Editorial

Defer-based non-stenting: a promising approach for STEMI

EuroIntervention 2022;18:446-447. DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-E-22-00023

Haibo Jia
Haibo Jia1,2, MD, PhD; Luping He1,2, MD
1. Department of Cardiology, The 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China; 2. The Key Laboratory of Myocardial Ischemia, Chinese Ministry of Education, Harbin, China
Early restoration of antegrade blood flow is key for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stent implantation is routinely recommended in current guidelines for STEMI1. However, for those with stable blood flow and non-obstructive residual lesions, the non-stenting approach might be an option. Consequently, acute and chronic stent-related complications (distal embolisation, stent thrombosis, and restenosis) could be avoided, especially in younger STEMI patients with longer life expectancy. With a better understanding of the pathophysiology of STEMI, new concepts are emerging for a tailored management of STEMI, such as deferred PCI. The contradictory results ...

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