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The aim of this study was to determine the contribution of morphologic characteristics and location of plaque in remodeling of atherosclerotic coronary arteries. Consecutive intravascular ultrasound studies performed in native coronary arteries before an intervention were included in the study. Total vessel, lumen and plaque + media areas were measured at(More)
BACKGROUND Intracoronary brachytherapy appears to be a promising technology to prevent restenosis. Presently, limited data are available regarding the late safety of this therapeutic modality. The aim of the study was to determine the incidence of late (>1 month) thrombosis after PTCA and radiotherapy. METHODS AND RESULTS From April 1997 to March 1999, we(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to identify periprocedural quantitative coronary angiographic (QCA) variables that have predictive value on long-term angiographic results and to construct multivariate models using these variables for postprocedural prognosis. BACKGROUND Coronary stent implantation has reduced the restenosis rate significantly as compared with balloon(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the healing of balloon induced coronary artery dissection in individuals who have received beta radiation treatment and to propose a new intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) dissection score to facilitate the comparison of dissection through time. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Tertiary referral centre. PATIENTS 31 patients with(More)
AIMS Recent trials in humans have given us insight into some of the consequences of intracoronary radiation. The authors describe a new observation noted on intravascular ultrasound: that of intraluminal echolucent tissue, dubbed the 'black hole', noted at six-month follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred and twenty-eight consecutive patients enrolled(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the incidence and causes of geographical miss (GM) and to evaluate its impact on edge restenosis after intracoronary beta-radiation therapy. BACKGROUND Edge restenosis is a limitation of intracoronary beta-radiation therapy. Geographical miss is the situation in which the radiation source does not fully cover the injured(More)
AIMS The Endeavor I study was the first clinical study evaluating the safety and feasibility of the Endeavor stent system in the treatment of symptomatic coronary artery disease. The Endeavor Stent System comprises a new cytostatic, antiproliferative and immunosuppressive agent in the same class of drugs as sirolimus, (ABT-578), a phosphorylcholine(More)
BACKGROUND This study represents the Heart Center Rotterdam's contribution to the Isostents for Restenosis Intervention Study, a nonrandomized multicenter trial evaluating the safety and feasibility of the radioactive Isostent in patients with single coronary artery disease. Restenosis after stent implantation is primarily caused by neointimal hyperplasia.(More)
BACKGROUND Restenosis after conventional stenting is almost exclusively caused by neointimal hyperplasia. Beta-particle-emitting radioactive stents decrease in-stent neointimal hyperplasia at 6-month follow-up. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the 1-year outcome of (32)P radioactive stents with an initial activity of 6 to 12 microCi using serial(More)