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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation of point-of-care measurement of platelet inhibition with clinical outcome in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Individual variability of clopidogrel response might influence results of PCI. METHODS A total of 160 patients receiving clopidogrel before(More)
The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that imbalance in patients with a severe deformity of the spine is associated with an increase in the sensory integration disorder. This paper is a case comparison study. Patients were divided into three groups: able-bodied (n = 53), observation (n = 23), and pre-brace (n = 26) groups. Time domain parameters(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to validate the ability of the VerifyNow P2Y12 assay (Accumetrics, San Diego, California) in predicting both ischemic and bleeding events after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND High and low levels of platelet reactivity are associated with ischemic and bleeding events, respectively, after PCI. (More)
The effect of periprocedural platelet reactivity and clinical outcomes in diabetic patients taking clopidogrel and undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is unclear. The aim of the present study was to prospectively evaluate the influence of diabetes mellitus (DM) on platelet reactivity measured by the VerifyNow P2Y12 assay and on(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to determine the effect of body somatotype on standing balance in girls with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) who are under observation but not wearing a body brace. DESIGN In all, 74 girls participated in this study to form the able-bodied (n = 36) and the AIS (n = 38) groups, having an average age of 13(More)
BACKGROUND Acute or subacute stent thrombosis (ST) is a well-described complication usually causing acute coronary syndromes and, in the worst case scenario, sudden cardiac death. In this study, we aimed at exploring the potential role of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the understanding of the mechanism of ST. METHODS Twenty-one consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate safety and effectiveness of in-laboratory (in-lab) 600-mg clopidogrel loading pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) versus routine 6-h pre-load. BACKGROUND Clopidogrel pre-treatment significantly improves outcome in patients undergoing PCI; however, efficacy of an in-lab loading strategy before PCI after(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to assess the clinical impact of optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND OCT provides unprecedented high-definition visualization of plaque/stent structures during PCI; however, the impact of OCT findings on outcome remains undefined. METHODS In the(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate the influence of platelet reactivity after clopidogrel, as assessed by the VerifyNow point-of-care assay (Accumetrics, San Diego, California), on myonecrosis in low-to-intermediate risk patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Inadequate platelet inhibition at the time of PCI is associated(More)
BACKGROUND Since trunk morphology and curve types were reported to affect standing in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), it is reasonable to assume that bracing could perturb standing balance in this population. The objective here was to use time- and frequency-domain analyses to test if the Boston brace affects balance in AIS. MATERIAL/METHODS(More)