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OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy of remote ischemic post-conditioning (RIPC) by repeated intermittent balloon inflations in preventing acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients with a non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND AKI complicating PCI is(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the present study was to test the potential of colchicine, an agent with potent anti-inflammatory action, to reduce atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation in patients with paroxysmal AF. BACKGROUND Proinflammatory processes induced by AF ablation therapy have been implicated in postablation arrhythmia(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that moderate procedural sedation can reduce the incidence of radial artery spasm. BACKGROUND Transradial access for left heart catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention is increasingly used for emergent and elective procedures, in lieu of the femoral approach. However, increased(More)
INTRODUCTION The transfemoral approach (TFA) has been the mainstay for arterial access during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the setting of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the transradial approach (TRA) has been shown to be an equally effective and possibly safer way of performing primary PCI (pPCI). METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES Soluble tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis inducing ligand (sTRAIL) has been shown to exert protective action against atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to investigate potential associations of coronary sTRAIL levels with indices of in-stent neointimal hyperplasia. METHODS 67 patients who underwent percutaneous coronary(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to test the hypothesis that colchicine treatment after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) can lead to a decrease in in-stent restenosis (ISR). BACKGROUND ISR rates are particularly high in certain patient subsets, including diabetic patients, especially when a bare-metal stent (BMS) is used. Pharmacological interventions(More)
BACKGROUND Placement of an electrode catheter in the coronary sinus (CS) through the jugular or subclavian vein, as part of electrophysiology (EP) procedures, increases patient discomfort and the possibility of adverse events. We studied the hypothesis that peripheral venous access for CS cannulation, as part of EP procedures, is feasible and can reduce(More)
A 62-year-old woman was referred for evaluation of recent-onset dyspnoea at rest and a newly found systolic heart murmur, heard best at the apex of the heart. The patient's history was notable for surgical mitral valve replacement 3 years ago, due to severe mitral regurgitation (myxomatous degeneration of the mitral valve). The transthoracic echocardiogram(More)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and coronary artery disease is its most prevalent manifestation, associated with high mortality and morbidity. In clinical practice cardiac troponins (cTn) are the cornerstone of the diagnosis, risk stratification and thus selection of the optimal treatment strategy in patients with acute(More)
Thrombosis plays a key role in the pathophysiology of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The management of patients with ACS includes interventional procedures and use of antithrombotic agents acutely, and dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin and a P2Y12 receptor antagonist) for secondary prevention. However, patients with recent ACS remain at a substantial(More)