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Open Access Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold in the Midportion of the Left Anterior Descending Artery for Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in a Cardiac Transplant Patient

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In an era when cardiac transplant patients are surviving more immediate issues of rejection and infection, the prevalence of more chronic issues such as cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is rising. This case describes a man 20 years after cardiac transplant with his first presentation of CAV. Acute myocardial infarction was diagnosed on the basis of symptoms and biochemical markers and on coronary angiography, and he was found to have a critical stenosis of the midportion of the left anterior descending artery. It was elected to treat this percutaneously with a fully bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) because of the diffuse nature of the disease process. This was successfully performed with optical coherence tomography guidance. The use of BVS in CAV has not been well studied. This is one of few case reports describing the use of BVS in CAV.
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Keywords: Coronary artery disease

Document Type: Case Report

Publication date: July 1, 2018

This article was made available online on November 9, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold in the Midportion of the Left Anterior Descending Artery for Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in a Cardiac Transplant Patient".

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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