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See detailUse of the Sideguard (Cappella) stent in bifurcation lesions: a real-world experience.
Mamas, Mamas A.; Farooq, Vasim; Latib, Azeem et al

in EuroIntervention : journal of EuroPCR in collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology (2012), 7(10), 1170-80

AIMS: The Sideguard(R) stent (Cappella Medical Devices Ltd, Galway, Ireland), is a novel nitinol self-expanding dedicated bifurcation stent that flares proximally at the ostium of the side branch (SB ... [more ▼]

AIMS: The Sideguard(R) stent (Cappella Medical Devices Ltd, Galway, Ireland), is a novel nitinol self-expanding dedicated bifurcation stent that flares proximally at the ostium of the side branch (SB) into a trumpet shape thereby achieving full ostial coverage. The aim of this study is to report the utility and limitations of this stent in patients undergoing treatment to bifurcation coronary lesions in a real-world setting. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively identified 20 successive patients admitted over a 6-month period in whom there was significant SB disease and who were suitable for a bifurcation procedure. The Sideguard(R) stent was successfully used in all 20 cases including several that would have been technically difficult using conventional bifurcation techniques. We highlight use of this system using five illustrative cases that illustrate its utility and limitations in the treatment of bifurcation lesions. CONCLUSIONS: The Sideguard(R) stent can be used to treat complex bifurcation lesions in a straight forward manner and is not subject to the limitations associated with conventional bifurcation PCI techniques including jailing of the SB ostium and inability to fully cover/scaffold the ostium of the SB. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of drug-eluting stents versus bare metal stents in saphenous vein graft PCI outcomes: a meta-analysis.
Mamas, Mamas A.; Foley, James; Nair, Satheesh et al

in Journal of interventional cardiology (2011), 24(2), 172-80

AIMS: Studies demonstrate that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) is associated with reduced revascularization and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) rates compared ... [more ▼]

AIMS: Studies demonstrate that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) is associated with reduced revascularization and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) rates compared to bare metal stents (BMS) in native coronary vessels. Optimal PCI treatment of saphenous vein graft (SVG) lesions remains unclear despite SVG procedures representing up to 10% of PCI cases. We therefore performed a meta-analysis to compare outcomes between BMS and DES in SVG PCI. METHODS AND RESULTS: A search (2004-2009) of MEDLINE and conference proceedings for all relevant studies comparing mortality and MACE outcomes in DES versus BMS in SVG PCI and meta-analysis of the data was performed. Twenty studies were identified from 2005 to 2009 enrolling a total of 5,296 patients. Meta-analysis revealed a decrease in mortality associated with DES use, odds ratio (OR) 0.68; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.53-0.88; P = 0.004. Similarly, MACE (OR 0.64; 95% CI 0.51-0.82; P < 0.001), total lesion revascularization (OR 0.60; 95% CI 0.43-0.83; P = 0.002), and total vessel revascularization (OR 0.57; 95% CI 0.41-0.80; P = 0.001) were significantly decreased in the patients in which DES were used compared to BMS. This reduction in mortality and MACE events associated with DES use appears to be limited to registry studies and not randomized controlled studies. CONCLUSIONS: Our meta-analysis suggests DES use to be safe in SVG PCI and associated with reduced mortality and MACE rates with reductions in revascularization also observed. [less ▲]

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