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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 0,752
Online ISSN 1827-1618
Melikian N., Airoldi F., Di Mario C.
Percutaneous treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions remained challenging in the stent era, with restenosis rates greater than 30% and no advantage from the routine use of kissing stents. Drug eluting stents (DES) have dramatically reduced the restenosis rates (RR) in the main vessel, but with conventional T-stenting double digits figures are still reported for the side-branch because of poor ostial coverage. The techniques of kissing stenting able to provide full lesion coverage (Culotte, V-stenting, Crush) have the potential to improve these results but the development of dedicated DES is probably needed to obtain consistently high procedural and long-term success.