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Standardisation of techniques for bifurcation stenting optimisation: the journey continues

EuroIntervention 2021;17:701-702. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV17I9A122

1. Department of Cardiology, University Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia; 2. Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Initial recognition of the inherent risk of side branch (SB) loss when treating coronary bifurcations led the pioneers of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to propose kissing balloon angioplasty as a potential remedy, aiming at simultaneous treatment of both bifurcation branches1. As the evolution of PCI progressed, an increased awareness of the fractal nature of coronary bifurcations gave rise to the concept of bifurcation stenting optimisation, adapting the fixed-diameter metallic scaffold to different diameters of bifurcating coronary arteries. In 2008, the proximal optimisation technique (POT) was introduced to practising clinicians at the annual European Bifurcation Club (EBC) consensus meeting to optimise the ...

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