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CONTEXT Traditionally, stent thrombosis has been regarded as a complication of percutaneous coronary interventions during the first 30 postprocedural days. However, delayed endothelialization associated with the implantation of drug-eluting stents may extend the risk of thrombosis beyond 30 days. Data are limited regarding the risks and the impact of this(More)
Background—Volume supplementation by saline infusion combined with N-acetylcysteine (NAC) represents an effective strategy to prevent contrast agent–induced nephrotoxicity (CIN). Preliminary data support the concept that sodium bicarbonate and ascorbic acid also may be effective in preventing CIN. Methods and Results—Three hundred twenty-six consecutive(More)
Conduction disorders and permanent pacemaker implantation are common complications in patients who undergo transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The aim of this study was to assess the incidence and clinical significance of new bundle branch block in patients who underwent TAVI with the Medtronic CoreValve Revalving System (MCRS) or the Edwards(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare long term outcomes of the crush versus the T technique in bifurcation lesions. DESIGN 182 consecutive patients were identified who underwent percutaneous coronary interventions for bifurcation lesions with drug eluting stents between April 2002 and January 2004. Two techniques were used according to the operator's discretion: crush(More)
UNLABELLED OBJECTIVES; We sought to evaluate whether strut thickness may impact the restenosis rate after stent implantation in small coronary arteries. BACKGROUND Small vessel size (<3.0 mm) is an independent risk factor for the occurrence of in-stent restenosis. It has been reported that vessel damage induced during stent deployment is an important(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate at 5 years the occurrence of cardiac death; cardiac death, and/or myocardial infarction (MI); cardiac death, MI, and/or stroke; target vessel revascularization; and major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stent (DES) versus coronary artery bypass(More)
Data on transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for severe bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) stenosis and how this compares to that for tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) stenosis are limited. Twenty-one consecutive patients with BAV were treated with the Edwards or CoreValve bioprosthesis from November 2007 to December 2012 at San Raffaele Scientific Institute(More)
BACKGROUND Randomized controlled trials have demonstrated that second-generation drug-eluting stents (DESs) for the treatment of obstructive coronary artery disease are associated with comparable, if not improved, clinical outcomes as compared to those of their first-generation counterparts. The aim of this study was to compare the long-term clinical(More)
Balloon predilation is historically considered a requirement before performing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). As the procedure has evolved, it has been questioned whether it is actually needed, but data are lacking on mid-term outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of balloon predilation before TAVI. A total of 517(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate safety and efficacy of the CROSSER CTO Recanalization System (CROSSER). BACKGROUND The CROSSER, a novel device dedicated to recanalization of chronic total occlusions (CTO), relies on a monorail catheter delivering vibrational energy to facilitate the crossing of occluded coronary arteries. METHODS We included de novo or(More)