1. Serial assessment of vessel interactions after drug-eluting stent implantation in unprotected distal left main coronary artery disease using frequency-domain optical coherence tomography

    Serial assessment of vessel interactions after drug-eluting stent implantation in unprotected distal left main coronary artery disease using frequency-domain optical coherence tomography

    Objectives This study sought to assess stent-vessel interactions after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in unprotected left main coronary artery (ULM) by frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT). Background Percutaneous coronary intervention using DES in ULM has been increasingly performed in routine practice. Recently, FD-OCT assessments of DES-vessel interactions have been used as surrogates for DES safety; however, there are no FD-OCT studies in ULM. Methods We prospectively enrolled 33 consecutive patients with ULM disease treated with sirolimus- (n = 11) and everolimus-eluting stents (n = 22). FD-OCT assessments were performed post-percutaneous coronary intervention and at 9-month follow-up. Three different segments of ULM were ...

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