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Primary Angioplasty: Mechanical Interventions for Acute Myocardial Infarction

2nd Edition, July 27, 2009

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ISBN: 978-0-203-09301-6
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  • Revision: 2nd Edition, July 27, 2009
  • Published Date: July 27, 2009
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 260
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The advances in the percutaneous mechanical treatment of acute myocardial infarction since the publication of the first edition of Primary Angioplasty have required an extensive revision of all chapters.

During this period several randomized trials provided a definite answer about the role of new devices and drugs for the treatment of myocardial infarction. This new edition analyzes critically the results of studies on antiembolic and thrombectomy devices, including negative studies such as the EMERALD and the AIMI trials, and studies on drug-eluting stents and new adjunctive antithrombotic treatments, such as the HORIZONS trial. Moreover, a new chapter on the impact of bleeding on outcome has been added, while the revised chapter on imaging modalities provides an updated definition of the role of echographic, scintigraphic, and MRI studies for the assessment of the efficacy of reperfusion and of complex processes such as ventricular remodeling.

To minimize fragmentations and inconsistencies and to avoid the impersonal tone of many multiauthored texts, I chose to confirm the enlistment of the same authors of the first edition and to include new authors from the same investigator group of the Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy.

The text maintains the same structure that includes four sections: the clinical perspective, the technical perspective, the vessel perspective, and the efficacy perspective. In the new edition, we have included more than 40 exemplary cases captured in the accompanying DVD. Many of these cases contain specific features that were approached using strategies made on individual basis without the help of the indications provided by randomized trials that usually excluded very elderly patients and patients with very complex coronary anatomy from randomization.

All sections are structured as independent components and provide an updated patient- and lesion-specific approach, including "tips and tricks" learned by personal experience in thousands of patients with acute myocardial infarction.

I hope that this new edition will confirm the approval of the first edition, and will prove useful to those involved in primary percutaneous coronary interventions and aid in the care of patients with acute myocardial infarction. To the extent that it achieves this goal, credit must be given to the persons involved in its preparation.

My appreciation goes to the authors who contributed to this text and the editorial and production staff at Informa Healthcare for all their help in making this edition a reality.