Giuseppe Massimiliano De Luca

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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to create a practical score for risk stratification in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary angioplasty and to assess the feasibility of early discharge in low-risk patients. METHODS AND RESULTS A prognostic score was built according to 30-day mortality rates in 1791(More)
BACKGROUND Although the relationship between mortality and time delay to treatment has been demonstrated in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by thrombolysis, the impact of time delay on prognosis in patients undergoing primary angioplasty has yet to be clarified. The aim of this report was to address the(More)
BACKGROUND Vitamin therapy to lower homocysteine levels has recently been recommended for the prevention of restenosis after coronary angioplasty. We tested the effect of a combination of folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 (referred to as folate therapy) on the risk of angiographic restenosis after coronary-stent placement in a double-blind,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to perform a meta-analysis of randomized trials (RTs) comparing abciximab versus small molecules (eptifibatide and tirofiban) in primary angioplasty (PPCI) for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). BACKGROUND Abciximab has been shown to provide significant benefits in PPCI for STEMI. However, small(More)
CONTEXT The benefits of abciximab in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are still a matter of debate. OBJECTIVE To combine data from all randomized trials conducted with abciximab in STEMI. DATA SOURCES Formal searches of electronic databases (MEDLINE, PubMed) from from January 1990 to December 2004. STUDY SELECTION We(More)
AIMS The benefits of adjunctive mechanical devices to prevent distal embolization in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are still a matter of debate. Growing interests are on manual thrombectomy devices as compared with other mechanical devices. In fact, they are inexpensive and user-friendly devices, and thus represent an attractive strategy.(More)
AIMS The prognostic role of time-to-treatment in primary angioplasty is still a matter of debate. The aim of our study was to evaluate the relationship between time-to-treatment and myocardial perfusion in patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by primary angioplasty. METHODS AND RESULTS Our study population consisted of(More)
BACKGROUND Even though time-to-treatment has been shown to be a determinant of mortality in primary angioplasty, the potential benefits from early pharmacological reperfusion by glycoprotein (Gp) IIb-IIIa inhibitors are still unclear. The aim of this meta-analysis was to combine individual data from all randomised trials conducted on facilitated primary(More)
It has been shown that bleeding complications are associated with higher mortality rates among patients undergoing coronary angioplasty. Due to its properties, bivalirudin may provide benefits in terms of bleeding and thrombotic complications as compared to unfractionated heparin (UFH). The aim of the current study was to perform a meta-analysis of(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits of sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) and paclitaxel-eluting stents (PES) as compared with bare-metal stents (BMS) in patients undergoing primary angioplasty. BACKGROUND Recent concerns have emerged on the potential higher risk of stent thrombosis after drug-eluting stent implantation, especially(More)