Michel Vandormael

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to test whether coronary revascularization with ablation of either excimer laser or rotational atherectomy can improve the initial angiographic and clinical outcomes compared with dilatation (balloon angioplasty) alone. METHODS AND RESULTS At a single center, a total of 685 patients with symptomatic coronary(More)
The ratio of peak hyperemic/basal mean coronary flow velocity, an index of coronary vasodilator reserve, immediately after coronary angioplasty normalizes in less than 50% of patients. To evaluate other indexes of coronary vasodilator capacity, both intracoronary arterial velocity and cardiac venous efflux were measured at rest and during(More)
Acute myocardial ischemia is known to cause impairment of both left ventricular systolic and diastolic function. To further investigate these changes as well as their relation to common clinical variables (electrocardiographic [ECG] changes and chest pain), 32 patients were evaluated with Doppler echocardiography during coronary angioplasty. Doppler indexes(More)
To assess the likelihood of procedural success in patients with multivessel coronary disease undergoing percutaneous coronary angioplasty, 350 consecutive patients (1,100 stenoses) from four clinical sites were evaluated. Eighteen variables characterizing the severity and morphology of each stenosis and 18 patient-related variables were assessed at a core(More)
The rising costs of health care have forced policy makers to make choices, and new treatments are increasingly assessed in terms of the balance between additional costs and additional effects. The recent recognition that stenting has a major and long-lasting effect enhancing balloon PTCA procedure has made it imperative to compare in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Experimental and observational clinical studies of acute coronary occlusion have suggested that late reperfusion prevents infarct expansion and facilitates myocardial healing. The purpose of this trial was to assess whether infarct vessel patency could be achieved in late-entry patients and what benefit, if any, can be demonstrated. METHODS AND(More)
AIMS The BRIE trial is a registry evaluating the safety and performance of (90)Sr delivered locally (Beta-Cath TM system of Novoste) to de-novo and restenotic lesions in patients with up to two discrete lesions in different vessels. METHODS AND RESULTS In total, 149 patients (175 lesions) were enrolled; 62 treated with balloons and 113 with stents. The(More)
The influence of continued cigarette smoking on restenosis after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) was retrospectively determined through a study of 160 patients with primary success who underwent follow-up angiography after a mean of 7 +/- 7 months. The average number of narrowings at risk for restenosis was 1.7/patient in the 84(More)
Coronary angioplasty is a widely applied revascularization procedure for patients with multivessel coronary artery disease. However, follow-up in this patient subgroup is relatively limited. From 1983 to 1986, coronary angioplasty was performed in 349 and 121 patients with, respectively, two- and three-vessel coronary disease with a primary success rate of(More)