1. 5-Year clinical follow-up of the COBRA (complex coronary bifurcation lesions: Randomized comparison of a strategy using a dedicated self-expanding biolimus A9-eluting stent vs. a culotte strategy using everolimus-eluting stents) study

    5-Year clinical follow-up of the COBRA (complex coronary bifurcation lesions: Randomized comparison of a strategy using a dedicated self-expanding biolimus A9-eluting stent vs. a culotte strategy using everolimus-eluting stents) study

    Objectives We evaluated healing responses with optical coherence tomography, and long-term clinical outcomes after treatment with a dedicated stent versus a conventional culotte technique. Background Dedicated bifurcation stents have been proposed as an alternative treatment for coronary bifurcation lesions. The long-term performance of dedicated stents versus conventional dual-stent techniques for the treatment of complex coronary bifurcation lesions is unknown. Methods Forty patients with true coronary bifurcation lesions were randomized to treatment with a dedicated Axxess bifurcation stent in the proximal main vessel and additional Biomatrix stents in branches versus culotte stenting using Xience stents. Results The percentage of uncovered struts ...

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