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BACKGROUND The potential benefits and risks of the use of dual antiplatelet therapy beyond a 12-month period in patients receiving drug-eluting stents have not been clearly established. METHODS In two trials, we randomly assigned a total of 2701 patients who had received drug-eluting stents and had been free of major adverse cardiac or cerebrovascular(More)
BACKGROUND Cases of stent strut fractures (SSFs) after DES implantation have been reported, but the clinical significance is uncertain. Then we sought to define the incidence and clinical implications of SSFs developed after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. METHODS We gathered SSF cases from 13 centers in Korea retrospectively. SSF was defined as(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the relative efficacy and safety of zotarolimus-eluting stents (ZES) in comparison with the established and widely used sirolimus- (SES) and paclitaxel-eluting stents (PES) in routine clinical practice. BACKGROUND Whether ZES might provide similar clinical and angiographic outcomes in a broad spectrum of(More)
Prolonged strenuous exercise may trigger acute myocardial infarction (AMI), as exemplified by the occurrence of sudden cardiac death during marathon running. Serum creatine kinase MB (CK-MB) may be elevated in asymptomatic marathon runners after competition from exertional rhabdomyolysis of skeletal muscle altered by training, limiting its utility for(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the efficacy of high-dose atorvastatin in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Previous randomized trials have demonstrated that statin pre-treatment reduced major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) in patients with(More)
The impact of type of balloon such as noncompliant (NC; Quantum) or semicompliant (SC; Maverick(2)) used after stent dilation on optimal stent expansion (OSE) has not been established for drug-eluting stents (DESs). We conducted a prospective multicenter, randomized study to compare NC with SC balloons after stent balloon dilatation. A total of 301 patients(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the optimal percutaneous coronary intervention techniques using drug-eluting stents for bifurcation coronary lesions. BACKGROUND The optimal bifurcation stenting technique needs to be evaluated. METHODS The trial included 2 randomization studies separated by the presence of side branch (SB) stenosis for patients(More)
There is currently no established standard treatment for in-stent restenosis (ISR) after the implantation of a drug-eluting stent (DES). The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of DES versus balloon angioplasty (BA) for the treatment of DES ISR in a multicenter registry cohort. After matching propensity scores of 805 patients with DES ISR(More)
BACKGROUND "Chiral switching" from an existing racemate to a pure enantiomeric compound is a popular theme in drug development, especially when the enantiomer is found to have better efficacy and safety profiles. Amlodipine is a racemic mixture, composed of the S(-)-enantiomer, which is the pharmacologically active isomer, and the R(+)-enantiomer, which is(More)