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    1. Healed Culprit Plaques in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome

      Healed Culprit Plaques in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome

      ackground Healed plaques, morphologically characterized by a layered phenotype, are frequently found in subjects with sudden cardiac death. However, in vivo data are lacking. Objectives The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence, morphological characteristics, and clinical significance of healed culprit plaques in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods A total of 376 ACS patients (252 ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction [MI] and 124 non–ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome) who had undergone pre-intervention OCT imaging of the culprit lesion were enrolled. Patients were stratified according to the presence of layered phenotype, defined ...

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    2. Dual quantitative coronary angiography accurately quantifies intracoronary thrombotic burden in patients with acute coronary syndrome: Comparison with optical coherence tomography imaging

      Dual quantitative coronary angiography accurately quantifies intracoronary thrombotic burden in patients with acute coronary syndrome: Comparison with optical coherence tomography imaging

      Background Dual quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) has been recently tested for assessment of intracoronary thrombus volume in experimental models. The present study aimed to validate dual QCA in vivo for the assessment of thrombus burden by exploring the correlations between dual QCA-thrombus volume and optical coherence tomography (OCT)-derived indices of thrombotic burden. Methods and results Fifty-one patients with ACS and angiographic evidence of thrombus undergoing OCT of the culprit lesion before stenting were included. Dual QCA-thrombus volume was calculated as difference between edge-detection and video-densitometry area functions along the target segment. Culprit lesion was categorized using the Ambrose's ...

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    3. Coronary Atherosclerotic Phenotype and Plaque Healing in Patients With Recurrent Acute Coronary Syndromes Compared With Patients With Long-term Clinical Stability An In Vivo Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Coronary Atherosclerotic Phenotype and Plaque Healing in Patients With Recurrent Acute Coronary Syndromes Compared With Patients With Long-term Clinical Stability An In Vivo Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Importance At one end of the coronary artery disease (CAD) spectrum, there are patients with multiple recurrent acute coronary syndromes (rACS), and at the other end there are those with long-standing clinical stability. Predicting the natural history of these patients is challenging because unstable plaques often heal without resulting in ACS. Objective To assess in vivo the coronary atherosclerotic phenotype as well as the prevalence and characteristics of healed coronary plaques by optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging in patients at the extremes of the CAD spectrum. Design, Setting, and Participants This is an observational, single-center cohort study with prospective clinical ...

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    4. Stent malapposition, strut coverage and atherothrombotic prolapse after percutaneous coronary interventions in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

      Stent malapposition, strut coverage and atherothrombotic prolapse after percutaneous coronary interventions in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

      Aims Stent implantation in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients can be challenging and sometimes associated with immediate and long-term suboptimal results. Stent malapposition and strut uncoverage, predictors of stent thrombosis, are frequently detected in STEMI patients at medium/long-term follow-up. Nevertheless, data at a short follow-up are missing. We aimed to assess the extent of stent malapposition and struts coverage in the subacute phase of STEMI after stent implantation in primary or rescue percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods STEMI patients undergone primary or rescue PCI and scheduled for a second coronary angiography after 2–7 days were enrolled. During ...

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    5. Alterations of Hyaluronan Metabolism in Acute Coronary Syndrome: Implications for Plaque Erosion

      Alterations of Hyaluronan Metabolism in Acute Coronary Syndrome: Implications for Plaque Erosion

      Background Superficial erosion currently causes at least one-third of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and its incidence is increasing. Yet, the underlying mechanisms in humans are still largely unknown. Objectives The authors sought to assess the role of hyaluronan (HA) metabolism in ACS. Methods Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were collected from ACS (n = 66), stable angina (SA) (n = 55), and control (CTRL) patients (n = 45). The authors evaluated: 1) gene expression of hyaluronidase 2 (HYAL2) (enzyme degrading high-molecular-weight HA to its proinflammatory 20-kDa isoform) and of CD44v1, CD44v4, and CD44v6 splicing variants of HA receptor; and 2) HYAL2 and CD44 protein ...

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      Mentions: Rocco Vergallo
    6. Correlation between frequency-domain optical coherence tomography and fractional flow reserve in angiographically-intermediate coronary lesions

      Correlation between frequency-domain optical coherence tomography and fractional flow reserve in angiographically-intermediate coronary lesions

      Background The decision-making process of patients with angiographically-intermediate coronary lesions (ICL) is clinically challenging and may benefit from adjunctive invasive techniques. Fractional-flow-reserve (FFR) represents the gold standard to evaluate ICL but frequency-domain optical-coherence-tomography (OCT) is a novel, promising, high resolution coronary imaging technique, which allows physiopathologic assessment of coronary plaque. We investigated the possible relation between OCT and FFR in selected ICL patients. Methods Stable or unstable patients with ICL who underwent both FFR and OCT assessment at two large tertiary centers were retrospectively enrolled. FFR was performed according to standard methodology. OCT images were (on blind to clinical and ...

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    7. Data on optical coherence tomography guidance for the management of angiographically intermediate left main bifurcation lesions

      Data on optical coherence tomography guidance for the management of angiographically intermediate left main bifurcation lesions

      The data presented in this article are related to the research article entitled “Optical coherence tomography guidance for the management of angiographically intermediate left main bifurcation lesions: early clinical experience” [1] . In this article we reports details about our clinical experience with frequency domain-optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) guidance for the management of patients with left main (LM) bifurcation lesions of intermediate angiographic severity. LM patients were assessed by FD-OCT and, on the bases of the findings, managed by myocardial revascularization or conservative treatment (revascularization deferral). The observed outcomes support the feasibility of FD-OCT guidance for LM bifurcated lesions and call ...

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    8. Optical coherence tomography guidance for the management of angiographically intermediate left main bifurcation lesions: Early clinical experience

      Optical coherence tomography guidance for the management of angiographically intermediate left main bifurcation lesions: Early clinical experience

      Background Left main (LM) atherosclerotic lesions affect clinical outcomes. Frequency domain-optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) allows detailed characterization of non-ostial coronary atherosclerotic lesions. The clinical impact of FD-OCT assessment of LM bifurcation disease on the revascularization decision is unknown. Methods Patients who underwent FD-OCT assessment to guide management of angiographically intermediate distal LM stenosis were retrospectively selected. The FD-OCT LM criteria for percutaneous or surgical revascularization were: - LM area stenosis (AS) ≥75% - LM AS >50% < 75% with minimum lumen area < 4 mm 2 or plaque ulceration critical FD-OCT ostial stenosis on the left anterior descending or circumflex arteries. Clinical follow-up was ...

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    9. The role of residual intrastent thrombus during primary angioplasty: insights from the COCTAIL II study

      The role of residual intrastent thrombus during primary angioplasty: insights from the COCTAIL II study

      Aims: Recent frequency-domain optical coherence tomography studies showed that a complete removal of thrombotic materials is rarely achieved after percutaneous coronary interventions for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Residual intrastent thrombus can embolize distally leading to microcirculatory injury. The aim was to find a possible correlation between residual intrastent thrombus and angiographic indexes of myocardial reperfusion. Methods: The population consisted of 128 ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients enrolled in the COCTAIL II trial. Intrastent thrombus at optical coherence tomography was defined as the maximum percentage value of thrombus area (thrombus area/stent area × 100 in the cross-section with largest ...

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      Mentions: Francesco Prati
    10. Not all plaque ruptures are born equal: an optical coherence tomography study

      Not all plaque ruptures are born equal: an optical coherence tomography study

      Aims Plaque rupture (PR) represents the most common substrate of coronary thrombosis, in at least 50% of cases. Chronic low grade inflammation is a common background for atherosclerosis development; however, increased plaque inflammation may predispose by itself to PR. In the last decade, studies performed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) have allowed to establish the severity of plaque inflammation by assessing macrophage infiltration (MØI). Our retrospective study aimed at assessing the role of plaque inflammation in PR among patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) using OCT. Methods and results We enrolled 56 patients with ACS exhibiting PR at the ...

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      Mentions: Rocco Vergallo
    11. The influence of coronary plaque morphology assessed by optical coherence tomography on final microvascular function after stenting in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction

      The influence of coronary plaque morphology assessed by optical coherence tomography on final microvascular function after stenting in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction

      Objectives: The index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) provides a reproducible assessment of the status of coronary microvasculature in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) enables detailed assessment of the morphology of coronary plaque. We sought to determine the influence of the initial culprit coronary plaque anatomy within the infarct-related artery on IMR after stenting in STEMI. Patients and methods: In 25 STEMI patients IMR was measured immediately before and after stent implantation. FD-OCT imaging was performed at the same time points and atherothrombotic volume (ATV) before stenting, prolapsed+floating ATV after stenting and [DELTA]ATV ...

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    12. Absorb vs. DESolve: an optical coherence tomography comparison of acute mechanical performances

      Absorb vs. DESolve: an optical coherence tomography comparison of acute mechanical performances

      Aims: The aim of the study was to compare retrospectively the acute mechanical performance of the Absorb vs. DESolve scaffolds in terms of appropriate deployment with OCT. Methods and results: Final post-deployment OCT pullbacks of consecutive patients treated with either Absorb or DESolve were reviewed. The following parameters were calculated and compared: mean and minimal lumen area (MLA), residual in-scaffold area stenosis (RAS), incomplete strut apposition (ISA), tissue prolapse area, eccentricity index, asymmetry index, strut fracture and edge dissection. A total of 72 patients were included. The Absorb group consisted of 35 patients treated with 63 Absorb scaffolds and was ...

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    13. Angiographically intermediate left main bifurcation disease assessment by frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT)

      Angiographically intermediate left main bifurcation disease assessment by frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT)

      High-risk atherosclerotic plaques as thin cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) are frequently located in coronary regions with low shear stress [1,2], as coronary bifurcation and in particular left main (LM) bifurcation [3]. Previous invasive imaging studies on LM plaque characterization by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) reported that LM carina is usually spared and that the disease is generally extended from LM into the distal branches [4]. Frequency domain-optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) is a high resolution imaging modality that allows high-quality visualization of inner vessel wall structure and accurate measurement of vascular microstructures such as the fibrous cap [5].

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    14. Impact of drug-eluting balloon (pre- or post-) dilation on neointima formation in de novo lesions treated by bare-metal stent: the IN-PACT CORO trial

      Impact of drug-eluting balloon (pre- or post-) dilation on neointima formation in de novo lesions treated by bare-metal stent: the IN-PACT CORO trial

      The efficacy of DEB in modifying the high restenosis risk associated with BMS implantation is doubtful. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) may allow precise assessment of neointimal formation after stent implantation. We performed a single-center, prospective, 1:2 randomized trial comparing BMS implantation alone (BMS group) vs. additional DEB (DEB group). DEB patients were further randomized 1:1 to DEB before stenting (pre-DEB group), or after stenting (post-DEB group). Primary endpoint was OCT-assessed neointimal hyperplasia (expressed both as mean in-stent neointimal area and as percentage obstruction of the mean stent area) at 6 months. Secondary endpoints were the percentage of uncovered ...

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      Mentions: Francesco Prati
    15. Plaque rupture and intact fibrous cap assessed by optical coherence tomography portend different outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome

      Plaque rupture and intact fibrous cap assessed by optical coherence tomography portend different outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome

      Aims Patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) may have different plaque morphologies at the culprit lesion. In particular, plaque rupture (PR) has been shown as the more frequent culprit plaque morphology in ACS. However, its prognostic value is still unknown. In this study, we evaluated the prognostic value of PR, compared with intact fibrous cap (IFC), in patients with ACS. Methods and results We enrolled consecutive patients admitted to our Coronary Care Unit for ACS and undergoing coronary angiography followed by interpretable optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Culprit lesion was classified as PR and IFC by OCT criteria. Prognosis ...

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      Mentions: Francesco Prati
    16. Frequency domain optical coherence tomography to assess non-ostial left main coronary artery

      Frequency domain optical coherence tomography to assess non-ostial left main coronary artery

      Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of unprotected non-ostial left main (LM) imaging by frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT). Methods and results: We conducted a retrospective analysis of OCT studies performed to image lesions located in the non-ostial LM. OCT studies were analysed to detect the number of artefact frames in the different LM/bifurcation segments. OCT cross-sectional images were used to assess area measures. OCT longitudinal reconstructions were used to obtain the LM length. Standard quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) was used as the reference methodology. A total of 54 patients with non-ostial LM ...

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      Mentions: St. Jude Medical
    17. Optical Coherence Tomography Assessment and Quantification of Intracoronary Thrombus: Status and Perspectives

      Optical Coherence Tomography Assessment and Quantification of Intracoronary Thrombus: Status and Perspectives

      Coronary angiography is the “golden standard” imaging technique in interventional cardiology and it is still widely used to guide interventions. A major drawback of this technique, however, is that it is inaccurate in the evaluation and quantification of intracoronary thrombus burden, a critical prognosticator and predictor of intraprocedural complications in acute coronary syndromes. The introduction of optical coherence tomography (OCT) holds the promise of overcoming this important limitation, as near-infrared light is uniquely sensitive to hemoglobin, the pigment of red blood cells trapped in the thrombus. This narrative review will focus on the use of OCT for the assessment, evaluation ...

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      Mentions: Francesco Prati
    18. Dual role of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in stent struts endothelialisation and neointimal regrowth: a substudy of the IN-PACT Coro trial

      Dual role of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in stent struts endothelialisation and neointimal regrowth: a substudy of the IN-PACT Coro trial

      Background Endothelialisation is a crucial event after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) are bone marrow derived elements with reparative properties. We aimed to assess the relationship between circulating EPC levels and stent neointimal hyperplasia (NIH) using frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT). Methods Patients undergoing elective PCI to native vessels and randomized to bare metal stent (BMS) alone versus BMS plus drug coated balloon (DCB) were included. At six months, angiographic follow-up and FD-OCT were performed to measure percentage neointimal hyperplasia volume obstruction (%NIHV), and percentage of uncovered stent struts (%US). Venous blood samples were obtained before ...

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      Mentions: Francesco Prati
    19. Association between inflammatory biomarkers and in-stent restenosis tissue features: an Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Association between inflammatory biomarkers and in-stent restenosis tissue features: an Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Aims Inflammatory reaction after stent impl an tation is associated with in-stent restenosis (ISR). We assessed the association of optical coherence tomography (OCT) features of neointima with systemic levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) measured at the time of ISR detection. Methods and results Patients presenting with symptomatic an giographically documented ISR (diameter stenosis ≥50% by visual estimation) were included. Qu an titative OCT an alysis included the measurement of minimal lumen diameter, minimal luminal area, stent and neointimal area, stent and restenosis length, restenotic tissue burden, and symmetry ratio. Qualitative OCT an alysis included ...

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    20. Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography findings in patients with bifurcated lesions undergoing provisional stenting

      Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography findings in patients with bifurcated lesions undergoing provisional stenting

      Aims Bifurcations represent challenging lesions which may benefit from improved understanding of stent-related vessel complications. Since optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows us to detect post-stenting vessel injuries, we sought to assess the geographic pattern of stent-related complications occurring during provisional stenting of bifurcated lesions. Methods and results Fifty-one patients with bifurcated lesions treated by provisional stenting and undergoing intra-procedural OCT assessment were enrolled. OCT images were acquired with the aim of guiding the percutaneous coronary intervention but were re-analysed off-line for the present study. The stented bifurcation was divided into four segments [three in the main vessel (MV) and one ...

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