1. Articles from Fernando Alfonso

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    1. Morphological characteristics of lesions with thin cap fibroatheroma-a substudy from the COMBINE (OCT-FFR) trial

      Morphological characteristics of lesions with thin cap fibroatheroma-a substudy from the COMBINE (OCT-FFR) trial

      Aims: To study if any qualitative or quantitative optical coherence tomography (OCT) variables in combination with thin cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) patients could improve the identification of lesions at risk for future major adverse cardiac events (MACEs). Methods and results: From the combined optical coherence tomography morphologic and fractional flow reserve hemodynamic assessment of non- culprit lesions to better predict adverse event outcomes in diabetes mellitus patients: COMBINE (OCT-FFR) trial database ( NCT02989740 ), we performed a detailed assessment OCT qualitative and quantitative variables in TCFA carrying diabetes mellitus (DM) patients with vs. without MACE during follow-up. MACEs were defined as a composite ...

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    2. Vascular healing responses to paclitaxel coated balloons or everolimus eluting stents for the treatment of in-stent restenosis. Insights from optical coherence tomography

      Vascular healing responses to paclitaxel coated balloons or everolimus eluting stents for the treatment of in-stent restenosis. Insights from optical coherence tomography

      Background: Treatment of in-stent restenosis (ISR) remains a significant challenge. Current options include repeat stenting or drug-coated balloons. However, there is a paucity of data regarding vascular healing after these strategies. We, aimed to compare optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based vessel healing after treatment with paclitaxel-coated balloons (PCB) or everolimus-eluting stents (EES). Methods: An OCT substudy (baseline and 6-9 months) of patients from RIBS IV and RIBS V, two prospective multicenter, randomized controlled clinical trials comparing PCB vs. EES in patients with ISR was performed. Results: Sixty-four patients were included (30 PCB and 34 EES). There were no differences in ...

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    3. Lithotripsy for calcified in-stent restenosis.The "rock strata peeling pattern": A novel fracture pattern detected by optical coherence tomography

      Lithotripsy for calcified in-stent restenosis.The "rock strata peeling pattern": A novel fracture pattern detected by optical coherence tomography

      Calcified neoatherosclerosis represents a particularly challenging scenario in patients with in-stent restenosis (ISR), frequently associated with worse angiographic and optical coherence tomography (OCT) results compared with other patients with typical ISR. Intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) has emerged as a safe and effective technology to circumferentially modify calcium in heavily calcified coronary lesions. Preliminary data also suggest its usefulness in calcified neoatheroscerosis. This case report aims to describe a novel fracture pattern after IVL identified by OCT (the "rock strata peeling pattern") in patients presenting with ISR due to calcified neoatherosclerosis.

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    4. In-hospital heart failure in patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy due to coronary artery disease: An artificial intelligence and optical coherence tomography study

      In-hospital heart failure in patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy due to coronary artery disease: An artificial intelligence and optical coherence tomography study

      Background: Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is often associated with symptoms of heart failure (HF) during the acute phase of the disease. 3-dimensional optical coherence tomography (OCT) may be used to assess the extent of angiographically silent underlying coronary artery disease (CAD). This study aims to use an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze OCT findings and to determine whether the presence of pre-existing CAD predisposes TTS patients to present HF at admission. Methods: This is an observational and retrospective study that enrolled TTS patients who underwent coronary angiography and OCT examination of left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. Plaque characterization was automatically ...

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    5. Long-term outcomes of patients with normal fractional flow reserve and thin-cap fibroatheroma

      Long-term outcomes of patients with normal fractional flow reserve and thin-cap fibroatheroma

      Background: The long-term prognostic implications of fractional flow reserve (FFR)-negative lesions hosting vulnerable plaques remain unsettled. Aims: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of non-ischaemic lesions hosting optical coherence tomography (OCT)-detected thin-cap fibroatheromas (TCFA) with first and recurrent cardiovascular events during follow-up up to 5 years in a diabetes mellitus (DM) patient population. Methods: COMBINE OCT-FFR is a prospective, international, double-blind, natural history study. Patients with DM and with ≥1 FFR-negative lesion were classified into 2 groups based on the presence or absence of ≥1 TCFA lesion. The primary endpoint (PE) is a composite ...

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    6. Definition of Optimal Optical Coherence Tomography–Based Stent Expansion Criteria: In-Stent Minimum Lumen Area Versus Residual Stent Underexpansion

      Definition of Optimal Optical Coherence Tomography–Based Stent Expansion Criteria: In-Stent Minimum Lumen Area Versus Residual Stent Underexpansion

      Background: The mismatch between in-stent minimum lumen area (sMLA) and reference vessel lumen area, defined as stent underexpansion (SU), could be an important determinant of stent failure. We tested the clinical predictive value of absolute sMLA in comparison to relative SU in the context of the CLI-OPCI (Centro Per La Lotta Contro L'Infarto-Optimisation of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) project registry. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed end procedural optical coherence tomography findings in 1211 patients (1422 lesions) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, assessing the prevalence and magnitude of residual SU and exploring correlation with outcome in comparison with sMLA. Results: In our series ...

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    7. Optical coherence tomography-derived lipid core burden index and clinical outcomes: results from the CLIMA registry

      Optical coherence tomography-derived lipid core burden index and clinical outcomes: results from the CLIMA registry

      Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the morphological characteristics and prognostic implications of the optical coherence tomography (OCT)-derived lipid core burden index (LCBI). Methods and results: OCT-LCBI was assessed in 1003 patients with 1-year follow-up from the CLIMA multicentre registry using a validated software able to automatically obtain a maximum OCT-LCBI in 4 mm (maxOCT-LCBI4mm). Primary composite clinical endpoint included cardiac death, myocardial infarction, and target-vessel revascularization. A secondary analysis using clinical outcomes of CLIMA study was performed. Patients with a maxOCT-LCBI4mm ≥ 400 showed higher prevalence of fibrous cap thickness (FCT) <75 μm [odds ratio (OR ...

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    8. Stent Optimization Using Optical Coherence Tomography and Its Prognostic Implications After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

      Stent Optimization Using Optical Coherence Tomography and Its Prognostic Implications After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

      Background Stent underexpansion has been known to be associated with worse outcomes. We sought to define optical coherence tomography assessed optimal stent expansion index (SEI), which associates with lower incidence of follow-up major adverse cardiac events (MACEs). Methods and Results A total of 315 patients (involving 370 lesions) who underwent optical coherence tomography-aided coronary stenting were retrospectively included. SEI was calculated separately for equal halves of each stented segment using minimum stent area/mean reference lumen area ([proximal reference area+distal reference area]/2). The smaller of the 2 was considered to be the SEI of that case. Follow-up MACE ...

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    9. Thin-Cap Fibroatheroma Rather Than Any Lipid Plaques Increases the Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Diabetic Patients: Insights From the COMBINE OCT–FFR Trial

      Thin-Cap Fibroatheroma Rather Than Any Lipid Plaques Increases the Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Diabetic Patients: Insights From the COMBINE OCT–FFR Trial

      Background: Autopsy studies have established that thin-cap fibroatheromas (TCFAs) are the most frequent cause of fatal coronary events. In living patients, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has sufficient resolution to accurately differentiate TCFA from thick-cap fibroatheroma (ThCFA) and not lipid rich plaque (non-LRP). However, the impact of OCT-detected plaque phenotype of nonischemic lesions on future adverse events remains unknown. Therefore, we studied the natural history of OCT-detected TCFA, ThCFA, and non-LRP in patients enrolled in the prospective multicenter COMBINE FFR-OCT trial (Combined Optical Coherence Tomography Morphologic and Fractional Flow Reserve Hemodynamic Assessment of Non-Culprit Lesions to Better Predict Adverse Event Outcomes ...

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    10. 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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    11. Optical detection of atherosclerosis at molecular level by optical coherence tomography: An in vitro study

      Optical detection of atherosclerosis at molecular level by optical coherence tomography: An in vitro study

      There is an urgent need for contrast agents to detect the first inflammation stage of atherosclerosis by cardiovascular Optical Coherence Tomography (CV-OCT), the imaging technique with the highest spatial resolution and sensitivity of those used during coronary interventions. Gold nanoshells (GNSs) provide the strongest signal by CV-OCT. GNSs are functionalized with the cLABL peptide that binds specifically to the ICAM-1 molecule upregulated in the first stage of atherosclerosis. Dark field microscopy and CV-OCT are used to evaluate the specific adhesion of these functionalized GNSs to activated endothelial cells. This adhesion is investigated under static and dynamic conditions, for shear stresses ...

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    12. Physiologic and compositional coronary artery disease extension in patients with takotsubo syndrome assessed using artificial intelligence: an optical coherence tomography study

      Physiologic and compositional coronary artery disease extension in patients with takotsubo syndrome assessed using artificial intelligence: an optical coherence tomography study

      Background: Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is an acute and reversible ventricular motion abnormality without epicardial coronary obstruction. Optical flow ratio (OFR) is an approach to evaluate the coronary stenosis significance based on three-dimensional optical coherence tomography (3D-OCT). The aim of this study is to utilize OCT and an artificial intelligence plaque characterization model to show the prevalence and composition of atherosclerotic disease in coronary vessels of patients with TTS. Methods: This is a retrospective and observational study which enrolled patients with TTS who underwent coronary angiography and OCT examination. OCT images were analyzed for tissue characterization and OFR computation using a ...

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    13. The double injection technique to improve visualization of severe coronary lesions with optical coherence tomography

      The double injection technique to improve visualization of severe coronary lesions with optical coherence tomography

      Background: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution imaging modality that provides a precise evaluation of coronary anatomy. However, the presence of severe coronary lesions can prevent the required adequate distal contrast flushing resultting in inadequate blood clearance and poor image quality or complete blood shadowing of the underlying vessel wall. Objectives: The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of a novel "double injection technique" (DIT) to overcome the limitations of the conventional technique (CT) in patients with severely stenotic lesions. Methods: Twenty-three patients with severe angiographic lesions were sequentially imaged before intervention with ...

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    14. Treatment of in-stent restenosis with sirolimus-eluting magnesium bioresorbable scaffolds

      Treatment of in-stent restenosis with sirolimus-eluting magnesium bioresorbable scaffolds

      Objectives: To assess the value of sirolimus-eluting magnesium bioresorbable scaffolds (MgS) in the treatment of patients with in-stent restenosis (ISR). The better option for the treatment of patients with ISR remains unsettled. Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds represent an interesting strategy in this setting to avoid another permanent metal layer. The novel MgS is an attractive option to treat these challenging patients. Methods: We present the results of the first prospective series of consecutive patients with ISR treated with MgS under optical coherence tomography (OCT) guidance. Results: A total of 14 patients (15 lesions) were prospectively included. The mean age was 67 ...

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    15. Clinical outcomes of suboptimal stent deployment as assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Clinical outcomes of suboptimal stent deployment as assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Background: Intraprocedural optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a valuable tool for guidance of percutaneous coronary intervention, but long-term follow-up data are lacking. Aims: The aim of this study was to address the long-term (7.5 years) clinical impact of quantitative OCT metrics of suboptimal stent implantation. Methods: This retrospective study includes 391 patients with long-term follow-up (mean 2,737 days; interquartile range 1,301-3,143 days) from the multicentre Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto – Optimisation of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CLI-OPCI) registry. OCT-assessed suboptimal stent deployment required the presence of at least one of the following pre-defined OCT findings ...

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    16. Early diagnosis of cardiac allograft vasculopathy: biopsy, liquid biopsy, non-invasive imaging, coronary imaging, or coronary physiology?

      Early diagnosis of cardiac allograft vasculopathy: biopsy, liquid biopsy, non-invasive imaging, coronary imaging, or coronary physiology?

      In heart transplant (HTx) recipients, acute rejection represents the main early clinical concern, whereas cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality beyond the first year. 1 , 2 Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) constitutes the gold standard for the diagnosis of HTx rejection. 1 , 2 However, this is an invasive procedure that needs to be performed serially and it is not free of complications. 2 In addition, the grading of pathological findings may be challenging, despite the use of accepted international criteria and the advent of immunostaining for complement fixation and cell characterization. 2 EMB is associated with ...

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    17. Optical coherence tomography, intravascular ultrasound or angiography guidance for distal left main coronary stenting. The ROCK cohort II study

      Optical coherence tomography, intravascular ultrasound or angiography guidance for distal left main coronary stenting. The ROCK cohort II study

      Objectives: to test the safety and efficacy of intravascular imaging and specifically optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a diagnostic tool for left main angioplasty and analyze the mid-term outcome accordingly. Background: Clinical data and international guidelines recommend the use of intravascular imaging ultrasound (IVUS) to guide left main (LM) angioplasty. Despite early experience using OCT in this setting is encouraging, the evidence supporting its use is still limited. Methods: ROCK II is a multicenter, investigator-driven, retrospective European study to compare the performance of IVUS and OCT versus angiography in patients undergoing distal-LM stenting. The primary study endpoint was target-lesion failure ...

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    18. Optical coherence tomography tissue coverage and characterization at six months after implantation of bioresorbable scaffolds versus conventional everolimus eluting stents in the ISAR-Absorb MI trial

      Optical coherence tomography tissue coverage and characterization at six months after implantation of bioresorbable scaffolds versus conventional everolimus eluting stents in the ISAR-Absorb MI trial

      Purpose: Data regarding vessel healing by optical coherence tomography (OCT) after everolimus-eluting bioresorbable scaffolds (BRS) or everolimus-eluting metallic stent (EES) implantation in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients is scarce. We compared OCT findings after BRS or EES implantation in patients with AMI enrolled in a randomized trial. Methods: In ISAR-Absorb MI, AMI patients were randomized to BRS or EES implantation, with 6-8 month angiographic follow-up. This analysis includes patients who underwent OCT during surveillance angiography. Tissue characterization was done using grey-scale signal intensity analysis. The association between OCT findings and target lesion failure (TLF) at 2 years was investigated. Results ...

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    19. Thin-cap fibroatheroma predicts clinical events in diabetic patients with normal fractional flow reserve: the COMBINE OCT–FFR trial

      Thin-cap fibroatheroma predicts clinical events in diabetic patients with normal fractional flow reserve: the COMBINE OCT–FFR trial

      Aims The aim of this study was to understand the impact of optical coherence tomography (OCT)-detected thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) on clinical outcomes of diabetes mellitus (DM) patients with fractional flow reserve (FFR)-negative lesions. Methods and results COMBINE OCT-FFR study was a prospective, double-blind, international, natural history study. After FFR assessment, and revascularization of FFR-positive lesions, patients with ≥1 FFR-negative lesions (target lesions) were classified in two groups based on the presence or absence of ≥1 TCFA lesion. The primary endpoint compared FFR-negative TCFA-positive patients with FFR-negative TCFA-negative patients for a composite of cardiac mortality, target vessel myocardial infarction ...

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    20. Adoption of a new automated optical coherence tomography software to obtain a lipid plaque spread-out plot

      Adoption of a new automated optical coherence tomography software to obtain a lipid plaque spread-out plot

      Purpose: Near infrared spectroscopy-Intravascular ultrasound (NIRS-IVUS) provide a fully automated Lipid Core Burden Index (LCBI). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is potentially capable of measuring lipid longitudinal extension in a dedicated two-dimensional LCBI spread-out plot. The present study has been designed to validate an automated approach to assess OCT images, able of providing a dedicated LCBI spread-out plot. Methods: We compared results obtained with conventional (manual) OCT, with those obtained with a novel automated OCT algorithm and with NIRS-IVUS in consecutive 40 patients. Our goal was to calculate the lipid core longitudinal extension in a dedicated two-dimensional LCBI spread-out plot. Three ...

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    21. Early coronary healing in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction: sirolimus-eluting stents vs. drug-coated balloons after bare-metal stents. The PEBSI-2 optical coherence tomography randomized study

      Early coronary healing in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction: sirolimus-eluting stents vs. drug-coated balloons after bare-metal stents. The PEBSI-2 optical coherence tomography randomized study

      Objectives: Drug-coated balloons (DCBs) have theoretical advantages over drug-eluting stents (DESs) to facilitate stent healing. We studied whether, in patients undergoing primary coronary interventions (pPCIs), a strategy of DCB after bare-metal stent improves early healing as determined by optical coherence tomography (OCT) compared with new-generation DES. Methods: pPCI patients were randomized (1:1) to treatment with new-generation sirolimus-eluting stents (DES group) or DCB-strategy. Vessel healing was assessed by OCT at 90 days. Results: Fifty-three patients were randomized (26 DES vs. 27 DCB). At 90 days, both strategies showed a low rate of uncovered struts (3.2 vs. 3.2%, P ...

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    22. Clinical outcomes of calcified nodules detected by optical coherence tomography

      Clinical outcomes of calcified nodules detected by optical coherence tomography

      Aims: The goal of the present post hoc analysis of the CLIMA registry was to establish the relationship between calcified nodules (CNs) with (CND) or without (CNWD) disruption of the superficial intimal fibrous layer and one-year occurrence of target lesion myocardial infarction (MI) and/or cardiac death. Methods and results: CND and CNWD were identified based on the presence or absence of superficial irregularities indicative of disruption of the intimal fibrous layer, with possible overlying local thrombus. In total, 222 CNs were found in the 1,776 non-culprit LAD plaques. CND had larger maximum calcific arc and smaller lumen area ...

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