No benefit to thrombus aspiration in STEMI

Thrombus aspiration in acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is clinically appealing and often used prior to PCI. However, the majority of trials evaluating thrombus aspiration have failed to demonstrate significant mortality benefit. The Thrombus Aspiration in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction in Scandinavia (TASTE) trial is a multi-center study that randomized a total of 7244 presenting […]

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Thrombus aspiration in STEMI fails to demonstrate benefit

Thrombus aspiration during primary PCI for patients presenting with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is an intuitively attractive manoeuvre to aid rapid reperfusion, reduce distal embolization and improve microvascular perfusion.¬† Despite limited trial evidence of clinical benefit, the procedure has quickly taken hold in many PCI centres with European and US guidelines agreeing on a […]

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