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  • ESC Optical Coherence Tomography: Modest Benefit in PCI The imaging technology was not associated with adverse effects, despite increasing PCI procedural time and contrast-media exposure in the DOCTORS study.
  • ESC NACIAM: N-Acetylcysteine Reduces Infarct Size The addition of intravenous N-acetylcysteine to GTN reduced infarct size by approximately one third and doubled myocardial salvage in STEMI patients in this phase 2 study.
  • ESC PRAGUE-16: Direct Thrombectomy Safe, Effective in Stroke Patients "Our question to solve was whether [catheter-based thrombectomy] can be done in the cardiology department if no neurologist is available…without thrombolytics," said the lead researcher of this pilot study.
  • ESC Extract, Don't Abandon ICD Leads, for Better Infection Care Patients with previously abandoned leads were more than three times less likely to have their infected cardiac device successfully removed than those without abandoned leads, the authors report.

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