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BACKGROUND For the treatment of myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation, primary angioplasty is considered superior to fibrinolysis for patients who are admitted to hospitals with angioplasty facilities. Whether this benefit is maintained for patients who require transportation from a community hospital to a center where invasive treatment is(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term administration of angiotensin-converting--enzyme (ACE) inhibitors has been shown to improve survival in patients with symptomatic left ventricular failure and to attenuate left ventricular dilatation in patients with myocardial infarction. We studied whether mortality could be reduced during the 6 months after an acute myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND Distal embolization during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction may result in reduced myocardial perfusion, infarct extension, and impaired prognosis. METHODS AND RESULTS In a prospective randomized trial, we studied the effect of routine thrombectomy in 215 patients with ST-segment-elevation(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with non-cardiac chest pain (NNCP) suffer from unexplained and often intractable pain which can pose a major clinical problem. The aim of this study was to investigate nociceptive processing in NNCP patients and their response to experimentally acid-induced oesophageal hyperalgesia using a multimodal stimulation protocol. MATERIAL AND(More)
CONTEXT Approval of drug-eluting coronary stents was based on results of relatively small trials of selected patients; however, in routine practice, stents are used in a broader spectrum of patients. OBJECTIVE To compare the first 2 commercially available drug-eluting stents-sirolimus-eluting and paclitaxel-eluting-for prevention of symptom-driven(More)
BACKGROUND In low-risk patients, the zotarolimus-eluting stent has been shown to reduce rates of restenosis without increasing the risk of stent thrombosis. We compared the efficacy and safety of the zotarolimus-eluting stent versus the sirolimus-eluting stent in patients with coronary artery disease who were receiving routine clinical care with no direct(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to investigate whether combination therapy with metoprolol and nifedipine provides a greater anti-ischemic effect than does monotherapy in individual patients with stable angina pectoris. BACKGROUND Combination therapy with a beta-adrenergic blocking agent (which reduces myocardial oxygen consumption) and a(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary angiography is the current standard method to evaluate coronary atherosclerosis in patients with suspected angina pectoris, but non-invasive CT scanning of the coronaries are increasingly used for the same purpose. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and other lipid and lipoprotein variables are major risk factors for coronary(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to examine outcomes subsequent to implantation of drug-eluting stents (DES) and bare-metal stents (BMS). BACKGROUND Use of DES might be associated with increased risk of stent thrombosis (ST), myocardial infarction (MI), and death. METHODS From January 2002 through June 2005, data from all percutaneous coronary(More)