Alexios P Dimas

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Side branch occlusion (SBO) during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty is a well-recognized complication. The purpose of the present study was to analyze the incidence, angiographic characteristics, and sequelae of side branch occlusion. Data from coronary angiograms of 4,800 consecutive patients from January 1981 to December 1987 was(More)
No prospective randomized trial has specifically examined the long-term outcomes of clopidogrel use in patients with chronic kidney disease. This study aimed to determine the risks and benefits of long-term clopidogrel administration in patients with diabetic nephropathy, the most common form of chronic kidney disease. We performed a post hoc analysis of(More)
Because of the concern about the ability of the morphologic right ventricle (MRV) to function over a long term as a systemic ventricle, adult patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA) were evaluated to determine the long-term function of the MRV. Morphologic right ventricular function was assessed by functional(More)
In-hospital and late complications related to percutaneous placement of 240 intraaortic balloon pump catheters in 231 consecutive patients from March 1985 through June 1990 were reviewed. Mean age was 64 +/- 11 years and 34% were women. Average duration of counterpulsation was 44.2 hours. Indications for counterpulsation included complications of myocardial(More)
A 57-year-old female presented with complete heart block and then developed refractory hypotension despite temporary pacing. Moderate left ventricular dysfunction with focal wall motion abnormalities, as well as severe hypoxemia, were demonstrated. However, neither significant coronary disease nor evidence for pulmonary embolus or other lung disease could(More)
CONTEXT The secondary prevention benefit of therapy with 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) has been clearly demonstrated; however, the role of early initiation of statins after acute coronary syndromes (ACSs) is unknown. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association of early statin initiation (< or = 7 days) after ACS with(More)
BACKGROUND In PTCA patients with multivessel coronary artery disease, incomplete revascularization (IR) is the result of both pre-PTCA strategy and initial lesion outcome. The unique contribution of these components on long-term patient outcome is uncertain. METHODS AND RESULTS From the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation (BARI), 2047(More)
Repeat coronary angioplasty has become the standard approach to a first restenosis. However, the long-term outcome of such a strategy is not well defined. In the present study, 465 patients (mean age 58 years [range 27 to 79], 53% with multivessel disease) underwent a second angioplasty procedure at the same site. The procedure was successful in 96.8% with(More)
The optimal level of heparin anticoagulation for elective PTCA is unknown. To determine if PTCA complications are related to the level of anticoagulation, serial ACT values were prospectively measured in 189 patients undergoing 201 elective PTCA procedures. The mean heparin dose before balloon inflation (pre-inflation) was 10,100 units, and the mean dose(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the relative degree of revascularization obtained with bypass surgery versus angioplasty in a randomized trial of patients with multivessel disease requiring revascularization (Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation [BARI]), one-year catheterization was performed in 15% of patients. BACKGROUND Complete revascularization(More)