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The hemodynamic effects of captopril (CPT) alone and in combination with the beta-adrenergic receptor agonist terbutaline (TBT) were evaluated in 10 patients with severe chronic congestive heart failure (CHF). The heart rate remained unchanged, while CPT lowered mean systemic blood pressure from 86 to 64 mm Hg (p less than 0.001) and decreased left(More)
Thirty-four patients with acute myocardial infarction (mean age 55 years) who received intracoronary streptokinase for coronary thrombosis were followed for a mean of 9.4 months (longest 25 months) following the procedure of percutaneous transluminal coronary recanalization (PTCR). Twelve patients had undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG),(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine whether eptifibatide decreases the incidence of in-laboratory angiographic complications and to determine the relationship of angiographically evident complications to elevations of creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) enzyme levels during percutaneous coronary intervention. BACKGROUND In the Enhanced Suppression of the Platelet(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine whether gender influences the results of paclitaxel-eluting stent implantation. BACKGROUND The TAXUS-IV trial demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the slow-release, polymer-based, paclitaxel-eluting TAXUS stent compared to bare-metal stents in patients undergoing elective coronary intervention. Whether these(More)
BACKGROUND The etiology of creatine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB) release after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains unclear. The goal of this study was to evaluate the relationship of both epicardial and tissue level perfusion at the completion of stent placement to CK-MB release after the procedure. Given the high rates of Thrombolysis in(More)
Recent studies demonstrate the potential use of laser to vaporize human coronary atherosclerotic plaques. The laser energy is transmitted through flexible quartz fiber and discharged intravascularly. Since red blood cells could be exposed to intense heat, we examined effects of laser irradiation on human erythrocytes. Blood was obtained and placed in 5(More)