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X-ray exposure during radiologically guided interventional procedures may have some deleterious effects. The aim of our study was to analyse the factors affecting patient dose during percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA). We evaluated radiation dose during coronary angiography followed by one-vessel PTCA in 402 consecutive patients who were treated by(More)
Compared to the femoral approach, the use of radial arterial access has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of access site bleeding complications in staged procedures. The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical outcomes comparing radial and femoral approaches in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction with primary angioplasty and the GP(More)
Long-term administration of prostacyclin (PGI2) improves the hemodynamic state, symptoms, and survival in patients with primary pulmonary hypertension, but it increases mortality in patients with heart failure despite obvious hemodynamic benefits when it is given acutely. We evaluated the mechanisms of action of PGI2 in patients with heart failure and(More)
OBJECTIVES Evidence regarding the long-term impact of health and other community development programs on under-5 mortality (the risk of death from birth until the fifth birthday) is limited. We compared mortality in a population served by health and other community development programs at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) with national mortality rates(More)
BACKGROUND The degree to which local health systems contribute to reductions in under-five mortality in severely impoverished settings has not been well documented. The current study compares the under-five mortality in the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) Primary Health Care Service Area with that for Haiti in general. HAS provides an integrated system of(More)
Ultrasonic energy has been shown to ablate atherosclerotic plaques and arterial and venous thrombi. We used an ultrasonic angioplasty device developed by our group in ten patients with totally occluded femoral artery during surgical bypass. Ultrasonic angioplasty was performed with a 130-cm long and 0.8-cm diameter titanium probe with a 2- or 2.5-mm(More)
BACKGROUND The pathogenesis of unstable angina and non-Q-wave myocardial infarction is still poorly understood, and early evaluation of prognosis remains difficult. We therefore studied the predictive value of 5 biological indicators of inflammation, thrombogenesis, vasoconstriction, and myocardial necrosis, and we examined the effects of enoxaparin and(More)
OBJECTIVES We tested the hypothesis that different anticoagulant treatments may produce different platelet effects and von Willebrand factor (vWf) release in unstable angina. BACKGROUND The early increase of vWf has been reported to be a risk factor for adverse outcome in unstable angina. Anticoagulant drugs play a key role in stabilization of unstable(More)
BACKGROUND Pulse pressure and aortic stiffness are both predictors of coronary artery disease. Whether these parameters are directly related to coronary structural alterations has never been studied. METHODS From September 1999 to September 2000, the following data were collected from 99 eligible patients: invasive intra-aortic systolic and diastolic(More)