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Jpn Heart J. 2003 May;44(3):335-45.

Rescue coronary stenting with heparin-coated Jostents for failed thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction.

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University of Istanbul, Institute of Cardiology, Istanbul, Turkey.


The aim of the present study was to assess the procedural safety and in-hospital and long-term effectiveness of heparin-coated Jostents after failed thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction. We prospectively analyzed the acute and long-term clinical and angiographic outcomes of 35 consecutive patients treated with heparin-coated Jostents for thrombolytic failure. Rescue coronary stenting was successful in 34 of 35 patients (97%). Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction flow grade 3 was obtained in 31 patients (88.5%). The only patient with procedural failure died from cardiogenic shock a day after the procedure. One patient (2.8%) underwent an emergency coronary bypass operation because of angiographic evidence of stent thrombosis with re-infarction. During in-hospital follow-up, 2 patients (5.7%) underwent an elective coronary bypass operation after successful stent implantation of the infarct-related artery because of existing severe multivessel coronary artery disease. Minor bleeding complications at the vascular access site occurred in 3 (8.6%) patients. No cerebrovascular or any other major bleeding complication occurred. One patient (2.1%) underwent repeat coronary angioplasty for restenosis and an elective coronary artery bypass operation was performed in one patient (2.8%) during the 294 +/- 150 days follow-up. The rate of target vessel revascularization was 14.3% and the event-free survival rate was 80%. Twenty-six patients (90%) had angiographic follow-up at six months, and stent restenosis was found in 5 (19.2%). This study demonstrates that heparin-coated Jostents are sale, with low in-hospital and long-term mortality rates for the treatment of failed thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction. The angiographic restenosis and target vessel revascularization rates of this registry are also acceptable.

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