May 2005

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Volume 17 Issue 5
The process of platelet adhesion, activation and aggregation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of coronary thrombosis after atherosclerotic plaque rupture, and pharmacological inhibition of platelet function forms the cornerstone of treatment…
Greg Braden: Let’s discuss the issue of MI patients who live in communities where there is quick access to catheterization laboratories, versus those in remote communities who don’t have easy access to cath labs. We live in a modestly rural area wher…
Unfractionated heparin is the primary anticoagulant administered prior to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to prevent the generation of thrombin at the site of balloon-induced arterial injury and to reduce the thrombogenicity of the various t…
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is increasingly used in patients with high-risk baseline characteristics.1–4 A prior stroke may identify patients who are at higher risk for post-PCI complications. However, no comparative data exist on post-P…