1. Optical Coherence Tomography in the Era of Drug-Eluting Stents: An Indispensable Workhorse

    Optical Coherence Tomography in the Era of Drug-Eluting Stents: An Indispensable Workhorse

    Undoubtedly, the breakthrough introduction of drug-eluting stents (DES) has nearly abolished the need for reintervention, accounting for nearly 10-15% need for target vessel revascularization (TVR) at longterm follow-up [1,2]. Indeed, the enthusiasm associated with the early results of first-generation DES let us believe that the long-standing concern inherent to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has probably come to a pleasant end. After years ‘in duty’, however, worrisome reports have raised concerns about disturbingly high rates of late and very late (after one year) stent thrombosis associated with DES, that frequently culminates into myocardial infarction or, even more gravely, death [3 ...

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