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Background: The beneficial role of manual thrombus aspiration in thrombus-containing lesions has been proven in acute myocardial infarction but data is lacking in saphenous vein graft lesions. Methods: From January 2004 to December 2008, 74 consecutive post-bypass patients underwent percutaneous...
Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate treatment with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in unselected patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods: We registered complication and mortality rates in all patients with STEMI admitted for primary PCI...
No-reflow phenomenon occurs frequently during primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and it has a strong negative impact on outcome. Prevention of no-reflow has to be defined as any attempt to prevent its occurrence prior to or during the...
Background: In cardiac acute patients, data on procalcitonin (PCT) are controversial and the clinical interpretation of absolute PCT values represents a major challenge since they may be influenced by several factors. No data are so far available on the dynamics of PCT levels in patients with...
Background: High levels of circulating cell free DNA (CFD) have been associated with poor prognosis in various diseases. Data pertaining to CFD in acute myocardial infarction (MI) are scarce. The available data have been obtained by either electrophoresis or polymerase chain reaction. We...
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