Excimer laser thrombus elimination for prevention of distal embolization and no-reflow in patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction: results from the randomized LaserAMI study.

@article{Drr2007ExcimerLT,
  title={Excimer laser thrombus elimination for prevention of distal embolization and no-reflow in patients with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction: results from the randomized LaserAMI study.},
  author={Marcus D{\"o}rr and Dirk Vogelgesang and Astrid Hummel and Alexander Staudt and Daniel M. Robinson and Stephan Burkhart Felix and J. Dahm},
  journal={International journal of cardiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={116 1},
  pages={20-6}
}
BACKGROUND Results for standard revascularization therapies in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have been limited in part by distal embolization, a process which might be reduced by the application of ultraviolet laser light. The aim was to assess feasibility and safety of excimer laser coronary angioplasty (ELCA) in a randomized study in AMI. METHODS Twenty-seven consecutive patients with ST-segment elevation AMI (aged 57.8+/-9.2 years) were randomized either to balloon angioplasty and… CONTINUE READING

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