Texas Heart Institute Journal: Volume 47, Issue 1

We are excited to share a new issue of the Texas Heart Institute Journal, now available online.

The Texas Heart Institute Journal is a peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly by the Texas Heart Institute as part of its medical education program. The purpose of the Journal is to educate, with emphasis on the dissemination of information to physicians in practice. For more information, visit the THI Journal pages on our website.

Our medical and scientific experts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that make the THI Journal possible. Members of this group deserve our continuing gratitude and recognition.

Volume 47, Issue 1 of the Journal features the following articles:


Peabody’s Corner

Faith and Medicine
Nicholas J. Demos


Clinical Investigation

Benefit of Contact Force–Guided Catheter Ablation for Treating Premature Ventricular Contractions
Ziming Zhao, Xiaowei Liu, Lianjun Gao, Yutao Xi, Qi Chen, Dong Chang, Xianjie Xiao, Jie Cheng, Yanzong Yang, Yunlong Xia and Xiaomeng Yin

Prognostic Value of 6-Minute Walk Distance in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: a Veterans Affairs Prospective Study
Tarun W. Dasari, Bhavin Patel, Siddharth A. Wayangankar, David Alexander, Yan D. Zhao, JoAnn Schlegel, Cheuk Leung, Pedro Lozano, Faisal Latif and Udho Thadani

Effectiveness of Bidirectional Glenn Shunt Placement for Palliation in Complex Congenitally Corrected Transposed Great Arteries
Kai Ma, Lei Qi, Zhongdong Hua, Keming Yang, Hao Zhang, Shoujun Li, Sen Zhang, Fengpu He and Guanxi Wang


Modified Pull-Through Technique for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Upgrades in Patients with Occluded Access Veins
Guram Imnadze, Khaled Awad, Wolfgang Kranig and Irakli Giorgberidze

Case Reports

Proximal Descending Thoracic Aortic Pseudoaneurysm in a 24-Year-Old Man after 2 Childhood Repairs of Interrupted Aortic Arch
Saleh A. Alnasser, Angela H. Martin, Ourania A. Preventza, Joseph S. Coselli and Kim I. de la Cruz


Obstruction of 2 Coronary Arteries from Different Causes Immediately after Transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Umihiko Kaneko, Ryuji Koshima, Hirosato Doi and Tsutomu Fujita


Double-Valve Heart Disease and Glomerulonephritis Consequent to Abiotrophia defectiva Endocarditis
Ahmad Ramy Elashery, John Stratidis and Apranta Deka Patel


Unusual Cause of Heart Failure in a Patient with Marfan Syndrome: A Late Complication of Bioprosthetic Valved Graft Replacement
Prerna B. Bansal, Hari P. Chaliki, Kantha R. Kolla, Roger L. Click and Alberto Pochettino


Orbital Atherectomy and Heavily Calcified Saphenous Vein Graft Intervention
Maheedhar Gedela, Shenjing Li, Udit Bhatnagar, Adam Stys and Tomasz Stys


Coronary Anomalies

Coronary Artery Anomaly in Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: Cause or Innocent Bystander?
Christoph Gräni, Christoph Grunwald, Stephan Windecker and George C.M. Siontis


Focus on ECGs: Case #20

Tall R Waves in Precordial Electrocardiogram Leads
Maygen del Castillo, Ihab Hamzeh and Yochai Birnbaum


The Ali Massumi Cardiac Arrhythmia Symposium

The Ali Massumi Cardiac Arrhythmia Symposium: (★ CME Information)


Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators and Wearable Defibrillators: Guidelines and Updates
Nilesh Mathuria


Zero-Fluoroscopy Ablation at the Texas Heart Institute
David Burkland


Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
Payam Safavi-Naeini and Mehdi Razavi


Left Atrial Appendage Closure and Pulmonary Vein Isolation
Payam Safavi-Naeini and Abdi Rasekh


★ CME Assessment Questions


Images in Cardiovascular Medicine

Unstable Angina Caused by Honeycomb-Like Coronary Lesion Identified with Use of Optical Coherence Tomography
Mihai Claudiu Ober, Calin Homorodean, Dan Bindea, Mihail Spinu and Dan Mircea Olinic


Posterior Descending Artery Arising from Septal Perforator Causes Angina in an Otherwise Healthy 20-Year-Old Man
Salvatore J. Savona, Kevin L. Stiver and Talal T. Attar


Vertebral Doppler Bunny Waveform Suggesting Subclavian Stenosis and Influencing Coronary Artery Bypass Technique
Sergio Suma, Stefano Coli, Alessandro Palumbo, Stefania Graziuso, Bruno Borrello and Nicola Gaibazzi

Book Review

Doctor, Stay by Me: A Medical Memoir
James T. Willerson

About the Texas Heart Institute Journal

The Texas Heart Institute Journal is published by Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas (ISSN 1526-6702). The Journal was printed under the name of Cardiovascular Diseases from 1974 through 1981 (ISSN 0093-3546). The name was changed to Texas Heart Institute Journal in 1982, and the Journal was printed through 2013 (ISSN 0730-2347). It is indexed by Index Medicus/MEDLINE and by other indexing and abstracting services worldwide.

The statements and opinions expressed in the Texas Heart Institute Journal are those of their authors and are not necessarily those of the Texas Heart Institute Journal, the Texas Heart Institute, the Texas Heart Institute Foundation, or affiliated institutions.