Mark Webster

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BACKGROUND Drug-eluting metallic coronary stents predispose to late stent thrombosis, prevent late lumen vessel enlargement, hinder surgical revascularisation, and impair imaging with multislice CT. We assessed the safety of the bioabsorbable everolimus-eluting stent (BVS). METHODS 30 patients with a single de-novo coronary artery lesion were followed up(More)
BACKGROUND A fully bioabsorbable drug-eluting coronary stent that scaffolds the vessel wall when needed and then disappears once the acute recoil and constrictive remodelling processes have subsided has theoretical advantages. The bioasorbable everolimus-eluting stent (BVS) has a backbone of poly-L-lactic acid that provides the support and a coating of(More)
BACKGROUND A recent clinical trial has demonstrated that patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and the reduced function allele CYP2C19*2 (*2 allele), who are treated with thienopyridines, have an increased risk of adverse cardiac events with clopidogrel, but not with prasugrel. The frequency of the *2 allele varies by ethnicity and the Maoris, Asians(More)
This randomized trial compared a strategy of direct stenting without predilatation (n = 39) with conventional stenting with predilatation (n = 42) in patients with suitable lesions in native vessels > or = 2. 5-mm diameter to be covered by either a 9- or 16-mm-length NIR Primo stent. Equipment cost [mean (median) +/- SD] was less in those with direct(More)
OBJECTIVES This study assessed the effect of pharmacogenetics on the antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel. BACKGROUND Variability in clopidogrel response might be influenced by polymorphisms in genes coding for drug metabolism enzymes (cytochrome P450 [CYP] family), transport proteins (P-glycoprotein) and/or target proteins for the drug (adenosine(More)
OBJECTIVES Standardized bench-top compression and elongation testing was undertaken to assess the longitudinal strength of contemporary stents. Insights gained may improve clinical stent choice and deployment techniques, and facilitate future stent design improvements. BACKGROUND The hoops of coronary stents provide radial support, and connectors hold(More)
Patients with cardiovascular disease taking aspirin and some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appear to have increased vascular events. This study was conducted to compare the ex vivo antiplatelet effects of 6 commonly used NSAIDs and to determine whether these agents antagonize the effect of aspirin. Platelet function was assessed by Platelet(More)
AIMS We compared the mechanical and physical properties and the safety from strut fracture of side branch and post-dilatation strategies for the Absorb and DESolve bioresorbable scaffolds with the durable metallic drug-eluting XIENCE Xpedition stent using largely independent bench testing. METHODS AND RESULTS The strut thickness and crossing profile of(More)
BACKGROUND Angiographic restenosis after percutaneous coronary interventional procedures is more common than recurrent angina. Clinical and angiographic factors associated with asymptomatic versus symptomatic restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention were compared. METHODS AND RESULTS All patients with angiographic restenosis from the BENESTENT(More)