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    1. Optical coherence tomography in coronary atherosclerosis assessment and intervention

      Optical coherence tomography in coronary atherosclerosis assessment and intervention

      Since optical coherence tomography (OCT) was first performed in humans two decades ago, this imaging modality has been widely adopted in research on coronary atherosclerosis and adopted clinically for the optimization of percutaneous coronary intervention. In the past 10 years, substantial advances have been made in the understanding of in vivo vascular biology using OCT. Identification by OCT of culprit plaque pathology could potentially lead to a major shift in the management of patients with acute coronary syndromes. Detection by OCT of healed coronary plaque has been important in our understanding of the mechanisms involved in plaque destabilization and healing ...

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    2. Predictors of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy-Detected Lipid-Rich Plaques by Optical Coherence Tomography-Defined Morphological Features in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome

      Predictors of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy-Detected Lipid-Rich Plaques by Optical Coherence Tomography-Defined Morphological Features in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome

      Background: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) provides the localization of lipid-rich components in coronary plaques. However, morphological features in NIRS-detected lipid-rich plaques (LRP) are unclear. Methods: A total of 140 de novo culprit lesions in 140 patients with the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who underwent NIRS and optical coherence tomography (OCT) examinations for the culprit lesions at the time of percutaneous coronary interventions were investigated. We defined a NIRS-LRP as a lesion with a maximum lipid core burden index of 4 mm [LCBI 4mm ] > 500 in the culprit plaque. Clinical demographics, angiographic, and OCT findings were compared between the patients with NIRS-LRP ...

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    3. Layered Plaque Characteristics and Layer Burden in Acute Coronary Syndromes

      Layered Plaque Characteristics and Layer Burden in Acute Coronary Syndromes

      Recently, layered plaque, an optical coherence tomography equivalent of healed plaque, has been gaining attention. However, detailed layered plaque characteristics including the burden of plaque layer have not been investigated. Patients with acute coronary syndromes who underwent preintervention optical coherence tomography imaging of culprit lesion were included. Layer index, a product of the mean layer arc and layer length, was correlated with the pattern of layer and culprit pathology. In addition, layer index was compared between culprit and nonculprit plaques. Finally, predictors for greater layer index were identified using general linear modeling. In 349 patients, 99 culprit plaques had layered ...

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    4. Optical Coherence Tomography of Plaque Erosion: JACC Focus Seminar Part 2/3

      Optical Coherence Tomography of Plaque Erosion: JACC Focus Seminar Part 2/3

      Plaque erosion, a distinct histopathological and clinical entity, accounts for over 30% of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Optical coherence tomography allows in vivo diagnosis of plaque erosion. Local flow perturbation with activation of Toll-like receptor 2 and CD8 + T cells and subsequent desquamation of endothelium and neutrophil extracellular trap formation contribute to mechanisms of plaque erosion. Compared with ACS patients with plaque rupture, those with plaque erosion are younger, have fewer traditional cardiovascular risk factors, have lower plaque burden, and are more likely to present with non-ST-segment elevation ACS. Early evidence suggests that in patients with ACS caused by plaque ...

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    5. Coronary plaque and clinical characteristics of South Asian (Indian) patients with acute coronary syndromes: An optical coherence tomography study

      Coronary plaque and clinical characteristics of South Asian (Indian) patients with acute coronary syndromes: An optical coherence tomography study

      Background South Asians, and Indians in particular, are known to have a higher incidence of premature atherosclerosis and acute coronary syndromes (ACS) with worse clinical outcomes, compared to populations with different ethnic backgrounds. However, the underlying pathobiology accounting for these differences has not been fully elucidated. Methods ACS patients who had culprit lesion optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging were enrolled. Culprit plaque characteristics were evaluated using OCT. Results Among 1315 patients, 100 were South Asian, 1009 were East Asian, and 206 were White. South Asian patients were younger (South Asians vs. East Asians vs. Whites: 51.6 ± 13.4 vs ...

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    6. Clinical determinants of coronary artery disease burden and vulnerability using optical coherence tomography co-registered with intravascular ultrasound

      Clinical determinants of coronary artery disease burden and vulnerability using optical coherence tomography co-registered with intravascular ultrasound

      Objectives: We investigated clinical determinants of disease burden and vulnerability using optical coherence tomography (OCT) co-registered with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in a large cohort of patients. Methods: A total of 704 patients [44.5% with acute coronary syndromes (ACS)] underwent coronary intervention. IVUS plaque burden and OCT lipid, macrophage and calcium indices and the presence of thrombus, plaque rupture and thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) were analyzed. Results: Median patient age was 66 years with 81.8% men, 34.4% with diabetes mellitus and 15.5% with preadmission statins. Median lesion length was 25.7 mm, and 33.0% had a TCFA ...

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    7. Clinical outcomes of low-intensity area without attenuation and cholesterol crystals in non-culprit lesions assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Clinical outcomes of low-intensity area without attenuation and cholesterol crystals in non-culprit lesions assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Background and aims Pathologists have shown that intraplaque hemorrhage contributes to plaque destabilization and is frequently co-located with cholesterol crystals (CC). Optical coherence tomography (OCT)-detected low-intensity area without attenuation (LIA) may represent intraplaque hemorrhage. We aimed to examine the prevalence and impact of OCT-detected LIA + CC in untreated non-culprit lesions (NCLs) on subsequent major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Methods OCT imaged NCLs in the culprit vessel in the patients who underwent OCT-guided percutaneous coronary intervention were included. An NCL was a lesion with >90° of diseased arc (≥0.5 mm intimal thickness), length ≥2 mm, and >5 mm away ...

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    8. Effect of contrast medium versus low-molecular-weight dextran for intracoronary optical coherence tomography in renal insufficiency

      Effect of contrast medium versus low-molecular-weight dextran for intracoronary optical coherence tomography in renal insufficiency

      Low-molecular-weight dextran (LMWD) is considered a safe alternative to contrast media to displace blood during optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging, but concerns remain. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether using LMWD for OCT protects against kidney injury in patients with renal insufficiency compared with contrast media. We retrospectively identified 474 patients with renal insufficiency (estimated glomerular filtration rate < 60 ml/min/1.73 m 2 ) who underwent OCT during coronary angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention; 110 patients with LMWD plus contrast medium (LMWD group) and 364 patients with contrast medium exclusively (Contrast group). We evaluated differences between ...

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    9. Vascular Responses to First-Generation Sirolimus-Eluting Stents and Bare-Metal Stents Beyond 10 Years

      Vascular Responses to First-Generation Sirolimus-Eluting Stents and Bare-Metal Stents Beyond 10 Years

      Background: There are limited data regarding differences in vascular responses between first-generation sirolimus-eluting stents (1G-SES) and bare-metal stents (BMS) >10 years after implantation. Methods and Results: We retrospectively investigated 223 stents (105 1G-SES, 118 BMS) from 131 patients examined by optical coherence tomography (OCT) >10 years after implantation. OCT analysis included determining the presence or absence of a lipid-laden neointima, calcified neointima, macrophage accumulation, malapposition, and strut coverage. Neoatherosclerosis was defined as having lipid-laden neointima. OCT findings were compared between the 1G-SES and BMS groups, and the predictors of neoatherosclerosis were determined. The median stent age at the time of ...

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    10. Low-molecular-weight dextran for optical coherence tomography may not be protective against kidney injury in patients with renal insufficiency

      Low-molecular-weight dextran for optical coherence tomography may not be protective against kidney injury in patients with renal insufficiency

      Background: Low-molecular-weight dextran (LMWD) is considered a safe alternative to contrast media for blood displacement during optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Aim: To investigate whether the use of LMWD for OCT is protective against kidney injury in patients with advanced renal insufficiency. Methods: In this retrospective cohort study, we identified 421 patients with advanced renal insufficiency (estimated glomerular filtration rate < 45 mL/min/1.73 m 2 ) who underwent coronary angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention; 79 patients who used additional LMWD for OCT imaging (LMWD group) and 342 patients who used contrast medium exclusively (control group). We evaluated the differences ...

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    11. Clinical significance of neoatherosclerosis observed at very late phase between 3 and 7 years after coronary stent implantation

      Clinical significance of neoatherosclerosis observed at very late phase between 3 and 7 years after coronary stent implantation

      Background Clinical significance of neoatherosclerosis (NA) observed at very late phase remains undetermined. We sought to investigate the association between NA observed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) 3–7 years after stenting and subsequent clinical outcomes. Methods We investigated previously implanted stents without stent failure in the institutional OCT database at Tsuchiura Kyodo General Hospital. Qualitative and quantitative OCT analyses were performed. In patient-based analysis, major adverse cardiac events (MACE) included all-cause death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and clinically driven revascularization. MACE-free survival rate was compared between patients with any stent showing NA (NA group) and those without NA (non-NA group ...

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    12. Predictors for Rapid Progression of Coronary Calcification: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Predictors for Rapid Progression of Coronary Calcification: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Background The role of coronary calcification in cardiovascular events and plaque stabilization is still being debated, and factors involved in the progression of coronary calcification are not fully understood. This study aimed to identify the predictors for rapid progression of coronary calcification. Methods and Results Patients with serial optical coherence tomography imaging at baseline and at 6 months were selected. Changes in the calcification index and predictors for progression of calcification were studied. Calcification index was defined as the product of the mean calcification arc and calcification length. Rapid progression of calcification was defined as an increase in the calcification ...

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    13. Optical Coherence Tomography Predictors for a Favorable Vascular Response to Statin Therapy

      Optical Coherence Tomography Predictors for a Favorable Vascular Response to Statin Therapy

      Background Specific plaque phenotypes that predict a favorable response to statin therapy have not been systematically studied. This study aimed to identify optical coherence tomography predictors for a favorable vascular response to statin therapy. Methods and Results Patients who had serial optical coherence tomography imaging at baseline and at 6 months were included. Thin‐cap area (defined as an area with fibrous cap thickness <200 μm) was measured using a 3‐dimensional computer‐aided algorithm, and changes in the thin‐cap area at 6 months were calculated. A favorable vascular response was defined as the highest tertile in the degree ...

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    14. Predictors of Rapid Plaque Progression: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Predictors of Rapid Plaque Progression: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Objectives This study sought to identify morphological predictors of rapid plaque progression. Background Two patterns of plaque progression have been described: slow linear progression and rapid step-wise progression. The former pattern will cause stable angina when the narrowing reaches a critical threshold, whereas the latter pattern may lead to acute coronary syndromes or sudden cardiac death. Methods Patients who underwent optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging during the index procedure and follow-up angiography with a minimum interval of 6 months were selected. Nonculprit lesions with a diameter stenosis of ≥30% on index angiography were assessed. Lesion progression was defined as a ...

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    15. Spatial Distribution of Vulnerable Plaques: Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping

      Spatial Distribution of Vulnerable Plaques: Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping

      Objectives The authors performed a comprehensive analysis on the distribution of coronary plaques with different phenotypes from our 3-vessel optical coherence tomography (OCT) database. Background Previous pathology studies demonstrated that thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) is localized in specific segments of the epicardial coronary arteries. A detailed description of in vivo coronary plaques of various phenotypes has not been reported. Methods OCT images of all 3 coronary arteries in 131 patients were analyzed every 1 mm to assess plaque phenotype and features of vulnerability. In addition, plaques were divided into tertiles according to percent area stenosis (%AS). Results Among 534 plaques identified ...

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    16. Prognostic impact of healed coronary plaque in non-culprit lesions assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Prognostic impact of healed coronary plaque in non-culprit lesions assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Background and Aims We sought to investigate the characteristics and prognostic impact of healed plaque (HP) detected by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in non-culprit segments in treated vessels. Methods OCT analysis included HP having a different optical intensity with clear demarcation from underlying plaque, thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), and minimal lumen area. Non-culprit lesion (NCL) was defined as a plaque with >90º arc of disease (≥0.5mm intimal thickness), length ≥2 mm, and location >5 mm from the stent edges. Major adverse cardiac event (MACE) included cardiac death, myocardial infarction (MI), or ischemia-driven revascularization (IDR). Results We studied a total of ...

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    17. Circadian variations in pathogenesis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: an optical coherence tomography study

      Circadian variations in pathogenesis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: an optical coherence tomography study

      Previous studies have reported a circadian variation in the onset of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, underlying mechanisms for the circadian variation have not been fully elucidated. We investigated the relationship between onset of STEMI and the underlying pathology using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Patients with a diagnosis of STEMI were selected from a multicenter OCT registry. Patients were divided into 4 groups based on the estimated time of onset (00:00–05:59, 06:00–11:59, 12:00–17:59, or 18:00–23:59). Underlying pathologies of MI (plaque rupture, plaque erosion, and calcified plaque) were ...

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    18. Predictors for layered coronary plaques: an optical coherence tomography study

      Predictors for layered coronary plaques: an optical coherence tomography study

      Healed coronary plaques, morphologically characterized by a layered pattern, are signatures of previous plaque disruption and healing. Recent optical coherence tomography (OCT) studies showed that layered plaque is associated with vascular vulnerability. However, factors associated with layered plaques have not been studied. The aim of this study was to investigate predictors for layered plaque at the culprit plaques and at non-culprit plaques. Patients with coronary artery disease who underwent pre-intervention OCT imaging of the culprit lesion were included. Layered plaques were defined as plaques with one or more layers of different optical density and a clear demarcation from underlying components ...

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    19. COMPARISON OF POST STENT OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY FINDINGS AMONG THREE SUBTYPES OF CALCIFIED CULPRIT PLAQUES IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME

      COMPARISON OF POST STENT OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY FINDINGS AMONG THREE SUBTYPES OF CALCIFIED CULPRIT PLAQUES IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME

      Background Recently, three subtypes of calcified plaques at the culprit lesion were reported in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS): eruptive calcified nodule, superficial calcific sheet, and calcified protrusion. Methods A total of 157 patients with ACS and calcified plaque at the culprit lesion were selected from our database. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings at index procedure and after stent implantation were compared among the three subgroups. Results In the final analysis, 92 cases were included. Pre-procedural OCT showed eruptive calcified nodules in 20 (21.7%) cases, superficial calcific sheets in 66 (71.7%), and calcified protrusion in 6 (6 ...

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    20. Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping: A 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping: A 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Background Previous pathology studies demonstrated that thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) is localized in specific segments of the epicardial coronary arteries. A detailed description of in vivo coronary plaques of various phenotypes has not been reported. Objectives We performed a comprehensive analysis on the distribution of coronary plaques with different phenotypes from our 3-vessel optical coherence tomography (OCT) database. Methods OCT images of all 3 coronary arteries in 131 patients were analyzed every 1 mm to assess plaque phenotype and features of vulnerability. In addition, plaques were divided into tertiles according to percent area stenosis (%AS). Results Among 534 plaques identified in ...

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    21. Comparison of post‐stent optical coherence tomography findings among three subtypes of calcified culprit plaques in patients with acute coronary syndrome

      Comparison of post‐stent optical coherence tomography findings among three subtypes of calcified culprit plaques in patients with acute coronary syndrome

      Objectives To compare the postprocedural optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings and in‐hospital outcomes among the three subtypes of calcified plaques: eruptive calcified nodules, superficial calcific sheet, and calcified protrusion. Background Recently, three subtypes of calcified culprit plaques were reported in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). How these subtypes respond to stenting is unknown. Methods ACS patients with calcified plaque at the culprit lesion were selected from our database. OCT findings at baseline and after stent implantation were compared. Results In the final analysis, 87 cases were included. Preprocedural OCT showed eruptive calcified nodules in 19 (21.8%) cases ...

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    22. Plaque morphology assessed by optical coherence tomography in the culprit lesions of the first episode of acute myocardial infarction in patients with low low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level

      Plaque morphology assessed by optical coherence tomography in the culprit lesions of the first episode of acute myocardial infarction in patients with low low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level

      Background There remains a residual risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) even with low low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. This study aimed to characterize the culprit lesion morphology of AMI by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients with low LDL-C. Methods Four-hundred and nine culprit lesions of 409 patients with their first presentation of AMI imaged by OCT were investigated. OCT analysis included the presence of plaque rupture and thin-capped fibroatheroma (TCFA). Fibrous cap thickness and lipid length were also measured. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) was performed in 368 (90.0%) patients. OCT and IVUS findings were compared between patients with ...

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    23. Subclinical Calcified Nodules in Saphenous Vein Graft on High-Resolution Coronary Angioscopy

      Subclinical Calcified Nodules in Saphenous Vein Graft on High-Resolution Coronary Angioscopy

      Long-term patency of saphenous vein graft (SVG) remains challenging.1 A 75-year-old man on hemodialysis had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) 11 years earlier. At the current presentation he underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for SVG failure to the diagonal branch (Figure A). Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) showed convex calcifications at the severe proximal anastomotic stenosis (Figure B,C) and tandem stenotic sites (Figure D,E). In addition, coronary angioscopy (CAS) indicated punctate red thrombus on a protruding mass (Figure F). These findings were suggestive of calcified nodules (CN). A 3.5×48-mm stent was ...

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    24. Optical coherence tomography‐defined plaque vulnerability in relation to functional stenosis severity stratified by fractional flow reserve and quantitative flow ratio

      Optical coherence tomography‐defined plaque vulnerability in relation to functional stenosis severity stratified by fractional flow reserve and quantitative flow ratio

      Objectives We sought to investigate that the quantitative flow ratio (QFR) might be associated with optical coherence tomography (OCT)‐defined plaque vulnerability. Background Both functional stenosis severity and plaque instability are related to adverse clinical outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease. Recent studies have shown an association between physiological stenosis severity and the presence of thin‐cap fibroatheroma (TCFA). Measurement of QFR is a novel method for rapid computational estimation of fractional flow reserve (FFR). Methods We investigated 327 de novo intermediate‐to‐severe coronary lesions in 295 stable patients who underwent OCT, FFR, and QFR computation. The lesions ...

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