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EuroIntervention 2021;16:1381-1383. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I17A251

1. Invasive Cardiology Unit, Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, IRCCS, Rozzano, Milan, Italy; 2. Department of Biomedical Sciences, Humanitas University, Pieve Emanuele, Milan, Italy

Drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation is the dominant revascularisation strategy for the treatment of ischaemic heart disease. Technological improvements led to a progressive reduction of the strut thickness, moving from 130 to 140 μm of the first-generation DES to the contemporary 50 and 60 μm of the latest generations1. The importance of strut thickness was first demonstrated in ISAR-STEREO 1 and 2 (Intracoronary Stenting and Angiographic Results Strut Thickness Effect on Restenosis Outcome), showing that the use of a thinner-strut bare metal stent (BMS) was associated with significant reduction of angiographic and clinical restenosis comparing stents with both the same or with a different ...

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