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BACKGROUND Obesity is associated with increased health risk and has been associated with alterations in bacterial gut microbiota, with mainly a reduction in Bacteroidetes, but few data exist at the genus and species level. It has been reported that the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genus representatives may have a critical role in weight regulation as(More)
Our purpose was to review the current status of carotid artery stent placement throughout the world. Surveys were sent to major interventional centers in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Information from peer-reviewed journals was also included and supplemented the survey. The survey asked various questions regarding the patients enrolled,(More)
PURPOSE To define the long-term outcome of stent placement in iliac and femoropopliteal arteries. MATERIALS AND METHODS Three hundred ten patients received 418 balloon-expandable Palmaz stents. Two hundred thirty stents were implanted in iliac arteries of 184 patients, and 188 stents were implanted in femoropopliteal arteries in 126 patients. Restenosis(More)
BACKGROUND Genus and species level analysis is the best way to characterize alterations in the human gut microbiota that are associated with obesity, because the clustering of obese and lean microbiotas increases with the taxonomic depth of the analysis. Bifidobacterium genus members have been associated with a lean status, whereas different Lactobacillus(More)
PURPOSE In order to assess the role of percutaneous peripheral rotational ablation using Rotablator, 150 symptomatic patients (94 males, 56 females; mean age 73 +/- 1 years, range 42 to 90) having 212 complex peripheral vascular lesions were treated. METHODS Fifty percent of lesions were below the knee; 65% of patients had severe claudication, 11%(More)
AIM The purpose of this manuscript was to: 1) report our experience with the Multilayer Flow Modulator (MFM) for the treatment of peripheral, visceral and aortic aneurysms; 2) review the published literature regarding the outcomes of patients treated with the MFM; and 3) develop initial treatment guidelines regarding the MFM. METHODS We reviewed our(More)
PURPOSE To assess the use of a recently developed stent-graft system for treatment of occlusive lesions and aneurysms in the iliac and femoropopliteal arteries. MATERIALS AND METHODS The stent-graft consisted of a nitinol stent framework covered by a thin-walled polyester fabric. The device was used in 105 patients with symptomatic peripheral vascular(More)
The purpose of this article is to review and update the current status of carotid artery stent placement in the world. Surveys to major interventional centers in Europe, North and South America, and Asia were initially completed in June 1997. Subsequent information from these 24 centers in addition to 12 new centers has been obtained to update the(More)
BACKGROUND Stenting reduces both acute complications of coronary angioplasty and restenosis rates but increases subacute thrombosis rates and hemorrhagic complications when used with coumadin anticoagulation. METHODS AND RESULTS To simplify postcoronary stenting treatment and to reduce these drawbacks, we evaluated the 1-month outcome of a prospective(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of renal artery angioplasty and stenting utilizing a distal protection device to reduce the risk of intraprocedural artery embolism and avoid deterioration of the renal function. Fifty-six hypertensive patients (32 men; mean age, 66 +/- 11.8 years; range, 22-87) with atherosclerotic renal(More)