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Coronary heart disease is the single largest cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. The link between elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and coronary heart disease (CHD) has been clearly established. However, triglycerides (TG) are increasingly believed to...
Background Although angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors have appeared to be useful for secondary prevention after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Western countries, that has not been confirmed in non-western countries. We investigated whether ACE inhibitors improve survival rates...
Approximately 20 years ago, the Italian cardiology community realized the scientific importance and the potential impact on clinical practice of the new concept of evidence-based medicine and launched (without funds) a national megatrial, the Gruppo Italiano por lo Studio della Streptochinasi...
Background The disruption of yellow plaque and subsequent thrombosis is regarded as the mechanism of acute coronary syndrome. However, there are limited reports on the assessment of plaque vulnerability. Therefore, we tested whether the angioscopically determined yellow color intensity of plaque...
Background Both epicardial and myocardial perfusion have been associated with clinical outcomes in the setting of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), and the performance of adjunctive/rescue percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) may further improve clinical outcomes after fibrinolytic...
Background Unrecognized myocardial infarctions (UMI) are detected by surveillance electrocardiograms (ECGs). In epidemiologic studies, different sets of ECG criteria have been used to define myocardial infarction, possibly contributing to significant differences in prevalence estimates and risk...
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