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BACKGROUND In current international guidelines the recommendation for intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) use has been downgraded in cardiogenic shock complicating acute myocardial infarction on the basis of registry data. In the largest randomised trial (IABP-SHOCK II), IABP support did not reduce 30 day mortality compared with control. However, previous(More)
BACKGROUND The relative safety of drug-eluting stents and bare-metal stents, especially with respect to stent thrombosis, continues to be debated. In view of the overall low frequency of stent thrombosis, large sample sizes are needed to accurately estimate treatment differences between stents. We compared the risk of thrombosis between bare-metal and(More)
AIMS The efficacy of durable polymer drug-eluting stents (DES) is delivered at the expense of delayed healing of the stented vessel. Biodegradable polymer DES aim to avoid this shortcoming and may potentially improve long-term clinical outcomes, with benefit expected to accrue over time. We sought to compare long-term outcomes in patients treated with(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiogenic shock (CS) complicating acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is associated with high mortality. Previous studies regarding gender-specific differences in CS are conflicting and there are insufficient data for the presence of gender-associated differences in the contemporary percutaneous coronary intervention era. Aim of this study was(More)
BACKGROUND Intra-aortic balloon pump counterpulsation (IABP) is currently the most commonly used mechanical assist device for patients with cardiogenic shock due to acute myocardial infarction.Although there is only limited evidence by randomised controlled trials, the current guidelines of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology and(More)
BACKGROUND Conflicting data on intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) as adjunctive therapy in high-risk acute myocardial infarction (AMI) without cardiogenic shock (CS) have been published. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized trials evaluating the benefits of IABC in patients with AMI without CS. METHODS We searched Medline, EMBASE, the(More)
OBJECTIVES This study assessed the impact on long-term mortality of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) versus medical treatment in patients with symptoms or signs of myocardial ischemia but no acute coronary syndrome. BACKGROUND The impact of PCI on the long-term prognosis of patients with stable coronary artery disease has not been established. (More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated the impact of the everolimus-eluting stent (EES) on the frequency of stent thrombosis (ST), target vessel revascularization (TVR), myocardial infarction (MI), and cardiac death in randomized controlled trials comparing the EES to non-everolimus-eluting drug-eluting stents (EE-DES). BACKGROUND Whether or not the unique properties of(More)
OBJECTIVE Matrix metalloproteinase-3 and its gene, MMP3, have been implicated in atherosclerotic diseases of coronary arteries. We conducted a haplotype analysis to examine the role of common variation of MMP3 in myocardial infarction (MI) and a meta-analysis to combine available evidence on the association between the 5A/6A polymorphism (rs3025058) and(More)
For many years, coracoid impingement has been a well-recognized cause of anterior shoulder pain. However, a precise diagnosis of coracoid impingement remains difficult in some cases due to the presence of multifactorial pathologies and a paucity of supporting evidence in the literature. This review provides an update on the current anatomical and(More)