Alexandre Antônio da Cunha Abizaid

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BACKGROUND The safety and efficacy of sirolimus-eluting stenting have been demonstrated, but the outcome of patients treated with this novel technology beyond the first year remains unknown. We sought to evaluate the angiographic, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and clinical outcomes of patients treated with sirolimus-eluting stents 2 years after(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the potential utility of a novel polyethylene terephthalate micronet mesh-covered stent (MGuard) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Suboptimal myocardial reperfusion after PCI in STEMI is common and results in(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of this intravascular ultrasound investigation was to provide a more detailed morphological analysis of the local biological effects of the implantation of a sirolimus-eluting stent compared with an uncoated stent. METHODS AND RESULTS In the RAVEL trial, 238 patients with single de novo lesions were randomized to receive either an(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) without balloon pre-dilation. BACKGROUND Balloon pre-dilation of the stenosed aortic valve is currently believed to be a necessary step for valve preparation before device placement in patients undergoing TAVI and,(More)
The sirolimus-eluting coronary stent received CE Mark approval in Europe in April 2002. In the US, FDA approval followed in April 2003. Since the preliminary results from the First-in-Man feasibility study were presented, several randomized, controlled trials have documented the profound antiproliferative effects of sirolimus, a macrolide antibiotic and(More)
BACKGROUND Little evidence exists of the burden and predictors of cardiac death after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence and predictors of cardiac death from advanced heart failure (HF) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) in a large patient cohort undergoing TAVR. METHODS The study(More)
BACKGROUND Scoring balloons produce excellent acute results in the treatment of in-stent restenosis (ISR), fibro-calcific and bifurcation lesions but have not been shown to affect the restenosis rate. A novel paclitaxel-coated scoring balloon (SB) was developed and tested to overcome this limitation. METHODS AND RESULTS SB were coated with paclitaxel(More)
Background—Atheroablation yields improved clinical results for balloon angioplasty (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, PTCA) in the treatment of diffuse in-stent restenosis (ISR). Methods and Results—We compared the mechanisms and clinical results of excimer laser coronary angioplasty (ELCA) versus rotational atherectomy (RA), both followed by(More)
AIMS The aim of this study is to compare the efficacy of sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) on neointimal growth and vessel remodelling for in-stent restenosis versus de novo coronary artery lesions using serial intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). METHODS AND RESULTS The study population consisted of 86 patients with in-stent restenosis (ISR) (n=41) or de novo(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the proven superiority of sirolimus-eluting stents (SESs) compared with bare stents in the first year after implantation, long-term outcomes of patients treated with these novel devices remain unknown. Our goal was to evaluate the clinical, angiographic, and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) outcomes of patients treated with SESs 4 years(More)