November 16th, 2014
The advent of drug-eluting stents dramatically reduced the restenosis rate associated with bare-metal stents but prompted new concerns about the rare but potentially lethal complication of stent thrombosis (ST). Cardiologists have relied upon dual antiplatelet therapy to prevent ST but there has been considerable uncertainty and controversy about the ideal duration of therapy. The Dual Antiplatelet […]
July 21st, 2014
This week’s topics include the effects of extended-release niacin with laropiprant in high-risk patients and dual-antiplatelet beyond one year after DES implantation.
June 30th, 2014
Findings from a large ongoing registry study provide some reassurance about the long-term safety of new-generation drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients with STEMI who undergo primary PCI. The results are published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. SCAAR (Swedish Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty Registry) investigators analyzed data from 34,000 primary PCI patients who […]
December 9th, 2013
This week’s topics include targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest, the safety and efficacy of DES in women, and more.
October 31st, 2013
Rick Lange and David Hillis pose several important questions triggered by the OPTIMIZE findings.
October 21st, 2013
Cheol Whan Lee and Seung-Jung Park discuss their study group’s randomized trial comparing dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin alone beyond 12 months after drug-eluting stent implantation.
January 21st, 2013
This week’s topics include a review of drug-eluting stents and a summary of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
November 15th, 2012
The FDA today approved Cook Medical’s Zilver PTX stent. It is the first drug-eluting stent (DES) approved for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the superficial femoral and proximal (i.e., above the knee) popliteal artery. The new stent will provide a new treatment option for patients with PAD. Current treatments include exercise, drug […]
September 19th, 2012
Dr. Deepak Bhatt ponders the clinical implications of two studies suggesting that early discontinuation of dual antiplatelet therapy is safe — and concludes that the findings will probably not change his practice.
September 4th, 2012
A drug-eluting stent is successfully implanted after an acute inferior MI in a fit 70-year-old man. What do you do for the bystander disease detected at the LAD/D1 junction?