Chronic Ischemic cardiopathy articles

Functional Assessment of Lesions: Advances with MRI

Functional Assessment of Lesions: Advances with MRI

Computer tomography (CT) had taken over in the race to develop software capable of measuring FFR non-invasively. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) wouldn’t fall behind and has also tried non-inferiority vs an FFR based strategy, according to this study recently published in the prestigious NEJM, called MR-INFORM. In patients with chronic angina and CAD risk factors,

¿Qué pasa cuando nos encandilamos con el tronco y no vemos el resto de las lesiones?

What Happens When We Are Blinded by Left Main Disease and Ignore All Other Lesions?

According to this recent Excel analysis, mortality seems to rise when the SYNTAX II score is not taken into account when defining the revascularization strategy. The difference does not reach statistical significance and further studies are required, but the message is clear: the left main coronary artery is not the only thing that matters; other

ticagrelor vs. aspirina

Aspirin in Primary Prevention: Another “Trendy” Topic in Publications

Aspirin is the standard treatment when it comes to optimal medical treatment in the context of secondary prevention of coronary artery disease, in patients with diagnosed, established atherosclerosis. Even though bleeding risk is rather small in the short period an acute event takes place, it increases substantially over time. However, the evidence clearly supports the

EuroPCR 2019 | BASKET-SMALL 2: balones farmacológicos vs DES en vasos pequeños

EuroPCR 2019 | BASKET-SMALL 2: Drug-Coated Balloons vs. DES in Small Vessels

This angiographic substudy supports the safety of drug-coated balloons in small vessels. Despite better angiographic outcomes, there were eight cases of stent thrombosis among drug-eluting stent (DES) patients, while there was none with drug-coated balloons. In patients with small vessels, using a drug-coated balloon appears safe and comparable to DES, with favorable angiographic outcomes at

EuroPCR 2019 | Las imágenes intravasculares son casi imprescindibles para planear una angioplastia

EuroPCR 2019 | Intravascular Imaging Almost Indispensable for Planning an Angioplasty

Cost and time are the two main enemies of intravascular imaging, but lack of expertise may also play a role. A new European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) expert consensus statement released at EuroPCR 2019 argues that there is a need for more use of intracoronary imaging in settings of acute coronary syndromes and

Lesiones coronarias no obstructivas y disfunción ventricular

Nonobstructive Coronary Lesions and Ventricular Dysfunction

Many patients arrive to the cath lab for a diagnostic coronary angiography after an echo showing severe ventricular dysfunction, even in asymptomatic patients. In many occasions, their coronary arteries are normal, and in many others, we find coronary disease that is not enough to warrant such severe ventricular dysfunction. Patients with heart failure are frequently

El uso del ultrasonido intravascular en la angioplastia de tronco no protegido se asocia con mejores resultados en comparación con la angioplastia guiada solo por angiografía.

Angiography Guided CABG Still Adequate

Fractional Flow reserve (FFR) guided myocardial revascularization surgery (CABG) has similar graft failure rate and clinical outcomes as angiography guided CABG. When planning PCI, the value of FFR for lesion assessment pose no questions, but we know little when it comes to CABG. Since the early start, back when Dr. Mason Sones performed catheterizations and

La complejidad de la angioplastia puede definir el tiempo de doble antiagregación

Balancing Bleeding Risk vs. Thrombotic Risk to Define Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Duration

Patients who undergo complex angioplasty are at higher ischemic risk, but only benefit from extended dual antiplatelet therapy if there are no factors for high bleeding risk. These data suggest that the bleeding risk must weigh more than the ischemic risk on the determination of dual antiplatelet therapy duration. Complex angioplasty is associated with higher

reserva fraccional de flujo

Angiography-Derived FFR: Complicated Software or Imminent Reality?

Angiography-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) demonstrated substantial usefulness, especially in patients with three-vessel lesions. The functional SYNTAX score derived from angiography has the potential to redefine prognosis and treatment strategies compared with the classic anatomical SYNTAX score. This study sought to investigate the applicability of this method in patients with multivessel lesions included in the

La enfermedad coronaria funciona como un predictor a 30 días en el TAVI

Asymptomatic Coronary Artery Disease, Silent Ischemia: A Cardiologist’s Headache

We need more evidence to guide us in the management of silent ischemia. Confirmed asymptomatic coronary artery disease is a problem for cardiologists, who lack enough evidence to guide a risk-benefit assessment that justifies revascularization. Revascularizing the outcome of a functional assessment may reduce the rates of death and infarction, or it may just be

Stent directo vs angioplastia convencional y sus interacciones con la trombo-aspiración

Revascularization in Patients with Multivessel Disease, Diabetes, and Kidney Disease

According to this new study, in patients with coronary disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease who underwent revascularization through angioplasty or surgery, events are similar. This is one of the first studies painting the real picture for the prognosis of patients revascularized in these conditions (diabetes plus chronic kidney disease).   At first sight, these

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