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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
Gaglia M. A. Jr., Pichard A. D., Waksman R.
Department of Cardiology, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA
Percutaneous coronary intervention of degenerated saphenous vein grafts remains relatively high risk when compared to native vessel interventions, despite advances in pharmacotherapy and embolic protection. This article discusses the phenomenon of distal embolization that seems to plague saphenous vein graft interventions, reviews device-based strategies for embolic protection, and offers a perspective on the utility of percutaneous saphenous vein graft intervention in both elective and acute settings.