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Optimal Surgery Times After PCI

A Canadian investigation of more than 8,000 patients who underwent major elective non-cardiac surgery and received PCI within 10 years suggests that the earliest optimal time for their surgery is 46 to 180 days after bare-metal...

A New Guide for Revascularizing Patients With CAD

In the December 6, 2011 Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) published guidelines on the management of patients undergoing...

Discharging Patients After Elective PCI

Among Medicare recipients, PCI is one of the most commonly performed cardiac procedures in the United States, with more than 1 million procedures being performed each year. Research has shown that the risks associated with PCI...

Use of PCI & DES in Older Patients

Results of a large national study of older patients undergoing PCI suggests that those aged 85 or older appear most likely to decline use of drug-eluting stents (DES). However, the investigation showed that DES were associated...

Multivessel PCI: Coming to a Consensus

When PCI is used to treat multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD), single-vessel or multivessel interventions can be performed in one or more stages. About half of all patients with CAD have blockages in multiple arteries, and...

Comparing Options for Native Coarctation

Results of a national, multisite comparison of surgical, stent, and balloon angioplasty (BA) treatment of native coarctation suggest that acute complications are significantly lower for those receiving stents than for those...

Drug-Eluting Stent System Gains FDA Approval

A next-generation drug-eluting stent system (PROMUS Element Plus Platinum Chromium Stent System, Boston Scientific) has received FDA approval for use in patients with coronary artery disease. The device has been shown to improve...

Carotid Artery Stenting Beneficial for Acute Stroke

Carotid artery stenting (CAS) appears to be feasible, safe, and useful in patients with acute atherosclerotic extracranial internal carotid artery occlusions with severe stroke symptoms when used within the first 6 hours of...

ACC.11 & i2 Summit

Highlights from the American College of Cardiology’s 2011 Annual Scientific Session and Innovation in Intervention: i2 Summit 2011 include stenting following CABG, yoga reducing AF, restless legs syndrome linked to CVD, and RF...

New Insights in Treating SFA & Popliteal Arteries

There is still considerable uncertainty about the best endovascular treatment strategies for patients with stenosis or occlusion of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) or popliteal artery. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty...

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