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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an emerging technique for the treatment of severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. Little has been reported about the use of different devices and multiple catheter-based options and anesthetic techniques in the same institution. We report the long-term clinical experience in treating patients with severe(More)
OBJECTIVE Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is occasionally associated with stroke and silent cerebral ischemia, which may affect cognitive and functional performance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in cognitive performance and functional status following TAVI. METHODS We performed a comprehensive prospective functional,(More)
Given the vicissitudes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) technology, epidemiology, and mode of practice, the aim of this study was to define contemporary outcome predictors in a very large consecutive patient cohort. Data from 11,441 consecutive patients who underwent PCI at a tertiary medical center from April 2004 to September 2013 are(More)
BACKGROUND Major bleeding is one of the most frequent procedural-related complications of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infraction (STEMI). We investigated the incidence, predictors, and prognostic impact of peri-procedural bleeding in a cohort of unselected patients undergoing contemporary primary PCI. (More)
Accurate risk stratification has an important role in the management of patients with acute coronary syndromes. Even in patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI), for whom early therapeutic options are well defined, risk stratification has an impact on early and late therapeutic decision making. We aimed to compare the prognostic value(More)
Aortic valve stenosis is associated with severe morbidity and death within several years of symptom onset, and its accepted treatment is surgical aortic valve replacement. However, many affected patients are not referred for surgery because of old age and significant comorbidities. In recent years, an alternative treatment approach has been developed,(More)
OBJECTIVES We aim to explore the clinical outcome of drug-eluting stents (DES) versus bare-metal stents (BMS) implantation in diabetics versus nondiabetic patients. BACKGROUND Diabetic patients sustain worse long-term clinical outcomes after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) when compared with nondiabetics. The use of DES decreases the rate of(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown that women had greater risk for adverse clinical outcomes following coronary angioplasty. We aimed to assess the impact of sex on clinical results following emergent coronary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction. METHODS We used our database of patients treated for acute myocardial infarction using emergent(More)
BACKGROUND Manual coronary thrombus aspiration was associated with improved outcomes of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. We aimed to evaluate the outcome of aspiration in a "real-world" setting of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). METHODS AND MATERIALS We analyzed the outcome of STEMI patients who underwent PPCI(More)
AIMS There are limited data regarding clinical outcomes of drug-eluting stents (DES) in saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) compared to bare metal stents (BMS). Here we compared outcomes of DES in de novo SVG lesions versus BMS in contemporary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS AND RESULTS We compared in-hospital, 6-month, 1-year and two years(More)