Thomas M Shimshak

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The influence of multivessel coronary artery disease on the outcome of reperfusion therapy for myocardial infarction has not been fully characterized. Direct coronary angioplasty without antecedent thrombolytic therapy was performed during evolving myocardial infarction in 285 patients with multivessel coronary artery disease at 5.2 +/- 4.2 h after the(More)
BACKGROUND Despite proved efficacy for either dalteparin or platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa blockade in improving clinical outcomes of patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes, algorithms guiding concomitant therapy with these agents have not been devised. The purpose of this study was to assess anticoagulant effect and clinical safety(More)
To assess the changes in myocardial function following direct coronary angioplasty, we evaluated 323 consecutive patients undergoing coronary angioplasty without antecedent thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction. Left ventricular function was evaluated using contrast ventriculography immediately preangioplasty and at the time of predismissal(More)
Endovascular therapy for disease of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) and the popliteal artery remains controversial. Percutaneous treatment of this arterial segment presents a particular technical challenge, as the extent of disease varies from short, focal, and stenotic to long, diffuse, and occluded lesions. Over the last 2 decades, multiple therapies(More)
OBJECTIVES We attempted to determine the relative risks and benefits of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and repeat coronary artery bypass grafting (re-CABG) in patients with previous coronary bypass surgery (CABG). BACKGROUND Due to an expanding population of patients with surgically treated coronary artery disease and the natural(More)
To examine the necessity and consequences of high-dose contrast media administration during coronary angioplasty, the records of 730 consecutive patients over a 6-month period were reviewed. The 54 patients (7%) requiring contrast agent doses greater than or equal to 400 ml were examined in detail. The mean contrast dose in this group was 496 +/- 76 ml(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) has been considered the therapy of choice for patients with unprotected left main (ULMT) coronary stenoses. Selected single-center reports suggest that the results of percutaneous intervention may now approach those of CABG. METHODS AND RESULTS To assess the results of percutaneous ULMT treatment from a(More)
Data from randomized clinical trials support the administration of both enoxaparin and platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa blockade to patients who present with non-ST segment evaluation acute coronary syndromes. Enoxaparin does not activate platelets, has a more predictable dose response that facilitates weight-adjusted dosing and may have enhanced(More)