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BACKGROUND The relative safety of drug-eluting stents and bare-metal stents, especially with respect to stent thrombosis, continues to be debated. In view of the overall low frequency of stent thrombosis, large sample sizes are needed to accurately estimate treatment differences between stents. We compared the risk of thrombosis between bare-metal and(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine whether coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is associated with an increased risk of stroke compared with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Some, but not all, randomized trials have reported increased rates of stroke with CABG compared with PCI. However, all these studies were powered(More)
BACKGROUND In the Synergy between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Taxus and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) trial, the SYNTAX score was useful in risk stratifying patients with complex coronary artery disease. The reproducibility of this score may affect its clinical utility. We therefore assessed SYNTAX score interobserver and intraobserver variability(More)
BACKGROUND An accurate preprocedural risk stratification scheme for patients with unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) stenosis who are undergoing coronary stenting is lacking. We examined the predictive value of preprocedural levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, and leukocyte counts with respect to 9-month clinical outcomes after(More)
BACKGROUND Distal unprotected left main coronary artery (ULMCA) stenosis represents a technical challenge for interventional cardiologists. In this study, we compared 2-year clinical outcomes of different stenting strategies in patients with distal ULMCA stenosis treated with drug-eluting stents. METHODS AND RESULTS The survey promoted by the Italian(More)
BACKGROUND Despite recent studies, the optimum duration of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after coronary drug-eluting stent placement remains uncertain. We performed a meta-analysis with several analytical approaches to investigate mortality and other clinical outcomes with different DAPT strategies. METHODS We searched Medline, Embase, Cochrane(More)
OBJECTIVE Preprocedural levels of C-reactive protein predict mid-term mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention for the treatment of unprotected left main coronary artery stenosis. However, there are no data regarding the impact of C-reactive protein on mid-term mortality in patients with unprotected left main coronary artery stenosis treated with(More)
AIMS To evaluate the clinical impact of early administration of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa agents (IIb/IIIa agents) in the context of a dedicated hub and spoke network allowing very prompt pharmacological/mechanical interventions. METHODS AND RESULTS Using a prospective database, we conducted a cohort study of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)(More)
INTRODUCTION Although ruptured atherosclerotic plaques have been extensively analyzed, the composition of thrombi causing arterial occlusion in patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction has been less thoroughly investigated. We sought to investigate whether coagulant active tissue factor can be retrieved in thrombi of patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE  To compare clinical outcomes between short term (up to 6 months) and long term (12 months) dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after placement of a drug eluting stent in patients with and without diabetes. DESIGN  Individual participant data meta-analysis. Cox proportional regression models stratified by trial were used to assess the impact of(More)