Coronary interventions 2020: the year in review.
Authors: Lunardi M, Gao C, Hara H, Ono M, Kawashima H, Wang R, Wijns W, Serruys PW, Onuma Y PMID: 33478939 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - January 24, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Use of intravascular optical coherence tomography or intravascular ultrasound to guide stent implantation. The choice is yours!
Authors: Regar E PMID: 33470216 [PubMed - in process] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - January 21, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Moving (re-shaping) the mitral annulus.
Authors: Nickenig G, Becher MU PMID: 33470217 [PubMed - in process] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - January 21, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Smoke signals - do they help to predict TAVI-associated stroke risk?
Authors: Kharbanda RK, Newton JD PMID: 33470218 [PubMed - in process] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - January 21, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Computer-based prediction of coronary artery compression in the planning of transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation.
Authors: Pluchinotta FR, Caimi A, Pilati M, Carminati M, Sturla F PMID: 33433388 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - January 14, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Efficacy of Thin- Versus Thick-Strut Polymer-Free Biolimus-Eluting Stents: the Biofreedom QCA Randomized Trial.
CONCLUSIONS: The BF-CoCr was non-inferior to the BF-SS in terms of in-stent LLL at 9 months. Larger studies powered for clinical endpoints are warranted to compare the efficacy of this new platform with currently available DES. PMID: 33433389 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - January 14, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Repair with the Modified TriClip/MitraClip G4 System.
Authors: Fam NP, Ali FM, Hassanin M, Ong G PMID: 33433390 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - January 14, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Performing elective cardiac invasive procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak: a position statement from the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI).
Authors: Chieffo A, Tarantini G, Naber CK, Barbato E, Roffi M, Stefanini GG, Buchanan GL, Buszman P, Moreno R, Zawiślak B, Cayla G, Danenberg H, Da Silveira JAB, Nef H, James SK, Mauri Ferre J, Voskuil M, Witt N, Windecker S, Baumbach A, Dudek D Abstract The rearrangement of healthcare services required to face the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic led to a drastic reduction in elective cardiac invasive procedures. We are already facing a "second wave" of infections and we might be dealing during the next months with a "third wave" and subsequently new waves. Therefore, during the di...
Source: EuroIntervention - January 10, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Prognostic Impact and Clinical Outcomes of Coronary Flow Reserve and Hyperemic Microvascular Resistance.
CONCLUSIONS: Both CFR and HMR as continuous variables predict future risk of MACE. PMID: 33342762 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 22, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Neo-Commissure Alignment with the Portico System.
CONCLUSIONS: Experimental tests using 3D-printed aortic root models demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of Portico neo-commissures alignment. The proposed orientation steps were reproducible and reliable in all the experimental deployments performed. Further animal and human studies are required to support the proposed concept. PMID: 33342763 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 22, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Long-Term Safety of Drug-Coated Devices for Peripheral Revascularisation.
CONCLUSIONS: In this large cohort, there was no evidence of increased long-term mortality following treatment with drug-coated devices. PMID: 33342764 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 22, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Translating the findings of ISCHEMIA into clinical practice: a challenging START.
Authors: Boden WE, Bhatt DL PMID: 33337322 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

"Uncaging" the artery with a novel metallic coronary device.
"Uncaging" the artery with a novel metallic coronary device. EuroIntervention. 2020 Dec 18;16(12):e957-e959 Authors: Kimura T, Yamamoto K PMID: 33337323 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Coronary re-access after redo TAVI: a proposed classification to simplify evaluation.
Authors: Tang GHL, Zaid S PMID: 33337324 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Addressing interventional periprocedural anxiety with virtual reality.
Authors: Bruining N, Cummins PA, de Jaegere PPT PMID: 33337325 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Coronary sinus narrowing for the treatment of refractory angina A multi-center prospective open-label clinical study (The REDUCER-I study).
CONCLUSIONS: Interim results from the ongoing REDUCER-I study confirm the high safety profile of this therapy in patients suffering from refractory angina. The results also demonstrate sustained improvement in angina severity and in quality of life out to 2 years. PMID: 33319762 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 17, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

National French Registry of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissections: Prevalence of Fibromuscular Dysplasia and Genetic Analyses.
CONCLUSIONS: Here we describe the largest European SCAD cohort where FMD was found in 45% of cases and the genetic association with PHACTR1 was confirmed. This nationwide cohort is a valuable resource for future clinical and genetic investigation to understand SCAD aetiology. PMID: 33319763 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 17, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Near-infrared spectroscopy carotid plaque characteristics and cerebral embolism in carotid artery stenting using first-generation stent.
CONCLUSIONS: High LCP assessed by NIRS is associated with cerebral embolism by diffusion-weighted imaging in CAS using a first-generation stent. PMID: 33283761 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 8, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Repeat revascularisation: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
Repeat revascularisation: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". EuroIntervention. 2020 Dec 04;16(11):e865-e866 Authors: Levine G, Denktas AE PMID: 33274721 [PubMed - in process] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 5, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

The retrograde approach for recanalisation of chronic total occlusions - a risk worth taking?
Authors: Werner GS PMID: 33274722 [PubMed - in process] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 5, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Magnesium-based bioresorbable scaffolds in STEMI. The quest for the optimal bioresorption balance.
Authors: Gonzalo N, McInerney A PMID: 33274723 [PubMed - in process] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 5, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

WATCHMAN versus AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug: which will prevail?
Authors: Saw J, Inohara T PMID: 33274724 [PubMed - in process] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 5, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Super High-Pressure Balloon versus Scoring Balloon to Prepare Severely Calcified Coronary Lesions: The ISAR-CALC Randomized Trial.
CONCLUSIONS: In patients with severely calcified coronary artery lesions, preparation with super high-pressure balloon versus scoring balloon was associated with comparable stent expansion on intravascular imaging and a signal toward improved angiographic performance. PMID: 33258774 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 2, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

An obituary for Professor Tony Gershlick - 1951-2020.
Authors: Curzen N PMID: 33258775 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - December 2, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Clinical Usefulness of a Novel Optical Coherence Tomography Procedure, "Low Molecular Weight Dextran Infusion Followed by Catheter PUSH (D-PUSH)".
Clinical Usefulness of a Novel Optical Coherence Tomography Procedure, "Low Molecular Weight Dextran Infusion Followed by Catheter PUSH (D-PUSH)". EuroIntervention. 2020 Nov 24;: Authors: Kobayashi N, Shibata Y, Okazaki H, Shirakabe A, Takano M, Miyauchi Y, Asai K, Shimizu W PMID: 33225999 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Revascularisation or medical therapy in elderly patients with acute anginal syndromes (RINCAL) A Randomised Trial.
CONCLUSIONS: The trial was underpowered to provide a definitive conclusion regarding the primary endpoint. An intervention-guided strategy did, however, result in less angina, reinfarction and unplanned revascularisation but did not improve survival. PMID: 33226000 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Predictors and Clinical Impact of Thrombosis after Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation using Balloon-Expandable Bioprostheses.
CONCLUSIONS: THV thrombosis is frequent after TMVI, occurs mainly within the first 3 months, is mostly subclinical and resolves after optimization of antithrombotic treatment. An anticoagulation therapy for at least 3 months after the procedure is mandatory. PMID: 33226001 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Prioritized Endpoints for Device-Based Hypertension Trials: the Win Ratio Methodology.
CONCLUSIONS: The win ratio method addresses prior limitations by enabling inclusion of more patient-oriented results while prioritizing those endpoints considered most clinically important. Applying these methods to the SPYRAL HTN-ON MED pilot study, RDN was determined superior regarding a hierarchical endpoint and a 'winner' compared with sham control patients. Classifications Renal sympathetic denervation, uncontrolled hypertension, clinical trials. PMID: 33226002 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of the Left Main Coronary Artery: the LEMON study.
CONCLUSIONS: This study is the first to report the feasibility and performance of OCT-guided LMS PCI according to a pre-specified protocol. PMID: 33226003 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

PCR Valves e-Course 2020: lifelong learning never stops. PCR London Valves goes virtual!
Authors: Tamburino C, Piazza N, Baumbach A, Windecker S, Maisano F, Prendergast BD PMID: 33215991 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Incorporating patients' preferences into the Heart Team equation.
Authors: Vahanian A, Urena M PMID: 33215992 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiovascular clinical trials: considerations for study conduct and endpoint determination.
Authors: Lansky A, Shah T, Wijns W, Stefanini GG, Farb A, Kaplan A, Xu B, Pietras C, Velazquez E, Serruys PW, Mahfoud F, Baumbach A PMID: 33215993 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

TAVI in patients with reduced life expectancy.
Authors: Baumbach A, Mullen MJ PMID: 33215994 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

PCR Planet: a review of structural transcatheter intervention practice across the continents.
Authors: Wang X, Xiong TY, Chen M PMID: 33215995 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Letter: Cardiac CT prior to percutaneous coronary sinus-based mitral annuloplasty with the Carillon device.
Authors: Kuzemczak M, Siminiak T PMID: 33215996 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Reply: Cardiac CT prior to percutaneous coronary sinus-based mitral annuloplasty with the Carillon device.
Authors: Rottländer D, Gödde M, Degen H, Haude M PMID: 33215997 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

One-step anatomic and function testing by cardiac CT versus second-line functional testing in symptomatic patients with coronary artery stenosis: head-to-head comparison of CT-derived fractional flow reserve and myocardial perfusion imaging.
CONCLUSIONS: The diagnostic performance of CT-QFR as second-line test was at least similar to MPS and CMR for the evaluation of obstructive coronary artery disease in symptomatic patients presenting with ≥50% diameter stenosis on coronary CTA. PMID: 33196446 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Supporting evidence for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction from optical coherence tomography.
Authors: Satogami K, Ozaki Y, Ota S, Katayama Y, Ino Y, Akasaka T PMID: 33196447 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

In-hospital outcomes of patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and COVID-19.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study revealed a significant increase in in-hospital, stent thrombosis and cardiogenic shock development after PCI in patients with STEMI and Covid-19 in comparison with contemporaneous non-Covid-19 STEMI patients. PMID: 33164893 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 11, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Predictors of Non-Stenting Strategy for Acute Coronary Syndrome Caused by Plaque Erosion: 4-Year Outcomes of the EROSION Study.
CONCLUSIONS: Four-year follow-up findings reconfirmed the safety of an anti-thrombotic therapy without stenting for erosion-caused acute coronary syndrome. Patients with better response to anti-thrombotic therapy in the first month were less likely to require stent implantation during the next four years. PMID: 33164894 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 11, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Impact of Pulmonary Ridge Coverage after Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion.
CONCLUSIONS: Pulmonary ridge coverage was associated with a lower incidence of DRT after LAAO. Procedural and follow-up clinical outcomes did not differ among covered-PR and uncovered-PR patients. PMID: 33164895 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 11, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Dual antithrombotic therapy with dabigatran in patients with atrial fibrillation after percutaneous coronary intervention for ST elevation myocardial infarction: results from the randomised RE-DUAL PCI trial.
CONCLUSIONS: In patients after PCI for STEMI, dabigatran dual therapy had lower risks of bleeding events versus warfarin triple therapy with similar risks of thromboembolic events, supporting the use of dabigatran dual therapy even in patients with high thrombotic risk. PMID: 33164896 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 11, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

A randomized comparison of Coronary Stents according to Short or Prolonged durations of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy in patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes: a pre-specified analysis of the SMART-DATE trial.
CONCLUSIONS: The risk of a composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction, or stent thrombosis was not significantly different between patients receiving BP-BES vs. DP-EES or DP-ZES across short or prolonged duration of DAPT after ACS. PMID: 33136005 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - November 4, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Fatal Acute Mesenteric Ischemia Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.
Authors: Del Val D, Rivero F, Cuesta J, Diego G, Antuña P, Alfonso F PMID: 33106224 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - October 29, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

The EURO SHOCK Trial: Design, Aims and Objectives.
CONCLUSIONS: The EURO SHOCK trial will determine whether early initiation of VA-ECMO in patients presenting with ACS-CGS persisting after PCI, improves mortality and morbidity. PMID: 33106225 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - October 29, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Occupational radiation exposure in interventional cardiology - time for further action.
Authors: Byrne RA, Hanratty CG, Gilligan P PMID: 33095162 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - October 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Consolidating the BASILICA technique in TAVI patients at risk of coronary obstruction.
Authors: Rodés-Cabau J, Ribeiro HB PMID: 33095163 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - October 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Extending the aspirin-free paradigm to patients with acute coronary syndrome: is it time to change guidelines?
Authors: Baber U, Mehran R PMID: 33095164 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - October 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

BVS d éjà vu: the storm before the calm.
BVS déjà vu: the storm before the calm. EuroIntervention. 2020 Oct 23;16(8):623-625 Authors: Kereiakes DJ PMID: 33095165 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - October 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research

Letter: A word of caution on haemodynamic structural valve deterioration of the latest-generation balloon-expandable transcatheter aortic valves.
Authors: Stolcova M, Di Mario C PMID: 33095166 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: EuroIntervention)
Source: EuroIntervention - October 25, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: EuroIntervention Source Type: research