One of the more difficult and time‐consuming diagnostic procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory is retrograde crossing of the severely stenotic aortic valve. Whereas patients with advanced aortic stenosis tend to be complicated and elderly, lengthy procedures can lead to a higher incidence of thrombo‐embolic and vascular complications and relatively greater procedural blood loss. This report concerns the use of the Terumo Glidewire to facilitate passage through stenotic and tortuous peripheral arteries. © 1993 Wiiey‐Liss, Inc.
- aortic stenosis
- diagnostic catheterization