Aug 18, 2021 | TCTMD
Global CTO Crossing Algorithm Seeks to Standardize Procedure

More than 100 operators from 50 countries have teamed up to develop a unique algorithm for crossing chronic total occlusion (CTO) lesions, with the aim of standardizing techniques and helping operators learn how to manage these difficult-to-treat lesions.

Jul 5, 2021 | TCTMD
CTO PCI Ups Survival Amid High Levels of Ischemia in Single-Center Series

Another observational study hints that patient selection and perfect technique can yield hard benefits, but RCT proof still lags.

Jun 22, 2021 | TCTMD
Crushed Prasugrel in the Ambulance Ups Platelet Inhibition in Primary PCI

Crushing prasugrel tablets before administering them to STEMI patients in the ambulance leads to more prompt and potent platelet inhibition compared with leaving them whole, according to an analysis of the COMPARE CRUSH study. However, even with faster platelet inhibition, about one in three of the study patients still reported subtherapeutic levels at the end […]

May 21, 2021 | TCTMD
Transradial PCI Bests Femoral Access in Complex Cases: COLOR

Treating chronic total occlusions (CTOs), complex bifurcations, heavily calcified lesions, and left main coronary artery disease with large-bore catheters via the radial artery is associated with significantly less access-site bleeding and fewer vascular complications when compared with femoral access, according to the results of the COLOR study.

May 15, 2021 | TCTMD
Emergent CABG in Acute MI: Survival Better Despite Increasingly Risky Patients

CABG for these cases is waning, especially in STEMI, US data show. But the good results speak to high-quality care.

May 3, 2021 | TCTMD
Compression Times Cut With Adjunctive Hemostatic Patch After Transradial Procedures

A topical hemostatic patch placed beneath a standard air-bladder bracelet significantly cuts down on the time to hemostasis after transradial procedures without increasing the risk of radial artery occlusion or hematomas, according to a study presented last week.

Apr 26, 2021 | TCTMD
Critical Limb Ischemia During COVID: Lessons for Care and Clinical Trials

Amputations rose in New York, the UK expanded “hot clinics,” and the FDA worked to understand the impact on trialists.

Apr 22, 2021 | TCTMD
MR CLEAN-NO IV: No Advantage to Skipping tPA Before Stroke Thrombectomy

There may be scenarios where foregoing IV thrombolytics make sense, but most centers can stick with the guidelines, experts say.

Apr 21, 2021 | TCTMD
Virtual Training Booms as COVID-19 Limits In-Person Proctoring, Observation

Offering opportunities for widespread, iterative learning and increased efficiency, remote learning is here to stay, experts say.

Apr 16, 2021 | TCTMD
Ticagrelor’s Dominance Over Clopidogrel Again Questioned

With another observational study in ACS challenging the more potent P2Y12 inhibitor, one researcher predicts a practice shift.

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