Chronic cardiopathy articles

Tasa de stroke post cirugía vs angioplastia coronaria en un análisis de más de 10.000 pacientes

Stroke Rate after CABG vs PCI in over 10,000 Patients

Stroke Rate after CABG vs PCI in over 10,000 Patients

Repeat revascularization rate has historically been the weak spot of PCI when compared against CABG: we are still unable to compete with a well done internal mammary artery graft connected to the anterior descending artery. However, repeat revascularization is the soft of end points commonly assessed in trials, and even though several studies have shown

Un truco sencillo para mejorar nuestras punciones radiales

A Simple Trick to Improve Our Transradial Punctures

Transradial access is here to stay; that much has been clear for some time now. However, some operators still resist change and the systematic use of this technique shows great geographical dispersion. Some of its limitations are a difficulty to obtain access and the somewhat frequent occurrence of radial artery occlusion after the procedure. This

ART: desilusión de la revascularización con doble mamaria a 10 años de seguimiento

ESC 2018 | ART: Disappointment with Bilateral Internal-Thoracic Artery Grafts After a 10-Year Follow-Up

Published 5-year results had been neutral for bilateral vs. single internal-thoracic artery grafts, but, at the time, surgeons argued that the time period analyzed was not enough and that a difference would be observed after 10 years of follow-up, once the trial finished. Such follow-up was presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018

SOLACI-SOCIME 2018 | Usefulness of the functional evaluation with iFR and FFR in bifurcations to define PCI

Read articles on the main presentations of the first day of SOLACI-SOCIME 2018 Congress. See the presentation by Dr. Flavio Ribichini, entitled “Usefulness of the functional evaluation with iFR and FFR in bifurcations to define PCI”. We are interested in your opinion. Please, leave your comments, thoughts, questions, etc., below. They will be most welcome.

FUTURE: una piedra en el zapato para el FFR y más preguntas que respuestas

ESC 2018 | FUTURE: A Thorn in FFR and More Questions than Answers

As observed at the preliminary analysis that motivated the FUTURE trial early termination, the use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) to guide revascularization in an unselected population with multivessel disease was associated to twice the mortality rate in one year, with no beneficial impact on other end points. Even though the combined end point of


What Happens with Small Dissections and Imperfections Only Shown by OCT?

When we carry out an angioplasty guided by angiography alone, as we historically have, we are almost blind. Nowadays, optical coherence tomography (OCT) offers plenty of detail but also raises costs, procedure time, and contrast volume. The question that this study aimed to answer is whether becoming aware of all small defects and imperfections in

Mortalidad y volumen de angioplastias de un centro ¿Tienen relación?

The Dangerous Combination of Complex Angioplasty and High Bleeding Risk Seems to Have a Solution

The LEADERS FREE trial demonstrated that a polymer-free Biolimus A9-coated stent (BioFreedom™DCS; Biosensors Europe, Morges, Switzerland) is superior to a conventional stent (bare metal stent, BMS) in patients with high bleeding risk treated with only one month of dual antiplatelet therapy. Now, is this global study outcome applicable in cases of complex lesions with several

¿Se debe tener en cuenta el género para revascularizar el tronco?

Should Sex Be Taken into Account with Left Main Coronary Artery Revascularization?

The EXCEL trial did not find the sex of patients with left main coronary artery disease to be an independent predictor of adverse events after revascularization. However, women who underwent angioplasty had a trend towards worse outcomes, a finding that might be related to comorbidities and somewhat increased chances of peri-procedural complications. In its formal

El FFR ahorra síntomas a los pacientes y costos a los financiadores de salud

FFR vs Angiography Guided CABG

In the daily practice and in randomized studies such as Syntax or Freedom, most cardiovascular surgeons across the world use angiography guided CABG to teat 50% coronary stenosis. Many of these lesions might not be functionally significant. There is abundant evidence in favor of fractional flow reserve (FFR) guided PCI, but FFR guided CABG is

Fentanilo en la angioplatia: ¿Cuál es el precio de un mayor confort en el procedimiento?

First Results for Ticagrelor in Elective Coronary Angioplasty

This is one of the first studies on the use of ticagrelor in patients with stable coronary arteries who undergo elective angioplasty. Although its number of patients is low and its endpoints are soft, this work at least provides some support to what is already happening in daily clinical practice. Many patients admitted for a

infarto peri-procedimiento

Great Dispersion in the Prognosis of Patients with Angina and No Coronary Lesions

The prognosis of patients with symptoms of angina (with all their subjectivity) in a setting of no significant coronary lesions is widely varied. It is not as benign as we initially thought and patients do not present as many events as “regular” patients with associated severe coronary lesions. The literature owed us data on the