1. Serial Assessment by Optical Coherence Tomography of Early and Late Vascular Responses After Implantation of an Absorbable-Coating Sirolimus-Eluting Stent (from the First-in-Human DESSOLVE I Trial)

    Serial Assessment by Optical Coherence Tomography of Early and Late Vascular Responses After Implantation of an Absorbable-Coating Sirolimus-Eluting Stent (from the First-in-Human DESSOLVE I Trial)

    The initial enthusiasm caused by the potent antirestenotic effect of early generation drug-eluting stents was recently plagued by concerns regarding their safety profile. Investigators worldwide were stimulated, therefore, to seek for improvement in drug-eluting stent technology, such as eliminating their permanent polymer blamed for vascular inflammation and delayed healing. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) assessments of stent-vessel interactions are used as a surrogate for vessel healing after DES implantation. Herewith, we report serial OCT assessments of vascular reactions to the implantation of a novel absorbable polymer sirolimus-eluting stent (MiStent). In total, 30 patients were included. At 4-, 6-, and 8-month follow-up ...

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