Mariano Albertal

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Distal embolization may decrease myocardial reperfusion after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Nonetheless, results of previous trials assessing the role of distal protection during primary PCI have been controversial. The Protection of Distal Embolization in High-Risk Patients with Acute ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Trial(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with small coronary arteries are at high risk for complications after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The objective of our study was to investigate the correlation between angiography, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and fractional flow reserve (FFR) in patients with moderate stenoses in small (<2.8 mm) coronary arteries. (More)
Patients with diabetes mellitus have less favourable outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than non-diabetics. We performed a subgroup analysis of the multicentre RAVEL trial to examine the impact of the sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) on outcomes in diabetic patients. The RAVEL study randomized 238 patients to treatment with either(More)
Drug-eluting stents have been investigated as a treatment option for in-stent restenosis after bare metal stenting. However, it remains unclear whether overlapping drug-eluting stents have a toxic effect on the vessel wall. The aim of this study was to analyze the 1-year intravascular ultrasound findings after 2 overlapping sirolimus-eluting stent(More)
In this work we evaluated the improvement in the detection of stress induced ischemia achieved by ECG features not commonly measured by cardiologists. We evaluated 927 patients recorded during treadmill exercise SPECT following the Bruce protocol. The patients were labeled in three groups by two experts according to their SPECT images as: no ischemia(More)
Currently, several different designs of coronary stents are available. However, only a few of the new generation stents have been investigated in large randomized trials. Mechanical behavior of first-generation stents (Palmaz-Schatz, Gianturco-Roubin) may not be applied to the new designs. We investigated the chronic mechanical behavior (recoil) of 2 stents(More)
Limited data are available regarding the angiographic healing rate and physiologic impact of coronary artery dissections. Therefore, we studied the impact of coronary dissections on coronary flow velocity and outcome as well as their healing rate at 6-month follow-up balloon angioplasty. Of 297 patients who underwent balloon angioplasty, 225 underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Recent reports demonstrate that intracoronary radiation affects not only neointimal formation but also vascular remodeling. Radioactive stents and catheter-based techniques deliver radiation in different ways, suggesting that different patterns of remodeling after each technique may be expected. METHODS AND RESULTS We analyzed remodeling in 18(More)
Direct myocardial revascularization (DMR) has been proposed to treat patients with severe coronary artery disease who are not amenable for classical revascularization techniques such as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or bypass surgery (CABG). Although recent reports suggest its benefit in alleviating patients' complaints in the long term, there is(More)