1. Intravascular Ultrasound and Optical Coherence Tomography in the Procedural Planning and Execution of Left Main Coronary Artery Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

    Intravascular Ultrasound and Optical Coherence Tomography in the Procedural Planning and Execution of Left Main Coronary Artery Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

    Purpose of Review Left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD) is a frequently encountered, high-risk presentation of atherosclerosis, traditionally managed with surgical bypass grafting. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for LMCAD is an increasingly attractive option for patients with low to intermediate complexity disease or patients at extremely high or prohibitive surgical risk. The goal of this review is to outline the current indications and guideline recommendations regarding PCI for LMCAD and the role of intracoronary imaging in optimizing these cases. Recent Findings Several recent randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the non-inferiority of PCI in LMCAD compared with CABG. Further, the use ...

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