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BACKGROUND In disease of the femoropopliteal artery, paclitaxel-coated balloon (PCB) therapy improved angiographic outcomes as compared with uncoated balloon (UCB) angioplasty. Nevertheless, it remains uncertain whether PCB may reduce the need for reintervention. METHODS AND RESULTS We searched Medline, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled(More)
BACKGROUND high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays enable the measurement of cardiac troponin concentrations in the majority of patients with coronary artery disease. The objective of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of sensitive cardiac troponin in patients with stable and unstable angina presenting with undetectable levels of(More)
OBJECTIVES To measure circulating levels of oxidized-low-density lipoproteins (ox-LDL) in patients with stable and unstable angina and controls, and to investigate their correlation with the extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) and the presence of complex plaques at coronary angiography. METHODS AND RESULTS Circulating ox-LDL were assessed, using(More)
BACKGROUND The best way to manage restenosis in patients who have previously received a drug-eluting stent is unknown. We investigated the efficacy of paclitaxel-eluting balloons (PEB), paclitaxel-eluting stents (PES), and balloon angioplasty in these patients. METHODS In this randomised, open-label trial, we enrolled patients older than 18 years with(More)
BACKGROUND The investigation of no-reflow phenomenon after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction has therapeutic implications. We investigated the predictive factors, persistence in time, and impact of no reflow on myocardial salvage, ventricular function, and mortality. METHODS AND(More)
In percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) patients new-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) has reduced adverse events in comparison to early-generation DES. The aim of the current study was to investigate the long-term clinical efficacy and safety of new-generation DES versus early-generation DES for PCI of unprotected left main coronary artery (uLMCA)(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate efficacy and safety of two zotarolimus-eluting stent generations versus other limus-eluting stents (LES), and to compare Resolute zotarolimus-eluting stents (R-ZES) with Endeavor zotarolimus-eluting stents (E-ZES). BACKGROUND The performance of zotarolimus-eluting stents versus other LES, and the possible improvements of R-ZES versus(More)
BACKGROUND The growing number of complex endovascular procedures is expected to increase the risk of iatrogenic injuries of peripheral arteries. A strategy of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) with covered stent (CS) may represent a valuable alternative to open surgery. However, systematic evaluations of CS in this setting represent a scientific(More)
AIMS The role of aspirin in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is well established, yet patients happen to discontinue aspirin according to physician's advice or unsupervised. We thus undertook a systematic review to appraise the hazards inherent to aspirin withdrawal or non-compliance in subjects at risk for or with CAD. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of no-reflow phenomenon on 5-year mortality among patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This impact was also assessed in relation to infarct size. BACKGROUND The impact of no-reflow on long-term(More)