1. Serial randomized comparison of strut coverage between everolimus- vs. 1-generation sirolimus-eluting stents

    Serial randomized comparison of strut coverage between everolimus- vs. 1-generation sirolimus-eluting stents

    Background There has not been sufficient data to evaluate the serial vascular healing pattern after everolimus-eluting stent (EES) implantation. Using optical coherence tomography (OCT), serial changes in strut coverage were compared between EES and 1 st -generation sirolimus-eluting stents (SES). Methods Sixty patients were randomly assigned to receive either EES (n=30) or 1 st -generation SES (n=30) for coronary artery disease. Serial OCT evaluation at post-procedure, and 3- and 12-month follow-ups were performed in 50 patients with 54 stents (25 patients with 28 EES vs. 25 patients with 26 SES). The percentage of uncovered struts was defined as ...

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