1. Articles from Rocco Vergallo

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    1. Atherosclerotic Plaque Disruption and Healing

      Atherosclerotic Plaque Disruption and Healing

      According to the United States Geologic Survey, there are approximately 1500 active volcanoes around the world. 1 By simplicity, volcanoes are considered as mountains where materials from within the earth come out. Yet each volcano is different. Their explosive force can create mountains as well as craters. Some volcanoes burst into life in explosive eruptions, while others slowly burp rivers of lava causing an effusive eruption. These differences can be explained by the physics and chemistry driving the molten activity. Effusive eruptions more frequently happen when the magma is less viscous, enabling gas to escape and the magma to flow ...

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    2. New prediction tools and treatment for ACS patients with plaque erosion

      New prediction tools and treatment for ACS patients with plaque erosion

      For decades, we have known from autopsy observations that the proximate cause of the majority of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) is occlusive thrombosis generated by plaque rupture or, less frequently, superficial erosion.1-3 Mounting evidence supports the concept that these two substrates are separate entities, with distinct pathogenesis, clinical presentation, and prognosis.4-9 Yet, when ACS patients present to the emergency department with ischemic symptoms, we still triage them exclusively based on the presence or absence of ST-segment elevation on electrocardiogram and/or on troponin levels, assess them using coronary angiography, and manage them almost invariably with percutaneous coronary intervention ...

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    3. 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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    4. Prevalence and quantitative assessment of macrophages in coronary plaques

      Prevalence and quantitative assessment of macrophages in coronary plaques

      Although optical coherence tomography (OCT) proved to be able to identify macrophage clusters, there are no available data on the possibility to obtain reproducible measurements of their circumferential extension and location. The purpose of the present post-hoc analysis of the CLIMA study was to revise the clinical and demographic variables of patients having coronary plaques with macrophages and to investigate the reproducibility of their quantitative assessment. A total of 577 patients out of 1003 undergoing OCT showed macrophage accumulation. Three groups were identified; group 1 (426 patients) without macrophages, group 2 (296) patients with low macrophage content (less than median ...

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    5. Ticagrelor versus clopidogrel in patients undergoing implantation of paclitaxel-eluting stent in the femoropopliteal district: A randomized pilot study using frequency-domain optical coherence tomography

      Ticagrelor versus clopidogrel in patients undergoing implantation of paclitaxel-eluting stent in the femoropopliteal district: A randomized pilot study using frequency-domain optical coherence tomography

      Objectives Aim of this study was to evaluate different response in platelet reactivity and vessel healing using high-resolution frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) in patients with femoropopliteal artery disease treated with ZILVER PTX drug eluting stents (DES), and randomly assigned to clopidogrel or ticagrelor for 12 months. Background The optimal antithrombotic regimen for long-term management of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) after revascularization is poorly defined and often extrapolated from trials performed on patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. Methods In this single center randomized trial 40 patients with femoropopliteal artery disease treated with ZILVER PTX DES stents, were randomized ...

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    6. Characteristics of non-culprit plaques in acute coronary syndrome patients with layered culprit plaque

      Characteristics of non-culprit plaques in acute coronary syndrome patients with layered culprit plaque

      Aims  Layered plaques represent signs of previous plaque destabilization. A recent study showed that acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients with layered culprit plaque have more vulnerability at the culprit lesion and systemic inflammation. We aimed to compare the characteristics of non-culprit plaques between patients with or without layered plaque at the culprit lesion. We also evaluated the characteristics of layered non-culprit plaques, irrespective of culprit plaque phenotype. Methods and results We studied ACS patients who had undergone pre-intervention optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. The number of non-culprit lesions was evaluated on coronary angiogram and morphological characteristics of plaques were studied ...

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    7. Fractional Flow Reserve or Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Management of Angiographically-Intermediate Coronary Stenosis: A Single-Center Trial

      Fractional Flow Reserve or Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Management of Angiographically-Intermediate Coronary Stenosis: A Single-Center Trial

      Background Fractional flow reserve (FFR) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) may help both in assessment of angiographically-intermediate coronary lesions (AICL) and in percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) optimization. Objectives: To compare OCT-guidance and FFR-guidance in patients with AICL in a single-center, prospective, 1:1 randomized trial (acronym: FORZA, NCT01824030 ). Methods Patients with AICL were randomized to FFR or OCT. In the FFR arm, PCI was performed if FFR was ≤0.80. In the OCT arm, PCI was performed if area stenosis was ≥75% or 50%-75% with minimal lumen area <2.5 mm 2 or plaque rupture. Angina (evaluated by Seattle ...

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    8. Relationship between coronary plaque morphology of the left anterior descending artery and 12 months clinical outcome: the CLIMA study

      Relationship between coronary plaque morphology of the left anterior descending artery and 12 months clinical outcome: the CLIMA study

      Aims The CLIMA study, on the relationship between c oronary p l aque morphology of the left anter i or descending artery and twelve m onths clinic a l outcome, was designed to explore the predictive value of multiple high-risk plaque features in the same coronary lesion [minimum lumen area (MLA), fibrous cap thickness (FCT), lipid arc circumferential extension, and presence of optical coherence tomography (OCT)-defined macrophages] as detected by OCT. Composite of cardiac death and target segment myocardial infarction was the primary clinical endpoint. Methods and results From January 2013 to December 2016, 1003 patients undergoing OCT evaluation ...

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    9. Prospective Randomized Comparison of Fractional Flow Reserve Versus Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Revascularization of Intermediate Coronary Stenoses: One-Month Results

      Prospective Randomized Comparison of Fractional Flow Reserve Versus Optical Coherence Tomography to Guide Revascularization of Intermediate Coronary Stenoses: One-Month Results

      Background-—Fractional flow reserve (FFR) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) may help both in assessment and in percutaneous coronary intervention optimization of angiographically intermediate coronary lesions. We designed a prospective trial comparing the clinical and economic outcomes associated with FFR or OCT in angiographically intermediate coronary lesions. Methods and Results-—Three hundred fifty patients with angiographically intermediate coronary lesions (n=446) were randomized to FFR or OCT guidance. In the FFR arm, percutaneous coronary intervention was performed if FFR was ≤0.80 aiming for a postprocedure FFR >0.90. In the OCT arm, percutaneous coronary intervention was performed if percentage ...

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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. Optical coherence tomography and C-reactive protein in risk stratification of acute coronary syndromes

      Optical coherence tomography and C-reactive protein in risk stratification of acute coronary syndromes

      Background Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) associated to high C-reactive protein (CRP) levels exhibit a higher risk of future acute ischemic events. Yet, the positive predictive value of CRP is too low to guide a specific treatment. Our study aims to identify a high-risk patient subset who might mostly benefit from anti-inflammatory treatment on the basis of the combination of optical coherence tomography (OCT) assessment of the culprit vessel and CRP serum levels. Methods Patients admitted for ACS and undergoing pre-interventional OCT assessment of the culprit vessel were selected from “Agostino Gemelli” Hospital OCT Registry. The primary end-point was ...

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    13. 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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    14. Correlation between CD4+CD28null T lymphocytes, regulatory T cells and plaque rupture: An Optical Coherence Tomography study in Acute Coronary Syndromes

      Correlation between CD4+CD28null T lymphocytes, regulatory T cells and plaque rupture: An Optical Coherence Tomography study in Acute Coronary Syndromes

      Background A sizeable proportion of patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) shows a unique adaptive immune system profile, associated to a worse outcome, characterized by higher CD4 + CD28 null T-cells, lower regulatory T-cells (Treg) and increased CD4 + CD28 null /Treg ratio. We sought to investigate the correlation between CD4 + CD28 null T-cells, Treg, CD4 + CD28 null /Treg ratio and plaque phenotype as assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Methods Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were collected from 30 Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (NSTEMI) patients, sub-grouped according to OCT analysis of culprit lesions into two cohorts: Ruptured Fibrous Cap (NSTEMI-RFC, n ...

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    15. Plaque erosion causing ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: report of an optical coherence tomography-documented case and concise literature review

      Plaque erosion causing ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: report of an optical coherence tomography-documented case and concise literature review

      A 61-year-old man presented to the Emergency Room of a referring hospital with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and was immediately treated by antiplatelet therapy and transferred to our hospital to perform a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...

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    16. Is age an important factor for vascular response to statin therapy? A serial optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound study

      Is age an important factor for vascular response to statin therapy? A serial optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound study

      Objective: Age-related structural and functional changes in vessel wall may affect the time course of vascular response to statin therapy. In this study, we sought to compare the response of lipid-rich plaque to statin therapy in elderly versus younger patients using optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound. Patients and methods: Sixty-nine patients who underwent serial optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound at the time point of baseline, 6, and 12 months were divided into two groups according to median age: group A (age<57 years, n=35) and group B (age>=57 years, n=34). Patients were treated with intensive ...

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    17. 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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    18. Prevalence and Predictors of Multiple Coronary Plaque Ruptures In Vivo 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging Study

      Prevalence and Predictors of Multiple Coronary Plaque Ruptures In Vivo 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging Study

      Objective— Plaque rupture may be the local expression of a widespread coronary instability. This study aimed to investigate: (1) the prevalence and characteristics of nonculprit plaque rupture; (2) the pancoronary atherosclerotic phenotype in patients with and without nonculprit plaque rupture; and (3) the prevalence and predictors of multiple plaque ruptures. Approach and Results— Six hundred and seventy-five nonculprit plaques from 261 patients (34 acute myocardial infarction, 73 unstable angina pectoris, and 154 stable angina pectoris) were analyzed by 3-vessel optical coherence tomography. Nonculprit plaque ruptures were identified in 51 patients (20%). Patients with nonculprit plaque ruptures had higher prevalence of ...

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    19. Associations between the Framingham Risk Score and coronary plaque characteristics as assessed by three-vessel optical coherence tomography

      Associations between the Framingham Risk Score and coronary plaque characteristics as assessed by three-vessel optical coherence tomography

      Objectives: This study sought to explore the association between the Framingham Risk Score (FRS) and coronary plaque characteristics assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. Background: Clinical prediction models are useful for identifying high-risk patients. However, coronary events often occur in individuals estimated to be at low risk. Methods: A total of 254 patients with coronary artery disease who underwent three-vessel OCT were divided into tertiles according to FRS. Nonculprit plaque characteristics were compared among the three groups. Results: A total of 663 plaques were analyzed. FRS was significantly associated with calcification [37% (low FRS) vs. 46% (intermediate FRS) vs ...

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    20. Three-dimensional morphological response of lipid-rich coronary plaques to statin therapy: a serial optical coherence tomography study

      Three-dimensional morphological response of lipid-rich coronary plaques to statin therapy: a serial optical coherence tomography study

      Objective: Previous studies have suggested that intensive statin therapy, compared with moderate statin therapy, provided greater reduction of LDL and better protection against major cardiovascular events. However, the exact dose-dependent mechanism of plaque stabilization remains unclear. The aim of this study is to investigate the three-dimensional (3D) response of fibrous caps overlying lipid plaques to statin therapy. Methods: We applied a novel computer algorithm to investigate the fibrous cap 3D morphological change over time in patients with coronary artery disease. Patients were treated with either atorvastatin 20 mg/day (moderate intensity) or atorvastatin 60 mg/day (high intensity). Optical coherence ...

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