1. Bifurcated Lesions and Optical Coherence Tomography

    Bifurcated Lesions and Optical Coherence Tomography

    Coronary artery bifurcation lesions constitute a complex subgroup that are encountered in 15–20 % of all percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). 1–5 Compared with simple lesions, bifurcations have been associated with lower procedural success rates, higher adverse event rates, longer procedures, and worse angiographic and clinical outcomes. 1,3,5–12 The less favourable outcomes associated with bifurcation treatment compared with non-bifurcation lesions may in part result from the inability of current devices and techniques to adequately scaffold and preserve the side branch (SB) ostium, which is a common location of restenosis. 1,3,5–13

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