First international new intravascular rigid-flex endovascular stent study (FINESS): Clinical and angiographic results after elective and urgent stent implantation

Yaron Almagor, Steven Feld, Ferdinand Kiemeneij, Patrick W. Serruys, Marie Claude Morice, Antonio Colombo, Carlos Macaya, Jean L. Guermonprez, Jean Marco, Raimund Erbel, Ian M. Penn, Raoul Bonan, Martin B. Leon

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Objectives. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility, safety and efficacy of elective and urgent deployment of the new intravascular rigid-flex (NIR) stent in patients with coronary artery disease. Background. Stent implantation has been shown to be effective in the treatment of focal, new coronary stenoses and in restoring coronary flow after coronary dissection and abrupt vessel closure. However, currently available stents either lack flexibility, hindering navigation through tortuous arteries, or lack axial strength, resulting in suboptimal scaffolding of the vessel. The unique transforming multicellular design of the NIR stent appears to provide both longitudinal flexibility and radial strength. Methods. NIR stent implantation was attempted in 255 patients (341 lesions) enrolled prospectively in a multicenter international registry from December 1995 through March 1996. Nine-, 16- and 32-mm long NIR stents were manually crimped onto coronary balloons and deployed in native coronary (94%) and saphenous vein graft (6%) lesions. Seventy-four percent of patients underwent elective stenting for primary or restenotic lesions, 21% for a suboptimal angioplasty result and 5% for threatened or abrupt vessel closure. Fifty-two percent of patients presented with unstable angina, 48% had a previous myocardial infarction, and 45% had multivessel disease. Coronary lesions were frequently complex, occurring in relatively small arteries (mean [±SD] reference diameter 2.8 ± 0.6 mm). Patients were followed up for 6 months for the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events. Results. Stent deployment was accomplished in 98% of lesions. Mean minimal lumen diameter increased by 1.51 ± 0.51 mm (from 1.09 ± 0.43 mm before to 2.60 ± 0.50 mm after the procedure). Mean percent diameter stenosis decreased from 61 ± 13% before to 17 ± 7% after intervention. A successful interventional procedure with

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-854
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997

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