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BACKGROUND Even though time-to-treatment has been shown to be a determinant of mortality in primary angioplasty, the potential benefits from early pharmacological reperfusion by glycoprotein (Gp) IIb-IIIa inhibitors are still unclear. The aim of this meta-analysis was to combine individual data from all randomised trials conducted on facilitated primary(More)
BACKGROUND Even although time to treatment has been shown to be a determinant of mortality in primary angioplasty, the potential benefits are still unclear from early pharmacological reperfusion by glycoprotein (Gp) IIb-IIIa inhibitors. Therefore, the aim of this meta-analysis was to combine individual data from all randomized trials conducted on upstream(More)
BACKGROUND The risk of plaque disruption and subsequent thrombosis in patients with unstable angina depends on the plaque type and size. DESIGN Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) was employed to illustrate the correlation between risk factors and plaque morphology in patients with unstable angina. METHODS In a prospective study of 60 of 95 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) predictors of native culprit lesion morphology for occurrence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) have not been reported. Moreover, the published data on IVUS predictors of restenosis include patients with stable and unstable angina, although the development and progression of atherosclerosis related to unstable(More)
Hypertension is a well-known risk factor for atherosclerosis. However, data on the impact of hypertension in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) are inconsistent and mainly related to studies performed in the thrombolytic era, with very few data on patients undergoing primary angioplasty. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the(More)
Despite mechanical reperfusion, the outcome is still unsatisfactory in elderly patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The vast majority of studies have been conducted without extensive use of glycoprotein (Gp) IIb-IIIa inhibitors, which have been associated with improved perfusion and survival. Thus the aim of the current study(More)
BACKGROUND Primary angioplasty has been shown to be superior to thrombolysis. However, previous reports have shown a negative impact of longer time-to-treatment on myocardial perfusion and survival even with mechanical reperfusion. However, these deleterious effects might potentially be overcome by an extensive use of glycoprotein (Gp) IIb-IIIa inhibitors.(More)
BACKGROUND Although primary angioplasty achieves thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) 3 flow in most patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction, epicardial recanalization does not guarantee optimal perfusion in a large proportion of patients. The influence of multivessel disease on myocardial reperfusion and survival after primary angioplasty(More)
Contrasting data have been so far reported on facilitation with glycoprotein IIb-IIIa inhibitors (GpIIbIIIa) in patients who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention. However, it has been demonstrated a time-dependent composition of coronary thrombus in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, with more platelets in the first hours.(More)
BACKGROUND Despite optimal epicardial recanalization, primary angioplasty for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is still associated with suboptimal reperfusion in a relatively large proportion of patients. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the impact of preprocedural TIMI flow on myocardial perfusion, distal embolization, and survival(More)