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Adjunctive Devices for Patients With Acute Coronary Syndromes Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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Adjunctive Distal Balloon Embolic Protection Devices Versus PCI Alone in Patients With STEMI: Adverse Events

In RCTs, the use of distal balloon embolic protection devices versus a control did not significantly impact the risk of coronary perforation or side branch occlusion. One trial evaluated the impact of distal balloon embolic protection devices versus a control on coronary dissection although no events occurred in either group. Three trials evaluated the impact of distal balloon embolic protection devices versus control on procedure time although were not amenable to pooling. In two of the three trials, procedure time was significantly prolonged with the use of a distal balloon embolic protection device versus a control.