February 2015

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Volume 27 Issue 2
We sought to compare nickel elution properties of contemporary interatrial shunt closure devices in vitro. There is substantial variability in nickel elution; the safety of low nickel elution devices in patients with nickel allergy needs to be evalua…
Mortality rates remain high in patients with cardiogenic shock or acute refractory circulatory failure. This study evaluates the procedural performance and safety of the automated Lifebridge extracorporeal life support system (Zoll Lifebridge GmbH).
Experience with bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVSs) outside clinical trials is scarce, and data from “real-world” use are needed. In particular, there are few data on scaffold thrombosis (ST); we report our experience with ST in our allcomer BVS…
We retrospectively examined 373 consecutive CTO-PCIs performed at our institution between 2005 and 2013 to determine the frequency and treatment of balloon-uncrossable CTOs. Balloon-uncrossable CTOs are encountered in 6.4% of contemporary CTO-PCIs an…
Incomplete stent strut coverage is a risk factor for late stent thrombosis. This study evaluates strut coverage after biolimus-A9 eluting stent (BES) implantation for unprotected left main artery (ULMA) stenosis during follow-up and identify features…