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Complex PCI: time for a universal definition

EuroIntervention 2020;16:536-537. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I7A100

1. Amsterdam UMC, Heart Center, Department of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology, Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has undergone rapid evolution over the last 40 years and is currently a safe and effective therapeutic option for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) worldwide. Initially, PCI was performed in relatively young and stable patients receiving a single intracoronary stent; however, due to the introduction of drug-eluting stents (DES), along with improvements in implantation techniques and adjunct pharmacological therapy, patients with more comorbidities and/or lesions that are more complex are now treated with PCI. However, certain patients and lesion subsets present unique challenges to the interventional cardiologist and are still associated with technical difficulties, ...

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