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INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is increasingly used in patients with aortic stenosis. Post-procedural intraventricular conduction abnormalities and permanent pacemaker implantations remain a serious concern. Recently, the Edwards SAPIEN 3 prosthesis has replaced the SAPIEN XT. We sought to determine the incidences of(More)
The accumulation of smooth muscle and endothelial cells is essential for remodeling and repair of injured blood vessel walls. Bone marrow-derived progenitor cells have been implicated in vascular repair and remodeling; however, the mechanisms underlying their recruitment to the site of injury remain elusive. Here, using real-time in vivo fluorescence(More)
Platelet-collagen interactions play a fundamental role in the process of arterial thrombosis. The major platelet collagen receptor is the glycoprotein VI (GPVI). Here, we determined the effects of a soluble dimeric form of GPVI on platelet adhesion in vitro and in vivo. We fused the extracellular domain of GPVI with the human immunoglobulin Fc domain. The(More)
Platelet adhesion to the atherosclerotic vascular wall induces thrombosis and boosters vascular inflammation and atheroprogression. In the present study we studied the binding of the platelet collagen receptor glycoprotein (GP) VI to human atherosclerotic plaques (AP) and the role of GPVI-mediated platelet adhesion for atheroprogression. Soluble GPVI-Fc(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare the risk of stent thrombosis among patients treated with bare-metal stents (BMS), first-generation drug-eluting stents (G1-DES), and second-generation drug-eluting stents (G2-DES) for a period of 3 years. BACKGROUND In patients undergoing coronary stenting, there is a scarcity of long-term follow-up data on cohorts(More)
IMPORTANCE The role of vascular closure devices (VCD) for the achievement of hemostasis in patients undergoing transfemoral coronary angiography remains controversial. OBJECTIVE To compare outcomes with the use of 2 hemostasis strategies after diagnostic coronary angiography performed via transfemoral access-a VCD-based strategy with 2 types of devices,(More)
Systolic blood pressure (SBP) increases steadily with age and bears an independent continuous relationship with the incidence of cardiovascular events. Low-grade inflammation is a suspected pathomechanism causing vascular aging and promote coronary artery disease (CAD). Recent animal studies give evidence that Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) modulate(More)
BACKGROUND Patients receiving oral anticoagulation (OAC) who undergo drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation require additional dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel. Such triple therapy confers an elevated bleeding risk, and its optimal duration is not known. OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to evaluate whether shortening the duration(More)
AIMS Whether prasugrel plus bivalirudin is a superior strategy to unfractionated heparin plus clopidogrel in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has never been assessed in specifically designed randomized trials. METHODS AND RESULTS The Bavarian Reperfusion(More)