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      Angiographic Follow-Up of Coronary Artery Ectasia

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          Of 1,125 patients catheterized over a period of 8 years, 68 (6%) had coronary ectasia. Twenty-five of them were catheterized at least twice and constituted the study group. The time between the first and last catheterization ranged from 2 to 8 years (mean ± SD = 4.2 ± 1.6). Coronary ectasia was more frequent in males (88%). The frequency of involvement was: the right coronary (47%), the left circumflex (30%), the left anterior descending (21%) and the left main arteries (2%). Proximal segments were most frequently involved (48%). Diffuse involvement was found in 29%. Severity of ectasia progressed in 6 segments (14%) and 2 new ectatic segments appeared over the follow-up period. During that period, 2 patients had myocardial infarction, 1 of them due to a total occlusion of an ectatic segment. There were no deaths. In conclusion, coronary ectasia has a relatively benign course.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1995
          1995
          19 November 2008
          : 86
          : 5
          : 388-390
          Affiliations
          Department of Cardiology, Soroka Medical Center, and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
          Article
          176907 Cardiology 1995;86:388–390
          10.1159/000176907
          7585740
          7e945233-7375-47b4-b861-c632ba9f5af4
          © 1995 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          History
          : 20 October 1994
          : 22 December 1994
          Page count
          Pages: 3
          Categories
          Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology

          General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
          Follow-up,Ectasia,Progression,Coronary artery

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