1. Unhealed Plaque Ruptures After Stenting in Acute Myocardial Infarction Assessed by Intracoronary Optical Coherence Tomography: Incidence, Predictors, and Clinical Implication

    Backgrounds: Non healing after stenting a ruptured thin capped fibroatheroma in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has been suggested to be a possible cause of late stent thrombosis. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides detailed information of ruptured plaques and stent strut coverage. We used OCT to assess the incidence, predictors, and implications of residual plaque rupture after stenting in AMI. Methods: The HORIZONS-AMI trial was a prospective, multicenter, dual arm factorial trial in which pts with AMI were randomized to different antithrombotic regimens and paclitaxel-eluting TAXUS stents vs. bare metal EXPRESS stents (3:1). Clinical follow-up was performed at 12 months ...
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