Chronic cardiopathy articles

La trascendental importancia de los cambios en el estilo de vida

The Crucial Significance of Lifestyle Changes

The Crucial Significance of Lifestyle Changes

Any change towards a healthier lifestyle, even if it seems small, can have a great impact, particularly in patients with diabetes. These changes are never too late. In consequence, as physicians, we should always be attentive and never stop encouraging patients to adopt them. Patients with diabetes who make changes to their lifestyle, such as

Evaluación funcional de las estenosis coronarias en la vida real: todavía no hicimos el click.

Real-Life Functional Assessment of Coronary Stenosis: We Are Yet to Convert to It

The use of functional assessment of coronary stenosis (following the class IA recommendation in both American and European guidelines) is below 50% in daily clinical practice. Truth be told, most operators continue having blind faith in angiography. The inclusion of coronary physiology in the decision-making process has spread widely across countries, sites, and operators. The ERIS

Angina Is as Subjective as Any Other Pain

Almost 80% of all patients randomized in this study reported Canadian Cardiovascular Society class II or III angina, and almost all of them (97%) had more than 1 positive non-invasive ischemia test that matched the area of their single diseased coronary vessel. Beyond fractional flow reserve (FFR) or instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR), the study randomized patients to


Manual vs. Mechanical Compression after Transradial Catheterization

For patients undergoing transradial catheterization, whether puncture site compression is manual or mechanical has no significant difference as regards post procedural radial artery occlusion (RAO) rate. Hemostasis is shorter with manual compression, but it seems difficult to implement in the clinical practice. We could carry out an economical sub-analyzis of this study to find out


More Bad News on Bioresorbable Scaffolds

A year after the implantation of everolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffold Absorb 1.1, optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans showed neointima formation covering plaque without significant luminal loss. At 5 years, the device is supposed to disappear completely, potentially thrombogenic plaque components are supposed to be covered by endothelium, and the vasomotor function is supposed to be recovered. However, there


EuroPCR 2018 | Ultimaster Registry: Difference in Strut Thickness

This work compared the safety and efficacy of angioplasty with thin-strut (80 µm) sirolimus-eluting stents with a cobalt chromium structure (Ultimaster) vs. thick-strut (120 µm) biolimus-eluting stents with a cobalt chromium structure (Nobori). This study compared two prospective multicenter single-arm registries: e-Ultimaster and NOBORI 2. The Ultimaster Registry included over 37,000 patients in 4 continents, while the NOBORI 2 Registry included


EuroPCR 2018 | Consistent CTO Study: Rechanneling with Current Techniques and SYNERGY Stents

This observational study included 231 patients from 6 sites who presented chronic total occlusions and underwent rechanneling procedures using currently available techniques, which were successful in 90% of all cases (210 patients). All patients who underwent successful rechanneling received a SYNERGY stent and most of them underwent intravascular ultrasound (90.5%). There was only 1 patient lost to clinical follow-up

EuroPCR 2018 | SYNTAX II: resultados a 2 años de la mejor angioplastia vs cirugía en múltiples vasos

EuroPCR 2018 | SYNTAX II: Results at 2 Years for Best Angioplasty vs. Surgery in Multivessel Disease

Since the publication of the original SYNTAX trial, there have been great technical advancements that have influenced the results of angioplasty: New tools for risk stratification using the SYNTAX II score which integrate clinical and anatomical variables to the team’s decision-making process. Functional revascularization (hybrid use of fractional flow reserve or instantaneous wave-free ratio). Optimization of

EuroPCR 2018 | DESSOLV III: polímero bioabsorbible vs durable a 2 años

EuroPCR 2018 | DESSOLV III: Bioabsorbable vs. Durable Polymer at 2 Years

Most drug-eluting stents are coated by a polymer that is used to contain the antiproliferative drug. Once the drug is released, the polymer remains in place and its presence has been associated with inflammation, restenosis, and neoatherosclerosis. The MiStent device features a polymer that becomes bioabsorbable once the drug has been released, which could, theoretically,

EuroPCR 2018 | LEADERS FREE: angioplastias complejas en pacientes con alto riesgo de sangrado

EuroPCR 2018 | LEADERS FREE: Complex Angioplasty in Patients with High Risk for Bleeding

The LEADERS FREE study showed that a biolimus A9-coated polymer-free stent was superior to a conventional stent in terms of safety and efficacy in patients who received dual antiplatelet therapy for only a month due to their high risk for bleeding. In this substudy, researchers analyzed 667 patients enrolled in the original LEADERS FREE trial who met certain requirements

LeDRA: Acceso radial izquierdo “distal” para angiografía y angioplastia

EuroPCR 2018 | LeDRA: Left Distal Radial Approach for angiography and angioplasty

The left distal radial artery has been recently proposed as an alternative in selected patients with high success rate and low complications rate. This study evaluated the feasibility and safety of this puncture both for coronary angiography and angioplasty. It included 200 consecutive patients with palpable left distal radial artery punctured by three expert operators.