission. The experiment consists essentially in a hard X-ray coded-aperture imager to operate in the 20-200 keV energy range. The detector plane is a square array of 196 10mm x 10mm x 2mm CdZnTe (CZT) planar detectors. A collimator defines a fully-coded field-of-view of 20 x 20 degrees, with 7 x 7 degrees of full sensitivity and an angular resolution of 1.7 degrees. We describe the final stages of development and testing of the front-end electronics, with charge preamplifiers, LNAs, shapers and Wilkinson-type ADCs customized for these detectors. We also show detailed Monte Carlo simulations of the flight background and the expected flight images of bright sources performed with the use of GEANT4.

  8. Numerical Modelling Of Pumpkin Balloon Instability (United States)

    Wakefield, D.

    Tensys have been involved in the numerical formfinding and load analysis of architectural stressed membrane structures for 15 years. They have recently broadened this range of activities into the `lighter than air' field with significant involvement in aerostat and heavy-lift hybrid airship design. Since early 2004 they have been investigating pumpkin balloon instability on behalf of the NASA ULDB programme. These studies are undertaken using inTENS, an in-house finite element program suite based upon the Dynamic Relaxation solution method and developed especially for the non-linear analysis and patterning of membrane structures. The paper describes the current state of an investigation that started with a numerical simulation of the lobed cylinder problem first studied by Calladine. The influence of material properties and local geometric deformation on stability is demonstrated. A number of models of complete pumpkin balloons have then been established, including a 64-gore balloon with geometry based upon Julian Nott's Endeavour. This latter clefted dramatically upon initial inflation, a phenomenon that has been reproduced in the numerical model. Ongoing investigations include the introduction of membrane contact modelling into inTENS and correlation studies with the series of large-scale ULDB models currently in preparation.

  9. Evaluation of Patients’ Exposure during Angiography and Angioplasty Procedures in the Angiography Department of Shahid Madani Hospital in Tabriz

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    Asghar Mesbahi


    Full Text Available Introduction: Coronary angiography and angioplasty procedures lead to significant radiation exposure of patients. In the current study, the average radiation dose to patients during angiography in the Angiography Department of Shahid-Madani Hospital was determined. Materials and Methods: An image intensifier based angiography unit (Philips BH 3000 was used for angiography procedures. The accuracy of the internal dosimeter was verified. Dose-area products (DAP of patients (236 cases during fluoroscopy and cine acquisition were recorded. Analyzing the data, the average radiation doses to patients for angiography and angioplasty and also for fluoroscopy and cine acquisition were determined. Additionally, the average fluoroscopy time for all patients was estimated. Results: The average DAPs of 23.7 and 91.5 Gycm2 were estimated for angiography and angioplasty respectively. Patient doses including fluoroscopy, cine acquisition and the total dose for angiography were 2, 7.7 and 3.8 times lower than angioplasty procedures respectively. Average fluoroscopy time was 1.9 times lower for angiography compared to angioplasty. Discussion and Conclusion: Fluoroscopy time and patient dose during fluoroscopy were in good agreement with other studies. However, the dose to patients during angioplasty was higher compared to other reports. To reduce patient dose in angioplasty procedures, the use of the lowest available frame rate, smallest field size and retraining of operators and technologists are recommended.

  10. Iliac artery myointimal hyperplasia in rabbits submitted to angioplasty and treated with Moringa oleifera

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    Jânio Cipriano Rolim


    Full Text Available Objective: to assess post-angioplasty myointimal hyperplasia in iliac artery of rabbits treated with extract of Moringa oleifera leaves. Methods : we conducted a randomized trial in laboratory animals for five weeks of follow-up, developed in the Vivarium of Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory of the Universidade Federal da Paraíba. We used rabbits from the New Zealand breed, subjected to a hypercholesterolemic diet and angioplasty of the external iliac artery, randomized into two groups: M200 Group (n=10 - rabbits treated with 200mg/kg/day of Moringa oleifera leaves extract orally; SF group (n=10 - rabbits treated with 0.9% saline orally. After five weeks, the animals were euthanized and the iliac arteries prepared for histology. Histological sections were analyzed by digital morphometry. Statistical analysis was performed using the Student's t test. The significance level was 0.05. Results : there was no significant difference in myointimal hyperplasia between M200 and SF groups when comparing the iliac arteries submitted to angioplasty. Conclusion : there was no difference of myointimal hyperplasia between groups treated with saline and Moringa oleifera after angioplasty.

  11. Short- and long-term functional effects of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty in hemodialysis vascular access

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    J. van der Linden (Joke); J.H. Smits (Johannes); J.H. Assink (Jan Hendrik); D.W. Wolterbeek (Derk); J.J. Zijlstra (Jan); G.H.T. de Jong (Gijs); M.A. van den Dorpel; P.J. Blankestijn (Peter)


    textabstractThe efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is usually expressed as the angiographic result. Access flow (Qa) measurements offer a means to quantify the functional effects. This study was performed to evaluate the short-term functional and angiographic e

  12. The prognostic importance of heart failure and age in patients treated with primary angioplasty

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    Henriques, JPS; Zijlstra, F; de Boer, MJ; van't Hof, AWJ; Gosselink, ATM; Suryapranata, H; Hoorntje, JCA; Dambrink, Jan Hendrik Everwijn


    Background: Effective risk stratification is essential in the management of patients with acute myocardial infarction. Available models have not yet been studied and validated in patients treated with primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction. Methods: The prognostic value of heart failure

  13. Unsuccessful reperfusion in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated by primary angioplasty

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    De Luca, G; van't Hof, AWJ; Ottervanger, JP; Hoorntje, JCA; Gosselink, ATM; Zijlstra, F; de Boer, M.J.; Suryapranata, H; Dambrink, Jan Hendrik Everwijn


    Background Several studies have shown that patency of the epicardial vessel does not guarantee optimal myocardial perfusion in patients undergoing primary angioplasty for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The aim of the current study was to identify clinical and angiographic correl

  14. Drug therapy or coronary angioplasty for the treatment of coronary artery disease : New insights

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    Amoroso, G; Van Boven, AJ; Crijns, HJGM


    Background In the last decade percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty has become a very popular strategy For the treatment of coronary artery disease, although its efficacy in reducing ischemic events and the subsequent need for revascularization has yet to be proved. Methods We reviewed the

  15. A clinical trial comparing primary coronary angioplasty with tissue plasminogen activator for acute myocardial infarction

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    M.L. Simoons (Maarten); S.G. Ellis (Stephen)


    textabstractBACKGROUND: Among physicians who treat patients with acute myocardial infarction, there is controversy about the magnitude of the clinical benefit of primary (i.e., immediate) coronary angioplasty as compared with thrombolytic therapy. METHODS: As part of the Global Use of Strategies to

  16. Late hemodynamic failure following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for long and multifocal femoropopliteal stenoses

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    Jørgensen, B; Tønnesen, K H; Holstein, P


    The outcome of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) was evaluated for treatment of 87 limbs with femoropopliteal stenoses, including 55 short stenoses (2.4 +/- 1.6 cm, mean +/- SD), seven single long stenoses (10.4 +/- 2.0 cm), and 25 multifocal stenoses (2.1 +/- 1.6 cm), where two to four...

  17. Comparison between primary angioplasty and thrombolytic therapy on erectile dysfunction after acute ST elevation myocardial infarction

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    Ramazan Akdemir; Ekrem Yeter; (O)zlem Karakurt; Salih Orcan; Nihat Karakoyunlu; Mustafa Mucahit Balci; Levent Sa(g)nak; Hamit Ersoy; Mehmet Bulent Vatan; Harun Kilic


    Acute ST elevation myocarclial infarction has high mortality and morbidity rates.The majority of patients with this condition face erectile dysfunction in addition to other health problems,In this study,we aimed to investigate the effects of two different reperfusion strategies,primary angioplasty and thrombolytic therapy,on the prevalence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.Of the 71 patients matching the selection criteria,45 were treated with primary coronary angioplasty with stenting,and 26 were treated with thrombolytic agents.Erectile function was evaluated using the International Index of Erectile Function in the hospital to characterize each patient's sexual function before the acute myocardial infarction and 6 months after the event.The time required to restore blood flow to the artery affected by the infarct was found to be associated with the occurrence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.The increase in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction was 44.4% in the angioplasty group and 76.9% in the thrombolytic therapy group (P=0.008).In conclusion,this study has shown that reducing the time of reperfusion decreases the erectile dysfunction prevalence,and primary angioplasty is superior to thrombolytic therapy for decreasing the prevalence of erectile dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.

  18. Short- and long-term functional effects of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty in hemodialysis vascular access

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    Van der Linden, J; Smits, JHM; Wolterbeek, DW; Zijlstra, JJ; De Jong, GHT; Van den Dorpel, MA; Blankestijn, PJ


    The efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is usually expressed as the angiographic result. Access flow (Qa) measurements offer a means to quantify the functional effects. This study was performed to evaluate the short-term functional and angiographic effects of PTA and to determine

  19. Incidence and outcome of radial artery occlusion following transradial artery coronary angioplasty. (United States)

    Stella, P R; Kiemeneij, F; Laarman, G J; Odekerken, D; Slagboom, T; van der Wieken, R


    Coronary angioplasty with 6F guiding catheters via the radial artery is associated with a minimal risk for major entry site-related complications. Although the incidence of radial artery occlusion (RAO) in the literature is approximately 30% after prolonged cannulations, little is known about the incidence and its clinical consequences of RAO following transradial percutaneous coronary angioplasty. In a prospective study, 563 patients with a normal Allen test were evaluated on patency and function of the radial artery after transradial angioplasty, by physical and ultrasound examination at discharge, and at 1 month follow-up. At discharge, 30 patients (5.3%) had clinical evidence of RAO. At follow-up, persistent RAO was found in 16 patients (2.8%). In this study we found a low incidence of RAO after transradial percutaneous coronary angioplasty. None of the patients with temporary or persistent RAO had any major clinical symptoms. Therefore, the occurrence of RAO can be considered a minor complication in patients with a previously good double blood supply to the hand.

  20. Immediate versus deferred coronary angioplasty in non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes

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    Riezebos, R.K.; Ronner, E.; ter Bals, E.; Slagboom, T.; Smits, P.C.; ten Berg, J.M.; Kiemeneij, F.; Amoroso, G.; Patterson, M.S.; Suttorp, M.J.; Tijssen, J.G.P.; Laarman, G.J.


    BACKGROUND: The field of acute coronary syndromes is characterised by an increasing tendency towards early invasive catheter-based diagnostics and therapeutics-a practice based on observational and retrospective data. OBJECTIVE: To compare immediate versus deferred angioplasty in patients with non-S

  1. Restenosis after coronary angioplasty: the paradox of increased lumen diameter and restenosis

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    K.J. Beatt (Kevin); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); H.E. Luijten; B.J.W.M. Rensing (Benno); H. Suryapranata (Harry); P.J. de Feyter (Pim); M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); G-J. Laarman (GertJan); G.A. van Es (Gerrit Anne); J.R.T.C. Roelandt (Jos)


    textabstractRestenosis after coronary angioplasty is the single complication that most limits this revascularization procedure in clinical practice. The process is largely unpredictable and the lesion-related factors predisposing to restenosis are poorly understood, with little consensus in publishe

  2. Endovascular brachytherapy to prevent restenosis after angioplasty; Endovaskulaere Brachytherapie in der Restenoseprophylaxe nach Angioplastie und Stentimplantation: Eine Uebersicht

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    Wohlgemuth, W.A.; Bohndorf, K. [Klinikum Augsburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Diagnostische Radiologie und Neuroradiologie


    Endovascular radiotherapy is the first effective prophylaxis of restenosis after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and stenting. The FDA recently approved two devices for the delivery of intracoronary radiation following coronary artery stenting. Published multicenter, double-blind, randomized trials of intracoronary radiation therapy report good results for preventing in-stent restenosis, while the data for the peripheral circulation are still inconclusive. Beta-emitters are easier applicable and probably also safer, whereas gamma-emitters have been more extensively evaluated clinically so far. Primary indication for endovascular brachytherapy are patients at high risk for restenosis, such as previous restenoses, in-stent hyperplasia, long stented segment, long PTA lesion, narrow residual vascular lumen and diabetes. Data from coronary circulation suggest a safety margin of at least 4 to 10 mm at both ends of the angioplastic segment to avoid edge restenosis. To prevent late thrombosis of the treated coronary segment, antiplatelet therapy with clopidogrel and aspirin are recommended for at least 6 months after PTA and for 12 months after a newly implanted stent. An established medication regimen after radiotherapy of peripheral arteries is still lacking. (orig.) [German] Die endovaskulaere Radiotherapie stellt das erste erfolgreiche Therapiekonzept in der Restenoseprophylaxe nach PTA und Stentimplantation dar. Am 3.11.2000 hat die amerikanische Food and Drug Administration erstmalig zwei Brachytherapiegeraete zur Restenoseprophylaxe nach Koronararterien-Stenting zugelassen. Grosse multizentrische, kontrollierte Studien wurden fuer das koronare Stromgebiet mit positiven Ergebnissen publiziert, die Datenlage im peripheren Stromgebiet ist noch ungenuegend. Beta-Strahler bieten Vorteile in der Anwendung, moeglicherweise auch in der Sicherheit, Gamma-Strahler dagegen sind besser klinisch evaluiert. Die primaere Indikation zur endovaskulaeren Brachytherapie

  3. Long-term outcome of primary angioplasty compared with fibrinolysis across age groups: a Danish Multicenter Randomized Study on Fibrinolytic Therapy Versus Acute Coronary Angioplasty in Acute Myocardial Infarction (DANAMI-2) substudy

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    Fosbøl, Emil Loldrup; Thune, Jens Jakob; Kelbaek, Henning;


    BACKGROUND: Primary angioplasty in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction has been shown to be superior to fibrinolysis. Whether elderly patients have the same long-term benefit from angioplasty, compared with fibrinolysis, as younger patients is unknown. METHODS: The effect...... of angioplasty versus fibrinolysis was investigated in 1,572 patients from the DANAMI-2 study across age groups. End points were total mortality and a composite end point of death, reinfarction, or disabling stroke. Follow-up was 3 years. RESULTS: Increasing age was associated with mortality (adjusted hazard...... ratio [HR] 2.45 per 10 year increment, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.78-3.37, P angioplasty over fibrinolysis on the combined outcome was independent of age: patients aged

  4. Influence of a history of smoking on short term (six month) clinical and angiographic outcome after successful coronary angioplasty

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    A.G. Violaris (Andonis); A. Thury (Attila); R. Melkert (Rein); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); E.S. Regar (Eveline)


    textabstractOBJECTIVES: To assess the influence of smoking on restenosis after coronary angioplasty. DESIGN AND PATIENTS: The incidence of smoking on restenosis was investigated in 2948 patients. They were prospectively enrolled in four major restenosis trials in which quantitative

  5. Stratospheric composition from balloon based measurements

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    Mencaraglia, F.; Carli, B. [Ist. per le Ricerche sulle Onde Elettromagnetiche, Firenze (Italy); Bonetti, A.; Ciarpallini, P. [Univ. di Firenze (Italy); Carlotti, M.; Lepri, G. [Univ. di Bologna (Italy); Alboni, F.; Cortesi, U.; Ridolfi, M. [Fondazione per la Metereologia Applicata, Firenze (Italy)


    Measurements of the composition of the earth`s atmosphere is of fundamental importance for the study of atmospheric chemistry and for developing models that can predict the evolution of the atmosphere itself. Here, the chemical composition of the lower stratosphere has been measured using a polarizing interferometer operating in the far infrared and submillimetric spectral region. The instrument was flown three times (in 1992, 1993 and 1994) from the NSBF balloon base (Fort Sumner, New Mexico) in coincidence with overpasses of the UARS satellite, for a total of about 50 hours of measurements. In this paper the authors report some of the results obtained from the data analysis made up to now.

  6. Double-balloon endoscopy: Who needs it?

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    Hendel, J.W.; Vilmann, P.; Jensen, T.


    Objective. Double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) made the small bowel accessible to inspection and therapy in its entirety. However, DBE is a time-consuming procedure that requires a highly skilled endoscopist, several nurses and - more often than not - anesthesiological support. This makes the selectio...... within the next 12 months. Conclusions. CE can be applied as a screening procedure for DBE and allows for an approximately two-thirds reduction in the need for DBE as well as enabling a choice to be made between the oral and anal route Udgivelsesdato: 2008...

  7. Pneumothorax, music and balloons: A case series

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    Shiferaw Dejene


    Full Text Available We describe two cases of spontaneous pneumothorax in young healthy adults with no underlying structural lung disease. The onset of pneumothorax was following physical activity including playing musical instruments and blowing of balloons. There is sparse data evaluating the pathophysiology of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in relation to increased mouth pressures. These cases highlight the possible physical effect of valsalva manoeuvre on transpulmonary pressures, and the potential risk of developing pneumothorax in otherwise healthy individuals. This aspect of pneumothorax development is worthy of further exploration, to better elucidate the mechanism and enhance our understanding of this common respiratory presentation.

  8. Ballooning Spiders: The Case for Electrostatic Flight

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    Gorham, Peter W


    We consider general aspects of the physics underlying the flight of Gossamer spiders, also known as ballooning spiders. We show that existing observations and the physics of spider silk in the presence of the Earth's static atmospheric electric field indicate a potentially important role for electrostatic forces in the flight of Gossamer spiders. A compelling example is analyzed in detail, motivated by the observed "unaccountable rapidity" in the launching of such spiders from H.M.S. Beagle, recorded by Charles Darwin during his famous voyage.

  9. Thrombus aspiration catheter is a Dottering balloon. (United States)

    Sheshagiri Rao, D; Barik, Ramachandra; Prasad, Akula Siva


    Coronary angiogram in a young man with history of STEMI with delayed presentation revealed subtotal occlusion of left anterior descending artery (LAD) with large thrombotic filling defect distal to the critical lesion. PCI was preferred without delay because of ongoing chest pain. Several runs of thrombus aspiration failed to detect any visible thrombus. However, the immediate angiogram after thrombus aspiration showed complete distal embolization of the thrombus which could have been achieved by Dottering or balloon dilatation. In contrary to the general perception, does thrombus aspiration push more thrombus than it can aspirate?

  10. Flight Qualification of the NASA's Super Pressure Balloon (United States)

    Cathey, Henry; Said, Magdi; Fairbrother, Debora

    Designs of new balloons to support space science require a number of actual flights under various flight conditions to qualify them to as standard balloon flight offerings to the science community. Development of the new Super Pressure Balloon for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Balloon Program Office has entailed employing new design, analysis, and production techniques to advance the state of the art. Some of these advances have been evolutionary steps and some have been revolutionary steps requiring a maturing understanding of the materials, designs, and manufacturing approaches. The NASA Super Pressure Balloon development end goal is to produce a flight vehicle that is qualified to carry a ton of science instrumentation, at an altitude greater than 33 km while maintaining a near constant pressure altitude for extended periods of up to 100 days, and at any latitude on the globe. The NASA’s Balloon Program Office has pursued this development in a carefully executed incremental approach by gradually increasing payload carrying capability and increasing balloon volume to reach these end goal. A very successful test flight of a ~200,700 m3 balloon was launch in late 2008 from Antarctica. This balloon flew for over 54 days at a constant altitude and circled the Antarctic continent almost three times. A larger balloon was flown from Antarctica in early 2011. This ~422,400 m3 flew at a constant altitude for 22 days making one circuit around Antarctica. Although the performance was nominal, the flight was terminated via command to recover high valued assets from the payload. The balloon designed to reach the program goals is a ~532,200 m3 pumpkin shaped Super Pressure Balloon. A test flight of this balloon was launched from the Swedish Space Corporation’s Esrange Balloon Launch Facilities near Kiruna, Sweden on 14 August, 2012. This flight was another success for this development program. Valuable information was gained from this short test

  11. Long term results of endovascular treatment in renal arterial stenosis from Takayasu arteritis: Angioplasty versus stent placement

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    Park, Hong Suk, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Do, Young Soo, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Kwang Bo, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Duk-Kyung, E-mail: [Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choo, Sung Wook, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Sung Wook, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Sung Ki, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Hyun, Dongho, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choo, In Wook, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, 135-710 Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Purpose: To retrospectively evaluate and compare the long term patency and antihypertensive effect of angioplasty and stent insertion in renal artery stenosis caused by Takayasu arteritis, with CT angiography and clinical follow-up. Materials and methods: We retrospectively analyzed and compared effects on hypertension and patency of renal artery in 16 patients (age ranging from 16 to 58 years, mean: 32.1 years) with renovascular hypertension caused by Takayasu arteritis who underwent endovascular treatment including angioplasty (n = 13) and stent placement (n = 9) for 22 stenotic renal arteries. Results: Technical success was 95% (21/22) without major complications. In the last follow-up CT angiogram (mean 85 ± 41 months), restenosis was 8% (1/12) in angioplasty and 66% (6/9) in stent. Patency rates of angioplasty were 100%, 91.7%, 91.7% and primary unassisted and primary assisted patency rates of stent placement were 55.6%, 33.3%, 33.3% and 88.9%, 66.7%, 55.6% at 1-, 3- and 5-years, respectively. In clinical follow-up (mean 120 ± 37.8 months, range 48–183 months), beneficial effects on hypertension were obtained in 87% of patients (13/15) and there was no significant difference between the patients who were treated by only angioplasty and the patients who received stent placement in at least one renal artery, regardless of whether or not angioplasty had been performed in the other renal artery. Conclusion: Compared with stent placement, angioplasty demonstrated better long term patency and similar clinical benefit on renovascular hypertension in renal artery stenosis of Takayasu arteritis. We suggest that stent placement should be reserved for obvious angioplasty failure.

  12. 21 CFR 870.1350 - Catheter balloon repair kit. (United States)


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  13. Reversible transient apical ballooning syndrome with coronary lesions

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    Yunshan Cao; Min Zhang; Xiang Li; Ping Xie; Lynn Cronin


    Transient apical ballooning syndrome(Tako-Tsubo syndrome or ampulla cardiomyopathy) occurs predominantly in women over 60 years of age with a history of recent physical or psychological stress. We present a case of a male patient with reversible transient apical ballooning syndrome with significant coronary lesions and other ECG changes that did not explain the clinical symptoms.

  14. A New Paradigm in Space Based Experiments Using Rubber Balloons

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    Chakrabarti, Sandip K; Palit, Sourav; Chakraborty, Subhankar; Mondal, Sushanta; Bhattacharyya, Arnab; Middya, Susanta; Chakrabarti, Sonali


    Indian Centre for Space Physics is engaged in long duration balloon borne experiments with typical payloads less than ~ 3kg. Low cost rubber balloons are used. In a double balloon system, the booster balloon lifts the orbiter balloon to its cruising altitude where data is taken for a long time. Here we present results of muon detections and recent solar activities, including the light curves and flare spectra in the 20-100keV range. We not only show that we have successfully obtained several flares and there spectra at different altitudes, we also found that the high energy X-ray flux of strong flares at altitudes of 10-13 km (the flight altitude of commercial planes) could be more than the contribution due to cosmic rays.

  15. An overview of instrumentation capabilities for Scientific ballooning in India (United States)

    Devarajan, Anand; Reddy Vizapur, Anmi; Rao Tanneeru, Venkateswara; Bangaru, Kapardhi; Trivedi, Dharmesh; Rodi, Ashish; Ojha, Devendra; Koli, Santosh


    The Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR-BF) in India, launches scientific balloons for research in the field of astronomy, astrobiology and atmospheric sciences. TIFR-BF not only has the capability to design, fabricate and launch zero-pressure balloons, but also provide operational and engineering support for launching them. The Control Instrumentation Group (CIG) at the balloon facility handles all electronics related to telemetry, telecommand, tracking, real-time data display, data storage, air-safety and payload recovery. In the recent past, it has designed and developed customized electronics and payload orientation mechanism to meet specific experimental objectives. Small, inexpensive and rugged industrial grade radio data modems were successfully deployed in balloon flights for low bit rate data and image telemetry. This paper will provide an overview and in-flight performance of some of the recent developments in instrumentation and electronics systems. Our plans for future upgradations will also be discussed.

  16. Global kinetic ballooning mode simulations in BOUT++ (United States)

    Ma, C. H.; Xu, X. Q.


    We report on simulation results of a 3+1 gyro-Landau-fluid (GLF) model in BOUT++ framework, which contributes to increasing the physics understanding of the edge turbulence. We find that there is no second stability region of kinetic ballooning modes (KBM) in the concentric circular geometry. The first unstable β of KBM decreases below the ideal ballooning mode threshold with increasing {ηi} . In order to study the KBM in the real tokamak equilibrium, we find that the approximation of shifted circular geometry (β \\ll {{\\varepsilon}2} ) is not valid for a high β global equilibrium near the second stability region of KBM. Thus we generate a series of real equilibria from a global equilibrium solver CORSICA, including both Shafranov shift and elongation effects, but not including bootstrap current. In these real equilibria, the second stability region of KBM are observed in our global linear simulations. The most unstable mode for different β are the same while the mode number spectrum near the second stability region is wider than the case near the first stability region. The nonlinear simulations show that the energy loss of an ELM keeps increasing with β, because the linear drive of the turbulence remains strong for the case near the second stability region during profile evolution.

  17. A constitutive equation for stratospheric balloon materials (United States)

    Rand, J.; Sterling, J.

    The selection of a suitable material for use as a reliable stratospheric balloon gas barrier and structural component is based on a variety of desired properties. In order to achieve the required combination of weight per unit area, helium permeation, strength, flexibility and toughness at low temperatures, low density polyethylene has been used for the last half century. During the last decade, linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) has been found to have even better properties for this application. Thin films extruded from this type resin have been found to have time dependent properties which should be understood in order to make an intelligent analysis of the balloon. This paper describes the current effort to characterize a 38 micron coextrusion of LLDPE as a nonlinearly viscoelastic material. The resulting constitutive equation may be used to accurately describe the time dependent creep and/or relaxation of this film when subjected to a biaxial state of stress. Recent laboratory data have been used to modify an existing model of LLDPE to account for differences caused by the coextrusion process. The new model will facilitate structure design optimization and reliability assessment, and may further be utilized as a predictive tool to benefit in-flight operations. Unfortunately, current structural analysis techniques based on linear elastic properties will predict stresses in excess of those which actually exist. An example will be presented which demonstrates the magnitude of this error when nonlinear behavior is ignored.

  18. EUSO-Balloon: The first flight (United States)

    Scotti, Valentina; Osteria, Giuseppe


    EUSO-Balloon is a pathfinder mission for JEM-EUSO, the near-UV telescope proposed to be installed on board the International Space Station (ISS). The main objective of this pathfinder mission is to perform a full scale end-to-end test of all the key technologies of JEM-EUSO detectors and to measure the UV background. The JEM-EUSO instrument consists of UV telescope designed to focus the signal of the UV tracks generated by Extreme Energy Cosmic Rays propagating in Earth's atmosphere, onto a finely pixelized UV camera. The EUSO-Balloon instrument, smaller than the one designed for the ISS, was launched on August 2014 from Timmins (Ontario, Canada). The flight lasted about five hours and the instrument reached a float altitude of about 40 km. From this altitude the telescope registered, at a rate of 400 000 frames/s, the nightglow background on forests, lakes and clouds, as well as city lights and artificial air showers tracks generated by means of a laser installed on an helicopter flying inside its field of view. In this contribution we will describe the instrument and its performance during the first flight.

  19. EUSO-Balloon: The first flight

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    Scotti, Valentina, E-mail:; Osteria, Giuseppe


    EUSO-Balloon is a pathfinder mission for JEM-EUSO, the near-UV telescope proposed to be installed on board the International Space Station (ISS). The main objective of this pathfinder mission is to perform a full scale end-to-end test of all the key technologies of JEM-EUSO detectors and to measure the UV background. The JEM-EUSO instrument consists of UV telescope designed to focus the signal of the UV tracks generated by Extreme Energy Cosmic Rays propagating in Earth's atmosphere, onto a finely pixelized UV camera. The EUSO-Balloon instrument, smaller than the one designed for the ISS, was launched on August 2014 from Timmins (Ontario, Canada). The flight lasted about five hours and the instrument reached a float altitude of about 40 km. From this altitude the telescope registered, at a rate of 400 000 frames/s, the nightglow background on forests, lakes and clouds, as well as city lights and artificial air showers tracks generated by means of a laser installed on an helicopter flying inside its field of view. In this contribution we will describe the instrument and its performance during the first flight.

  20. Correlating coating characteristics with the performance of drug-coated balloons--a comparative in vitro investigation of own established hydrogel- and ionic liquid-based coating matrices.

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    Sebastian Kaule

    Full Text Available Drug-coated balloons (DCB, which have emerged as a therapeutic alternative to drug-eluting stents in percutaneous cardiovascular intervention, are well described with regard to clinical efficacy and safety within a number of clinical studies. In vitro studies elucidating the correlation between coating additive and DCB performance are however rare but considered important for the understanding of DCB requirements and the improvement of established DCB. In this regard, we examined three different DCB-systems, which were developed in former studies based on the ionic liquid cetylpyridinium salicylate, the body-own hydrogel hyaluronic acid and the pharmaceutically well-established hydrogel polyvinylpyrrolidone, considering coating morphology, coating thickness, drug-loss, drug-transfer to the vessel wall, residual drug-concentration on the balloon surface and entire drug-load during simulated use in an in vitro vessel model. Moreover, we investigated particle release of the different DCB during simulated use and determined the influence of the three coatings on the mechanical behavior of the balloon catheter. We could show that coating characteristics can be indeed correlated with the performance of DCB. For instance, paclitaxel incorporation in the matrix can reduce the drug wash-off and benefit a high drug transfer. Additionally, a thin coating with a smooth surface and high but delayed solubility can reduce drug wash-off and decrease particle burden. As a result, we suggest that it is very important to characterize DCB in terms of mentioned properties in vitro in addition to their clinical efficacy in order to better understand their function and provide more data for the clinicians to improve the tool of DCB in coronary angioplasty.

  1. Restenosis after infrapopliteal angioplasty - clinical importance, study update and further directions. (United States)

    Baumann, Frederic; Diehm, Nicolas


    Patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) represent the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and exhibit high mortality rates. Frequently, PAD in CLI patients involves the infrapopliteal arterial segment challenging endovascular revascularization strategies. Restenosis remains the major drawback of tibial angioplasty encountered in more than two thirds of CLI patients undergoing tibial revascularization. In contrast to earlier observations, tibial patency was recently shown to be essential to attain an optimal clinical outcome in CLI patients subsequent to tibial angioplasty. The exact pathopyhsiological mechanisms of tibial restenosis remains unclear. To date, most of our knowledge on tibial restenosis and its pathophysiology is derived from coronary arteries, based on the similarity of coronary arteries to tibial artery morphology. Nervertheless, multiple antirestenosis concepts are investigated within clinical trials to reduce tibial restenosis.Purpose of the present manuscript is to provide a current update on the pathophysiology of tibial restenosis and potential antirestenosis strategies.

  2. Spontaneous Coronary Dissection: “Live Flash” Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Angioplasty (United States)

    Bento, Angela Pimenta; Fernandes, Renato Gil dos Santos Pinto; Neves, David Cintra Henriques Silva; Patrício, Lino Manuel Ribeiro; de Aguiar, José Eduardo Chambel


    Optical Coherence tomography (OCT) is a light-based imaging modality which shows tremendous potential in the setting of coronary imaging. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an infrequent cause of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The diagnosis of SCAD is made mainly with invasive coronary angiography, although adjunctive imaging modalities such as computed tomography angiography, IVUS, and OCT may increase the diagnostic yield. The authors describe a clinical case of a young woman admitted with the diagnosis of ACS. The ACS was caused by SCAD detected in the coronary angiography and the angioplasty was guided by OCT. OCT use in the setting of SCAD has been already described and the true innovation in this case was this unique use of OCT. The guidance of angioplasty with live and short images was very useful as it allowed clearly identifying the position of the guidewires at any given moment without the use of prohibitive amounts of contrast. PMID:26989520

  3. Effect of intra-aortic balloon pump on coronary blood flow during different balloon cycles support: A computer study. (United States)

    Aye, Thin Pa Pa; Htet, Zwe Lin; Singhavilai, Thamvarit; Naiyanetr, Phornphop


    Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) has been used in clinical treatment as a mechanical circulatory support device for patients with heart failure. A computer model is used to study the effect on coronary blood flow (CBF) with different balloon cycles under both normal and pathological conditions. The model of cardiovascular and IABP is developed by using MATLAB SIMULINK. The effect on coronary blood flow has been studied under both normal and pathological conditions using different balloon cycles (balloon off; 1:4; 1:2; 1:1). A pathological heart is implemented by reducing the left ventricular contractility. The result of this study shows that the rate of balloon cycles is related to the level of coronary blood flow.

  4. Tratamiento del vasoespasmo cerebral asociado a hemorragia subaracnoidea espontánea mediante angioplastia percutánea con balón: reporte de tres casos Treatment of cerebral vasospasm associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage by means of percutaneous balloon agioplasty: report of three cases

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    Carlos Mario Jiménez Yepes


    Full Text Available Reportamos el uso de la angioplastia percutánea con balón en tres pacientes con diagnóstico de vasoespasmo cerebral secundario a hemorragia subaracnoidea espontánea. Todos los pacientes estaban en mala condición clínica neurológica pero dentro de la ventana terapéutica para isquemia cerebral. El tratamiento fue considerado exitoso tanto en términos angiográficos como clínicos. La terapia endovascular mediante la angioplastia cerebral percutánea con balón es una herramienta útil en el vasoespasmo cerebral, en pacientes debidamente seleccionados y que estén dentro de la ventana terapéutica, que parece ser de doce horas luego de instalados los signos y síntomas. Succesful treatment of cerebral vasospasm by using percutaneous balloon angioplasty is reported in three cases. All patients were in bad condition with a short therapeutic window. All of them had a good recovery, both in terms of angiographic and clinical criteria. Use of endovascular therapy of spastic vessels by means of balloon percutaneous angioplasty in selected patients, is a good choice for treatment of cerebral vasospasm associated with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage.

  5. Preferential light absorption in atheromas in vitro. Implications for laser angioplasty.


    Prince, M R; Deutsch, T F; Mathews-Roth, M M; Margolis, R.; Parrish, J. A.; Oseroff, A R


    Laser angioplasty, the in situ ablation of arterial obstructions with laser radiation, has been demonstrated in animal models and early clinical trials. A problem with this technique, however, is the possibility of thermal damage to adjacent or underlying normal tissues that also absorb the radiation. Using a spectrophotometer with an integrating sphere and a specially constructed tunable-dye laser-based spectrophotometer, we evaluated the transmittance and remittance of human cadaveric ather...

  6. Carotid artery stent continued expansion days after deployment, without post stent deployment angioplasty

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    Umair Qazi


    Full Text Available This is a carotid artery stent (CAS case report, which avoids post-stent deployment angioplasty (Post-SDA, with duplex confirmed continued stent expansion at 1, 3 and 30-day post deployment. This report confirms that self-expanding nitinol stents in the carotid artery may not require Post-SDA. We believe CAS can be performed without Post-SDA, which helps reduce the occurrence of intraoperative hemodynamic depression.

  7. Rare occurrence of simultaneous coronary artery perforation and intracoronary thrombus formation following angioplasty

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    Su-Yan Bian; Liu-Fa Duan


    Both coronary artery perforation and intracoronary thrombus formation are life-threatening complications of percutaneous coronary interventions, which rarely occur simultaneously during angioplasty. We herein report a case of stent-related, left circumflex artery perforation, and subsequently acute left main artery thrombosis after the leakage was embolized with 7 microcoils. Intracoronary thromboectomy and systemic anticoagulant therapy were carefully used with good results. This case also represents some of our uncertainties regarding the best management of the patient.

  8. [Comparison of the results of coronary angioplasty and stenting during one year following surgery]. (United States)

    Simonenko, V B; Seĭdov, V G; Zakharov, S V; Evsiukov, V V; Liubchuk, I V


    The purpose of the study was to compare long-term results of angioplasty and coronary arterial stenting (CAS) depending on the initial degree of coronary arterial (CA) lesion according to morphological stenosis classification, as well as to evaluate the influence of re-stenosis on myocardial contractility dynamics, anginal recurrence rate, and exercise tolerance. The subjects, 228 men after angioplasty and 184 men after CAS with wire stents without drug coating, were included in the study between 1989 and 2005. Coronarography was repeated in 358 patients one year after surgery. The patients were divided into two groups. The first group consisted of 161 patients, to who 180 stents were implanted. The second group consisted of 197patients, in who 226 angioplasty procedures were performed. Data were processed using standard variational statistical methods, i.e. the calculation of mean values and standard deviation. Statistical calculations were carried out using Analysis ToolPak- VBA software of Microsoft Excel 2000. The study found that one year after either intervention the number of patients without anginal symptoms fell significantly compared with this number during the in-hospital period. In group 2 the frequency of restenosis was higher and the number of patients with anginal symptoms was significantly bigger than in group 1; the number of asymptomatic patients was significantly bigger in group 1. Initial morphological characteristics of CA lesion had a significant effect on the long-term frequency of restenosis following endovascular treatment. Restenosis was 2 to 2.5 times more frequent in patients with C type CA lesion vs. patients with A type regardless the method of endovascular intervention. The results of the study demonstrate the importance of taking into account initial morphological characteristics of CA lesion; CAS is more preferable than angioplasty, especially in patients with C type CA lesion.

  9. +Ophitoxaemia and myocardial infarction--the issues during primary angioplasty: a review. (United States)

    Gupta, Prabha Nini; Thomas, Jinesh; Francis, Preetham Kumar; Shylaja, Sajith Vamadevan


    'The Big four' are the most poisonous snakes in India, and especially in Kerala. These include the cobra, the viper, the krait and the sea snake. Most of the poisonous snakebites in India occur in Kerala. We believe there are only a few reports of myocardial infarction after snakebites and most of these are viper bites. We believe this is the second case of primary angioplasty for a snakebite. There are at least a few potential issues in performing a primary angioplasty in a snakebite case, namely (1) Is it a thrombus or a spasm? (2) Are the bleeding parameters deranged? Will the patient tolerate tirofiban and other glycoprotein (GB) 2b3a inhibitors? Will he develop dangerous bleeding due to the high dose of heparin needed? Further, would we save the patient from myocardial infarction only to lose him to renal failure, both due to the nephrotoxicity of the venom, the kidney being further damaged by the contrast media used for the angioplasty? We discuss all these issues as they crossed our mind, and hope it will help further treatment in others. We would like to review the available literature on these points and describe a recent case of ours.

  10. Matrix metalloproteinase 9 level as an indicator for restenosis following cervical and intracranial angioplasty and stenting

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    Jun-peng Liu


    Full Text Available Cervical and intracranial angioplasty and stenting is an effective and safe method of reducing the risk of ischemic stroke, but it may be affected by in-stent restenosis. The present study investigated serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 as a predictor of restenosis after 40 patients underwent cervical and/or intracranial angioplasty and stenting. Results showed that restenosis occurred in 30% (3/10 of patients when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 at 3 days after surgery was 2.5 times higher than preoperative level. No restenosis occurred when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 at 3 days after surgery was not 2.5 times higher than preoperative level. Restenosis occurred in 12% (2/17 of patients when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 was higher than preoperative level for more than 30 days after surgery, but only occurred in 4% (1/23 of patients when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 was higher than preoperative level for less than 30 days after surgery. However, the differences observed were not statistically significant (P > 0.05. Experimental findings indicate that when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 is 2.5 times higher than preoperative level at 3 days after cervical and intracranial angioplasty and stenting, it may serve as a predictor of in-stent restenosis.

  11. Vibrational angioplasty in recanalization of chronic femoropopliteal arterial occlusions: Single center experience

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    Kapralos, Ioannis, E-mail: [251 Hellenic Air Force General Hospital, Athens (Greece); Kehagias, Elias, E-mail: [Interventional Radiology Unit, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Ioannou, Christos, E-mail: ioannou@med.uoc.g [Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Bouloukaki, Izolde, E-mail: [Interventional Radiology Unit, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Kostas, Theodoros, E-mail: [Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Katsamouris, Asterios, E-mail: [Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete (Greece); Tsetis, Dimitrios, E-mail: [Interventional Radiology Unit, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete (Greece)


    Purpose: This prospective study aims to present the overall success rate, safety and long-term outcome of vibrational angioplasty technique, in the treatment of chronic total femoropopliteal occlusions in our institute. Methods: Between October 2000 and December 2008, patients with chronic total femoropoliteal arterial occlusions, treated with vibrational angioplasty during the same session after a failed attempt with conventional recanalization technique, were included. Patient's follow up included serial ankle-brachial index measurements and arterial duplex ultrasound examinations at 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, 36 and 48 months. Results: Twenty-seven patients (16 males and 11 females) and twenty-eight lesions were included in our study. Twenty-five lesions (89.3%) were successfully recanalized. Pain relief was noticed in twenty-one cases. From ten lesions with tissue loss (ulcer or gangrene) in successfully recanalized occlusions, six healed without major, or minor amputation. One non-healing amputation stump was healed after recanalization, without further complications. Four limbs underwent amputation (one minor and three major) despite successful recanalization, however all had an excellent healing of the amputation stump without further complications. The Kaplan–Meier test demonstrated 90%, 85% and 70% amputation-free survival rate at 12, 24 and 36 months, respectively. No major or minor complications were encountered. Conclusions: Vibrational angioplasty is a safe, effective and durable endovascular technique for the treatment of chronic total occlusions in patients with limb ischemia that would be difficult to recanalize using conventional intraluminal techniques.

  12. Matrix metalloproteinase 9 level as an indicator for restenosis following cervical and intracranial angioplasty and stenting

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    Jun-peng Liu; Yin-zhou Wang; Yong-kun Li; Qiong Cheng; Zheng Zheng


    Cervical and intracranial angioplasty and stenting is an effective and safe method of reducing the risk of ischemic stroke, but it may be affected by in-stent restenosis. The present study in-vestigated serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 as a predictor of restenosis after 40 patients underwent cervical and/or intracranial angioplasty and stenting. Results showed that resteno-sis occurred in 30% (3/10) of patients when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 at 3 days after surgery was 2.5 times higher than preoperative level. No restenosis occurred when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 at 3 days after surgery was not 2.5 times higher than preoperative level. Restenosis occurred in 12% (2/17) of patients when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 was higher than preoperative level for more than 30 days after surgery, but only occurred in 4% (1/23) of patients when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 was higher than preoperative level for less than 30 days after surgery. However, the differences observed were not statistically signiifcant (P > 0.05). Experimental ifndings indicate that when the serum level of matrix metalloproteinase 9 is 2.5 times higher than preoperative level at 3 days after cervi-cal and intracranial angioplasty and stenting, it may serve as a predictor of in-stent restenosis.

  13. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting for severe stenosis of the intracranial extradural internal carotid artery causing transient ischemic attack or minor stroke. (United States)

    Ko, Jun Kyeung; Choi, Chang Hwa; Cha, Seung Heon; Choi, Byung Kwan; Cho, Won Ho; Kang, Tae Ho; Sung, Sang Min; Cho, Han Jin; Lee, Tae Hong


    The purpose of this study is to assess the technical feasibility and clinical efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting (PTAS) for symptomatic stenosis of the intracranial extradural (petrous and cavernous) internal carotid artery (ICA).Review of medical records identified 26 consecutive patients who underwent PTAS using a balloon-expandable coronary stent (n = 15, 57.7%) or a Wingspan self-expandable stent (n = 11, 42.3%) for treatment of severe stenosis (>70%) involving the intracranial extradural ICA. The inclusion criteria were transient ischemic attack with an ABCD(2) score of ≥3 (n = 12, 46.2%) or minor stroke with an NIHSS score of ≤4 (n = 14, 53.8%). Technical success rates, complications, and angiographic and clinical outcomes were analyzed retrospectively.PTAS was technically successful in all patients. The mean stenosis ratio decreased from 77.1% to 10.0% immediately after PTAS. The overall incidence of procedural complications was 23.1%, and the postoperative permanent morbidity/mortality rate was 7.7%. A total of 22 patients were tracked over an average period of 29.9 months. During the observation period, 20 patients (90.9%) had no further cerebrovascular events and stroke recurrence occurred in two patients (9.1%), resulting in an annual stroke risk of 3.7%. Two cases (11.1%) of significant in-stent restenosis (>50%) were found on follow-up angiography (n = 18).PTAS for severe stenosis (>70%) involving the intracranial extradural ICA showed a good technical feasibility and favorable clinical outcome in patients with transient ischemic attack or minor stroke.

  14. Design and Calibrations of the Protomirax Balloon Telescope and the Brazilian Scientific Balloon Program (United States)

    Braga, Joao; D'Amico, Flavio; Avila, Manuel


    In this presentation we report on the recent scientific ballooning activities in Brazil, including important international collaborations, and present our plan for the next few years. We also present the recent progress achieved in the design of the detector system of the protoMIRAX balloon experiment and report on the scientific balloon activities in Brazil. protoMIRAX is a balloon-borne X-ray imaging telescope under development at INPE as a pathfinder for the MIRAX (Monitor e Imageador de Raios X) satellite mission. The experiment consists essentially in an X-ray (30-200 keV) coded-aperture imager which employs a square array of 196 10mm x 10mm x 2mm CdZnTe (CZT) planar detectors made by eV Products in the USA. A collimator defines a fully-coded field-of-view of 20o x 20o, with 4o x 4o of full sensitivity. The final angular resolution will depend on the mask pattern used. In this paper we describe the design and development of the detector plane, including the front-end electronics. Preamplifiers and shaping amplifiers, customized for these detectors, were designed and built at INPE. Laboratory spectral measurements show an energy resolution of 12.0% at 60 keV, of which 10.6% is due to intrinsic electronics noise measured with a pulser at similar pulse height levels. We present spectral results obtained in the laboratory as well as initial calibration results of the acquisition system designed to get positions and energies in the detector plane. We show simulations of the coded-aperture images with different mask designs and iterative reconstruction methods.

  15. Balloon observations of spatial coherence in the Global Circuit (United States)

    Holzworth, R. H.; Polar Patrol Balloon Team

    The first campaign of the Polar Patrol Balloon (PPB) experiment (1st-PPB) was carried out at Syowa Station in Antarctica during 1990-1991 and 1992-1993. Based on the results of the 1st-PPB experiment, the next campaign (2nd-PPB) was carried out in the austral summer of 2002-2003. This paper will present the global circuit results from the 2nd-PPB experiment. In that experiment, three balloons were launched for the purpose of upper atmosphere physics observation (3 balloons). Payloads of these 3 flights were identical with each other, and were launched as close together in time as allowed by weather conditions to constitute a cluster of balloons during their flights. Such a "Balloon Cluster" is suitable to observe temporal evolution and spatial distribution of phenomena in the ionospheric regions and boundaries that the balloons traversed during their circumpolar trajectory. More than 20 days of simultaneous fair weather 3-axis electric field and stratospheric conductivity data were obtained at geomagnetic latitudes ranging from sub-auroral to the polar cap. Balloon separation varied from ˜ 60 to ˜ 500 km. This paper will present the global circuit observations with emphasis on the times of apparent spatial variation in the vertical fair weather field.

  16. Geodesic Acoustic Propagation and Ballooning Mode Formalism (United States)

    Li, M. B.; Diamond, P. H.; Young, G. G.; Arakawa, M.


    Relevance of ballooning formalism (BMF) in nonlinear interaction of toroidal electromagnetic drift waves in the presence of zonal flows and Geodesic Acoustic Oscillation (GAO) is critically examined from a physical argument of radial propagation of wave packets. To achieve the quasi-translational invariance of poloidal harmonics which is necessary for the BMF, the geodesic curvature induced transfer [1] of fluctuation energy in radial direction should occur faster than the time scale of physical interest. Of course, this does not happen necessarily in drift-Alfven (DALF) turbulence simulations [2]. This observation casts considerable doubts on the applicability of various codes based on the BMF concept to nonlinear electromagnetic problems. [1] B. Scott, Phys. Letters A 320 (2003) 53. [2] B. Scott, New J. Phys 7 (2005) 92.

  17. The Norwegian Sounding Rocket and Balloon Program (United States)

    Skatteboe, Rolf


    The status and recent developments of the Norwegian Sounding Rocket and Balloon Program are presented with focus on national activities and recent achievements. The main part of the Norwegian program is sounding rocket launches conducted by Andøya Rocket Range from the launch facilities on Andøya and at Svalbard. For the majority of the programs, the scientific goal is investigation of processes in the middle and upper atmosphere. The in situ measurements are supplemented by a large number of ground-based support instruments located at the ALOMAR Observatory. The ongoing and planned projects are described and the highlights of the latest completed projects are given. The scientific program for the period 2001-2003 will be reviewed. Several new programs have been started to improve the services available to the international science comunity. The Hotel Payload project and MiniDusty are important examples that will be introduced in the paper. Available space related infrastructure is summarized.

  18. Intragastric balloon: ethics, medical need and cosmetics. (United States)

    Kotzampassi, Katerina; Shrewsbury, Anne D


    The development of the intragastic balloon as a safe, noninvasive, alternative method to weight reduction raises all the ethical questions routinely faced by practitioners of other forms of cosmetic surgery. In the case of the morbidly, severely or merely obese, the surgeon is faced with a medical decision in a situation defined by medical parameters. The case of the overweight or normal may, however, create an ethical dilemma in which the doctor is forced to make decisions of a nonmedical nature, for which his training has not prepared him, and relating essentially to his personal attitudes and moral beliefs, culture and the recognition that 'if I don't, somebody else--possibly less competent--will'.

  19. Long-term results after primary infrapopliteal angioplasty for limb ischemia; Langzeitergebnisse nach Ballonangioplastie kruraler Arterien

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    Alfke, H. [Klinikum Luedenscheid (Germany). Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie; Marburg Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlendiagnostik; Vannucchi, A. [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlendiagnostik; Froelich, J.J. [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlendiagnostik; Klinikum Bad Hersfeld (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin; El-Sheik, M.; Wagner, H.J. [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlendiagnostik; Vivantes-Klinikum im Friedrichshain (Germany). Inst. fuer Radiologie und Interventionelle Therapie


    Purpose: To evaluate the technical success rate, procedure-related complications, and clinical long-term results for patients who underwent infrapopliteal angioplasty. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively evaluated all patients who underwent infrapopliteal angioplasty to treat critical chronic limb ischemia or severe claudication from 1/1997 to 12/1999. We excluded patients with acute (< 2 weeks) limb ischemia. Procedure-related data were prospectively documented in a database and analyzed with a focus on the technical success rate and procedure-related complications. In addition all clinical documents were analyzed, and a follow-up examination was performed or telephone interviews were conducted with patients, relatives and referring doctors for follow-up. The primary end points were the limb salvage rate and patient survival rate. The secondary end points included the complication rate, technical success rate, and walking distance. Results: 112 patients with a mean age of 72 years (41 women, 71 men) underwent crural angioplasty on 121 limbs. Four patients suffered from severe claudication (Rutherford category 3) and all others had critical chronic limb ischemia (category 4 to 6). The complication rate was 2.7 %. The technical success rate was 92 %. The ankle brachial index increased from 0.59 to 0.88. The mean walking distance increased significantly from 52 {+-} 66 to 284 {+-} 346 meters at the time of follow-up. The limb salvage rate was 83.6 % after one year and 81.1 % after three years. The mean survival rate according to Kaplan-Meier was 79.4 %, 69.2 %, and 54.2 % at 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively. Patients with at least one patent run-off vessel after angioplasty had a significantly better limb salvage rate. Diabetes was not a risk factor for limb salvage. Conclusion: Infrapopliteal angioplasty shows a high technical success rate with an acceptable complication rate. The clinical long-term success seems favorable if a least one open run-off vessel was

  20. Results of the first EUSO-Balloon flight (United States)

    Miyamoto, H.; Bertaina, M.; JEM-EUSO Collaboration


    EUSO-Balloon, a balloon-borne diffractive fluorescence telescope, was launched by the French Space Agency ONES from the Timmins base in Ontario (Canada) on August 25th in 2014. After reaching the floating altitude of about 38 km, EUSO-Balloon imaged the UV background for more than 5 hours before descending to ground using the key technologies of JEM-EUSO. A detailed and precise measurement of the UV background in different atmospheric and ground conditions was achieved. The instrument proved the capability of detecting Extensive Air Showers (EAS) by observing laser tracks with similar characteristics. This contribution will summarise the first results obtained concerning all the topics described above.

  1. Balloon dilation of congenital supravalvular pulmonic stenosis in a dog (United States)

    Treseder, Julia R.


    Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is considered the standard of care for treatment of valvular pulmonic stenosis, a common congenital defect in dogs. Supravalvular pulmonic stenosis is a rare form of pulmonic stenosis in dogs and standard treatment has not been established. Although, there have been reports of successful treatment of supravalvular pulmonic stenosis with surgical and stenting techniques, there have been no reports of balloon dilation to treat dogs with this condition. Here, a case of supravalvular pulmonic stenosis diagnosed echocardiographically and angiographically in which a significant reduction in pressure gradient was achieved with balloon dilation alone is presented. PMID:27297421

  2. An investigation of electrostatically deposited radionuclides on latex balloons

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    Price, T.; Caly, A., E-mail: [Univ. of Ontario Inst. of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario (Canada)


    Use of Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) education material for a community science education event to promote science awareness, science culture and literacy (Science Rendezvous 2011) lead to investigation of observed phenomena. Experiments are done on balloons that are electrostatically charged then left to collect particulate. Alpha spectroscopy was performed to identify alpha emitting radioisotopes present on the balloons. The time dependent behaviour of the activity was investigated. Additionally, the Alpha activity of the balloon was compared to Beta activity. The grounds for further investigations are proposed. (author)

  3. Intragastric balloon for morbid obesity causing chronic gastric dilatation

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    Pretolesi, F.; Derchi, L.E. [Dept. of Radiology, University of Genoa (Italy); Redaelli, G.; Papagni, L. [IRCCS, Ist. Auxologico Italiano, Milan (Italy)


    We describe the radiographic findings observed in a morbidly obese and diabetic patient with an intragastric air-filled balloon introduced as a therapeutic measure to reduce food intake. The balloon was associated with chronic gastric dilatation and had to be removed 3 months after insertion. However, together with diet and behavioural therapy, it proved effective in reducing body weight and ameliorating glycaemic control. Although rarely used, intragastric balloons for the treatment of morbid obesity are still encountered in radiological practice. Radiologists must be able to recognize them and to understand their complications. (orig.)

  4. Balloon Angioplasty and Stenting for Coarctation of Aorta%主动脉缩窄介入治疗的现状和进展

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  5. Immediate Outcome of Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty with JOMIVA Balloon during Pregnancy (United States)

    Ramasamy, Ramona; Kaliappan, Tamilarasu; Gopalan, Rajendiran; Palanimuthu, Ramasmy; Anandhan, Premkrishna


    Introduction Rheumatic mitral stenosis is the most common Valvular Heart Disease encountered during pregnancy. Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty (BMV) is one of the treatment option available if the symptoms are refractory to the medical management and the valve anatomy is suitable for balloon dilatation. BMV with Inoue balloon is the most common technique being followed worldwide. Over the wire BMV is a modified technique using Joseph Mitral Valvuloplasty (JOMIVA) balloon catheter which is being followed in certain centres. Aim To assess the immediate post procedure outcome of over the wire BMV with JOMIVA balloon. Materials and Methods Clinical and echocardiographic parameters of pregnant women with significant mitral stenosis who underwent elective BMV with JOMIVA balloon in our institute from 2005 to 2015 were analysed retrospectively. Severity of breathlessness (New York Heart Association Functional Class), and duration of pregnancy was included in the analysis. Pre procedural echocardiographic parameters which included severity of mitral stenosis and Wilkin’s scoring were analysed. Clinical, haemodynamic and echocardiographic outcomes immediately after the procedure were analysed. Results Among the patients who underwent BMV in our Institute 38 were pregnant women. Twenty four patients (63%) were in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III. All of them were in sinus rhythm except two (5%) who had atrial fibrillation. Thirty four patients (89.5%) were in second trimester of pregnancy at the time of presentation and four (10.5%) were in third trimester. Echocardiographic analysis of the mitral valve showed that the mean Wilkin’s score was 7.3. Mean mitral valve area pre procedure was 0.8 cm2. Mean gradient across the valve was 18 mmHg. Ten patients (26.5%) had mild mitral regurgitation and none had more than mild mitral regurgitation. Thirty six patients had pulmonary hypertension as assessed by tricuspid regurgitation jet velocity. All of them underwent BMV

  6. 10 meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (LBR) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Besides serving as a launch vehicle, the carrier balloon provides a stable mount for the enclosed telescope. Looking up, the LBR will serve as a telescope. Looking...

  7. Ohmic scaling based on current diffusive ballooning mode

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    Yagi, Masatoshi; Itoh, Sanae [Kyushu Univ., Kasuga, Fukuoka (Japan). Research Inst. for Applied Mechanics; Fukuyama, Atsushi; Itoh, Kimitaka


    Based on the anomalous transport model due to current diffusive ballooning mode turbulence, the global energy confinement time in a tokamak with Ohmic heating is theoretically studied. Relations to empirical scaling laws are also discussed. (author)

  8. Design Evolution and Methodology for Pumpkin Super-Pressure Balloons (United States)

    Farley, Rodger

    The NASA Ultra Long Duration Balloon (ULDB) program has had many technical development issues discovered and solved along its road to success as a new vehicle. It has the promise of being a sub-satellite, a means to launch up to 2700 kg to 33.5 km altitude for 100 days from a comfortable mid-latitude launch point. Current high-lift long duration ballooning is accomplished out of Antarctica with zero-pressure balloons, which cannot cope with the rigors of diurnal cycles. The ULDB design is still evolving, the product of intense analytical effort, scaled testing, improved manufacturing, and engineering intuition. The past technical problems, in particular the s-cleft deformation, their solutions, future challenges, and the methodology of pumpkin balloon design will generally be described.

  9. Low Cost Variable Conductance Heat Pipe for Balloon Payload Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — While continuously increasing in complexity, the payloads of terrestrial high altitude balloons need a thermal management system to reject their waste heat and to...

  10. Balloon Pump with Floating Valves for Portable Liquid Delivery

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    Yuya Morimoto


    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a balloon pump with floating valves to control the discharge flow rates of sample solutions. Because the floating valves were made from a photoreactive resin, the shapes of the floating valves could be controlled by employing different exposure patterns without any change in the pump configurations. Owing to the simple preparation process of the pump, we succeeded in changing the discharge flow rates in accordance with the number and length of the floating valves. Because our methods could be used to easily prepare balloon pumps with arbitrary discharge properties, we achieved several microfluidic operations by the integration of the balloon pumps with microfluidic devices. Therefore, we believe that the balloon pump with floating valves will be a useful driving component for portable microfluidic systems.

  11. The Hubble party balloon and the expanding universe (United States)

    Zendri, G.; Rosi, T.; Oss, S.


    We show that the metaphor of the inflated balloon used to describe expanding space-time according to the Hubble law can be transformed into a simple laboratory experiment. We obtain, in terms of measured recession speeds and distances of ink dots drawn on a party balloon, easy renditions of various cosmological models, such as the static one and the Einstein-De Sitter universe.

  12. Small Research Balloons in a Physics Course for Education Majors (United States)

    Bruhweiler, F. C.; Verner, E.; Long, T.; Montanaro, E.


    At The Catholic Univ. of America, we teach an experimental physics course entitled Physics 240: The Sun-Earth Connection, which is designed for the undergraduate education major. The emphasis is on providing hands-on experience and giving the students an exciting experience in physics. As part of this course, in the Spring 2013 semester, we instituted a project to plan, build, launch, and retrieve a small (~1.3 kg) research balloon payload. The payload flown was a small GPS unit that sent its position to an Internet site, a small wide-angle high-resolution video camera, and an analog refrigerator thermometer placed in the field of view of the camera. All data were stored on the camera sim-card. Students faced the problems of flying a small research balloon in the congested, densely populated Northeast Corridor of the US. They used computer simulators available on the Web to predict the balloon path and flight duration given velocities for the Jet Stream and ground winds, as well as payload mass and amount of helium in the balloon. The first flight was extremely successful. The balloon was launched 140 km NW of Washington DC near Hagerstown, MD and touched down 10 miles (16 km) NW of York, PA, within 1.6 km of what was predicted. The balloon reached 73,000 ft (22,000 m) and the thermometer indicated temperatures as low as -70 degrees Fahrenheit (-57 C) during the flight. Further balloon flights are planned in conjunction with this course. Additional exercises and experiments will be developed centered around these flights. Besides learning that science can be exciting, students also learn that science is not always easily predictable, and that these balloon flights give an understanding of many of problems that go into real scientific space missions. This project is supported in part by an educational supplement to NASA grant NNX10AC56G

  13. Analysis of current diffusive ballooning mode in tokamaks

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    Uchida, Morihisa [Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University, Okayama (Japan); Fukuyama, Atsushi [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering; Itoh, Kimitaka [National Inst. for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu (Japan); Itoh, Sanae-I.; Yagi, Masatoshi [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Research Inst. for Applied Mechanics


    The effect of finite gyroradius on the current diffusive ballooning mode is examined. Starting from the reduced MHD equations including turbulent transports, coupling with drift motion and finite gyroradius effect of ions, we derive a ballooning mode equation with complex transport coefficients. The eigenfrequency, saturation level and thermal diffusivity are evaluated numerically from the marginal stability condition. Preliminary results of their parameter dependence are presented. (author)

  14. Intrauterine tamponade balloon use in the treatment of uterine inversion


    Haeri, Sina; Rais, Sheliza; Monks, Brian


    Uterine inversion is a rare but life-threatening obstetrical emergency that occurs when the fundus of the uterus prolapses through the cervix, hence turning the uterus inside out. In this case report, we present our experience using an intrauterine tamponade balloon for management of uterine inversion, and a review of the literature. The utility of an intrauterine tamponade balloon in cases of uterine inversion, especially when maternal medical conditions preclude the use of uterotonics, or r...

  15. Transport for abciximab facilitated primary angioplasty versus on-site thrombolysis with a liberal rescue policy : the randomised Holland Infarction Study (HIS)

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    Dieker, Hendrik-Jan; van Horssen, Elvira V.; Hersbach, Ferry M. R. J.; van Boven, Ad J.; van't Hof, Arnoud W. J.; Aengevaeren, Wim R. M.; Verheugt, Freek W. A.; Baer, Frits W. H. M.


    Aims: As of to date, the only large transportation trial comparing on-site fibrin-specific thrombolysis with transfer for primary angioplasty in patients presenting in a referral centre is the DANAMI-2 trial, with only 3% rescue angioplasty. The Holland Infarction Study (HIS) compared abciximab faci

  16. Inability of coronary blood flow reserve measurements to assess the efficacy of coronary angioplasty in the first 24 hours in unselected patients

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    G-J. Laarman (GertJan); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); H. Suryapranata (Harry); M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); P.R. Jonkers; P.J. de Feyter (Pim)


    textabstractTo determine functional and anatomic changes in the first 24 hours after coronary angioplasty, we studied at random 15 patients (9 men, mean age 60 years) who underwent coronary angioplasty of 16 coronary arteries. Quantitative coronary angiography and coronary flow reserve measurements

  17. Introduction (Special Issue on Scientific Balloon Capabilities and Instrumentation) (United States)

    Gaskin, Jessica A.; Smith, I. S.; Jones, W. V.


    In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers ushered in a new era of transportation and exploration when they used hot air to drive an un-tethered balloon to an altitude of 2 km. Made of sackcloth and held together with cords, this balloon challenged the way we thought about human travel, and it has since evolved into a robust platform for performing novel science and testing new technologies. Today, high-altitude balloons regularly reach altitudes of 40 km, and they can support payloads that weigh more than 3,000 kg. Long-duration balloons can currently support mission durations lasting 55 days, and developing balloon technologies (i.e. Super-Pressure Balloons) are expected to extend that duration to 100 days or longer; competing with satellite payloads. This relatively inexpensive platform supports a broad range of science payloads, spanning multiple disciplines (astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary and earth science.) Applications extending beyond traditional science include testing new technologies for eventual space-based application and stratospheric airships for planetary applications.

  18. Development of a tiny tandem balloon system for atmospheric observation (United States)

    Saito, Yoshitaka; Yamada, Kazuhiko; Fujiwara, Masatomo


    A tandem balloon system with a combination of a zero-pressure balloon on top and a super-pressure balloon on the bottom has a unique trajectory characteristic, with different flight altitudes between day and night and thus with ascending and descending motions at dawn and dusk, respectively. This characteristic provides a unique opportunity to explore the atmosphere, e.g., the upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric region with cross-tropopause measurements twice a day. We started development of a tiny tandem balloon system using a 10 m^{3} super-pressure balloon and a 100 m^{3} zero-pressure balloon, with a capability of carrying 3 kg of payload. One of the scientific targets is to measure water vapor, cloud particles, and temperature around the tropical tropopause which is the entry point of the stratospheric and mesospheric meridional circulation. For the data transfer, the iridium satellite communication module, SBD9603 is used. In this paper, the current status of the development will be reported.

  19. Endovscular radiation-prophylaxis of the intimal hyperplasia after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty in peripheral vessels. Endovaskulaere Radiatioprophylaxe der Intimahyperplasie nach perkutaner transluminaler Angioplastie in peripheren Gefaessen

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    Boettcher, H.D. (Abt. fuer Strahlentherapie und Onkologie, Zentrum der Radiologie der Univ. Frankfurt am Main (Germany))


    The prognosis of interventionally treated arterial occlusive vessel disease in peripheral arteries is not significantly better with the use of stents than with percutaneous transluminar angioplasty. The rate of restenosis or reocclusion in dilated or recanalized and stented peripheral arteries is reported as up to 40%, depending on location and author. In the early phase thrombotic processes are responsible which then demonstrate histologically confirmed intimal hyperplasia. On the basis of many years of radiotherapy experience in the treatment of benign hyperplastic tissue alterations, brachytherapy could be introduced as a method for prophylaxis of vessel restenoses. The early difficulties with this method were due to the inadequacies of the equipment. The development of small radiation sources with high specific activity now enables these target volumes to be reached. The clinical experience so far indicates high efficiency of this method. It can be expected that the range of indications for adjuvant endoluminal irradiation will broaden in the future. (orig.)

  20. Catching Comet's Particles in the Earth's Atmosphere by Using Balloons (United States)

    Potashko, Oleksandr; Viso, Michel

    The project is intended to catch cometary particles in the atmosphere by using balloons. The investigation is based upon knowledge that the Earth crosses the comet’s tails during the year. One can catch these particles at different altitudes in the atmosphere. So, we will be able to gradually advance in the ability to launch balloons from low to high altitudes and try to catch particles from different comet tails. The maximum altitude that we have to reach is 40 km. Both methods - distance observation and cometary samples from mission Stardust testify to the presence of organic components in comet’s particles. It would be useful to know more details about this organic matter for astrobiology; besides, the factor poses danger to the Earth. Moreover, it is important to prove that it is possible to get fundamental scientific results at low cost. In the last 5 years launching balloons has become popular and this movement looks like hackers’ one - as most of them occur without launch permission to airspace. The popularity of ballooning is connected with low cost of balloon, GPS unit, video recording unit. If you use iPhone, you have a light solution with GPS, video, picture and control function in one unit. The price of balloon itself begins from $50; it depends on maximum altitude, payload weight and material. Many university teams realized balloon launching and reached even stratosphere at an altitude of 33 km. But most of them take only video and picture. Meanwhile, it is possible to carry out scientific experiments by ballooning, for example to collect comet particles. There is rich experience at the moment of the use of mineral, chemical and isotopic analysis techniques and data of the comet’s dust after successful landing of StarDust capsule with samples in 2006. Besides, we may use absolutely perfect material to catch particles in the atmosphere, which was used by cosmic missions such as Stardust and Japanese Hayabusa. As to balloon launches, we could use

  1. Acute cell death rate of vascular smooth muscle cells during or after short heating up to 20s ranging 50 to 60°C as a basic study of thermal angioplasty (United States)

    Shinozuka, Machiko; Shimazaki, Natsumi; Ogawa, Emiyu; Machida, Naoki; Arai, Tsunenori


    We studied the relations between the time history of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) death rate and heating condition in vitro to clarify cell death mechanism in heating angioplasty, in particular under the condition in which intimal hyperplasia growth had been prevented in vivo swine experiment. A flow heating system on the microscope stage was used for the SMCs death rate measurement during or after the heating. The cells were loaded step-heating by heated flow using a heater equipped in a Photo-thermo dynamic balloon. The heating temperature was set to 37, 50-60°C. The SMCs death rate was calculated by a division of PI stained cell number by Hoechst33342 stained cell number. The SMCs death rate increased 5-10% linearly during 20 s with the heating. The SMCs death rate increased with duration up to 15 min after 5 s heating. Because fragmented nuclei were observed from approximately 5 min after the heating, we defined that acute necrosis and late necrosis were corresponded to within 5 min after the heating and over 5 min after the heating, respectively. This late necrosis is probably corresponding to apoptosis. The ratio of necrotic interaction divided the acute necrosis rate by the late necrosis was calculated based on this consideration as 1.3 under the particular condition in which intimal hyperplasia growth was prevented in vivo previous porcine experiment. We think that necrotic interaction rate is larger than expected rate to obtain intimal hyperplasia suppression.

  2. Too much coronary angioplasty in the USA?: less may be better - the conflicting roles of inexactness of medicine as a science, asymmetric information, technologic imperative, unnecessary care and ethicomedicinomics in US healthcare. (United States)

    Onuigbo, M A C; Agbasi, N


    US healthcare expenditure per capita far exceeds that of any other nation in the world. Indeed, over the last 15 years, the USA has distantly surpassed most countries in the developed world in total healthcare expenditures per capita with the USA now spending 17.4% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare ($7960 per capita), compared with only 8.5% of GDP in Japan ($2878 per capita), a distant second. Consequently, by current projections, the US healthcare bill will have ballooned from $2.5 trillion in 2009 to over $4.6 trillion by 2020. Such spending growth rates are unsustainable and the system would soon go broke if not corrected. The drivers of these spending growth rates in US healthcare are several and varied. Indeed, in September 2012, the Institute of Medicine reported that US healthcare squandered $750 billion in 2009 through unneeded care, Byzantine paperwork, fraud and other wasteful activities. Recently, the question was raised as to whether we have too much coronary angioplasty in the USA. In this analysis, we examine these and other various related aspects of US healthcare, make comparisons with other national healthcare delivery systems, and suggest several reengineering modalities to help fix these compellingly glaring glitches and maladies of US healthcare.

  3. Burn Injury Arise From Flying Balloon Toys

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    Yalcin Kulahci


    Full Text Available Many of peoples are faced minor or major burn injuries in their life. Even the most widespread burn cause is flame injuries, too different burn cause pointed out in literature like Acetylen burns. The cases which imply in literature, mostly causes from explosion of high pressure acetylene tube, metal oxygene patch flame or carbide lamp using from cave explorers. An interesting acetylene burn cause in Turkey was publised by the authors. This cases was to come into being from flying toy balloons flame. 80 person was injured from flying toy ballons flame in a meeting in 2002. Although this potential risks of acetylene, helium have not any of some risk. But helium was provided from other countries and have more price. The injuries which caused from acetylene burns like 1st -2nd degree burns. Consequently that was known helium is more avaliable for using in toy sector, and never cause burn injuries like this. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2007; 6(4.000: 291-296

  4. Balloon borne arcsecond pointer feasibility study (United States)

    Ward, Philip R.; Deweese, Keith D.


    A major hurdle in extending the range of experiments for which balloon vehicles are useful has been the imposition of the gondola dynamics on the accuracy with which an instrument can be kept pointed at a celestial target. In this paper, the foundation for a high fidelity controller simulation is presented and it is shown that sub-arcsecond pointing stability can be achieved for a large instrument pointing at an inertial target. The flexibility of the flight train is represented through generalized modal analysis. A multiple controller scheme is introduced with a coarse azimuth pointer and a pitch-yaw gimbal mount for fine pointing. An analysis and demonstration of the necessity in eliminating static friction are provided along with a solution to eliminate static friction from the system dynamics. A control scheme involving linear accelerometers for enhanced disturbance rejection is also presented. This paper establishes that the proposed control strategy can be made robustly stable with significant design margins. Also demonstrated is the efficacy of the proposed system in rejecting disturbances larger than those considered realistic.

  5. Ballooning mode spectrum in general toroidal systems

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    Dewar, R.L.; Glasser, A.H.


    A WKB formalism for constructing normal modes of short-wavelength ideal hydromagnetic, pressure-driven instabilities (ballooning modes) in general toroidal magnetic containment devices with sheared magnetic fields is developed. No incompressibility approximation is made. A dispersion relation is obtained from the eigenvalues of a fourth order system of ordinary differential equations to be solved by integrating along a line of force. Higher order calculations are performed to find the amplitude equation and the phase change at a caustic. These conform to typical WKB results. In axisymmetric systems, the ray equations are integrable, and semiclassical quantization leads to a growth rate spectrum consisting of an infinity of discrete eigenvalues, bounded above by an accumulation point. However, each eigenvalue is infinitely degenerate. In the nonaxisymmetric case, the rays are unbounded in a four dimensional phase space, and semiclassical quantization breaks down, leading to broadening of the discrete eigenvalues and accumulation point of the axisymmetric case into continuum bands. Analysis of a model problem indicates that the broadening of the discrete eigenvalues is numerically very small, the dominant effect being broadening of the accumulation point.

  6. Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty in mitral stenosis

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    Park, Jae Hyung; Oh, Byung Hee; Park, Kyung Ju; Kim, Seung Hyup; Lee, Young Woo; Han, Man Chung [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty(PBV) was successfully performed in 8 mitral stenosis patients for recent 3 months. Five patients have aortic insufficiencies also and two patients have mitral regurgitations below grade II/IV. All patients showed sinus rhythm on EKG, and had no mitral valvular calcification on echocardiography and fluoroscopy. PBV resulted in an increase in mitral valve area from 1.22{+-}0.22 to 2.57{+-}0.86 cm{sup 2}, a decrease in mean left atrial pressure from 23.4{+-}9.6 to 7.5{+-}3.4 mmHg and a decrease in mean mitral pressure gradient from 21.3{+-}9.4 to 6.8{+-}3.1 mmHg. There were no significant complications except 2 cases of newly appeared and mildly aggravated mitral regurgitation. We believe that PBV will become a treatment modality of choice replacing surgical commissurotomy or valve replacement in a group of mitral stenosis patients, because of its effectiveness and safety.

  7. Burn Injury Arise From Flying Balloon Toys

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    Yalcin Kulahci


    Full Text Available Many of peoples are faced minor or major burn injuries in their life. Even the most widespread burn cause is flame injuries, too different burn cause pointed out in literature like Acetylen burns. The cases which imply in literature, mostly causes from explosion of high pressure acetylene tube, metal oxygene patch flame or carbide lamp using from cave explorers. An interesting acetylene burn cause in Turkey was publised by the authors. This cases was to come into being from flying toy balloons flame. 80 person was injured from flying toy ballons flame in a meeting in 2002. Although this potential risks of acetylene, helium have not any of some risk. But helium was provided from other countries and have more price. The injuries which caused from acetylene burns like 1st -2nd degree burns. Consequently that was known helium is more avaliable for using in toy sector, and never cause burn injuries like this. [TAF Prev Med Bull. 2007; 6(4: 291-296

  8. Impotence due to external Iliac steal syndrome: Treatment with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stent placement

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    Gur, Serkan [Sifa University, Dept. of Radiology, Izmir (Turkmenistan); Oguzkurt, Levent; Kaya, Bilal; Tekbas, Guven; Ozkan, Ugur [Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Radiology, Adana (Turkmenistan)


    We report a case of erectile dysfunction caused by external iliac artery occlusion, associated with pelvic steal syndrome; bilateral internal iliac arteries were patent. The patient stated that he had experienced erectile dysfunction at similar times along with claudication, but he did not mention it before angiography. He expressed that the erectile dysfunction did not last long and that he felt completely okay after the interventional procedure, in addition to his claudication. Successful treatment of the occlusion, by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stent implantation, helped resolve erectile dysfunction completely and treat the steal syndrome.

  9. [Results of emergency coronary artery bypass surgery after failed coronary angioplasty]. (United States)

    Imazeki, T; Yokoyama, M; Murai, N; Kurimoto, Y; Sakurada, M; Simizu, Y


    In the past 7 years, 9 emergent or urgent coronary artery bypass operations after failed percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTCA) were performed among 947 (PTCA). Since the introduction of coronary perfusion catheter system for the support of coronary perfusion during PTCA we could reduce the number of emergent cases and these patients could be operated on semi-emergently and securely without endangering co-medical staffs in a hurry. It is also unnecessary to be on standby all the time when the PTCA is being undertaken. Two acute myocardial infarction cases died in the early phase of this study (operative mortality 22%) and none after the introduction of coronary perfusion system during PTCA.

  10. The History of Primary Angioplasty and Stenting for Acute Myocardial Infarction. (United States)

    Smilowitz, Nathaniel R; Feit, Frederick


    The evolution of the management of acute myocardial infarction (MI) has been one of the crowning achievements of modern medicine. At the turn of the twentieth century, MI was an often-fatal condition. Prolonged bed rest served as the principal treatment modality. Over the past century, insights into the pathophysiology of MI revolutionized approaches to management, with the sequential use of surgical coronary artery revascularization, thrombolytic therapy, and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with primary coronary angioplasty, and placement of intracoronary stents. The benefits of prompt revascularization inspired systems of care to provide rapid access to PCI. This review provides a historical context for our current approach to primary PCI for acute MI.

  11. Study of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Intervening Vascular Remodeling after Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

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    鹿小燕; 徐浩; 史大卓; 陈可冀


    Interventional therapy of coronary heart disease (CHD) includes percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), stent implantation etc. Owing to its revascularization without cardiac surgery, it has been the main effective method in treating CHD. But at the same time, there exists the problem of restenosis (RS). After PTCA, RS rate can reach 30% to 50%, even with direct stenting into the vessels, it still reaches 20% to 35%. So this affects long-term effect of interventional therapy, which directly relates to prognosis of patients with CHD and has been a hot spot of study in the field of preventing and treating CHD.

  12. Study of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Intervening Vascular Remodeling after Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

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    鹿小燕; 徐浩; 史大卓; 陈可冀


    Interventional therapy of coronary heart disease (CHD) includes percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), stent implantation etc. Owing to its revascularization without cardiac surgery, it has been the main effective method in treating CHD. But at the same time, there exists the problem of restenosis (RS). After PTCA, RS rate can reach 30% to 50%, even with directstenting into the vessels, it still reaches 20% to 35%. So this affects long-term effect of interventional therapy, which directly relates to prognosis of patients with CHD and has been a hot spot of study in the field of preventing and treating CHD.

  13. Intragastric balloon followed by diet vs intragastric balloon followed by another balloon: a prospective study on 100 patients. (United States)

    Genco, Alfredo; Cipriano, Massimiliano; Bacci, Vincenzo; Maselli, Roberta; Paone, Emanuela; Lorenzo, Michele; Basso, Nicola


    Aim of this study is to compare the efficacy of BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB®) followed by diet with BIB followed by another BIB. A prospective study was designed: a homogeneous group of 100 obese patients (age range 25-35, BMI range 40.0-44.9, M/F ratio 1/4) was allocated into two groups according to procedure: BIB (6 months) followed by diet therapy (7 months; group A = 50 pts), BIB positioning followed by another BIB after 1 month (group B = 50 pts). Baseline demographics were similar in both groups (Group A 10M/40F; mean age 31.4 ± 2.6; range 25-35; mean weight 106.3 ± 12.5 Kg; range 88-150; mean BMI 42.6±2.7 Kg/m(2); range 40.2-43.8; Group B 10M/40F; mean age 32.1 ± 2.1; range 25-35; mean weight 107.1 ± 11.9 Kg; range 90-150; mean BMI 42.9 ± 2.3; range 40.2-43.9). In both groups, weight loss parameters (Kg, BMI, and % EBL) were considered. Statistics were by Fisher's exact test (p < 0.05 was considered significant). At the time of 1st BIB removal, weight loss parameters in both groups were not significantly different: Group A: mean weight was 83.7±19.1 (range 52-151); mean BMI 34.2 ± 3.9 (range 32.4-43.8); and mean %EBL 43.5 ± 21.1 (range 0-68). Group B: mean weight was 84.9 ± 18.3 (range 50-148); mean BMI 34.8 ± 3.3 (range 32.4-43.8); and mean % EBL 45.2 ± 22.5% (range 0-68). At the study end, weight loss parameters were significantly lower in patients who underwent consecutive BIB (p < 0.05): mean BMI was 30.9 ± 7.2 Kg/m(2) (range 24-40), and 35.9 ± 9.7 Kg/m(2) (range 34-42); mean % EBL was 51.9 ± 24.6% (range 0-100) and 25.1 ± 26.2% (range 0-100) in group B and A, respectively. As compared with diet, a second intragastric balloon can be positioned without difficulties, achieving good results with continuous weight loss.

  14. Time course, predictors and clinical implications of stent thrombosis following primary angioplasty. Insights from the DESERT cooperation

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    De Luca, Giuseppe; Dirksen, Maurits T; Spaulding, Christian;


    on the timing of stent thrombosis (ST) with both DES and bare metal stents (BMS) and its prognostic significance in patients undergoing pPCI. The Drug-Eluting Stent in Primary Angioplasty (DESERT) cooperation is based on a pooled database including individual data of randomised trials that evaluate the long...... angioplasty with BMS or DES. At 1201 ± 440 days, ST occurred in 267 patients (4.25%). Most of the events were acute or subacute (within 30 days) and very late (> 1 years), with different distribution between DES vs BMS. Patients with ST were more often diabetic (21.7% vs 15.1%, p=0.005), more frequently had...

  15. Subclavian steal syndrome: treatment by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty; Sindrome do roubo da subclavia: tratamento por angioplastia transluminar percutanea

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    Abath, Carlos Gustavo Coutinho [Instituto de Medicina e Cirurgia, Recife, PE (Brazil)]|[Hospital Memorial Sao Jose, Recife, PE (Brazil); Silva, Marcos Antonio Barbosa da [Instituto de Medicina e Cirurgia, Recife, PE (Brazil); Brito, Norma Maria Tenorio [Hospital Memorial Sao Jose, Recife, PE (Brazil); Marques, Silvio Romero; Santa Cruz, Rodolfo [Pernambuco Univ., Recife, PE (Brazil). Hospital das Clinicas; Henrique, Darcy [Real Hospital Portugues, Recife, PE (Brazil)


    The subclavian steal syndrome is a rare vascular disease that can be managed by interventional radiology. It is presented the experience with three cases of this syndrome that underwent percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, and a brief literature review is done. Two patients remained asymptomatic 23 and 30 months, respectively, after the procedure. One patient presented with recurrent symptoms 12 months after the dilatation. Considering the low morbidity and good clinical and technical results, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is the first choice in the subclavian steal syndrome treatment. (author). 9 refs., 3 figs.

  16. Extradural balloon obliteration of the empty sella report of three cases (intrasellar balloon obliteration). (United States)

    Gazioğlu, N; Akar, Z; Ak, H; Işlak, C; Koçer, N; Seçkin, M S; Kuday, C


    Empty sella syndrome is an anatomical and clinical entity composed of intrasellar reposition of the CSF and compression of the pituitary tissue, resulting in a clinical picture of headache, visual field defect, CSF rhinorrhea and some mild endocrinological disturbances. While some cases are primary with no appreciable aetiology, secondary cases are associated with prior operation or radiotherapy of the region. In our series, 3 patients with primary empty sella syndrome were treated by the current approach of extradural filling of the sellar cavity. This technique was first described by Guiot and widely accepted thereafter. We used a detachable silicon balloon filled with HEMA or liquid silicone for obliteration of the sellar cavity and obtained clinically satisfactory results without complications. Visual symptoms regressed and headache disappeared. But at long term follow-up all the balloons were found to be deflated. Despite the facility and efficacy of the technique we do not recommend it in the treatment of the empty sella because the filling of the sella is only transient and relapses may occur.

  17. Balloon dacryocystoplasty: Incomplete versus complete obstruction of the nasolacrimal system

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    Lee, Jeong Min; Lee, Sang Hoon; Han, Young Min; Chung, Gyung Ho; Kim, Chong Soo; Choi, Ki Chul [Chung Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Song, Ho Young [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Balloon dilatation of nasolacrimal drainage apparatus was attempted for the treatment of stenoses or obstructures of the nasolacrimal system in 49 eyes of 41 consecutive patients with complete obstructions and 16 eyes of 14 patients with incomplete obstructions. These two groups were compared with regards to the effectiveness of balloon dacryocystoplasty. All patients suffered from severe epiphora had already undergone multiple probings. A 0.018 inch hair or ball guide wire was introduced through the superior punctum into the inferior meatus of the nasal cavity and pulled out through the nasal aperture using a hemostat under nasal endoscopy. A deflated angiography balloon catheter was then introduced in a retrograde direction and dilated under fluoroscopic control. No major complications occurred in any of the patients. At 7 days after balloon dilatation, 25 of 49 eyes with complete obstruction demonstrated improvement in epiphora (initial success rate: 51.0%) and among them 17 eyes showed complete resolution of symptoms. Reocclusion occurred in 12 of the 25 eyes with initial improvement at the 2 months follow up. For the 16 eyes with incomplete obstruction, and improvement of epiphora was attained in 11 eyes (initial success rate 68.8%): 5 of these eyes showed complete resolution of epiphora, and 3 was failed to maintain initial improvement at the 2 month follow up. Although this study demonstrate that results of balloon dacryocystoplasty are not encouraging because of the high failure and recurrence rate, balloon dacryocystoplasty is a simple and safe nonsurgical technique that can be used to treat for obstructions of the nasolacrimal system. In addition, balloon dacryocystoplasty shows better results in incomplete obstruction than in complete obstruction than complete obstruction of the nasolacrimal system.

  18. Coolability of ballooned VVER bundles with pellet relocation

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    Hozer, Z.; Nagy, I.; Windberg, P.; Vimi, A. [AEKI, 49, Budapest, H-1525 (Hungary)


    During a LOCA incident the high pressure in the fuel rods can lead to clad ballooning and the debris of fuel pellets can fill the enlarged volume. The evaluation of the role of these two effects on the coolability of VVER type fuel bundles was the main objective of the experimental series. The tests were carried out in the modified configuration of the CODEX facility. 19-rod electrically heated VVER type bundle was used. The test section was heated up to 600 deg. C in steam atmosphere and the bundle was quenched from the bottom by cold water. Three series of tests were performed: 1. Reference bundle with fuel rods without ballooning, with uniform power profile. 2. Bundle with 86% blockage rate and with uniform power profile. The blockage rate was reached by superimposing hollow sleeves on all 19 fuel rods. 3. Bundle with 86% blockage rate and with local power peak in the ballooned area. The local power peak was produced by the local reduction the cross section of the internal heater bar inside of the fuel rods. In all three bundle configurations three different cooling water flow-rates were applied. The experimental results confirmed that a VVER bundle with even 86% blockage rate remains coolable after a LOCA event. The ballooned section creates some obstacles for the cooling water during reflood of the bundle, but this effect causes only a short delay in the cooling down of the hot fuel rods. Earlier tests on the coolability of ballooned bundles were performed only with Western type bundles with square fuel lattice. The present test series was the first confirmation of the coolability of VVER type bundles with triangular lattice. The accumulation of fuel pellet debris in the ballooned volume results in a local power peak, which leads to further slowing down of quench front. The first tests indicated that the effect of local power peak was less significant on the delay of cooling down than the effect of ballooning. (authors)

  19. The University of Alberta High Altitude Balloon Program (United States)

    Johnson, W.; Buttenschoen, A.; Farr, Q.; Hodgson, C.; Mann, I. R.; Mazzino, L.; Rae, J.; University of Alberta High Altitude Balloon Team


    The University of Alberta High Altitude Balloon (UA-HAB) program is a one and half year program sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) that offers hands on experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the design, build, test and flight of an experimental payload on a high altitude balloon platform. Utilising low cost weather balloon platforms, and through utilisation of the CSA David Florida Laboratory for thermal-vacuum tests , in advance of the final flight of the payload on a NASA high altitude balloon platform. Collectively the program provided unique opportunities for students to experience mission phases which parallel those of a space satellite mission. The program has facilitated several weather balloon missions, which additionally provide educational opportunities for university students and staff, as well as outreach opportunities among junior and senior high school students. Weather balloon missions provide a cheap and quick alternative to suborbital missions; they can be used to test components for more expensive missions, as well as to host student based projects from different disciplines such as Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), Physics, and Engineering. In addition to extensive skills development, the program aims to promote recruitment of graduate and undergraduate students into careers in space science and engineering. Results from the UA-HAB program and the flight of the UA-HAB shielded Gieger counter payload for cosmic ray and space radiation studies will be presented. Lessons learned from developing and maintaining a weather balloon program will also be discussed. This project is undertaken in partnership with the High Altitude Student Platform, organized by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSpace), and sponsored by NASA, with the financial support of the Canadian Space Agency.

  20. Development of a super-pressure balloon with a diamond-shaped net --- result of a ground inflation test of a 2,000 cubic-meter balloon --- (United States)

    Saito, Yoshitaka; Nakashino, Kyoichi; Akita, Daisuke; Matsushima, Kiyoho; Shimadu, Shigeyuki; Goto, Ken; Hashimoto, Hiroyuki; Matsuo, Takuma


    A light super-pressure balloon has been developed using a method to cover a balloon with a diamond-shaped net of high-tensile fibers. The goal is to fly a payload of 900 kg to the altitude of 37 km with a 300,000 m^{3} balloon. Beginning from a demonstration test of the net-balloon with a 10 m^{3} balloon in 2010, we have been polished the net-balloon through ground inflation tests and flight tests, including a flight test of a 3,000 m ^{3} balloon in the tandem balloon configuration with a 15,000 m^{3} zero-pressure balloon in 2012, and a flight test of a 10 m^{3} balloon in the tandem balloon configuration with a 2 kg rubber balloon in 2013, as reported in the last COSPAR. In 2014, we developed a 5,000 m^{3} balloon and performed a ground inflation test to find that the balloon burst from a lip panel for termination with a differential pressure of 425 Pa. It was due to a stress concentration at the edge of a thick tape attached along the termination mechanism. In 2015, we modified the balloon by adding tapes on the lip panel to avoid the stress concentration, and also shorten the net length to leave some margin of the film and performed a ground inflation test again to find the balloon showed asymmetrical deployment and burst from the edge of the net with a differential pressure of 348 Pa. We consider it is due to the margin of the film along the circumferential direction, and proposed a gore shape which circumference length is kept as determined by the pumpkin shape of the balloon but setting meridian length longer than that. We developed a 10 m^{3} balloon with the gore design to find that the balloon deployed symmetrically and showed the burst pressure of 10,000 Pa. In 2016, we are going to develop a 2,000 m^{3} balloon with the gore design and perform its ground inflation test. In this paper, we are going to report its result with the sequence of the development.

  1. Treatment of hemodialysis vascular access rupture irresponsive to prolonged balloon tamponade: Retrospective evaluation of the effectiveness of N-butyl cyanoacrylate seal-off technique

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    Weng, Mei Jul; Liang, Huei Lung; Pan, Huay Ben [Dept. of Radiology, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung (China); Chen, Matt Chiung Yu [Dept. of Radiology, Yuan' s General Hospital, Kaohsiung (China)


    The current study retrospectively evaluated whether the percutaneous N-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) seal-off technique is an effective treatment for controlling the angioplasty-related ruptures, which are irresponsive to prolonged balloon tamponade, during interventions for failed or failing hemodialysis vascular accesses. We reviewed 1588 interventions performed during a 2-year period for dysfunction and/or failed hemodialysis vascular access sites in 1569 patients. For the angioplasty-related ruptures, which could not be controlled with repeated prolonged balloon tamponade, the rupture sites were sealed off with an injection of a glue mixture (NBCA and lipiodol), via a needle/needle sheath to the rupture site, under a sonographic guidance. Technical success rate, complications and clinical success rate were reported. The post-seal-off primary and secondary functional patency rates were calculated by a survival analysis with the Kaplan-Meier method. Twenty ruptures irresponsive to prolonged balloon tamponade occurred in 1588 interventions (1.3%). Two technical failures were noted; one was salvaged with a bailout stent-graft insertion and the other was lost after access embolization. Eighteen accesses (90.0%) were salvaged with the seal-off technique; of them, 16 ruptures were completely sealed off, and two lesions were controlled as acute pseudoaneurysms. Acute pseudoaneurysms were corrected with stentgraft insertion in one patient, and access ligation in the other. The most significant complication during the follow-up was delayed pseudoaneurysm, which occurred in 43.8% (7 of 16) of the completely sealed off accesses. Delayed pseudoaneurysms were treated with surgical revision (n = 2), access ligation (n = 2) and observation (n = 3). During the follow-up, despite the presence of pseudoaneurysms (acute = 1, delayed = 7), a high clinical success rate of 94.4% (17 of 18) was achieved, and they were utilized for hemodialysis at the mean of 411.0 days. The post

  2. Complexity Analysis of Balloon Drawing for Rooted Trees

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    Lin, Chun-Cheng; Poon, Sheung-Hung; Fan, Jia-Hao


    In a balloon drawing of a tree, all the children under the same parent are placed on the circumference of the circle centered at their parent, and the radius of the circle centered at each node along any path from the root reflects the number of descendants associated with the node. Among various styles of tree drawings reported in the literature, the balloon drawing enjoys a desirable feature of displaying tree structures in a rather balanced fashion. For each internal node in a balloon drawing, the ray from the node to each of its children divides the wedge accommodating the subtree rooted at the child into two sub-wedges. Depending on whether the two sub-wedge angles are required to be identical or not, a balloon drawing can further be divided into two types: even sub-wedge and uneven sub-wedge types. In the most general case, for any internal node in the tree there are two dimensions of freedom that affect the quality of a balloon drawing: (1) altering the order in which the children of the node appear in...

  3. Time-dependent strains and stresses in a pumpkin balloon (United States)

    Gerngross, T.; Xu, Y.; Pellegrino, S.

    This paper presents a study of pumpkin-shaped superpressure balloons consisting of gores made from a thin polymeric film attached to high stiffness meridional tendons This type of design is being used for the NASA ULDB balloons The gore film shows considerable time-dependent stress relaxation whereas the behaviour of the tendons is essentially time-independent Upon inflation and pressurization the instantaneous i e linear-elastic strain and stress distributions in the film show significantly higher values in the meridional direction However over time and due to the biaxial visco-elastic stress relaxation of the the gore material the em hoop strains increase and the em meridional stresses decrease whereas the em remaining strain and stress components remain substantially unchanged These results are important for a correct assessment of the structural integrity of a pumpkin balloon in a long-duration mission both in terms of the material performance and the overall stability of the shape of the balloon An experimental investigation of the time dependence of the biaxial strain distribution in the film of a 4 m diameter 48 gore pumpkin balloon is presented The inflated shape of selected gores has been measured using photogrammetry and the time variation in strain components at some particular points of these gores has been measured under constant pressure and temperature The results show good correlation with a numerical study using the ABAQUS finite-element package that includes a widely used model of

  4. Ballooning osteolysis in 71 failed total ankle arthroplasties. (United States)

    Singh, Gurpal; Reichard, Theresa; Hameister, Rita; Awiszus, Friedemann; Schenk, Katja; Feuerstein, Bernd; Roessner, Albert; Lohmann, Christoph


    Background and purpose - Aseptic loosening is a major cause of failure in total ankle arthroplasty (TAA). In contrast to other total joint replacements, large periarticular cysts (ballooning osteolysis) have frequently been observed in this context. We investigated periprosthetic tissue responses in failed TAA, and performed an element analysis of retrieved tissues in failed TAA. Patients and methods - The study cohort consisted of 71 patients undergoing revision surgery for failed TAA, all with hydroxyapatite-coated implants. In addition, 5 patients undergoing primary TAA served as a control group. Radiologically, patients were classified into those with ballooning osteolysis and those without, according to defined criteria. Histomorphometric, immunohistochemical, and elemental analysis of tissues was performed. Von Kossa staining and digital microscopy was performed on all tissue samples. Results - Patients without ballooning osteolysis showed a generally higher expression of lymphocytes, and CD3+, CD11c+, CD20+, and CD68+ cells in a perivascular distribution, compared to diffuse expression. The odds of having ballooning osteolysis was 300 times higher in patients with calcium content >0.5 mg/g in periprosthetic tissue than in patients with calcium content ≤0.5 mg/g (p < 0.001). Interpretation - There have been very few studies investigating the pathomechanisms of failed TAA and the cause-effect nature of ballooning osteolysis in this context. Our data suggest that the hydroxyapatite coating of the implant may be a contributory factor.

  5. Stratospheric balloons from Esrange - current and future capabilities (United States)

    Norberg, O.

    Stratospheric balloon operations have been carried out at the Swedish Space Corporation's rocket, balloon and satellite operations base Esrange since 1974; approximately 550 stratospheric balloons have been launched during this period. The facility, located in northern Sweden at 68 degrees north, is fully equipped with a large launch pad, payload and flight train preparation hangars, telemetry stations, recovery helicopters, and supporting infrastructure. Many of the scientific balloons launched are CNES missions. This paper will present the possibilities for scientific and technical balloon missions at high latitudes and with a vast landing area in northern Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The proximity to the Arctic polar vortex makes Esrange an ideal base for studies of for example the ozone destruction process in the Arctic. A new option proposed by the Swedish Space Corporation and NASA is to perform week-long missions from the south of Sweden to western Canada. A newly developed line-of-sight telemetry system, E-LINK, for high bit-rates (> 2 Mbps both downlink and uplink) and based on the Ethernet communication standard is also described.

  6. Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty in Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease Does Not Affect Circulating Monocyte Subpopulations

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    Pawel Maga


    Full Text Available Monocytes are mononuclear cells characterized by distinct morphology and expression of CD14 and CD16 surface receptors. Classical, quiescent monocytes are positive for CD14 (lipopolysaccharide receptor but do not express Fc gamma receptor III (CD16. Intermediate monocytes coexpress CD16 and CD14. Nonclassical monocytes with low expression of CD14 represent mature macrophage-like monocytes. Monocyte behavior in peripheral arterial disease (PAD and during vessel wall directed treatment is not well defined. This observation study aimed at monitoring of acute changes in monocyte subpopulations during percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA in PAD patients. Patients with Rutherford 3 and 4 PAD with no signs of inflammatory process underwent PTA of iliac, femoral, or popliteal segments. Flow cytometry for CD14, CD16, HLA-DR, CD11b, CD11c, and CD45RA antigens allowed characterization of monocyte subpopulations in blood sampled before and after PTA (direct angioplasty catheter sampling. Patients were clinically followed up for 12 months. All 61 enrolled patients completed 12-month follow-up. Target vessel failure occurred in 12 patients. While absolute counts of monocyte were significantly lower after PTA, only subtle monocyte activation after PTA (CD45RA and β-integrins occurred. None of the monocyte parameters correlated with long-term adverse clinical outcome. Changes in absolute monocyte counts and subtle changes towards an activation phenotype after PTA may reflect local cell adhesion phenomenon in patients with Rutherford 3 or 4 peripheral arterial disease.

  7. Effects of Nicorandil on the Clinical and Laboratory Outcomes of Unstable Angina Patients after Coronary Angioplasty

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    Homa Falsoleiman


    Full Text Available Introduction: Ischemic preconditioning mediated by potassium channels is a physiological protective mechanism, . It is hypothesized that Nicorandil, which is a potassium channel activator, could protect the heart via preconditioning. Materials and Methods:This clinical trial was conducted on 162 patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI in Quem hospital, from Jan2013 to Jan 2014,patients  divided into two groups. The first group received standard treatment plus Nicorandil (10 mg, twice daily for three days before and after angioplasty. The second group received standard treatment after PCI. Results: Cardiac enzyme levels were significantly lower in the Nicorandil group at 6 and 12 hours after angioplasty,(p value=0.001 while no significant differences were observed in the symptoms and four-month prognosis of the study groups(p value=0.8. Conclusion:It is recommended that a randomized clinical trial be conducted for the close evaluation of the effects of Nicorandil on unstable angina patients.

  8. Interleukin-6 and asymmetric dimethylarginine are associated with platelet activation after percutaneous angioplasty with stent implantation. (United States)

    Gremmel, Thomas; Perkmann, Thomas; Kopp, Christoph W; Seidinger, Daniela; Eichelberger, Beate; Koppensteiner, Renate; Steiner, Sabine; Panzer, Simon


    Data linking in vivo platelet activation with inflammation and cardiovascular risk factors are scarce. Moreover, the interrelation between endothelial dysfunction as early marker of atherosclerosis and platelet activation has not been studied, so far. We therefore sought to investigate the associations of inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular risk factors with platelet activation and monocyte-platelet aggregate (MPA) formation in 330 patients undergoing angioplasty with stent implantation for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. P-selectin expression, activation of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa and MPA formation were determined by flow cytometry. Interleukin (IL)-6, high sensitivity C-reactive protein and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) were measured by commercially available assays. IL-6 was the only parameter which was independently associated with platelet P-selectin expression and activated GPIIb/IIIa as well as with leukocyte-platelet interaction in multivariate regression analysis (all p<0.05). ADMA was independently associated with GPIIb/IIIa activation (p<0.05). Patients with high IL-6 exhibited a significantly higher expression of P-selectin than patients with low IL-6 (p=0.001), whereas patients with high ADMA levels showed a more pronounced activation of GPIIb/IIIa than patients with low ADMA (p=0.003). In conclusion, IL-6 and ADMA are associated with platelet activation after percutaneous angioplasty with stent implantation. It remains to be established whether they act prothrombotic and atherogenic themselves or are just surrogate markers for atherosclerosis with concomitant platelet activation.

  9. Interleukin-6 and asymmetric dimethylarginine are associated with platelet activation after percutaneous angioplasty with stent implantation.

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    Thomas Gremmel

    Full Text Available Data linking in vivo platelet activation with inflammation and cardiovascular risk factors are scarce. Moreover, the interrelation between endothelial dysfunction as early marker of atherosclerosis and platelet activation has not been studied, so far. We therefore sought to investigate the associations of inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular risk factors with platelet activation and monocyte-platelet aggregate (MPA formation in 330 patients undergoing angioplasty with stent implantation for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. P-selectin expression, activation of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa and MPA formation were determined by flow cytometry. Interleukin (IL-6, high sensitivity C-reactive protein and asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA were measured by commercially available assays. IL-6 was the only parameter which was independently associated with platelet P-selectin expression and activated GPIIb/IIIa as well as with leukocyte-platelet interaction in multivariate regression analysis (all p<0.05. ADMA was independently associated with GPIIb/IIIa activation (p<0.05. Patients with high IL-6 exhibited a significantly higher expression of P-selectin than patients with low IL-6 (p=0.001, whereas patients with high ADMA levels showed a more pronounced activation of GPIIb/IIIa than patients with low ADMA (p=0.003. In conclusion, IL-6 and ADMA are associated with platelet activation after percutaneous angioplasty with stent implantation. It remains to be established whether they act prothrombotic and atherogenic themselves or are just surrogate markers for atherosclerosis with concomitant platelet activation.

  10. The Mechanical Study of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor on the Prevention of Restenosis after Angioplasty

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    LIU Qigong; LU Zaiying; ZHOU Honglian; YAN Jin; ZHANG Weidong


    The mechanism of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on the prevention of restenosis after angioplasty was investigated. The cultured vascular endothelial cells (VEC) were incubated with the conditioned medium (CM) from vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) infected with recombinant adenoviruses containing the hVEGF165 gene. To observe the effects of VEGF on proliferation and NO, ET, 6-keto-PGF1α secretion of VEC, WST-1 method, Griess method and radioimmunoassay were used respectively. The PDGF-B mRNA transcription in VECs was detected by RT-PCR. It was showed that NO, 6-keto-PGF1α and OD value were markedly increased in a dosedependent manner in the VEGF-treated groups as compared with those in the control group, while ET and PDGF-B mRNA were significantly decreased in the VEGF-treated groups (P<0. 05 or P<0. 01). Adenovirus vector mediated hVEGF165 gene could promote the proliferation of VECs and im prove NO, PGI2 secretion, inhibit ET secretionand PDGF-B mRNA transcription in the VECs. Theabove results offered further theoretical evidence for VEGF on the prevention of restenosis after angioplasty.

  11. Renal angioplasty for atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis: Cardiologist′s perspective

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    A S Gulati


    Full Text Available Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (ARAS is frequently associated with concomitant coronary and peripheral arterial disease with a significant impact on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Renal angioplasty of ARAS is more challenging because of increased incidence of technical failures, complications, and restenosis; while there is barely perceptible control of hypertension and only marginal improvement in renal function. This is because most of the patient population in recent randomized trials had unmanifested or clinically silent renovascular disease. Manifestations of RAS should be looked for and incorporated in the management plan particularly before deciding for revascularization. In the absence of clinical manifestation like renovascular hypertension, ischemic nephropathy, left ventricular failure, or unstable coronary syndromes; mere presence of RAS is analogous to presence of concomitant peripheral arterial disease which increases risk of adverse coronary events. Dormant-RAS in the absence of any manifestations can be managed with masterly inactivity. Chronological sequence of events and clinical condition of the patient help in decision making by identifying progressive renovascular disease. Selecting patients for renal artery stenting who actually will benefit from revascularization shall also decrease the unnecessary complications inherent with any interventional procedure. The present review is an attempt to analyze the current view on the diagnostic and management issues more specifically about the need and rationale behind angioplasty.

  12. Intradural vertebral endarterectomy with nonautologous patch angioplasty for refractory vertebrobasilar ischemia: Case report and literature review

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    Timothy Uschold


    Full Text Available Background: The natural history of patients with symptomatic vertebrobasilar ischemic symptoms due to chronic bilateral vertebral artery occlusive disease is progressive, and poses significant challenges when refractory to medical therapy. Surgical treatment options depend largely on location and characteristics of the atheroma (s, and generally include percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA with or without stent placement, posterior circulation revascularization (bypass, extracranial vertebral artery reconstruction, or vertebral artery endarterectomy. Case Description: We present the case of a 56-year-old male with progressive vertebrobasilar ischemia due to tandem lesions in the right vertebral artery at the origin and intracranially in the V4 segment. The contralateral vertebral artery was occluded to the level of posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA and posterior communicating arteries were absent. Following PTA and stent placement at the right vertebral artery origin, the patient was successfully treated with intradural vertebral artery endarterectomy (V4EA and patch angioplasty via the far lateral approach. Distal endovascular intervention at the V4 segment proved not technically feasible after multiple attempts. Conclusions: V4EA is an uncommonly performed procedure, but may be considered for carefully selected patients. The authors′ techniques and indications are discussed. Historical outcomes, relevant anatomic considerations, and lessons learned are reviewed from the literature.

  13. Efficacy of beta radiation in prevention of post-angioplasty restenosis : An interim report from the beta energy restenosis trial

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    D. Meerkin; R. Bonan (Raoul); I.R. Crocker; A. Arsenault (André); P. Chougule; V.L.M.A. Coen (Veronique); D.O. Williams (David); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); S.B. King 3rd (Spencer)


    textabstractRestenosis remains a major limitation of coronary angioplasty in spite of major advances in techniques and technology. Recent studies have demonstrated that ionizing radiation may limit the degree of this problem. Gamma radiation has been shown to be effective in reducing in stent resten

  14. A successful patch angioplasty with auto-pulmonary wall for congenital coronary left main trunk occlusion in a young child. (United States)

    Terada, Takafumi; Sakurai, Hajime; Nonaka, Toshimichi; Sakurai, Takahisa; Sugiura, Junya; Taneichi, Tetsuyoshi; Ohtsuka, Ryohei


    Congenital occlusion of the left main coronary trunk is a life-threatening abnormality, and its optimal management remains controversial. This report describes a case of successful patch angioplasty with auto-pulmonary artery for a 12-year-old boy with congenital left main trunk occlusion. We divided the main pulmonary artery, harvested a pulmonary artery wall strip, and performed patch angioplasty of the occluded left main trunk ostium. We were able to clearly expose the left main trunk behind the pulmonary artery because the obstruction was divided for the patch material. The postoperative course was uneventful, and coronary angiography at 4 months after surgery showed excellent patency of the left main trunk. The auto-pulmonary arterial wall was easy to handle during angioplasty, and its favorable durability has been established both in the Ross procedures and in an arterial switch procedure. Therefore, we conclude that patch angioplasty using a piece of the pulmonary arterial wall represents a good alternative to conventional coronary artery bypass grafting.

  15. Pharmacological approaches to the prevention of restenosis following angioplasty. The search for the Holy Grail? (part II)

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    J.P.R. Herrman; W.R.M. Hermans (Walter); J. Vos (Jeroen); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    textabstractPart I of this article reviewed the results of studies investigating the effectiveness of antithrombotic, antiplatelet, antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory, calcium channel blocker and lipid-lowering drugs in preventing or reducing restenosis after angioplasty. However, despite 15 years

  16. Cardiac troponin T and CK-MB mass release after visually successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in stable angina pectoris

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    Ravkilde, J; Nissen, H; Mickley, H


    The incidence of cardiac troponin T (Tn-T) and creatine kinase (CK) isoenzyme MB mass release was studied in 23 patients with stable angina pectoris undergoing visually successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Serial blood samples were drawn for measurement of serum Tn...

  17. Comparison of costs of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery for patients with angina pectoris

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    C. van Halem; F. van den Brink; P.J. de Feyter (Pim); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); H. Suryapranata (Harry); K.J. Meeter; E. Bos (Egbert); F.J. van Dalen (Frederik); M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel)


    textabstractTo determine the costs of a procedure, the total costs of the department that provides the service must be considered and, in addition, the direct cost of the specific procedure. Applying this principle to the cost accounting of angioplasty and bypass surgery results in a direct, i.e. pr

  18. Prolonged binding of radiolabeled recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator after angioplasty and enclosed thrombolysis of the femoropopliteal arteries

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    Tønnesen, K H; Vinberg, N; Folkenborg, O


    The authors measured the binding of indium-111-labeled recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) within the recanalized femoropopliteal segment after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and enclosed thrombolysis. In patients with long occlusions (n = 3), 91 micrograms of rt...

  19. Successful percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and stenting for symptomatic intracranial vertebral artery stenosis using intravascular ultrasound virtual histology. (United States)

    Takayama, Katsutoshi; Taoka, Toshiaki; Nakagawa, Hiroyuki; Myouchin, Kaoru; Wada, Takeshi; Sakamoto, Masahiko; Fukusumi, Akio; Iwasaki, Satoru; Kurokawa, Shinichiro; Kichikawa, Kimihiko


    This is the first report of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of an intracranial artery applying intravascular ultrasound virtual histology (IVUS-VH), which has been recently developed for tissue characterization of coronary artery plaque. We report a case of successful PTA and stenting for symptomatic intracranial vertebral artery stenosis using IVUS-VH.

  20. Ideal ballooning modes, shear flow and the stable continuum (United States)

    Taylor, J. B.


    There is a well-established theory of ballooning modes in a toroidal plasma. The cornerstone of this is a local eigenvalue λ on each magnetic surface—which also depends on the ballooning phase angle k. In stationary plasmas, λ(k) is required only near its maximum, but in rotating plasmas its average over k is required. Unfortunately in many cases λ(k) does not exist for some range of k, because the spectrum there contains only a stable continuum. This limits the application of the theory, and raises the important question of whether this ‘stable interval’ gives rise to significant damping. This question is re-examined using a new, simplified, model—which leads to the conclusion that there is no appreciable damping at small shear flow. In particular, therefore, a small shear flow should not affect ballooning mode stability boundaries.

  1. Ideal MHD Ballooning modes, shear flow and the stable continuum

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    Taylor, J B


    There is a well established theory of Ballooning modes in a toroidal plasma. The cornerstone of this is a local eigenvalue lambda on each magnetic surface - which also depends on the ballooning phase angle k. In stationary plasmas lambda(k) is required only near its maximum, but in rotating plasmas its average over k is required. Unfortunately in many case lambda(k) does not exist for some range of k, because the spectrum there contains only a stable continuum. This limits the application of the theory, and raises the important question of whether this "stable interval" gives rise to significant damping. This question is re-examined using a new, simplified, model - which leads to the conclusion that there is no appreciable damping at small shear flow. In particular, therefore, a small shear flow should not affect Ballooning mode stability boundaries.

  2. Tokamak resistive magnetohydrodynamic ballooning instability in the negative shear regime

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    Shi Bing-Ren; Lin Jian-Long; Li Ji-Quan


    Improved confinement of tokamak plasma with central negative shear is checked against the resistive ballooning mode. In the negative shear regime, the plasma is always unstable for purely growing resistive ballooning mode. For a simplest tokamak equilibrium model, the s-α model, characteristics of this kind of instability are fully clarified by numerically solving the high n resistive magnetohydrodynamic ballooning eigen-equation. Dependences of the growth rate on the resistivity, the absolute shear value, the pressure gradient are scanned in detail. It is found that the growth rate is a monotonically increasing function of a while it is not sensitive to the changes of the shear s, the initial phase θ0 and the resistivity parameter εR.

  3. Iridium: Global OTH data communications for high altitude scientific ballooning (United States)

    Denney, A.

    While the scientific community is no stranger to embracing commercially available technologies, the growth and availability of truly affordable cutting edge technologies is opening the door to an entirely new means of global communications. For many years high altitude ballooning has provided science an alternative to costly satellite based experimental platforms. As with any project, evolution becomes an integral part of development. Specifically in the NSBF ballooning program, where flight durations have evolved from the earlier days of hours to several weeks and plans are underway to provide missions up to 100 days. Addressing increased flight durations, the harsh operational environment, along with cumbersome and outdated systems used on existing systems, such as the balloon vehicles Support Instrumentation Package (SIP) and ground-based systems, a new Over-The-Horizon (OTH) communications medium is sought. Current OTH equipment planning to be phased-out include: HF commanding systems, ARGOS PTT telemetry downlinks and INMARSAT data terminals. Other aspects up for review in addition to the SIP to utilize this communications medium include pathfinder balloon platforms - thereby, adding commanding abilities and increased data rates, plus providing a package for ultra-small experiments to ride aloft. Existing communication systems employed by the National Scientific Balloon Facility ballooning program have been limited not only by increased cost, slow data rates and "special government use only" services such as TDRSS (Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System), but have had to make special provisions to geographical flight location. Development of the Support Instrumentation Packages whether LDB (Long Duration Balloon), ULDB (Ultra Long Duration Balloon) or conventional ballooning have been plagued by non-standard systems configurations requiring additional support equipment for different regions and missions along with a myriad of backup for redundancy. Several

  4. To sail the skies of Mars - Scientific ballooning on the red planet (United States)

    Gaidos, Eric J.; Burke, James D.


    Balloons represent a novel approach to exploring the surface of Mars. One promising aerostat system incorporates a solar-powered balloon as a means of generating diurnally varying lift and so can 'hop' across the surface, obtaining detailed information at a large number of sites. Two important areas of research and testing are underway on solar balloon technology and balloon payload design. The solar balloon concept has been demonstrated on earth, but more work is needed on a 'flyable' version for Mars. Particular attention must be paid to radiation heat transfer and aerodynamic effects. A special 'snake' payload concept has been demonstrated that allows for balloon system traverses of the surface and provides a usable instrument platform. A balloon system of this type could obtain unique surface imaging and physical and chemical data. The flight of the balloon also provides in situ atmospheric boundary-layer and circulation measurements.

  5. Balloon vetebroplasty with calcium phosphate cement augmentation for direct restoration of traumatic thoracolumbar vertebral fractures

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    Verlaan, JJ; van Helden, WH; Oner, FC; Verbout, AJ; Dhert, WJA


    Study Design. A human cadaveric model was used to evaluate balloon vertebroplasty in traumatic vertebral fractures. Objectives. To assess the feasibility and safety of balloon vertebroplasty followed by calcium phosphate cement augmentation to prevent recurrent kyphosis. Summary of Background Data.

  6. Stent-assisted angioplasty for atherosclerotic stenosis of the carotid artery. An overview; Stentgeschuetzte Angioplastie der arteriosklerotischen Stenose der A. carotis interna. Ein Ueberblick

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    Boeckh-Behrens, T.; Brueckmann, H. [Klinikum Grosshadern der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Abteilung fuer Neuroradiologie, Muenchen (Germany)


    For symptomatic stenosis of the carotid artery the invasive options for treatment (by means of stent or operation) are superior to conservative medical treatment. Recent multi-center randomized controlled trials, which will be presented here, indicate that stenting in the treatment of symptomatic carotid stenosis is neither safer nor more effective than carotid endarterectomy. When carried out by an experienced interventionalist stent-assisted angioplasty (CAS) is an alternative to carotid endarterectomy. Subgroup-analysis indicates that for patients older than 70 years of age invasive techniques should be the method of choice. In the case of contralateral high-grade stenosis or occlusion, CAS is the method of choice. For patients treated by stenting, the periprocedural complication rate is not influenced by the use of protection systems. The present results on symptomatic carotid stenosis should not be transferred to the therapy of asymptomatic carotid stenosis. A 3-armed study (SPACE2) on the comparison of the best medical treatment with the invasive treatment modalities (CAS or CEA) is in preparation and will be started in 2 months. (orig.) [German] Bei symptomatischen arteriosklerotischen Stenosen der A. carotis sind die invasiven Behandlungen (mittels Stent oder Operation) der medikamentoesen konservativen Therapie ueberlegen. Multizentrische randomisierte kontrollierte Studien der letzten Jahre, die hier vorgestellt werden, haben gezeigt, dass die endovaskulaere Therapie zur Behandlung symptomatischer Karotisstenosen weder sicherer noch effektiver ist als die operative Therapie. In der Hand eines erfahrenen Interventionalisten ist die stentgeschuetzte Angioplastie (CAS) eine ebenbuertige Behandlungsalternative zur Karotisendarterektomie. Subgruppenanalysen weisen darauf hin, dass Patienten, die aelter als 70 Jahre sind, primaer operiert werden sollten. Bei gleichzeitig bestehender kontralateraler hochgradiger Stenose oder Verschluss ist die CAS Methode der

  7. Evolution of NASA Scientific Ballooning and Particle Astrophysics Research (United States)

    Jones, William Vernon


    Particle astrophysics research has a history in ballooning that spans over 100 years, ever since Victor Hess discovered cosmic rays on a manned balloon in 1912. The NASA Particle Astrophysics Program currently covers the origin, acceleration and transport of Galactic cosmic rays, plus the Nature of Dark Matter and Ultrahigh Energy Neutrinos. Progress in each of these topics has come from sophisticated instrumentation flown on Long Duration Balloon (LDB) flights around Antarctica for more than two decades. Super Pressure Balloons (SPB) and International Space Station (ISS) platforms are emerging opportunities that promise major steps forward for these and other objectives. NASA has continued development and qualification flights leading to SPB flights capable of supporting 1000 kg science instruments to 33 km for upwards of hundred day missions, with plans for increasing the altitude to 38 km. This goal is even more important now, in view of the Astro2010 Decadal Study recommendation that NASA should support Ultra-Long Duration Balloon (ULDB) flight development for studies of particle astrophysics, cosmology and indirect detection of dark matter. The mid-latitude test flight of an 18.8 MCF SPB launched from Wanaka, NZ in 2015 achieved 32 days of nearly constant altitude exposure, and an identical SPB launched from Wanaka in 2016 with a science payload flew for 46 days. Scientific ballooning as a vital infrastructure component for cosmic ray and general astrophysics investigations, including training for young scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, leading up to the 2020 Decadal Study and beyond, will be presented and discussed.

  8. Near Space Lab-Rat Experimentation using Stratospheric Balloon (United States)

    Buduru, Suneel Kumar; Reddy Vizapur, Anmi; Rao Tanneeru, Venkateswara; Trivedi, Dharmesh; Devarajan, Anand; Pandit Manikrao Kulkarni, MR..; Ojha, Devendra; Korra, Sakram; Neerudu, Nagendra; Seng, Lim; Godi, Stalin Peter


    First ever balloon borne lab-rat experiment up to near space stratospheric altitude levels carried out at TIFR Balloon Facility, Hydeabad using zero pressure balloons for the purpose of validating the life support system. A series of two balloon experiments conducted under joint collaboration with IN.Genius, Singapore in the year 2015. In these experiments, three lab-rats sent to stratosphere in a pressurized capsule designed to reach an altitude of 30 km by keeping constant pressure, temperature and maintained at a precise rate of oxygen supply inside the capsule. The first experiment conducted on 1 ^{st} February, 2015 with a total suspended weight of 225 kg. During the balloon ascent stage at 18 km altitude, sensors inside the capsule reported drastic drop in internal pressure while oxygen and temperatures maintained at correct levels resulted in premature fligt termination at 20.1 km. All the three lab-rats recovered without life due to the collapse of their lungs caused by the depressurization inside the capsule. The second experiment conducted on 14th March, 2015 using a newly developed capsule with rectification of depressurization fault by using improved sealing gaskets and hermitically sealed connectors for sending lab-rats again to stratosphere comprising a total suspended load of 122.3 kg. The balloon flight was terminated after reaching 29.5 km in 110 minutes and succesfully recovered all the three lab-rats alive. This paper focuses on lessons learnt of the development of the life support system as an integral pressurized vessel, flight control instrumentation, flight simulation tests using thermo-vaccum chamber with pre-flight operations.

  9. Second-generation endometrial ablation technologies: the hot liquid balloons. (United States)

    Vilos, George A; Edris, Fawaz


    Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation (HEA) was introduced in the 1980s to treat menorrhagia. Its use required additional training, surgical expertise and specialized equipment to minimize emergent complications such as uterine perforations, thermal injuries and excessive fluid absorption. To overcome these difficulties and concerns, thermal balloon endometrial ablation (TBEA) was introduced in the 1990s. Four hot liquid balloons have been introduced into clinical practice. All systems consist of a catheter (4-10mm diameter), a silicone balloon and a control unit. Liquids used to inflate the balloons include internally heated dextrose in water (ThermaChoice, 87 degrees C), and externally heated glycine (Cavaterm, 78 degrees C), saline (Menotreat, 85 degrees ) and glycerine (Thermablate, 173 degrees C). All balloons require pressurization from 160 to 240 mmHg for treatment cycles of 2 to 10 minutes. Prior to TBEA, preoperative endometrial thinning, including suction curettage, is optional. Several RCTs and cohort studies indicate that the advantages of TBEA include portability, ease of use and short learning curve. In addition, small diameter catheters requiring minimal cervical dilatation (5-7 mm) and short duration of treatment cycles (2-8 min) allow treatment under minimal analgesia/anesthesia requirements in a clinic setting. Following TBEA serious adverse events, including thermal injuries to viscera have been experienced. To minimize such injuries some surgeons advocate the use of routine post-dilatation hysteroscopy and/or ultrasonography to confirm correct intrauterine placement of the balloon prior to initiating the treatment cycle. After 10 years of clinical practice, TBEA is thought to be the preferred first-line surgical treatment of menorrhagia in appropriately selected candidates. Economic modeling also suggested that TBEA may be more cost-effective than HEA.

  10. Balloon-Borne Infrasound Detection of Energetic Bolide Events (United States)

    Young, Eliot F.; Ballard, Courtney; Klein, Viliam; Bowman, Daniel; Boslough, Mark


    Infrasound is usually defined as sound waves below 20 Hz, the nominal limit of human hearing. Infrasound waves propagate over vast distances through the Earth's atmosphere: the CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization) has 48 installed infrasound-sensing stations around the world to detect nuclear detonations and other disturbances. In February 2013, several CTBTO infrasound stations detected infrasound signals from a large bolide that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Some stations recorded signals that had circumnavigated the Earth, over a day after the original event. The goal of this project is to improve upon the sensitivity of the CTBTO network by putting microphones on small, long-duration super-pressure balloons, with the overarching goal of studying the small end of the NEO population by using the Earth's atmosphere as a witness plate.A balloon-borne infrasound sensor is expected to have two advantages over ground-based stations: a lack of wind noise and a concentration of infrasound energy in the "stratospheric duct" between roughly 5 - 50 km altitude. To test these advantages, we have built a small balloon payload with five calibrated microphones. We plan to fly this payload on a NASA high-altitude balloon from Ft Sumner, NM in August 2016. We have arranged for three large explosions to take place in Socorro, NM while the balloon is aloft to assess the sensitivity of balloon-borne vs. ground-based infrasound sensors. We will report on the results from this test flight and the prospects for detecting/characterizing small bolides in the stratosphere.

  11. AIAA Educator Academy: The Space Weather Balloon Module (United States)

    Longmier, B.; Henriquez, E.; Bering, E. A.; Slagle, E.


    Educator Academy is a K-12 STEM curriculum developed by the STEM K-12 Outreach Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Consisting of three independent curriculum modules, K-12 students participate in inquiry-based science and engineering challenges to improve critical thinking skills and enhance problem solving skills. The Space Weather Balloon Curriculum Module is designed for students in grades 9-12. Throughout this module, students learn and refine physics concepts as well as experimental research skills. Students participate in project-based learning that is experimental in nature. Students are engaged with the world around them as they collaborate to launch a high altitude balloon equipped with HD cameras.The program leaders launch high altitude weather balloons in collaboration with schools and students to teach physics concepts, experimental research skills, and to make space exploration accessible to students. A weather balloon lifts a specially designed payload package that is composed of HD cameras, GPS tracking devices, and other science equipment. The payload is constructed and attached to the balloon by the students with low-cost materials. The balloon and payload are launched with FAA clearance from a site chosen based on wind patterns and predicted landing locations. The balloon ascends over 2 hours to a maximum altitude of 100,000 feet where it bursts and allows the payload to slowly descend using a built-in parachute. The payload is located using the GPS device. In April 2012, the Space Weather Balloon team conducted a prototype field campaign near Fairbanks Alaska, sending several student-built experiments to an altitude of 30km, underneath several strong auroral displays. To better assist teachers in implementing one or more of these Curriculum Modules, teacher workshops are held to give teachers a hands-on look at how this curriculum is used in the classroom. And, to provide further support, teachers are each

  12. Balloon-Borne System Would Aim Instrument Toward Sun (United States)

    Polites, M. E.


    Proposed system including digital control computer, control sensors, and control actuators aims telescope or other balloon-borne instrument toward Sun. Pointing system and instrument flown on gondola, suspended from balloon. System includes reaction wheel, which applies azimuthal control torques to gondola, and torque motor to apply low-frequency azimuthal torques between gondola and cable. Three single-axis rate gyroscopes measure yaw, pitch, and roll. Inclinometer measures roll angle. Two-axis Sun sensor measures deviation, in yaw and pitch, of attitude of instrument from line to apparent center of Sun. System provides initial coarse pointing, then maintains fine pointing.

  13. Intrauterine tamponade balloon use in the treatment of uterine inversion. (United States)

    Haeri, Sina; Rais, Sheliza; Monks, Brian


    Uterine inversion is a rare but life-threatening obstetrical emergency that occurs when the fundus of the uterus prolapses through the cervix, hence turning the uterus inside out. In this case report, we present our experience using an intrauterine tamponade balloon for management of uterine inversion, and a review of the literature. The utility of an intrauterine tamponade balloon in cases of uterine inversion, especially when maternal medical conditions preclude the use of uterotonics, or reinversion is observed should be kept in mind.

  14. Cosmic ray abundance measurements with the CAKE balloon experiment

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    Cecchini, S; Giacomelli, G; Manzoor, S; Medinaceli, E; Patrizii, L; Togo, V


    We present the results from the CAKE (Cosmic Abundance below Knee Energy) balloon experiment which uses nuclear track detectors. The final experiment goal is the determination of the charge spectrum of CR nuclei with Z $>$ 30 in the primary cosmic radiation. The detector, which has a geometric acceptance of $\\sim$ 1.7 m$^2$sr, was exposed in a trans-mediterranean stratospheric balloon flight. Calibrations of the detectors used (CR39 and Lexan), scanning strategies and algorithms for tracking particles in an automatic mode are presented. The present status of the results is discussed

  15. Simultaneous electric-field measurements on nearby balloons. (United States)

    Mozer, F. S.


    Electric-field payloads were flown simultaneously on two balloons from Great Whale River, Canada, on September 21, 1971, to provide data at two points in the upper atmosphere that differed in altitude by more than one atmospheric density scale height and in horizontal position by 30-140 km. The altitude dependences in the two sets of data prove conclusively that the vertical electric field at balloon altitudes stems from fair-weather atmospheric electricity sources and that the horizontal fields are mapped down ionospheric fields, since the weather-associated horizontal fields were smaller than 2 mV/m.

  16. BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB) versus Spatz Adjustable Balloon System (ABS): Our experience in the elderly. (United States)

    Russo, Teresa; Aprea, Giovanni; Formisano, Cesare; Ruggiero, Simona; Quarto, Gennaro; Serra, Raffaele; Massa, Guido; Sivero, Luigi


    The BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB) and the Spatz Adjustable Balloon System (ABS) are in fact recommended for weight reduction as a bridge to bariatric surgery. We retrospected studied patients with body mass index (BMI) and age ranges of 37-46 and 70-80 years, respectively, who had undergone BIB from January 2010 to July 2012 and prospected studied patients who had undergone Spatz balloon from July 2012 to August 2014. The aim of this study is to compare BIB and Spatz in terms of weight loss, complications, and maintenance of weight after removal. For both procedures, the median weight loss was 20 ± 3 kg, median BMI at the end of the therapy was 32 ± 2, and no severe complication occurred.

  17. Intimal Hyperplasia in Balloon Dilated Coronary Arteries is Reduced by Local Delivery of the NO Donor, SIN-1 Via a cGMP-Dependent Pathway

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    Arner Anders


    Full Text Available Abstract Background To elucidate the mechanism by which local delivery of 3-morpholino-sydnonimine (SIN-1 affects intimal hyperplasia after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA. Methods Porcine coronary arteries were treated with PTCA and immediately afterwards locally treated for 5 minutes, with a selective cytosolic guanylate cyclase inhibitor, 1 H-(1,2,4oxadiazole(4,3-alphaquinoxaline-1-one (ODQ + SIN-1 or only SIN-1 using a drug delivery-balloon. Arteries were angiographically depicted, morphologically evaluated and analyzed after one and eight weeks for actin, myosin and intermediate filaments (IF and nitric oxide synthase (NOS contents. Results Luminal diameter after PCI in arteries treated with SIN-1 alone and corrected for age-growth was significantly larger as compared to ODQ + SIN-1 or to controls (p Conclusions After PTCA local delivery of high concentrations of the NO donor SIN-1 for 5 minutes inhibited injury induced neointimal hyperplasia. This favorable effect was abolished by inhibition of guanylyl cyclase indicating mediation of a cyclic guanosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cGMP-dependent pathway. The momentary events at the time of injury play crucial role in the ensuring development of intimal hyperplasia.

  18. Large bowel impaction by the BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB) necessitating surgical intervention. (United States)

    Kim, W Y; Kirkpatrick, U J; Moody, A P; Wake, P N


    A case of large bowel impaction caused by migration of a BioEnterics Intragastric Balloon (BIB) is presented. The literature is reviewed regarding both the use and the complications inherent in such balloon devices. This is the first reported case of an intragastric balloon impacted in the colon 9 months after insertion.

  19. Hybrid Global Communication Architecture with Balloons and Satellites (United States)

    Pignolet, G.; Celeste, A.; Erb, B.


    Global space communication systems have been developed now for more than three decades, based mainly on geostationary satellites or almost equivalent systems such as the Molnya orbit concepts. The last decade of the twentieth century has seen the emergence of satellite constellations in low or medium Earth orbit, in order to improve accessibility in terms of visibility at higher latitudes and limited size or power requirement for ground equipment. However such systems are complex to operate, there are still many situations where connection may remain difficult to achieve, and commercial benefits are still to be proven. A new concept, using a network combination of geostationary relay satellites and high altitude stratospheric platforms may well overcome the inconveniences of both geostationary systems and satellite constellations to improve greatly global communication in the future. The emergence of enabling technologies developed in Japan and in several other countries will soon make it possible to fly helium balloons in the upper layers of the atmosphere, at altitudes of 20 km or more. At such an altitude, well above the meteorological disturbances and the jet-streams, the stratosphere enjoys a regular wind at moderate speeds ranging between 10 m/s and 30 m/s, depending on latitude and also on season. It is possible for balloons powered by electric engines to fly non- stop upstream of the wind in order to remain stationary above a particular location. Large balloons, with sizes up to 300 m in length, would be able to carry sub-satellite communication payloads, as well as observation apparatus and scientific equipment. The range of visibility for easy both-way communication between the balloon and operators or customers on the ground could be as large as 200 km in radius. Most current studies consider a combination of solar cells and storage batteries to power the balloons, but microwave beam wireless power transportation from the ground could be a very

  20. Renal scintigraphy and clearance before and after transluminal angioplasty of a renal artery stenosis. Nierenfunktions-Szintigraphie und Clearance zur Erfolgsbeurteilung einer transluminalen Angioplastie bei Nierenarterienstenosen

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    Maul, F.D.; Baum, R.P.; Hoer, G.; Standke, R. (Frankfurt Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Nuklearmedizin)


    Nuclear medicine results before, early and late after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) were evaluated. On the one hand this study was based on the results of the I-131-Hippuran clearance according to Oberhausen, including the time to maximum (Tmax) and half life time of renal elimination (EHWZ). On the other hand data from renal scintigraphy with Tc-99m-DTPA (perfusion and nephrographic phase) were used. Values of all split functions exhibit a progressive improvement between early and late controls. Glomerular filtration fraction (GFR) of the post-stenotic kidney increases immediately after PTA from 30% (before) to 35% (early after). EHWZ (before 17.6, early after 14.1, late after 10,8 min) and Tmax inversely correlat with GFR. I-131-Hippuran clearance indicates only a late increase (before 306, early after 309, late after 317 ml/min). According to this retrospective study GFR as well as Tmax and EHWZ (partially GFR dependent parameters) are most suitable in the follow up after PTA of a renal artery stenosis. (orig.).

  1. Evaluation of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for treatment of infrapopliteal arteriosclerosis obliterans%经皮腔内血管成形术治疗膝下动脉粥样硬化闭塞症的评价

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    张玉超; 黄英; 李维敏; 陆信武; 黄新天; 陆民; 蒋米尔


    Objective To assess the therapeutic effect of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty ( PTA )on the treatment of infrapopliteal arteriosclerosis obliterans( ASOs ). Methods From Jan. 2007 to Jun. 2011, clinical data of patients with infrapopliteal ASO undergoing PTA at our department were retrospectively reviewed. Results Infrapopliteal PTA was performed on 138 lower limbs for 138 patients( mean age,77. 31 ±7. 52 year - old ). The mean diameter of balloon catheters used for infrapopliteal arteries was 2. 8 mm( 2 mm ~4 mm ), with the mean length of 110. 6 mm( 40 mm ~ 170 mm ). There were no severe complications occurring intraoperatively or postoperatively. Early results showed that all patients had significant improvement in ischemic symptoms( 100% ), and no patients had limb loss. During a mean follow -up of 24. 1 months( 4 ~ 58 months ), the rate of improvement in ischemic symptoms for treated limbs was 78. 4% and the limb salvage rate was 93. 9% at 2 years. Conclusion Minimal invasive PTA for the treatment of infrapopliteal ASO is safe and effective for improving ischemic symptoms of lower limbs and limb salvage.%目的 评价经皮腔内血管成形术(percutaneous transluminal angioplasty,PTA)治疗膝下动脉粥样硬化闭塞症(arteriosclerosis obliterans,ASO)的疗效.方法 回顾性研究2007年1月至2011年6月我科收治的累及膝下动脉ASO并行PTA治疗的患者的临床资料.结果 138例患者,平均年龄(77.31±7.52)岁,治疗膝下动脉所用球囊平均直径 2.8mm(2~4mm),平均长度110.6mm(40~170mm),术中及术后无严重并发症.术后早期治疗肢体临床症状明显改善率为100%,无截肢患者.平均随访24.1个月(4~58个月),治疗肢体术后2年临床症状明显改善率78.4%,救肢率93.9%.结论 PTA治疗膝下动脉ASO可有效改善临床缺血症状并提高救肢率.

  2. Angiography for renal artery stenosis: no additional impairment of renal function by angioplasty

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    Lufft, Volkmar; Fels, Lueder M.; Egbeyong-Baiyee, Daniel; Olbricht, Christoph J. [Abteilung Nephrologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany); Hoogestraat-Lufft, Linda; Galanski, Michael [Abteilung Diagnostische Radiologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany)


    The aim of this study was to compare renal function between patients with renal angiography and patients with renal angiography and angioplasty (AP) for renal artery stenosis (RAS). Forty-seven patients with suspected RAS were prospectively investigated by digital subtraction angiography (DSA) using non-ionic low osmolar contrast media (CM). In 22 patients RAS was detected and in 16 cases an angioplasty was performed in the same session. The following parameters were determined 1 day prior to and after the DSA, respectively: serum creatinine (S-Crea, {mu}mol/l) and single-shot inulin clearance (In-Cl, ml/min) for the evaluation of renal function; and urine alpha 1-microglobuline (AMG, {mu}g/g Crea) and beta-N-acetyl-glucoseaminidase (beta-NAG, U/g Crea) as markers of tubular toxicity. Serum creatinine was measured additionally 2 days after CM had been injected. In both groups with and without AP 174{+-}65 and 104{+-}56 ml of CM (p<0.0005) were used, respectively. There were no differences with regard to renal function or risk factors for CM nephrotoxicity between both groups. In the group with AP S-Crea and In-Cl (each: mean{+-}SD) did not change significantly (before DSA: 171{+-}158 and 61{+-}24, after DSA: 189{+-}177 and 61{+-}25, respectively), beta-NAG (median) rose from 4 to 14 (p<0.05) and AMG from 8 to 55 (n.s., because of high SD). In the group without AP S-Crea increased from 134{+-}109 to 141{+-}113 (p<0.01), In-Cl dropped from 65{+-}26 to 62{+-}26 (p<0,01), beta NAG (median) rose from 4 to 8 (p=0.01), and AMG from 7 to 10 (n.s.). A rise in baseline S-Crea by more than 25% or 44 {mu}mol/l occurred in 4 and 2 patients in the group with and without AP, respectively. Creatinine increase was reversible in all cases within 7 days. In this study using sensitive methods to detect changes of renal function and tubular toxicity no additional renal function impairment in DSA with angioplasty for RAS compared with DSA alone could be demonstrated. Our data suggest

  3. Scientific Ballooning Technologies Workshop STO-2 Thermal Design and Analysis (United States)

    Ferguson, Doug


    The heritage thermal model for the full STO-2 (Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory II), vehicle has been updated to model the CSBF (Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility) SIP-14 (Scientific Instrument Package) in detail. Analysis of this model has been performed for the Antarctica FY2017 launch season. Model temperature predictions are compared to previous results from STO-2 review documents.

  4. Investigating obscure gastrointestinal bleeding : capsule endoscopy or double balloon enteroscopy?

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    Westerhof, J.; Weersma, R. K.; Koornstra, J. J.


    The possibility to visualise the small bowel has dramatically improved with the introduction of capsule endoscopy (CE) and double balloon enteroscopy (DBE). CE and DBE have become standard practice in investigating suspected diseases of the small bowel. An important reason to perform small bowel inv

  5. 28. Critical pulmonary valve stenosis: Medical management beyond balloon dilation

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    Muhammad Arif Khan


    Conclusion: Phentolamine and/or Captopril have a therapeutic role in neonates with critical PVS who remain oxygen dependent after balloon dilation. Both medicationslead to vasodilatation of pulmonary and systemic vascularity. They facilitate inflowto the right ventricle. Right to left shunt across a PFO or/ ASD minimizesand saturation improves leading to a significantreduction in length of hospitalization.

  6. Latex micro-balloon pumping in centrifugal microfluidic platforms. (United States)

    Aeinehvand, Mohammad Mahdi; Ibrahim, Fatimah; Harun, Sulaiman Wadi; Al-Faqheri, Wisam; Thio, Tzer Hwai Gilbert; Kazemzadeh, Amin; Madou, Marc


    Centrifugal microfluidic platforms have emerged as point-of-care diagnostic tools. However, the unidirectional nature of the centrifugal force limits the available space for multi-step processes on a single microfluidic disc. To overcome this limitation, a passive pneumatic pumping method actuated at high rotational speeds has been previously proposed to pump liquid against the centrifugal force. In this paper, a novel micro-balloon pumping method that relies on elastic energy stored in a latex membrane is introduced. It operates at low rotational speeds and pumps a larger volume of liquid towards the centre of the disc. Two different micro-balloon pumping mechanisms have been designed to study the pump performance at a range of rotational frequencies from 0 to 1500 rpm. The behaviour of the micro-balloon pump on the centrifugal microfluidic platforms has been theoretically analysed and compared with the experimental data. The experimental data show that the developed pumping method dramatically decreases the required rotational speed to pump liquid compared to the previously developed pneumatic pumping methods. It also shows that within a range of rotational speed, a desirable volume of liquid can be stored and pumped by adjusting the size of the micro-balloon.

  7. Balloon atrial septostomy under echocardiographic guide: case series

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    SM Meraji


    Full Text Available Background: Balloon atrial septostomy is an emergent procedure in pediatric cardiology. Nowadays, most patients in need of the procedure have acceptable outcomes after surgical repair. Thus, it is important to perform this procedure as safe as possible. By performing early arterial switch operation and prostaglandin infusion, the rate of balloon atrial septostomy has markedly decreased. However, not all centers performing early arterial switch repairs have abandoned atrial septostomy, even in patients who respond favorably to prostaglandin infusion.Case presentation: In total, eight 1- to 15-day old term neonates admitted in Shahid Rajaee Heart Center in Tehran, Iran from October 2009 to February 2011, with congenital heart diseases were scheduled for balloon atrial septostomy. In six cases the procedure was done exclusively under echocardiographic guidance and in two cases with the help of fluoroscopy. Success was defined as the creation of an atrial septal defect with a diameter equal to or more than 5 mm and ample mobility of its margins.Results: Male sex was predominant (87% and the mean age of the neonates was six days. The diagnosis in all cases was simple transposition of great arteries. The procedure was successful in all patients with any cardiovascular complication.Conclusion: Balloon atrial septostomy is an emergent procedure that can be done safely and effectively under echocardiographic guidance. According to the feasibility of this technique it could be performed fast, safe and effective at bedside, avoiding patient transportation to hemodynamic laboratory or referral center.

  8. Using Hydrogen Balloons to Display Metal Ion Spectra (United States)

    Maynard, James H.


    We have optimized a procedure for igniting hydrogen-filled balloons containing metal salts to obtain the brightest possible flash while minimizing the quantity of airborne combustion products. We report air quality measurements in a lecture hall immediately after the demonstration. While we recommend that this demonstration be done outdoors or in…

  9. Meshed-Pumpkin Super-Pressure Balloon Design (United States)

    Jones, Jack; Yavrouian, Andre


    An improved, lightweight design has been proposed for super-pressure balloons used to carry scientific instruments at high altitudes in the atmosphere of Earth for times as long as 100 days. [A super-pressure balloon is one in which the pressure of the buoyant gas (typically, helium) is kept somewhat above ambient pressure in order to maintain approximately constant density and thereby regulate the altitude.] The proposed design, called "meshed pumpkin," incorporates the basic concept of the pumpkin design, which is so named because of its appearance. The pumpkin design entails less weight than does a spherical design, and the meshed-pumpkin design would reduce weight further. The basic idea of the meshed-pumpkin design is to reinforce the membrane of a pumpkin balloon by attaching a strong, lightweight fabric mesh to its outer surface. The reinforcement would make it possible to reduce the membrane mass to one-third or less of that of the basic pumpkin design while retaining sufficient strength to enable the balloon to remain at approximately constant altitude for months.

  10. 75 FR 77673 - National Environmental Policy Act: Scientific Balloon Program (United States)


    ... SPACE ADMINISTRATION National Environmental Policy Act: Scientific Balloon Program AGENCY: National... the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.); the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40...

  11. Complications of flow-directed balloon-tipped catheters. (United States)

    Smart, F W; Husserl, F E


    Acute or short-term complications following the use of flow-directed balloon-tipped catheters are well recognized. Long-term sequelae are rarely reported. We report herein an early complication of pulmonary arterial rupture with infarction followed by the delayed development of a pulmonary arterial aneurysm.

  12. An automatic parachute release for high altitude scientific balloons (United States)

    Field, Chris

    NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility launches high altitude scientific research balloons at many locations around the world. Locations like Antarctica are flat for hundreds of miles and have nothing to snag a parachute consequently causing it to be more important to separate the parachute from the payload than in an area with vegetation and fences. Scientists are now building one of a kind payloads costing millions of dollars, taking five years or more to build, and are requesting multiple flights. In addition to that, the data gathering rate of many science payloads far exceeds the data downlink rate on over-the-horizon flights therefore making a recovery of at least the data hard drives a "minimum success requirement". The older mentality in ballooning; separating the parachute and payload from the balloon and getting it on the ground is more important than separating the parachute after the payload is on the ground has changed. It is now equally as important to separate the parachute from the gondola to prevent damage from dragging. Until now, commands had to be sent to separate the parachute from the gondola at approximately 60K ft, 30K ft, and 10K ft to use the Semi Automatic Parachute Release (SAPR), which is after the sometimes violent parachute opening shock. By using the Gondola controlled Automatic Parachute Release (GAPR) all commanding is done prior to termination, making the parachute release fully autonomous.

  13. Combination of electrocardiographic and angiographic markers of reperfusion in the prediction of infarct size in patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing successful primary angioplasty

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    De Luca, Giuseppe; Suryapranata, Harry; de Boer, Menko-Jan; Ottervanger, Jan Paul; Hoorntje, Jan C. A.; Gosselink, A. T. Marcel; Dambrink, Jan-Henk; Ernst, Nicolette; van't Hof, Arnoud W. J.


    Background: Optimal epicardial recanalization does not guarantee optimal myocardial perfusion. The aim of the current study was to evaluate angiographic and electrocardiographic markers of reperfusion in the prediction of infarct size in patients with STEMI undergoing successful primary angioplasty.

  14. Prevalence and prognostic implications of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction after revascularization with either fibrinolysis or primary angioplasty

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    Høfsten, Dan Eik; Wachtell, Kristian; Lund, Birgit;


    AIMS: We compared the prevalence and prognostic implications of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (nsVT) detected early after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in patients randomized to either fibrinolysis or primary angioplasty in the DANAMI-2 trial. METHODS AND RESULTS......: Holter recordings were available in 1017 patients (fibrinolysis: n=501; primary angioplasty: n=516). Primary endpoint was all-cause mortality. The prevalence of nsVT was 8.8% in fibrinolysis-treated, and 8.1% in primary angioplasty-treated patients (P=0.71). During 4519 patient-years of follow-up (median...... 4.3 years), 116 patients died [fibrinolysis vs. angioplasty: HR=1.1 (95% CI, 0.8-1.6), P=0.47]. In univariate analysis, nsVT patients treated with fibrinolysis, had significantly higher mortality when compared with those without nsVT (P

  15. What practical factors guide the choice of stent and protection device during carotid angioplasty? (United States)

    Bosiers, M; Deloose, K; Verbist, J; Peeters, P


    The importance of angioplasty and stenting in the treatment of carotid artery disease cannot be underestimated. Successful carotid stenting does not only depend of the operator's skills and experience, but also an adequate selection of cerebral protection devices and carotid stents can help avoiding neurological complications. A broad spectrum of carotid devices is currently on the market and since all have their assets and downsides, it is virtually impossible to acclaim one specific device as being the best. The individual characteristics of each specific protection system or stent may make it an attractive choice in one circumstance, but render it a less desirable option in others situations. The applicability depends primarily on the arterial anatomy and the specific details of the lesion being treated. But certainly, personal preferences and familiarity with a specific device may legitimately influence the decision to choose one over another.

  16. Mortality in primary angioplasty patients starting antiplatelet therapy with prehospital prasugrel or clopidogrel

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    Goldstein, Patrick; Grieco, Niccolò; Ince, Hüseyin


    AIM: MULTIPRAC was designed to provide insights into the use and outcomes associated with prehospital initiation of antiplatelet therapy with either prasugrel or clopidogrel in the context of primary percutaneous coronary intervention. After a previous report on efficacy and safety outcomes during...... from prehospital loading dose through hospital discharge. Prasugrel (n=824) was more commonly used than clopidogrel (n=425). The observed 1-year rates for CV death were 0.5% with prasugrel and 2.6% with clopidogrel. After adjustment for differences in baseline characteristics, treatment with prasugrel...... was associated with a significantly lower risk of CV death than treatment with clopidogrel (odds ratio 0.248; 95% confidence interval 0.06-0.89). CONCLUSION: In STEMI patients from routine practice undergoing primary angioplasty, who were able to start oral antiplatelet therapy prehospital, treatment...

  17. [Long-term results of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the iliac arteries]. (United States)

    Carlier, C; Foucart, H; Baudrillard, J C; Joffre, F; Cécile, J P


    A well-mastered technique will cause percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of iliac arteries to achieve long-term results comparable to those obtained surgically. In isolated iliac stenosis, a 95% good result rate is attained (81% cured, 14% improved). More complex cases of iliac stenosis yield 90% good results (72% cure), with a mean Doppler ankle/arm pressure index gain of 0.5 point in a series including 673 patients at 5 years follow-up. Only the presence of combined distal femoral lesions may cause the good result score to drop to 85%, including merely 35% cure. General complications are practically lacking and local complications are minimal, which incites one to propose this technique as a first-line treatment of iliac stenosis whenever distal blood circulation is maintained.

  18. Probe exchange catheter used for angioplasty of total coronary artery occlusions. (United States)

    Kiemeneij, F; Suwarganda, J S; van der Wieken, L R


    Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) for total occlusions frequently fails, because the guidewire fails to pass the occlusion. With the use of the Probe exchange catheter (PEC), however, stiffness of the guidewire is increased and a higher pushability is obtained in order to manipulate the guidewire beyond the lesion. Once the guidewire has passed, the PEC is advanced and a non-over-the-wire dilatation catheter can be introduced through the PEC. This paper describes the technique in a representative case. The results of this technique in 19 consecutive patients with class III-IV/IV(NYHA) angina due to an occluded coronary artery are presented. In 16 patients the PEC reached the lesion (84%) and in all these patients the guidewire could pass the occlusion. A successful PTCA was performed in 14 patients (74%).

  19. The Micro-Instrumentation Package: A Solution to Lightweight Ballooning (United States)

    Juneau, Jill

    This paper discusses the design and testing of an over the horizon (OTH) light weight telemetry and termination system that can be used for small ballooning payloads. Currently, the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) provides telemetry for the science payload by integrating one of two types of support packages. The type of support package integrated depends on whether the flight will stay in range of line of sight (LOS) or will exceed LOS requiring the use of over the horizon (OTH) telemetry. The weights of these systems range from 100 pounds to 350 pounds depending upon the use of redundant systems, equipment for high data rates, and batteries and/or solar panels for power requirements. These weight values are not as significant for larger payloads but can be crippling for smaller payloads. In addition, these support package systems are fairly expensive, placing a high importance on recovery. A lightweight and inexpensive telemetry system could be beneficial for various reasons. First, it would allow scientists to fly lightweight payloads on large balloons reaching even higher altitudes. Second, scientists could fly lightweight payloads on less expensive balloons such as meteorological balloons. Depending on the payload, these flights could be fairly inexpensive and even disposable. Third, a compact telemetry system on any balloon will free up more room for the science portion of the payload. In response, a compact telemetry/termination system called the Micro-Instrumentation Package (MIP) was developed. The MIP provides uplink and downlink communications, an interface to the science, housekeeping information including global positioning system (GPS) position, and relays. Instead of a power-hungry microprocessor, the MIP's central consists of a microcontroller. Microcontrollers are lower power, easily programmed, and can be purchased for less than ten dollars. For uplink and downlink telemetry, the MIP uses an LOS serial transceiver and an Iridium unit

  20. Angioplasty of the pelvic and femoral arteries in PAOD: Results and review of the literature

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    Balzer, Joern O., E-mail: balzerjo@t-online.d [Dept. for Radiology and Nuclear medicine, Catholic Clinic Mainz, An der Goldgrube 11, 55131 Mainz (Germany); Thalhammer, Axel [Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Univ. Clinic, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main (Germany); Khan, Verena [Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Clinic Nuernberg North (Germany); Zangos, Stefan; Vogl, Thomas J.; Lehnert, Thomas [Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Univ. Clinic, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main (Germany)


    Purpose: Evaluation of percutaneous recanalization of obstructed iliac as well as superficial femoral arteries (SFAs) in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD). Material and methods: The data of 195 consecutive patients with 285 obstructions of the common and or external iliac artery as well as the data of 452 consecutive patients with 602 long occlusions (length > 5 cm) of the SFA were retrospectively analyzed. The lesions were either treated with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) or Excimer laser assisted percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (LPTA). Overall 316 stents were implanted (Nitinol stents: 136; stainless steel stents: 180) in the iliac artery and 669 stents were implanted (Nitinol stents: 311; Easy Wallstents: 358) in the SFA. The follow-up period was 36-65 months (mean 46.98 {+-} 7.11 months) postinterventionally using clinical examination, ABI calculation, and color-coded duplex sonography. Patency rates were calculated on the basis of the Kaplan-Meier analysis. Results: The overall primary technical success rate was 97.89% for the iliac arteries and 92.35% for the SFA. Minor complications (hematoma, distal emboli and vessel dissection) were documented in 11.79% for the iliac arteries and 7.97% for the SFA. The primary patency rate was 90.3% for the iliac and 52.8% for the SFA after 4 years. The secondary patency rate was 96.84% for the iliac and 77.8% for the SFA after 4 years. Conclusion: Percutaneous recanalization of iliac and superficial femoral artery obstructions is a safe and effective technique for the treatment of patients with PAOD. By consequent clinical monitoring high secondary patency rates can be achieved. The use of a stents seems to result in higher patency rate especially in the SFA when compared to the literature in long-term follow-up.

  1. Impact of the Intracoronary Rendezvous technique on coronary angioplasty for chronic total occlusion. (United States)

    Nihei, Taro; Yamamoto, Yoshito; Kudo, Shun; Hanawa, Kenichiro; Hasebe, Yuhi; Takagi, Yusuke; Minatoya, Yutaka; Sugi, Masafumi; Shimokawa, Hiroaki


    The Rendezvous technique, which requires bidirectional wiring, is one of the useful methods for improving the success rate of recanalization for chronic total occlusion (CTO) in the field of peripheral intervention. Recently, advanced new devices for percutaneous coronary intervention have enabled us to perform the Rendezvous technique for peripheral as well as for coronary CTO lesions. We used the Intracoronary Rendezvous technique to perform angioplasty for coronary CTO. "Intracoronary Rendezvous" means that Rendezvous was achieved within the CTO lesion. From March 2009 to November 2015, 189 patients underwent CTO angioplasty at our institute, and we treated 10 patients with the Intracoronary Rendezvous technique. This technique involves crossing the Gaia series guidewire to the contralateral Corsair microcatheter located inside the plaque of CTO lesions. The majority of the CTO sites examined were in the proximal RCA (60 %). Lesion length of the occlusion was relatively long (64.4 ± 12.2 mm). Using the biplane imaging system, we were able to control the Gaia guidewires in a specific direction. Furthermore, if the antegrade and retrograde wires can be advanced into contiguous space inside the CTO lesion, we intentionally entered either wire into the contralateral Corsair microcatheter, followed by successful CTO crossing. CTO recanalization was completed for all patients without controlled antegrade retrograde subintimal tracking (CART) or reverse CART. No major complications occurred during hospitalization. These results indicate that the Rendezvous technique, assisted by new devices and a biplane imaging system, represents one of the primary options to achieve successful coronary CTO recanalization. (249/250 words).

  2. The influence of admission glucose on epicardial and microvascular flow after primary angioplasty

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    Background Patients with elevated admission glucose levels may be at increased risk of death after myocardial infarction, independent of other baseline risk factors and more severe coronary artery disease. However, data regarding admission glucose and epicardial and microvascular flow after primary angioplasty is limited.Methods Angioplasty was performed in 308 ST-segment elevated myocardial infarction patients. Patients were divided into 3 groups on the basis of admission glucose level: group 1, <7.8 mmol/L; group 2, (7.8 - 11.0) mmol/L; and group 3, ≥11.0 mmol/L. Results Compared with group 1, patients in group 2 and group 3 were more often female and older. Triglycerides (TG) in group 3 were significantly higher than group 1. At angiography, they more frequently had 2-vessel or 3-vessel disease. In the infarct-related artery, there was no relationship between hyperglycemia and thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) 3 flow after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) (89.7%, 86.0% and 86.3%, P=NS). However, corrected TIMI frame count (CTFC) in group 2 and group 3 were more than group 1. TIMI myocardial perfusion grade (TMPG) 0-1 grade among patients with hyperglycemia after PCI were more frequent (30.9% and 29.0% vs 17.3%, P<0.05). There was less frequent complete ST-segment resolution (STR) and early T wave inversion among patients with hyperglycemia after PCI. Conclusion Elevated admission glucose levels in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients treated with primary PCI are independently associated with impaired microvascular flow. Abnormal microvascular flow may contribute at least in part to the poor outcomes observed in patients with elevated admission glucose.

  3. Patient Experience, Pain, and Quality of Life after Lower Limb Angioplasty: A Multisite Prospective Cohort Study

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    Culverwell, A. D., E-mail: [Leeds General Infirmary (United Kingdom); Tapping, C. R.; Ettles, D. F. [Hull Royal Infirmary (United Kingdom); Kessel, D. [Leeds General Infirmary (United Kingdom)


    Purpose: To explore the experience of patients undergoing endovascular lower limb angioplasty and evaluate the improvements in quality of life and disease-related symptoms after the procedure. Methods: Patients completed a questionnaire before treatment and three questionnaires after the procedure (immediately after the procedure, and again 4 weeks and 3 months later). Anxiety, patient understanding, procedure-related pain, and disease-related pain were assessed by a visual analog score (VAS). Complications, analgesic requirements, and satisfaction were recorded. Changes to quality of life were assessed by the validated SF36 questionnaire. Results: A total of 88 patients (41%) responded. Overall, disease-related pain decreased over 3 months after the procedure. Smokers had more pain both before and after the procedure (P < 0.05). Explanation was considered better if provided by radiologist (P < 0.05). Sixty-nine percent of patients found the procedures less painful (mean VAS 2.5) than they had anticipated (VAS 5.5). Fifty percent of patients experienced adverse effects related to their puncture site, but this was highest among patients who had undergone the procedure before and smokers. The greatest quality-of-life improvements were in emotional and general health. Higher levels of disease-related pain were associated with worse general, emotional, and physical health (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Lower limb angioplasty provides symptomatic and quality-of-life improvements. Implementation of simple measures could improve patient satisfaction-for example, treatment should be explained by the radiologist in advance. Routine prescription of analgesics with particular attention to smokers and those undergoing repeat interventions is suggested.

  4. Gender-related differences in outcome after BMS or DES implantation in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated by primary angioplasty

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    De Luca, Giuseppe; Verdoia, Monica; Dirksen, Maurits T;


    Several studies have found that among patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by thrombolysis, female sex is associated with a worse outcome. However, still controversial is the prognostic impact of gender in primary angioplasty, especially in the era of drug......-eluting stents (DES). Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate sex-related differences in clinical outcome in patients with STEMI treated with primary angioplasty with Bare-Metal Stent (BMS) or DES....

  5. Budd-Chiari and inferior caval vein syndromes due to membranous obstruction of the liver veins. Successful treatment with angioplasty and transcaval TIPS

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    Holland-Fischer, Peter


    -up the stents remain open and the patient is symptom free. This successful combination of stent placement and TIPS has not been described before. The case report is followed by a review of the literature on the use of angioplasty in short hepatic vein stenosis and TIPS in Budd-Chiari syndrome. It is concluded...... that angioplasty and TIPS are safe and efficient procedures to reduce liver engorgement and complications of portal hypertension in selected patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome....

  6. High Altitude Infrasound Measurements using Balloon-Borne Arrays (United States)

    Bowman, D. C.; Johnson, C. S.; Gupta, R. A.; Anderson, J.; Lees, J. M.; Drob, D. P.; Phillips, D.


    For the last fifty years, almost all infrasound sensors have been located on the Earth's surface. A few experiments consisting of microphones on poles and tethered aerostats comprise the remainder. Such surface and near-surface arrays likely do not capture the full diversity of acoustic signals in the atmosphere. Here, we describe results from a balloon mounted infrasound array that reached altitudes of up to 38 km (the middle stratosphere). The balloon drifted at the ambient wind speed, resulting in a near total reduction in wind noise. Signals consistent with tropospheric turbulence were detected. A spectral peak in the ocean microbarom range (0.12 - 0.35 Hz) was present on balloon-mounted sensors but not on static infrasound stations near the flight path. A strong 18 Hz signal, possibly related to building ventilation systems, was observed in the stratosphere. A wide variety of other narrow band acoustic signals of uncertain provenance were present throughout the flight, but were absent in simultaneous recordings from nearby ground stations. Similar phenomena were present in spectrograms from the last balloon infrasound campaign in the 1960s. Our results suggest that the infrasonic wave field in the stratosphere is very different from that which is readily detectable on surface stations. This has implications for modeling acoustic energy transfer between the lower and upper atmosphere as well as the detection of novel acoustic signals that never reach the ground. Our work provides valuable constraints on a proposed mission to detect earthquakes on Venus using balloon-borne infrasound sensors.

  7. Dosimetric fundamentals of endovascular brachytherapy using Re-188 to prevent restenosis after angioplasty; Dosimetrische Grundlagen fuer die endovaskulaere Therapie mit Re-188 zur Praevention der Restenose nach Angioplastie

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    Kotzerke, J.; Rentschler, M.; Glatting, G.; Schneider, E. [Ulm Univ. (Germany). Zentrum fuer Radiologie; Stabin, M. [Oak Ridge Inst. for Science and Education (ORISE), TN (United States); Knapp, F.F. Jr. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Nuclear Medicine Group; Reske, S.N.


    Various radionuclides can be used for endovascular brachytherapy. A new concept is to inflate the balloon of a dilitation catheter with a radioactive solution. Re-188 can be eluated from a generator system and is available daily. The aim of this study was to obtain dosimetric data for this radionuclide. The dose decrease of Re-188 was calculated and measured with a TLD-system radial to a balloon catheter typically used in cardiology (diameter: 3 mm, length: 20 mm). Using a specific acitivity of 370 MBq/ml a dose of 0,3 Gy could be achieved within 1 min in a TLD in contact with the balloon. Paired TLDs differed about 3%. A fast dose reduction of 50% and 10% were stated within 0.5 mm and 2.5 mm, respectively. Calculated and measured values were in good agreement. The data are comparable to those known for Y-90. Calculations of dose distribution are consistent with TLD measurements of Re-188. Using a specific activity of 1.85 GBq/ml, a dose of 10-15 Gy at the coronary artery wall can be achieved within 2-3 min. (orig./MG) [Deutsch] Fuer die endovaskulaere Brachytherapie stehen unterschiedliche Radionuklide zur Verfuegung. Ein interessantes Konzept ist die Nutzung eines fluessigen Betastrahlers in einem Ballonkatheter. Re-188 kann aus einem Generatorsystem gewonnen werden und steht somit taeglich zur Verfuegung. Es sollten dosimetrische Daten erhoben werden. Es wurde die radiale Abnahme der Dosis von Re-188 bei einem typischen Dilatationskatheter (Durchmesser 3 mm, Laenge 20 mm) berechnet und mit TLD-Messungen verglichen. Bei einer spezifischen Aktivitaet von 370 MBq/ml konnten 0,3 Gy pro 1 min in 0,5 mm Abstand von der Ballonwand gemessen werden. Doppelmessungen wiesen eine Abweichung von 3% auf. Ein schneller Dosisabfall von 50% innerhalb von 0,5 mm bzw. von 90% innerhalb von 2,5 mm wurde beobachtet. Messwerte und Berechnungen stimmten gut ueberein. Die Daten von Re-188 und Y-90 entsprechen sich weitgehend. Berechnungen ueber die Dosisverteilung von Re-188 stimmen

  8. Impact of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation with different balloon volumes on cardiac performance in humans. (United States)

    Cohen, Marc; Fasseas, Panayotis; Singh, Varinder P; McBride, Ruth; Orford, James L; Kussmaul, William G


    Intra-aortic balloon (IAB) counterpulsation can augment the cardiac output. However, the effect of different IAB volumes on cardiac performance has not been adequately evaluated in humans. Eighty-two patients (52 males [63%]; mean age, 65 +/- 12 years; mean body surface area [BSA], 1.8 +/- 0.2 m(2)) had IAB counterpulsation for cardiogenic shock, refractory angina, and preoperatively for high-risk cardiac surgery. Cardiac hemodynamics were prospectively studied during IAB with inflation volumes of 32 vs. 40 cc. Hemodynamic data collected included aortic pressure, pulmonary artery pressure, systemic and mixed venous oxygen saturations, and cardiac output (by Fick). Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) was used to obtain both velocity time integrals (VTIs) and the area of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT). Left ventricular stroke volume was then calculated as LVOT area x VTI. Cardiac output (CO) determined by the Fick method and VTI did not differ significantly (P = NS) between the two inflation volumes (y = 0.002 + 0.97x). In a subgroup of 33 patients with BSA

  9. 内膜下血管成形术并发症的防治%The prevention and management of subintimal angioplasty complications

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    陆信武; 李维敏; 黄英; 陆民; 黄新天; 刘晓兵; 殷敏毅; 蒋米尔


    Objective The purpose of this study was to assess the prevention and management of subintimal angioplasty(SlA) to treat lower extremity arterial occlusions. Methods From December 2003 to May 2008, 106 lower extremities with arterial occlusions ( median length of 10. 8 cm, range from 4. 5 to 28. 0 cm) were treated on an intention-to-treat basis with SIA. Twenty-one lower extremities had disabling claudication and 85 had limb-threatening ischemia. Main outcome measures included the occurrences of SIA complications and their prevention and management. In order to prevent and cure perforation of a vessel and the important collaterals being compromised, the recanalisation of SIA was performed in the "roadmap" of DSA, the guide wire was advanced with top loop through the subintimal plane until the occlusion was passed, the position of the catheter which was confirmed by injection of a small amount of contrast media during the manipulations. In order to prevent and cure acute reocclusion and embolisation, subintimal angioplasty of long occlusion was performed by long suitable diameter balloon catheters, with prolonged (2 to 3 min) inflation, stents were only placed with residual stenoses and intimal flaps. Anticoagulation was administered for 3 to 5 d and then antiplatelet treatment was given for 6 months. Results The subcutaneous light gore of arterial access sites was seen in five legs, no arterial embolisation occurred. The perforation rate was 6% (7 legs), but no serious outcomes occurred. One patient had been amputated because of important collaterals being compromised. Three legs had acute occlusion in subintimal recanalisation and one patient converted what would have been an above-knee bypass, into a below-knee bypass. Conclusions The complications of subintimal angioplasty include perforation, embolisation, acute recanalisation occlusion and important collaterals being compromised. Most of these complications can be prevented and cured, few serious outcomes occur

  10. Stent-assisted intracranial angioplasty: potentials and limitations of pre- and postinterventional CT angiography; Stentgestuetzte intrakranielle Angioplastie: Moeglichkeiten und Grenzen der prae- und postinterventionellen CT-Angiografie

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    Schloetzer, W.; Schmitz, B.L. [Universitaetsklinikum Ulm (Germany). Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie; Huber, R. [Universitaetsklinikum Ulm (Germany). Klinik fuer Neurologie


    CT angiography (CTA) is a noninvasive technique for evaluating intracranial arterial stenoses and for following up on intracranial stents. We analyzed a series of patients to assess the capabilities of CTA with respect to preinterventional und postinterventional diagnostic imaging for stent-assisted intracranial angioplasty. We examined 8 patients with 9 symptomatic intracranial arterial stenoses before and after stent placement with CTA. CT angiographies were compared to the periprocedural conventional angiography with regard to the quality of the visualization as well as the dimensions of the identified stenoses and the implanted stents. The extent of the preinterventional intracranial stenoses identified with CTA differed between -15 % to + 12 % from conventional angiography. In any case we were able to assess stent position, expansion, and perfusion with postinterventional CTA. The mean residual stenosis after stent placement was 33 % (13 - 48 %) measured with conventional angiography and it was accurately estimated with a difference of {+-} 15 % in 5 of 9 stents by CTA. 4 residual stenoses were underestimated or overestimated between -20 % and + 26 %. Further CTA controls of several patients showed good visualization of in-stent neointimal hyperplasia. CTA is useful for stent planning and follow-up of symptomatic intracranial stenoses. Intracranial stents and their lumina are adequately visualized by CTA, especially in vertebrobasilar vessels. However, residual stenosis and restenosis especially in the intracranial internal carotid artery and in the presence of calcified plaques may be incorrectly estimated by CTA. In case of doubt patients must undergo invasive angiography. In summary the use of CTA is a possibility for the primary follow-up of intracranial stents. It cannot generally prevent further diagnostics, but it is a potential method for reducing invasive angiography. (orig.)

  11. Endovascular therapy of high-degree stenoses of the neck vessels-stent-supported percutaneous angioplasty of the carotid artery without cerebral protection; Endovaskulaere Behandlung hochgradiger Halsgefaessstenosen - Stentgestuetzte perkutane Angioplastie der Arteria Carotis ohne Protektion

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    Koch, C.; Kucinski, T.; Eckert, B.; Wittkugel, O.; Zeumer, H. [Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie, Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf (Germany); Roether, J. [Klinik fuer Neurologie, Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf (Germany)


    Purpose: Technical essentials and therapeutic results of carotid stenting without cerebral protection are presented. Materials and methods: In 161 patients, 167 high grade carotid stenoses were stented, followed by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, with subsequent evaluation of the clinical and angiographic results. Diffusion-weighted MRI was carried out in 108 patients to detect cerebral sequelae. Results: Endovascular therapy was successful (residual stenosis <25%) in 166 stenoses (99.4%). Twelve patients (7.5%) had cerebrovascular complications within the 30-day perioperative period, seven of which occurred during the procedure. After treatment, diffusion-weighted MRI disclosed at least one new cerebral lesion in 40 patients (37%), which were symptomatic in six patients. Conclusion: Even without cerebral protection, high grade carotid stenosis can be safely treated with stent-protected percutaneous angioplasty. Microemboli detected by postoperative MRI are infrequently symptomatic. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Es werden die Durchfuehrung der direkten Stentangioplastie der A.ccarotis ohne zerebrale Protektion und die Ergebnisse dieses Behandlungsverfahrens beschrieben. Methoden: Bei 161 Patienten wurden 167 hochgradige Karotisstenosen durch Platzieren eines Stents mit anschliessender perkutaner transluminaler Angioplastie behandelt. Die Behandlungsergebnisse wurden klinisch und angiographisch bewertet. 108 Patienten wurden mit diffusionsgewichteter MRT zum Nachweis klinisch stummer Infarkte untersucht. Ergebnisse: 166 Stenosen (99,4%) wurden erfolgreich behandelt (Reststenose <25%). Im perioperativen Zeitraum von 30 Tagen trat bei insgesamt 12 Patienten eine zerebrovaskulaere Komplikation auf (7,5%), 7 Patienten erlitten die Komplikation waehrend des Eingriffs. Nach der Behandlung hatten 40 Patienten (37%) mindestens eine neue zerebrale Diffusionsstoerung, 6 davon mit klinischen Symptomen. Schlussfolgerungen: Mit der stentgestuetzten perkutanen Angioplastie

  12. Using High Resolution Balloon Photography to Provide Topographic Data (United States)

    Russell, K.; Bauer, T.


    For site-scale projects, the Bureau of Reclamation has used low altitude balloon photogrammetry to obtain high-resolution photographs and detailed topographic information. These data are collected in a fraction of the time and effort it would take to obtain a similar level of detail using traditional methods. This is accomplished at a significantly reduced cost compared to flying LiDAR or aerial photography, which can be prohibitively expensive for small or medium scale projects. Low altitude balloon photogrammetry is a process where overlapping photographs and ground survey control points are input into a photogrammetry software program (AdamTechnology 3DM Analyst Mine Mapping Suite) to produce orthophotographs and digital terrain model (DTM) elevation points. To acquire the photos a digital camera is attached to an 8-foot diameter helium balloon. The balloon is tethered and flown above the location of interest. The camera is controlled remotely while a live image is transmitted to a receiver on the ground. Ground survey control is established by using GPS equipment to survey ground targets placed within the area to be photographed. There are limitations to the process. Data collection is very weather dependent; too much wind causes the balloon to be unstable. Site conditions also determine the feasibility: power lines, trees, and steep embankments can cause difficulties maneuvering the balloon. Although some of the photographs show the underwater portion of the channel; there is little agreement between GPS points and the processed DTM elevations in the channel. The balloon has been used to survey large woody debris (LWD) structures and channel morphology in the Middle Fork John Day River (central Oregon) and monitoring debris after the removal of Chiloquin Dam (Sprague River, southern Oregon). Seventeen LWD structures were installed on the Middle Fork John Day River near John Day, OR in 2007 and 2008 to provide aquatic habitat. Balloon photos were obtained in

  13. Restenosis detection; Depistage de la restenose. Evaluation des interventions de revascularisation coronaire par les techniques de cardiologie nucleaire. Surveillance cardiologique des patients ayant beneficie d`une angioplastie: importance de la scintigraphie myocardique avec epreuve d`effort

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    Py, M.; Karcher, G.; Bertrand, A. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 54 -Nancy (France); Guyon, P.; Caussin, C.; Bourachot, M.L.; Elhadad, S.; Dib, J.C.; Wartski, M.; Zerbib, E.; Lancelin, B. [Centre chirurgical Marie-Lannelongue, 92 - Le Plessis-Robinsson (France)


    Coronary angioplasty is now a very useful technique of revascularization. However, restenosis represents a major problem of this technique. P.Y. Marie details the performance of nuclear cardiology techniques in the evaluation of aorto-coronary bypass and coronary angioplasty. P. Guyon reports on the experience of the surgical center Marie-Lannelongue in the follow-up patients having coronary angioplasty. Then, discussions point out the patho-physiological aspects of restenosis. (authors). 31 refs.

  14. The Advanced Scintillator Compton Telescope (ASCOT) balloon project (United States)

    Bloser, Peter F.; Sharma, Tejaswita; Legere, Jason S.; Bancroft, Christopher M.; McConnell, Mark L.; Ryan, James M.; Wright, Alex M.


    We describe a project to develop new medium-energy gamma-ray instrumentation by constructing and flying a balloon-borne Compton telescope using advanced scintillator materials combined with silicon photomultiplier readouts. There is a need in high-energy astronomy for a medium-energy gamma-ray mission covering the energy range from approximately 0.4 - 20 MeV to follow the success of the COMPTEL instrument on CGRO. We believe that directly building on the legacy of COMPTEL, using relatively robust, low-cost, off-the-shelf technologies, is the most promising path for such a mission. Fortunately, high-performance scintillators, such as Lanthanum Bromide (LaBr3), Cerium Bromide (CeBr3), and p-terphenyl, and compact readout devices, such as silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs), are already commercially available and capable of meeting this need. We have conducted two balloon flights of prototype instruments to test these technologies. The first, in 2011, demonstrated that a Compton telescope consisting of an liquid organic scintillator scattering layer and a LaBr3 calorimeter effectively rejects background under balloon-flight conditions, using time-of-flight (ToF) discrimination. The second, in 2014, showed that a telescope using an organic stilbene crystal scattering element and a LaBr3 calorimeter with SiPM readouts can achieve similar ToF performance. We are now constructing a much larger balloon instrument, an Advanced Scintillator Compton Telescope (ASCOT) with SiPM readout, with the goal of imaging the Crab Nebula at MeV energies in a one-day flight. We expect a 4σ detection up to 1 MeV in a single transit. We present calibration results of the first detector modules, and updated simulations of the balloon instrument sensitivity. If successful, this project will demonstrate that the energy, timing, and position resolution of this technology are sufficient to achieve an order of magnitude improvement in sensitivity in the mediumenergy gamma-ray band, were it to be

  15. A Spreadsheet Simulation Tool for Terrestrial and Planetary Balloon Design (United States)

    Raquea, Steven M.


    During the early stages of new balloon design and development, it is necessary to conduct many trade studies. These trade studies are required to determine the design space, and aid significantly in determining overall feasibility. Numerous point designs then need to be generated as details of payloads, materials, mission, and manufacturing are determined. To accomplish these numerous designs, transient models are both unnecessary and time intensive. A steady state model that uses appropriate design inputs to generate system-level descriptive parameters can be very flexible and fast. Just such a steady state model has been developed and has been used during both the MABS 2001 Mars balloon study and the Ultra Long Duration Balloon Project. Using Microsoft Excel's built-in iteration routine, a model was built. Separate sheets were used for performance, structural design, materials, and thermal analysis as well as input and output sheets. As can be seen from figure 1, the model takes basic performance requirements, weight estimates, design parameters, and environmental conditions and generates a system level balloon design. Figure 2 shows a sample output of the model. By changing the inputs and a few of the equations in the model, balloons on earth or other planets can be modeled. There are currently several variations of the model for terrestrial and Mars balloons, as well there are versions of the model that perform crude material design based on strength and weight requirements. To perform trade studies, the Visual Basic language built into Excel was used to create an automated matrix of designs. This trade study module allows a three dimensional trade surface to be generated by using a series of values for any two design variables. Once the fixed and variable inputs are defined, the model automatically steps through the input matrix and fills a spreadsheet with the resulting point designs. The proposed paper will describe the model in detail, including current

  16. Infrared thermography as option for evaluating the treatment effect of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty by patients with peripheral arterial disease. (United States)

    Staffa, Erik; Bernard, Vladan; Kubicek, Lubos; Vlachovsky, Robert; Vlk, Daniel; Mornstein, Vojtech; Bourek, Ales; Staffa, Robert


    Aim of this study was to evaluate the possible use of infrared thermography as a supplementary method to the ankle-brachial index used in assessing the treatment effect of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. The study included 21 patients, mean age was 60.22 years. Healthy control group included 20 persons, mean age was 55.60 years. Patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (Fontaine stages I-III) were admitted for endovascular treatment by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Thermal images and ankle-brachial index values were obtained before and after treatment by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Median temperature change in the treated limb was 0.4℃, for non-treated limb was -0.5℃. The median value of ankle-brachial index in the treated limb increased by 0.17 from 0.81 after the procedure. The median value of ankle-brachial index in the non-treated limb decreased by 0.03 from the value of 1.01. Significant difference between treated limb and non-treated limb in change of ankle-brachial index was found with p value = .0035. The surface temperature obtained by the infrared thermography correlates with ankle-brachial index. We present data showing that the increase of ankle-brachial index is associated with increase of skin temperature in the case of limbs treated by percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Our results also suggest potential of the use of infrared thermography for monitoring foot temperature as a means of early detection of onset of foot ischemic disorders.

  17. [Dextrocardia in situs inversus totalis with obstructive coronary disease. Its treatment by coronary angioplasty by the brachial approach]. (United States)

    da Silva, M J; Arie, S; Garcia, D P; Bellotti, G; Pileggi, F


    Dextrocardia in "situs inversus totalis" with obstructive coronary disease is a rare clinical situation, with few cases treated by coronary angioplasty using the femoral approach being reported. In this report we describe the case of a 61-year-old male patient who underwent successful dilatation of two arteries by the brachial approach. We discuss technical aspects related to the procedure, which may be easily performed when proper equipment is available.

  18. Same-day discharge after angioplasty for peripheral vascular disease: is it a safe and feasible option? (United States)

    Maher, Paula


    Peripheral vascular disease affects 20% of the population >55 years of age. Patients who become symptomatic are managed by a number of technique's including medical management, percutaneous angioplasty, bypass surgery, and in nonreconstructable situations, limb amputation. Clinicians treating patients by means of angioplasty have traditionally carried out these procedures on an inpatient basis. Limited resources and pressure on the availability of inpatient beds has necessitated clinicians to reevaluate how many of these patients are managed. Treating suitable patients as day cases is an attractive option that frees up resources and is financially advantageous. This paper examines the feasibility of same-day discharge after angioplasty, with a particular emphasis on achieving safe patient outcomes. It explores how advances in endovascular technologies and techniques have contributed to making same-day discharge an ever more feasible option. Nurse led pre-admission clinics run by specialist nurses facilitate safe and appropriate patient selection, where patients at risk for postprocedural problems can be identified effectively based on predefined clinical criteria.

  19. Safety and efficacy of angioplasty with intracoronary stenting in patients with unstable coronary syndromes. Comparison with stable coronary syndromes

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    Luís C. L. Correia


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess safety and efficacy of coronary angioplasty with stent implantation in unstable coronary syndromes. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of in-hospital and late evolution of 74 patients with unstable coronary syndromes (unstable angina or infarction without elevation of the ST segment undergoing coronary angioplasty with stent placement. These 74 patients were compared with 31 patients with stable coronary syndromes (stable angina or stable silent ischemia undergoing the same procedure. RESULTS: No death and no need for revascularization of the culprit artery occurred in the in-hospital phase. The incidences of acute non-Q-wave myocardial infarction were 1.4% and 3.2% (p=0.6 in the unstable and stable coronary syndrome groups, respectively. In the late follow-up (11.2±7.5 months, the incidences of these events combined were 5.7% in the unstable coronary syndrome group and 6.9% (p=0.8 in the stable coronary syndrome group. In the multivariate analysis, the only variable with a tendency to significance as an event predictor was diabetes mellitus (p=0.07; OR=5.2; 95% CI=0.9-29.9. CONCLUSION: The in-hospital and late evolutions of patients with unstable coronary syndrome undergoing angioplasty with intracoronary stent implantation are similar to those of the stable coronary syndrome group, suggesting that this procedure is safe and efficacious when performed in unstable coronary syndrome patients.

  20. Effects of Endovascular Brachytherapy with 192Ir Afterloading System on Expression of Type Ⅰ Collagen after Angioplasty

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    向定成; 杨传红; 候友贤; 龚志华; 易绍东; 邱建


    Objectives To investi-gate the effect and mechanism of endovascularbrachytherapy with 192Ir on expression of type Ⅰ collagen, metalloproteinases - 1 (MMP - 1) and the tissueinhibitor (TIMP- 1 ) after angioplasty. MethodsRestenotic model of domestic microswine was em-ployed and the iliac arteries were randomized to radi-ation group ( n = 12), which were treated with 20 ~ 25Gy of 192Ir, and non - radiation group ( n = 36) afterangioplasty. The target vessels were harvested in theend of 3 months and 6 months after angioplasty. Im-munohistochemistry and in situ hybridization were usedto detect proteins of type Ⅰ collagen, MMP-1 andTIMP- 1, and mRNA expression of type Ⅰ collagen.Results The protein and mRNA of type Ⅰ collagen,the ratios of TIMP-1/MMP-1 were significantlylower iu radiation group than in non- radiation group( P < 0.05 or 0.01 ). The peak of transcription of typeⅠ collagen mRNA was at 6 months and 3 months in non-radiation group and radiation group respectively.Conclusions Endovascular brachytherapy with192Ir might modify the metabolism of extracellular ma-trix after angioplasty by inhibiting the synthesis of typeⅠ collagen and the activities of MMP - 1 and TIMP - 1.

  1. An analysis of the deployment of a pumpkin balloon at Mars (United States)

    Rand, J. L.; Phillips, M. L.


    The design of large superpressure balloons has received significant attention in recent years due to the successful demonstration of various enabling technologies and materials. Of particular note is the "pumpkin" shaped balloon concept, which allows the stress in the envelope to be limited by the surface geometry. Unlike a sphere, where the radius used to determine the stress is determined by the volume of the balloon, the pumpkin utilizes a system of meridional tendons to react the loading in one direction, and form a number of lobes, which limit the stress in the circumferential direction. A suitable superpressure balloon has been designed using this technology which will carry 2 kg in the atmosphere of Mars. The deployment of this balloon is assumed to occur while falling on a decelerator suitably designed for the Mars atmosphere. The inflation is accomplished by a 10 kg system suspended at the nadir of the balloon. As the system falls toward the surface of the planet, helium gas is transferred into the balloon, forming a partially inflated system very similar to an ascending zero pressure balloon. This analysis incorporates the flow of the planetary gas around the inflating balloon which alters the pressure distribution and shape. As a result, stresses are seen to increase beyond the design values which will require the balloon to be redesigned to accommodate this type of dynamic deployment.

  2. Apical ballooning-like syndrome: Hypocalcemia? What else!

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    Maria Accadia


    Full Text Available Apical ballooning syndrome (ABS, also known as Takotsubo or stress cardiomyopathy, is characterised by acute, transient and severe LV dysfunction, mimicking myocardial infarction; it occurs, in most cases, in the absence of obstructive coronary disease and is precipitated by severe emotional or physical stress, but many other potential triggers has been identi ed in the last years. Although the pathogenesis of ABS remains unclear, the most common mechanisms suggested are coronary vasospam and an exaggerated sympathetic activation associated to high levels of plasma cathecolamine leading to cardiotoxicity.We describe two cases of Apical Ballooning like Syndrome that were triggered by severe, acute hypocalcemia, without evidence of coronary vasospasm and with normal hematic level of cathecolamines.

  3. Developing International Standards for Meteorological Balloon to Facilitate Industrial Progress

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    Deng Yizhi


    Meteorological balloon is made of natural rubber latex with a special process.On natural conditions,it carries the air sounding instrument into the high air to detect the meteorological elements in the air.As a means of delivery used in the aerological sounding,it is widely used in the meteorological,sailing,aeronautical,aerospace and other fields,and plays an extremely important role in the weather report,disaster prevention,disaster relief,guaranteeing ships and aircrafts to leave ports safely,and scientific research in relevant spaces,etc.Especially,the role of meteorological balloons is not ignorable in the forecast of extremely adverse weather frequently occurring around the world in recent years.

  4. MIPAS Ozone Validation by Stratospheric Balloon and Aircraft Measurements (United States)

    Cortesi, U.; Blom, C. E.; Camy-Peyret, C.; Chance, K.; Davies, J.; Goutail, F.; Kuttippurath, J.; McElroy, C. T.; Mencaraglia, F.; Oelhaf, H.; Petritoli, A.; Pirre, M.; Pommereau, J. P.; Ravegnani, F.; Renard, J. B.; Strong, K.


    A number of in situ and remote sensing techniques for the measurement of upper tropospheric and stratospheric O3 content was employed during dedicated experiments of the ESABC programme, aiming at the validation of the ENVISAT chemistry payload. In this paper, we will be focusing on the validation of MIPAS off-line products, by presenting the results of the intercomparison between MIPAS O3 vertical profiles and aircraft and balloon correlative measurements. First priority is given to the validation of processor v4.61 data, but individual results of 2002 and 2003 balloon observations are also compared with MIPAS O3 non operational data. Some general remarks are finally expressed, along with specific recommendation to fully exploit the available ESABC validation dataset

  5. Apical ballooning-like syndrome: Hypocalcemia? What else!


    Maria Accadia; Marianna Abitabile; Salvatore Rumolo; Scotto di Uccio Fortunato; Luigi Irace; Andrea Tuccillo; Giuseppe Mercogliano; Bernardino Tuccillo


    Apical ballooning syndrome (ABS), also known as Takotsubo or stress cardiomyopathy, is characterised by acute, transient and severe LV dysfunction, mimicking myocardial infarction; it occurs, in most cases, in the absence of obstructive coronary disease and is precipitated by severe emotional or physical stress, but many other potential triggers has been identi ed in the last years. Although the pathogenesis of ABS remains unclear, the most common mechanisms suggested are coronary vasospam an...

  6. The Extreme Universe Space Observatory Super Pressure Balloon Mission (United States)

    Wiencke, Lawrence; Olinto, Angela; Adams, Jim; JEM-EUSO Collaboration


    The Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a super pressure balloon (EUSO-SPB) mission will make the first fluorescence observations of high energy cosmic ray extensive air showers by looking down on the atmosphere from near space. A long duration flight of at least 50 nights launched from Wanaka NZ is planned for 2017. We describe completed instrument, and the planned mission. We acknowledge the support of NASA through grants NNX13AH53G and NNX13AH55G.

  7. Astronomical observations with the University College London balloon borne telescope (United States)

    Jennings, R. E.


    The characteristics of a telescope system which was developed for high altitude balloon astronomy are discussed. A drawing of the optical system of the telescope is provided. A sample of the signals recorded during one of the flights is included. The correlation between the infrared flux and the radio continuum flux is analyzed. A far infrared map of the radio and infrared peaks of selected stars is developed. The spectrum of the planet Saturn is plotted to show intensity as compared with wavenumber.

  8. Double-balloon enteroscopy in detecting small intestinal bleeding

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    ZHI Fa-chao; PAN De-shou; ZHOU Dian-yuan; XIAO Bing; JIANG Bo; WAN Tian-mo; GUO Yu; ZHOU Dan; WANG Li-hui; CHEN Jin-feng; XIE Lu


    @@ Digestive tract hemorrhage is a common disease of the digestive system, but about 0.4%-5% intestinal bleeding can not be detected with gastroscope or colonscope.1 Since the intestine is long, tortuous, far away from both ends of the digestive tract and unfixed in position, clinical diagnosis of the bleeding is relatively difficult. Yamamoto and Sugano2 reported the clinical application of double-balloon enteroscope at American DDW in 2003.

  9. Balloon Kyphoplasty: An Effective Treatment for Kummell Disease? (United States)

    Kim, Pius


    Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of balloon kyphoplasty for treating Kummel disease accompanying severe osteoporosis. Methods Twelve patients with single-level Kummell disease accompanied by severe osteoporosis were enrolled in this investigation. After postural reduction for 1 or 2 days, balloon kyphoplasty was performed on the collapsed vertebrae. Clinical results, radiological parameters, and related complications were assessed at 7 days, 1 month and 6 months after the procedure. Results Prior to kyphoplasty, the mean pain score (according to the visual analogue scale) was 8.0. Seven days after the procedure, this score improved to 2.5. Despite the significant improvement compared to preoperative value, the score increased to 4.0 at 6 months after the procedure. The mean preoperative vertebral height loss was 55.4%. Kyphoplasty reduced this loss to 31.6%, but it increased to 38.7% at 6 months after the procedure. The kyphotic angle improved significantly from 22.4°±4.9° (before the procedure) to 10.1°±3.8° after surgery, However, the improved angle was not maintained 6 months after the procedure. The mean correction loss for the kyphotic deformity was 7.2° at 6 months after the procedure. Three out of 12 patients sustained adjacent fractures after balloon kyphoplasty within 6 months. Conclusion Although balloon kyphoplasty for treating Kummell disease is known to provide stabilization and pain relief, it may be associated with the development of adjacent fractures and aggravated kyphosis. PMID:27799987

  10. Prime time for drug eluting balloons in SFA interventions? (United States)

    Brodmann, M


    Peripheral arterial disease most commonly affects the femoropopliteal segment. Despite enormous improvements in device and treatment technology the long-term patency rate and clinical benefit of endovascular treatment in the respective vascular bed is not satisfying. Drug coated balloon technology as a treatment option in femoropopliteal disease has shown encouraging results in first-in-man trials, which have now been proven in large randomized controlled trials.

  11. NEW APPROACHES: A hot air balloon from dustbin liners (United States)

    Weaver, Nicholas


    This article describes how a simple hot air balloon, inflated by a hair dryer, can be made out of household bin liners and Sellotape. It can be used at sixth-form level as an application of the ideal gas equation, = constant, and is rather more exciting than heated pistons. It gives a taste of a simple engineering design process, although the students do have to be reasonably adept at geometry and algebra.

  12. A Sensitivity Analysis of fMRI Balloon Model

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    Zayane, Chadia


    Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows the mapping of the brain activation through measurements of the Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent (BOLD) contrast. The characterization of the pathway from the input stimulus to the output BOLD signal requires the selection of an adequate hemodynamic model and the satisfaction of some specific conditions while conducting the experiment and calibrating the model. This paper, focuses on the identifiability of the Balloon hemodynamic model. By identifiability, we mean the ability to estimate accurately the model parameters given the input and the output measurement. Previous studies of the Balloon model have somehow added knowledge either by choosing prior distributions for the parameters, freezing some of them, or looking for the solution as a projection on a natural basis of some vector space. In these studies, the identification was generally assessed using event-related paradigms. This paper justifies the reasons behind the need of adding knowledge, choosing certain paradigms, and completing the few existing identifiability studies through a global sensitivity analysis of the Balloon model in the case of blocked design experiment.

  13. The Rocket Balloon (Rocketball): Applications to Science, Technology, and Education (United States)

    Esper, Jaime


    Originally envisioned to study upper atmospheric phenomena, the Rocket Balloon system (or Rocketball for short) has utility in a range of applications, including sprite detection and in-situ measurements, near-space measurements and calibration correlation with orbital assets, hurricane observation and characterization, technology testing and validation, ground observation, and education. A salient feature includes the need to reach space and near-space within a critical time-frame and in adverse local meteorological conditions. It can also provide for the execution of technology validation and operational demonstrations at a fraction of the cost of a space flight. In particular, planetary entry probe proof-of-concepts can be examined. A typical Rocketball operational scenario consists of a sounding rocket launch and subsequent deployment of a balloon above a desired location. An obvious advantage of this combination is the additional mission 'hang-time' rendered by the balloon once the sounding rocket flight is completed. The system leverages current and emergent technologies at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and other organizations.

  14. Balloon Cell Urethral Melanoma: Differential Diagnosis and Management

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Primary malignant melanoma of the urethra is a rare tumour (0.2% of all melanomas that most commonly affects the meatus and distal urethra and is three times more common in women than men. Case. A 76-year-old lady presented with vaginal pain and discharge. On examination, a 4 cm mass was noted in the vagina and biopsy confirmed melanoma of a balloon type. Preoperative CT showed no distant metastases and an MRI scan of the pelvis demonstrated no associated lymphadenopathy. She underwent anterior exenterative surgery and vaginectomy also. Histology confirmed a urethral nodular malignant melanoma. Discussion. First-line treatment of melanoma is often surgical. Adjuvant treatment including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or immunotherapy has also been reported. Even with aggressive management, malignant melanoma of the urogenital tract generally has a poor prognosis. Recurrence rates are high and the mean period between diagnosis and recurrence is 12.5 months. A 5-year survival rate of less than 20% has been reported in balloon cell melanomas along with nearly 20% developing local recurrence. Conclusion. To the best of our knowledge, this case is the first report of balloon cell melanoma arising in the urethra. The presentation and surgical management has been described and a literature review provided.

  15. The balloon-borne electron telescope with scintillating fibers (BETS)

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    Torii, S; Tateyama, N; Yoshida, K; Ouchi, Y; Yamagami, T; Saitô, Y; Murakami, H; Kobayashi, T; Komori, Y; Kasahara, K; Yuda, T; Nishimura, J


    we describe a new detector system developed for high-altitude balloon flights to observe the cosmic-ray electrons above 10 GeV. The balloon borne electron telescope with Scintillating (BETS) fibers instrument is an imaging calorimeter which is capable of selecting electrons against the large background of protons. The calorimeter is composed of a sandwich of scintillating optical-fiber belts and lead plates with a combination of three plastic scintillators for the shower trigger. The total thickness of lead is 40 mm (~7.1 r.l.) and the number of fiber belts is nine. In each belt, alternating layers are oriented in orthogonal (x and y) directions. Two sets of an intensified CCD camera are adopted for read-out of the scintillating fibers in the x and y direction, respectively. The accelerator beam tests were carried out to study the performance of detector for electrons in 1996 and for protons in 1997 at CERN-SPS. The instrument was successfully flown aboard high-altitude balloon in 1997 and 1998. It is demonst...

  16. Precision Attitude Control for the BETTII Balloon-Borne Interferometer (United States)

    Benford, Dominic J.; Fixsen, Dale J.; Rinehart. Stephen


    The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII) is an 8-meter baseline far-infrared interferometer to fly on a high altitude balloon. Operating at wavelengths of 30-90 microns, BETTII will obtain spatial and spectral information on science targets at angular resolutions down to less than half an arcsecond, a capability unmatched by other far-infrared facilities. This requires attitude control at a level ofless than a tenth of an arcsecond, a great challenge for a lightweight balloon-borne system. We have designed a precision attitude determination system to provide gondola attitude knowledge at a level of 2 milliarcseconds at rates up to 100Hz, with accurate absolute attitude determination at the half arcsecond level at rates of up to 10Hz. A mUlti-stage control system involving rigid body motion and tip-tilt-piston correction provides precision pointing stability to the level required for the far-infrared instrument to perform its spatial/spectral interferometry in an open-loop control. We present key aspects of the design of the attitude determination and control and its development status.

  17. Low Cost Balloon programme of Indian Centre for Space Physics (United States)

    Chakrabarti, Sandip Kumar


    Indian Centre for Space Physics has launched 89 Missions to near space using single or multiple weather balloons or very light plastic balloons. Basic goal was to capitalize miniaturization of equipments in modern ages. Our typical payload of less than 4kg weight consists of GPS, video camera, cosmic ray detectors, Attitude measurement unit, sunsensor and most importantly a 50-100sqcm X-ray/Gamma-ray detector (usually a scintillator type). The main purpose of the latter is to study spectra of secondary cosmic ray spectra (till our ceiling altitude of 36-42km) over the years and their seasonal variation or variation with solar cycle. We also study solar X-ray spectra, especially of solar flares. We have detected a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) and pulsars. Our observation of black hole candidates did not yield satisfactory result yet mainly because of poor collimation (~ 10 deg x 10 deg) by lead collimator which introduces strong background also. Our effort with multiple balloon flights enabled us to have long duration flights. We believe that our procedure is very futuristic and yet at an affordable cost.

  18. A Low Cost Weather Balloon Borne Solar Cell Calibration Payload (United States)

    Snyder, David B.; Wolford, David S.


    Calibration of standard sets of solar cell sub-cells is an important step to laboratory verification of on-orbit performance of new solar cell technologies. This paper, looks at the potential capabilities of a lightweight weather balloon payload for solar cell calibration. A 1500 gr latex weather balloon can lift a 2.7 kg payload to over 100,000 ft altitude, above 99% of the atmosphere. Data taken between atmospheric pressures of about 30 to 15 mbar may be extrapolated via the Langley Plot method to 0 mbar, i.e. AMO. This extrapolation, in principle, can have better than 0.1 % error. The launch costs of such a payload arc significantly less than the much larger, higher altitude balloons, or the manned flight facility. The low cost enables a risk tolerant approach to payload development. Demonstration of 1% standard deviation flight-to-flight variation is the goal of this project. This paper describes the initial concept of solar cell calibration payload, and reports initial test flight results. .

  19. The Liege-balloon program. [balloon-borne instruments for high-spectral resolution observations of the sun (United States)

    Zander, R.


    The Liege-balloon program is intended to make high-spectral resolution observations of the sun in the near- and intermediate infrared regions not accessible from the ground. A description of the equipment, followed by a summary of the data obtained till now is presented. Except for ozone whose maximum of concentration lies near 25 Km altitude, the residual mass distribution of the other mentioned molecules decreases with altitude. This is a self-explanatory argument for carrying out spectroscopic observations from platforms transcending the densest layers of the earth's atmosphere. The Liege balloon equipment is primarily intended for very high-resolution solar observations from about 27-30 Km altitude, in all spectral regions between 1.5 and 15.0 microns, not accessible from the ground.

  20. Double Balloon Cervical Ripening Catheter for Control of Massive Hemorrhage in a Cervical Ectopic Pregnancy (United States)

    Zambrano, Nabila; Reilly, James; Moretti, Michael


    Cervical pregnancy can be complicated by perfuse vaginal bleeding. Mechanical compression directed at tamponing the cervical vessels can control hemostasis. There are several types of balloon catheters that have been described for cervical compression. However use of a double balloon catheter is a novel approach for cervical tamponade, as one balloon is positioned below the external cervical os and the second balloon is situated above in the internal cervical os. This compresses the cervix from internal os to external os between the two balloons, forming a “cervical sandwich.” We describe this method of cervical tamponade using a silicone double balloon cervical ripening catheter that rapidly controlled hemorrhage in a patient that failed conservative management with methotrexate. PMID:28261511

  1. Experimental investigation of undesired stable equilibria in pumpkin shape super-pressure balloon designs (United States)

    Schur, W. W.


    Excess in skin material of a pneumatic envelope beyond what is required for minimum enclosure of a gas bubble is a necessary but by no means sufficient condition for the existence of multiple equilibrium configurations for that pneumatic envelope. The very design of structurally efficient super-pressure balloons of the pumpkin shape type requires such excess. Undesired stable equilibria in pumpkin shape balloons have been observed on experimental pumpkin shape balloons. These configurations contain regions with stress levels far higher than those predicted for the cyclically symmetric design configuration under maximum pressurization. Successful designs of pumpkin shape super-pressure balloons do not allow such undesired stable equilibria under full pressurization. This work documents efforts made so far and describes efforts still underway by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Balloon Program Office to arrive on guidance on the design of pumpkin shape super-pressure balloons that guarantee full and proper deployment.

  2. Early clinical outcome and complications related to balloon kyphoplasty

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    Martin Bergmann


    Full Text Available The treatment of painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures using transpedicular cement augmentation has grown significantly over the last two decades. The benefits of balloon kyphoplasty compared to conservative treatment remain controversial and are discussed in the literature. The complication rates of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are considered to be low. The focus of this study was the analysis of acute and clinically relevant complications related to this procedure. In our department, all patients treated between February 2002 and February 2011 with percutaneous cement augmentation (372 patients, 522 augmented vertebral bodies were prospectively recorded. Demographic data, comorbidities, fracture types, intraoperative data and all complications were documented. The pre- and postoperative pain-level and neurological status (Frankel-Score were evaluated. All patients underwent a standardized surgical procedure. Two hundred and ninety-seven patients were treated solely by balloon kyphoplasty; 216 females (72.7% and 81 males (27.3%. Average patient age was 76.21 years (±10.71, range 35-98 years. Average American Society Anestesiologists score was 3.02. According to the Orthopedic Trauma Association classification, there were 69 A 1.1 fractures, 177 A 1.2 fractures, 178 A 3.1.1 fractures and 3 A 3.1.3 fractures. Complications were divided into preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative events. There were 4 pre-operative complications: 3 patients experienced persistent pain after the procedure. In one case, the pedicles could not be visualized during the procedure and the surgery was terminated. One hundred and twenty-nine (40.06% of the patients showed intraoperative cement leaking outside the vertebras, one severe hypotension and tachycardia as reaction to the inflation of the balloons, and there was one cardiac arrest during surgery. Postoperative subcutaneous hematomas were observed in 3 cases, 13 patients developed a

  3. Five-millimeter balloon trocar site herniation: report of two cases and review of literature. (United States)

    Kanis, Margaux J; Momeni, Mazdak; Zakashansky, Konstantin; Chuang, Linus; Hayes, Monica Prasad


    Trocar site herniation is a well-known potential complication of minimally invasive surgery. We present the cases of two herniations after use of 5-mm non-bladed balloon trocars. In both patients, surgical management was required, with no subsequent sequelae to date. The hernias were attributed to excessive fascial stretching and compression by the balloon. We recommend full-thickness closure of 5-mm ports if a balloon is used or if there was extensive intraoperative manipulation.

  4. Sinus Balloon Dilation as Treatment for Acute Sphenoid Sinusitis with Impaired Vision for a Child

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    Yin Zhao


    Full Text Available This paper is about sinus balloon dilatation in treatment of acute left sphenoid sinusitis with left impaired vision in a child. Balloon catheter dilatation (BCD of the sinus ostia is a new technique. It has been shown to be a minimally invasive technique to manage chronic sinusitis. However, this method is rarely used in the treatment of acute sinusitis. So far, we know of no reported cases of sinus balloon dilatation in treatment of this case, especially for children.

  5. Planetary Balloon-Based Science Platform Evaluation and Program Implementation (United States)

    Dankanich, John W.; Kremic, Tibor; Hibbitts, Karl; Young, Eliot F.; Landis, Rob


    This report describes a study evaluating the potential for a balloon-based optical telescope as a planetary science asset to achieve decadal class science. The study considered potential science achievable and science traceability relative to the most recent planetary science decadal survey, potential platform features, and demonstration flights in the evaluation process. Science Potential and Benefits: This study confirms the cost the-benefit value for planetary science purposes. Forty-four (44) important questions of the decadal survey are at least partially addressable through balloon based capabilities. Planetary science through balloon observations can provide significant science through observations in the 300 nm to 5 m range and at longer wavelengths as well. Additionally, balloon missions have demonstrated the ability to progress from concept to observation to publication much faster than a space mission increasing the speed of science return. Planetary science from a balloon-borne platform is a relatively low-cost approach to new science measurements. This is particularly relevant within a cost-constrained planetary science budget. Repeated flights further reduce the cost of the per unit science data. Such flights offer observing time at a very competitive cost. Another advantage for planetary scientists is that a dedicated asset could provide significant new viewing opportunities not possible from the ground and allow unprecedented access to observations that cannot be realized with the time allocation pressures faced by current observing assets. In addition, flight systems that have a relatively short life cycle and where hardware is generally recovered, are excellent opportunities to train early career scientists, engineers, and project managers. The fact that balloon-borne payloads, unlike space missions, are generally recovered offers an excellent tool to test and mature instruments and other space craft systems. Desired Gondola Features: Potential

  6. Percutaneous Aspiration Thrombectomy for the Treatment of Arterial Thromboembolic Occlusions Following Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty

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    Schleder, Stephan, E-mail: [University Hospital Regensburg, Department of Radiology (Germany); Diekmann, Matthias [Radiology Center Rahlstedt (Germany); Manke, Christoph [General Hospital Fulda, Department of Radiology (Germany); Heiss, Peter [University Hospital Regensburg, Department of Radiology (Germany)


    PurposeThis study was designed to evaluate the technical success and the early clinical outcome of patients undergoing percutaneous aspiration thrombectomy (PAT) for the treatment of arterial thromboembolism following percutaneous infrainguinal transluminal angioplasty (PTA).MethodsIn this single-center study, during a period of 7 years retrospectively, 47 patients (22 male, 47 %) with a mean age of 73 (range 53–96) years were identified in whom PAT was performed for the treatment of thromboembolic complications of infrainguinal PTA. Primary technical success was defined as residual stenosis of <50 % in diameter after sole PAT, whereas secondary technical success was defined as residual stenosis of <50 % in diameter after PAT and additional PTA and/or stenting. Clinical outcome parameters (e.g., need for further intervention, minor/major amputation) were evaluated for the 30-day postinterventional period.ResultsPrimary technical success was achieved in 64 % of patients (30/47); secondary technical success was obtained in 96 % of patients (45/47). Clinical outcome data were available in 38 patients. In 87 % of patients (33/38), there was no need for further intervention within the 30-day postinterventional period. In three patients, minor amputations were conducted due to preexisting ulcerations (Rutherford Category 5 respectively).ConclusionsPAT enables endovascular treatment of iatrogenic thromboembolic complications after PTA with good technical and early clinical results and minimal morbidity.

  7. Coronary angioplasty in patients 75 years and older; comparison with coronary bypass surgery. (United States)

    Metzger, J P; Tabone, X; Georges, J L; Gueniche, C; Detienne, J P; Le Feuvre, C; Vacheron, A


    From November 1988 to May 1992, 108 patients (79 men, 29 women) 75 years or older (mean 78 +/- 3, range 75-90 years) underwent coronary angioplasty (group I: n = 62) or coronary bypass surgery (group II: n = 46). Group II patients were younger (76 +/- 2 vs 79 +/- 4, P = 0.002) and had a higher proportion of multivessel disease. The two groups were comparable with regard to the presence of unstable angina, left ventricular ejection fraction and Q wave infarction. In-hospital mortality was similar in the two groups (6.4% vs 4.3%). Complete revascularization (72% vs 47%, P < 0.05) and left anterior descending artery revascularization (100% vs 45%, P < 0.01) were more frequent in group II. Two-year infarction-free survival was similar (group I: 76 +/- 6%; group II: 79 +/- 6%) but recurrent class III or IV angina (36% vs 9%, P < 0.05) and repeat procedures (26% vs 0%, P < 0.05) were more frequent in group I.

  8. Treatment of an Immature Autogenous Arteriovenous Fistula with Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty

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    Kim, Hyoung Rae [Kangwon National University, Chuncheon (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in facilitating maturation of autogenous arteriovenous fistulae. There were 12 immature autogenous arteriovenous fistulae. We performed 15 PTAs transvenously. Post-intervention anatomic and clinical successes were estimated, and the 6-month and 1-year primary and secondary patency rates were calculated using Kaplan-Meier analysis. All immature fistulae had underlying stenosis (n=20): arteriovenous anastomosis (n=1) and venous outflow (n=19): 1) within 5 cm from the anastomosis (n=10); 2) more than 5 cm but less than 10 cm from the anastomosis (n=5); 3) more than 10 cm from the anastomosis, including central veins (n=4). Six fistulae had two or more stenoses. Repeat intervention was necessary in two patients. The anatomical success rate was 94.3%, and the clinical success rate was 86.7%. The 6-month and 1-year primary patency rates were 72.7% and 54.5%, and the secondary patency rates were 100% and 81.8%, respectively. All immature hemodialysis fistulae have underlying stenosis, most of which are located near the arteriovenous anastomosis. Early interventional procedures are helpful in the salvage and maintenance of immature arteriovenous fistulae, with a high degree of success

  9. Femoral versus Radial Access in Primary Angioplasty. Analysis of the ACCEPT Registry

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    Andrade, Pedro Beraldo de, E-mail:; Andrade, Mônica Vieira Athanazio de; Barbosa, Robson Alves; Labrunie, André [Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Marília, São Paulo -SP (Brazil); Hernandes, Mauro Esteves [Santa Casa de Votuporanga, São Paulo -SP (Brazil); Marino, Roberto Luiz [Hospital Madre Teresa, Belo Horizonte -MG (Brazil); Precoma, Dalton Bertolim [Sociedade Hospital Angelina Caron, Campina Grande do Sul -PR (Brazil); Sá, Francisco Carleial Feijó de [Hospital do Coração do Cariri, Barbalha -CE (Brazil); Berwanger, Otávio [Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa do Hospital do Coração, São Paulo -SP (Brazil); Mattos, Luiz Alberto Piva e [Sociedade Brasileira de Cardiologia, São Paulo -SP (Brazil); Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, São Paulo -SP (Brazil); Unidades de Hemodinâmica e Intervenção Cardiovascular Rede D' Or / São Luiz, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    The radial access provides a lower risk of bleeding and vascular complications related to the puncture site in comparison to the femoral access. Recent studies have suggested a reduction in mortality associated with the radial access in patients with acute myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. To compare the occurrence of adverse cardiovascular ischemic and hemorrhagic events in patients undergoing primary angioplasty according to the type of arterial access route. From August 2010 to December 2011, 588 patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention during acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction were assessed; they were recruited from 47 centers participating in the ACCEPT registry. Patients were grouped and compared according to the arterial access used for the procedure. The mean age was 61.8 years; 75% were males and 24% had diabetes mellitus. There was no difference between groups as regards the procedure success rate, as well as regards the occurrence of death, reinfarction, or stroke at six months of follow-up. Severe bleeding was reported in 1.1% of the sample analyzed, with no statistical difference related to the access used. The femoral and radial accesses are equally safe and effective for the performance of primary percutaneous coronary intervention. The low rate of cardiovascular events and of hemorrhagic complications reflects the quality of the participating centers and the operators expertise with the use of both techniques.

  10. Femoral versus Radial Access in Primary Angioplasty. Analysis of the ACCEPT Registry

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    Pedro Beraldo de Andrade


    Full Text Available Background: The radial access provides a lower risk of bleeding and vascular complications related to the puncture site in comparison to the femoral access. Recent studies have suggested a reduction in mortality associated with the radial access in patients with acute myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Objective: To compare the occurrence of adverse cardiovascular ischemic and hemorrhagic events in patients undergoing primary angioplasty according to the type of arterial access route. Methods: From August 2010 to December 2011, 588 patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention during acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction were assessed; they were recruited from 47 centers participating in the ACCEPT registry. Patients were grouped and compared according to the arterial access used for the procedure. Results: The mean age was 61.8 years; 75% were males and 24% had diabetes mellitus. There was no difference between groups as regards the procedure success rate, as well as regards the occurrence of death, reinfarction, or stroke at six months of follow-up. Severe bleeding was reported in 1.1% of the sample analyzed, with no statistical difference related to the access used. Conclusions: The femoral and radial accesses are equally safe and effective for the performance of primary percutaneous coronary intervention. The low rate of cardiovascular events and of hemorrhagic complications reflects the quality of the participating centers and the operators expertise with the use of both techniques.

  11. Below knee angioplasty in elderly patients: Predictors of major adverse clinical outcomes

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    Keeling, Aoife N.; Khalidi, Karim; Leong, Sum [Department of Academic Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Wang, Tim T. [Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College London, St. Mary' s Hospital, London W2 1NY (United Kingdom); Ayyoub, Alaa S.; McGrath, Frank P. [Department of Academic Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Athanasiou, Thanos [Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College London, St. Mary' s Hospital, London W2 1NY (United Kingdom); Lee, Michael J., E-mail: [Department of Academic Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9 (Ireland)


    Aim: To determine predictors of clinical outcome following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in elderly patients with below knee atherosclerotic lesions causing intermittent claudication (IC) or critical limb ischaemia (CLI). Materials and methods: Over 7.5 years, 76 patients (CLI 72%, n = 55) underwent below knee PTA. The composite end-point of interest was major adverse clinical outcome (MACO) of the treated limb at follow-up which was defined as clinical failure, need for subsequent endovascular or surgical revascularization or amputation. Actuarial freedom from MACO was assessed using Kaplan-Meier curves and multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression. Results: IC was improved in 95% at mean 3.4 years (range 0.5-108 months). Successful limb salvage and ulcer healing were seen in 73% with CLI. Most failures were in the CLI group (27% CLI vs. 5% IC), with an amputation rate of 16% for CLI vs. 5% for IC and persistent ulceration in 24% of CLI. Significant independent predictors of MACO were ulceration (hazard ratio 4.02, 95% CI = 1.55-10.38) and family history of atherosclerosis (hazard ratio 2.53, 95% CI = 1.1-5.92). Conclusion: Primary below knee PTA is a feasible therapeutic option in this elderly population. Limb ulceration and family history of atherosclerosis may be independent predictors of adverse outcome.

  12. Carotid angioplasty with stenting for chronic internal carotid artery occlusion: technical note

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    Kobayashi, Nozomu; Tanasawa, Toshihiko; Okada, Takeshi; Endo, Otone; Yamamoto, Naohito [Kainan Hospital Aichi Prefectural Welfare Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, Department of Neurosurgery, Aichi (Japan); Miyachi, Shigeru; Hattori, Kenichi [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Nagoya (Japan)


    Carotid angioplasty with stenting (CAS) is becoming accepted as an effective and reliable treatment option for severe carotid artery stenosis. However, it is rarely applied for carotid occlusion, especially in its chronic stage. We report our experience of CAS for chronic internal carotid artery occlusion representing compromised cerebral blood flow using various protection methods. A 77-year-old woman, who was already diagnosed with severe left internal carotid artery stenosis, suddenly had right hemiparesis and aphasia. At that time, she was treated conservatively because her neurological status was quite good, in spite of left carotid artery occlusion. Her symptoms improved in the short term, except slight aphasia, but deteriorated again 18 days from the onset, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed new ischemic lesions. CAS was then performed for the occluded carotid artery on the 23rd day from the first onset. Using the proximal protection technique, the occluded lesion was crossed carefully with a microguidewire. Stents were also placed successfully with the distal protection technique. The occluded carotid artery was completely recanalized without any unfavorable events or neurological deterioration. In this patient, CAS was successfully to treat chronic carotid artery occlusion. These procedures and techniques are reviewed and discussed. (orig.)

  13. Effect of Carvedilol on the Coronary Vascular Endothelial Function after Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

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    苏显明; 马奕; 崔长琮


    Objectives To understand the effect of carvedilol on the coronary vascular endothelial function of the patients with coronary heart disease after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Methods 51cases, having one or more than two branches narrow ( ≥ 70% ) , were diagnosed by coronary angiography. These patients were divided randomly into carvedilol group (n = 28 ) and control group (n = 23) who did not take carvedilol.Endothelin (ET) and nitro dioxide (NO) levels of peripheral blood were measured before and after PTCA,before and after two weeks by taking carvedilol. Results Compared with the ET and NO levels before PTCA, ET were markedly increased and NO were decreased after PTCA (p < 0.05); compared with the ET and NO levels before taking carvedilol, ET were decreased and NO were increased after two week (p <0.05) , but the ET and NO levels of the control group did not change in the period of two weeks observation (p > 0.05). Conclusions Carvedilol may improve the coronary vascular endothelial function after PTCA.

  14. Below knee angioplasty in elderly patients: predictors of major adverse clinical outcomes.

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    Keeling, Aoife N


    AIM: To determine predictors of clinical outcome following percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in elderly patients with below knee atherosclerotic lesions causing intermittent claudication (IC) or critical limb ischaemia (CLI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over 7.5 years, 76 patients (CLI 72%, n = 55) underwent below knee PTA. The composite end-point of interest was major adverse clinical outcome (MACO) of the treated limb at follow-up which was defined as clinical failure, need for subsequent endovascular or surgical revascularization or amputation. Actuarial freedom from MACO was assessed using Kaplan-Meier curves and multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression. RESULTS: IC was improved in 95% at mean 3.4 years (range 0.5-108 months). Successful limb salvage and ulcer healing were seen in 73% with CLI. Most failures were in the CLI group (27% CLI vs. 5% IC), with an amputation rate of 16% for CLI vs. 5% for IC and persistent ulceration in 24% of CLI. Significant independent predictors of MACO were ulceration (hazard ratio 4.02, 95% CI = 1.55-10.38) and family history of atherosclerosis (hazard ratio 2.53, 95% CI = 1.1-5.92). CONCLUSION: Primary below knee PTA is a feasible therapeutic option in this elderly population. Limb ulceration and family history of atherosclerosis may be independent predictors of adverse outcome.

  15. Device closure of post-myocardial infarction ventricular septal defect three weeks after coronary angioplasty (United States)

    Patnaik, A. N.; Barik, Ramachandra; Kumari, N. Rama; Gulati, A. S.


    Percutaneus device closure appears to be safe and effective in patients treated for a residual shunt after initial surgical closure, as well as after two to three weeks of index myocardial infarction. The index case presented with a ventricular septal defect on second of acute myocardial infarction thrombolysed with streptokinase. The general condition of the patient was fairly stable. Cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography showed significant left to right shunt and there was 90 % proximal stenosis of left anterior descending coronary artery. Other coronary arteries were normal. Angioplasty and stenting to the coronary artery lesion was done using drug eluting stent (DES) with very good angiographic result. Patient was discharged after four days in stable condtion. After 3 weeks his ventricular septal defect was closed percutaneusly using cardio -O-fix device with tiny residual shunt. The procedure was uneventful and of brief duration. He was discharged after 5 days of the post procedure in very stable condition with minimal residual shunt. A staged procedure is a better option if the condition of the patient allows strengthening ventricular septal defect border. PMID:22629038

  16. Primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in the acute infarction of the right ventricle

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    Full Text Available Background. Predilection site for the acute myocardial infarction of the right ventricle, (AMI-RV is the upper third of the right coronary artery and for this reason such an infarction is followed by numerous complications, primarily by conduction disorders and very often by sudden and rapid cardiogenic shock development. Methods. Primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PPTCA was performed on three patients in whom the acute infarction of the right ventricular was diagnosed and who had been hospitalized six hours after the beginning of chest pain. In all three patients intracoronary stent was implanted. On the admission patients had been in the threatening cardiogenic shock, with the prominent chest pain and with the elevation of ST-segment in V4R>2 mV. In the course of intervention patients were administered low-molecular intracoronary heparin with direct platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (abciximab, according to the established procedure applied in such cases. Results. The complete dilatation of the infarcted artery was established with the signs of reperfusion and the further clinical course was completely normal, there was no heart failure and patients had no subjective difficulties. Conclusion. Invasive approach in the treatment of AMI-RV is justifiable, and possibly the therapy of choice of these patients, providing well trained and equipped team is available.

  17. Development of ultra-thin polyethylene balloons for high altitude research upto mesosphere

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    Kumar, B Suneel; Ojha, D K; Peter, G Stalin; Vasudevan, R; Anand, D; Kulkarni, P M; Reddy, V Anmi; Rao, T V; Sreenivasan, S


    Ever since its inception four decades back, Balloon Facility of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Hyderabad has been functioning with the needs of its user scientists at its focus. During the early nineties, when the X-ray astronomy group at TIFR expressed the need for balloons capable of carrying the X-ray telescopes to altitudes up to 42 km, the balloon group initiated research and development work on indigenous balloon grade films in various thickness not only for the main experiment but also in parallel, took up the development of thin films in thickness range 5 to 6 microns for fabrication of sounding balloons required for probing the stratosphere up to 42 km as the regular 2000 grams rubber balloon ascents could not reach altitudes higher than 38 km. By the year 1999, total indigenisation of sounding balloon manufacture was accomplished. The work on balloon grade ultra-thin polyethylene film in thickness range 2.8 to 3.8 microns for fabrication of balloons capable of penetrating mesosphere ...

  18. High-Altitude Ballooning Program at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics

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    Nayak, A; Safonova, M; Murthy, Jayant


    We have begun a program of high altitude ballooning at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. Recent advances in balloons as well as in electronics have made possible scientific payloads at costs accessible to university departments. The primary purpose of this activity is to test low-cost ultraviolet (UV) payloads for eventual space flight, but to also explore phenomena occurring in the upper atmosphere, including sprites and meteorite impacts, using balloon-borne payloads. This paper discusses the results of three tethered balloon experiments carried out at the CREST campus of IIA, Hosakote and our plans for the future. We also describe the stages of payload development for these experiments.

  19. Thromboembolic events associated with single balloon-, double balloon-, and stent-assisted coil embolization of asymptomatic unruptured cerebral aneurysms: evaluation with diffusion-weighted MR imaging

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    Takigawa, Tomoji; Suzuki, Kensuke; Sugiura, Yoshiki; Suzuki, Ryotaro; Takano, Issei; Shimizu, Nobuyuki; Tanaka, Yoshihiro; Hyodo, Akio [Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Koshigaya, Saitama (Japan)


    The introduction of the balloon remodeling and stent-assisted technique has revolutionized the approach to coil embolization for wide-neck aneurysms. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of thromboembolic events associated with single balloon-assisted, double balloon-assisted, and stent-assisted coil embolization for asymptomatic unruptured aneurysms. A retrospective review was undertaken by 119 patients undergoing coiling with an adjunctive technique for unruptured saccular aneurysms (64 single balloon, 12 double balloon, 43 stent assisted). All underwent diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) within 24 h after the procedure. DWI showed hyperintense lesions in 48 (40 %) patients, and ten (21 %) of these patients incurred neurological deterioration (permanent, two; transient, eight). Hyperintense lesions were detected significantly more often in procedures with the double balloon-assisted technique (7/12, 58 %) than with the single balloon-assisted technique (16/64, 25 %, p = 0.05). Occurrence of new lesions was significantly higher with the use of stent-assisted technique (25/43, 58 %) than with the single balloon-assisted technique (p = 0.001). Symptomatic ischemic rates were similar between the three groups. The increased number of microcatheters was significantly related to the DWI abnormalities (two microcatheters, 15/63 (23.8 %); three microcatheters, 20/41 (48.8 %) (p = 0.008); four microcatheters, 12/15 (80 %) (p = 0.001)). Thromboembolic events detected on DWI related to coil embolization for unruptured aneurysms are relatively common, especially in association with the double balloon-assisted and stent-assisted techniques. Furthermore, the number of microcatheters is highly correlated with DWI abnormalities. The high rate of thromboembolic events suggests the need for evaluation of platelet reactivity and the addition or change of antiplatelet agents. (orig.)

  20. Outcomes of Percutaneous Management of Anastomotic Ureteral Strictures in Renal Transplantation: Chronic Nephroureteral Stent Placement with and without Balloon Dilatation

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    Uflacker, A., E-mail:; Sheeran, D., E-mail:; Khaja, M., E-mail: [University of Virginia/Interventional Radiology (United States); Patrie, J., E-mail: [UVA Health System/Radiology (United States); Elias, G., E-mail: [VCU Medical Center/Radiology (United States); Saad, W., E-mail: [University of Michigan Health System (United States)


    PurposeThis study was designed o evaluate outcomes of percutaneous management of anastomotic ureteral strictures in renal transplants using nephroureteral stents with or without balloon dilatation.MethodsA retrospective audit of 1,029 consecutive renal transplants was performed. Anastomotic ureteral strictures were divided into two groups: nephroureteral stent only (NUS) and NUS+PTA (nephroureteral stent plus percutaneous transluminal angioplasty), with each cohort subdivided into early versus late presentation (obstructive uropathy occurring <90 day or >90 days from transplant, respectively). Overall and 6-month technical success were defined as removal of NUS any time with <30 % residual stenosis (any time lapse less or more than 6 months) and at >6 months, respectively. Patency was evaluated from NUS removal to last follow-up for both groups and compared.ResultsSixty-seven transplant patients with 70 ureteric anastomotic strictures (6.8 %, n = 70/1,029) underwent 72 percutaneous treatments. 34 % were late (>90 days, n = 24/70), and 66 % were early (<90 days, n = 46/70). Overall technical success was 82 % (n = 59/72) and 6-month success was 58 % (n = 42/72). Major and minor complications were 2.8 % (n = 2/72), and 12.5 % (n = 9/72). NUS+PTA did not improve graft survival (p = 0.354) or patency (p = 0.9) compared with NUS alone. There was no difference in graft survival between treated and nontreated groups (p = 0.74).ConclusionsThere is no advantage to PTA in addition to placement of NUS, although PTA did not negatively impact graft survival or long-term patency and both interventions were safe and effective. Neither the late or early groups benefited from PTA in addition to NUS. Earlier obstructions showed greater improvement in serum creatinine than later obstructions.