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Current State of the Art in Approaches to Saphenous Vein Graft Interventions

Saphenous vein grafts (SVGs) are commonly used during coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) for severe coronary artery disease. However, SVGs are prone to both degeneration and occlusion, leading to poor long-term patency compared with arterial grafts. Previous reports suggest rates of SVG failure in the first 12–18 months may be as high as 25 %.1–4 SVG neointimal hyperplasia and accelerated atherosclerosis diminish the long-term benefits of CABG, while subsequent SVG interventions are plagued by plaque embolisation and no-reflow phenomenon.

Fractional Flow Reserve Assessment of Coronary Artery Stenosis

Coronary artery disease (CAD) due to atherosclerosis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Early prevention of atherothrombotic disease with a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, optimal body weight and no smoking) is considered the best method of “treating” CAD, although increasing age remains associated with significant cardiovascular events.

Arterial & Venous Endovascular Conference (CVC) & Simple Education Partnership

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AXXESS™ Stent: Delivery Indications and Outcomes

A bifurcation lesion within the coronary arterial circulation is defined as a stenosis occurring at, or adjacent to, a significant division of a major epicardial coronary artery.1 Bifurcation lesions account for 1–20 % of all percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), and treatment remain technically challenging despite advances in PCI techniques and third-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) technology.

Clinical Impact of Stent Design

As the role of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has evolved, inevitably, so too has the technology associated with this specialty. Initially, plain old balloon angioplasty (POBA) was developed as a strategy to ‘stretch’ focal stenoses within the coronary arteries leading to a relief from ischaemia and angina. Whilst potentially of great benefit to some patients, POBA was beset by a series of Achilles’ heels.

The Role of Bioresorbable Scaffolds in Meeting the Challenges of Bifurcations

It is estimated that 15-20 % of all coronary interventional procedures involve side branches.1 Side branches are frequently related to periprocedural complications. Side branch occlusion or compromise appears to be the underlying cause of approximately 30 % of periprocedural myocardial infarctions.2 Periprocedural infarction in turn is an important predictor of midterm mortality3.