Richard M. Pomerantz

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Angioplasty of the narrowed saphenous vein bypass grafts remains a difficult challenge. Over a 37-month period at this institution, 119 of 176 interventions (68%) on saphenous vein grafts (average age 8.3 years from bypass surgery to graft intervention) were performed using either directional coronary atherectomy (n = 35) or Palmaz-Schatz intracoronary(More)
Primary angioplasty strategies have evolved dramatically, including increasing adjunctive use of stents and glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa inhibitors. The purpose of this study was to examine the specific effects of these adjunctive therapies on long-term outcomes after primary angioplasty. From 1996 to 1998, 257 unselected, consecutive patients underwent(More)
PURPOSE The major radiobiological issue in determining the rationale for the use of radiation to inhibit vascular restenosis is the identification of the target cell(s) and/or cytokine(s) responsible for neointimal hyperplasia and vascular remodeling. The central hypothesis of this report is that the macrophage/monocyte and PDGF are key elements in the(More)
Between June 1988 and July 1991, 464 new device interventions (Palmaz-Schatz stent or Simpson directional atherectomy) were performed in 410 patients. Chest pain occurred within 72 hours after the procedure in 94 patients (23%). All patients were evaluated with electrocardiograms and cardiac isoenzymes on the day after the procedure, and urgent repeat(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine the immediate and long-term angiographic and clinical results of coronary stenting. BACKGROUND Although preliminary trials of endovascular stenting have demonstrated promising results, lack of long-term follow-up has limited the critical evaluation of the role of coronary stenting in the treatment of(More)
Abrupt closure of the dilated segment occurs in approximately 4 to 7% of cases following conventional percutaneous coronary angioplasty. Additional balloon angioplasty reverses roughly 40% of these closures, to yield an overall 1.6 to 3.4% rate of emergent surgery. The impact of new devices on the incidence and reversal rate of abrupt closure has not been(More)
To characterize the extent of early activation of the hemostatic system following angioplasty, we obtained blood samples from the involved coronary artery of 11 stable angina patients during the procedure and measured sensitive markers of thrombin formation (fibrinopeptide A, prothrombin fragment 1.2, and soluble fibrin) and of platelet activation(More)