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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to investigate the long-term outcome after elective percutaneous coronary intervention in low-risk patients screened for aspirin and/or clopidogrel responsiveness in the 3T/2R (Tailoring Treatment With Tirofiban in Patients Showing Resistance to Aspirin and/or Resistance to Clopidogrel) trial. BACKGROUND The impact(More)
BACKGROUND It is unclear whether radial compared with femoral access improves outcomes in unselected patients with acute coronary syndromes undergoing invasive management. METHODS We did a randomised, multicentre, superiority trial comparing transradial against transfemoral access in patients with acute coronary syndrome with or without ST-segment(More)
BACKGROUND The Multicentre Evaluation of Single high-dose Bolus TiRofiban versus Abciximab with Sirolimus-eluting Stent or Bare Metal Stent in Acute Myocardial Infarction Study [MULTISTRATEGY]) randomised 745 patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction to receive high-dose bolus (HDB) tirofiban or abciximab infusion and sirolimus-eluting (SES) or(More)
BACKGROUND Conflicting evidence exists on the efficacy and safety of bivalirudin administered as part of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with an acute coronary syndrome. METHODS We randomly assigned 7213 patients with an acute coronary syndrome for whom PCI was anticipated to receive either bivalirudin or unfractionated heparin.(More)
BACKGROUND Inhibition of platelet aggregation after aspirin or clopidogrel intake varies greatly among patients, and previous studies have suggested that poor response to oral antiplatelet agents may increase the risk of thrombotic events, especially after coronary angioplasty. Whether this reflects suboptimal platelet inhibition per se, which might benefit(More)
CONTEXT Abciximab infusion and uncoated-stent implantation is a complementary treatment strategy to reduce major adverse cardiac events in patients undergoing angioplasty for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). It is uncertain whether there may be similar benefits in replacing abciximab with high-dose bolus tirofiban. Similarly, the use of(More)
BACKGROUND The role of emergency reperfusion therapy in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) resuscitated after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has not been clearly established yet. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in-hospital and postdischarge outcomes of STEMI patients surviving OHCA and undergoing emergency(More)
To establish comprehensive criteria for detecting restenosis and remodeling, inter- and intraobserver reproducibility of quantitative arteriography in the analysis of 20 lesions immediately after and 6 months after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) were assessed. Geometric single-plane (minimum, maximum, mean diameter and percent(More)
BACKGROUND Destabilization of the fibrous cap facilitates plaque rupture, thrombus formation, and myocardial infarction. Because systemic stimuli, such as lipoproteins, infectious agents, and autoantigens, may incite this reaction, one may wonder whether disruption mechanisms are only local or systemic and infarction is caused by an arbitrary plaque event(More)
Nifedipine and captopril are potent vasodilators and may be expected to help left ventricular failure by reducing afterload. Nifedipine (20 mg three times a day) and captopril (50 mg three times a day) were added to an optimal regimen of digitalis and diuretics in a double blind crossover trial in 18 cases of dilated cardiomyopathy. New York Heart(More)