1. Articles from Yoshiyasu Minami

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    1. 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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    2. Endothelial glycocalyx and severity and vulnerability of coronary plaque in patients with coronary artery disease

      Endothelial glycocalyx and severity and vulnerability of coronary plaque in patients with coronary artery disease

      Background and aims Endothelial glycocalyx covers the endothelium and maintains vascular integrity. However, its association with the severity and vulnerability of coronary artery disease (CAD) remains to be elucidated. Methods A total of 259 consecutive patients with stable CAD requiring percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were prospectively enrolled. Patients were classified into 2 groups according to the median value of serum syndecan-1, which is a core component of the endothelial glycocalyx (lower syndecan-1 group [syndecan-1 <99.0 ng/mL], n = 130; higher syndecan-1 group [syndecan-1 ≥99.0 ng/mL], n = 129). Severity of CAD and focal plaque vulnerability in culprit lesion ...

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    3. Novel volumetric analysis for stent expansion after drug‐eluting stent implantation: An optical coherence tomography study

      Novel volumetric analysis for stent expansion after drug‐eluting stent implantation: An optical coherence tomography study

      Objectives To assess the clinical significance of a novel optical coherence tomography (OCT)‐derived volumetric parameter of stent expansion by comparing it with the conventional parameters in real‐world practice. Background The clinical significance of novel parameters in real‐world practice including longer and smaller stents remains to be elucidated. Methods A total of 226 de novo lesion treated with drug‐eluting stents in 208 consecutive patients were enrolled. Stent expansion was retrospectively assessed on the final OCT images after stent implantation. The novel parameter was the minimum expansion index (MEI) calculated using a novel algorithm that yields the ideal ...

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Lipoprotein (a) level is associated with plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease: An optical coherence tomography study

      Lipoprotein (a) level is associated with plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease: An optical coherence tomography study

      Background High lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] levels are an independent factor for worse prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the association between serum Lp(a) level and coronary plaque vulnerability remains to be determined. Methods A total of 255 consecutive patients with CAD who underwent optical coherence tomography imaging of culprit lesions were included. Patients were divided into 2 groups according to their Lp(a) levels (the higher Lp(a) group [≥25 mg/dL], n = 87; or the lower Lp(a) group [<25 mg/dL], n = 168). Results The prevalence of thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) was significantly higher ...

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    9. Zero-Contrast Optical Coherence Tomography- and Physiology-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Severely Calcified Lesion

      Zero-Contrast Optical Coherence Tomography- and Physiology-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Severely Calcified Lesion

      An 80-year-old man with severe kidney dysfunction (estimated glomerular filtration rate, 26 mL/min/1.73 m 2 ) not requiring hemodialysis presented with effort angina. Diagnostic angiography with minimum contrast showed a diffuse lesion in the proximal right coronary artery (RCA; Figure A ). On a later day, optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with dextran injection was performed. Because multiple cracks were seen in the severely calcified lesion after pre-dilation ( Figure B,C ; Supplementary Movie 1 ), an everolimus-eluting stent (3.25–33 mm) was implanted ( Figure D ). The final OCT showed sufficient luminal expansion (minimum stent area ...

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    10. Incidence, factors, and clinical significance of cholesterol crystals in coronary plaque: An optical coherence tomography study

      Incidence, factors, and clinical significance of cholesterol crystals in coronary plaque: An optical coherence tomography study

      Background and aims Intraplaque cholesterol crystal (CC) is recognized as a component of vulnerable plaques. However, the clinical characteristics of patients with CC and the impact of CC on clinical events remain unknown. Methods A total of 340 consecutive patients who underwent optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of culprit lesions were included in the study. CC was defined as a thin linear structure with high reflectivity and low signal attenuation on OCT images. The incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) at 1-year was compared between patients with CC (CC group) and those without CC (non-CC group). MACE included cardiac ...

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    11. Achilles tendon thickening is associated with disease severity and plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease

      Achilles tendon thickening is associated with disease severity and plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease

      Background Tendon xanthomas are accumulations of collagen and macrophages which contain cholesterol esters and a marker of high risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). Objective To clarify whether the presence of Achilles tendon thickening (ATT) was associated with disease severity and plaque vulnerability in patients with CAD. Methods A total of 241 consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention and ATT assessment were analyzed. ATT was defined as Achilles tendon thickness of 9 mm or more on radiograph. The severity of CAD and plaque vulnerability were assessed by the findings on angiogram and optical coherence tomography, respectively. Results ATT was ...

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    12. Impact of underlying plaque type on strut coverage in the early phase after drug-eluting stent implantation

      Impact of underlying plaque type on strut coverage in the early phase after drug-eluting stent implantation

      Background The aim of this study was to investigate whether the underlying plaque type affects the neointimal coverage after drug-eluting stent implantation. Methods A total of 1793 struts in 22 zotarolimus-eluting stents were assessed using optical coherence tomography imaging within 3 months of implantation. Neointimal coverage was evaluated within 5 mm from each stent edge on cross-sectional optical coherence tomography images at every 1-mm interval. The percentage of struts covered by neointima was compared among the normal segment group, the fibrous plaque group, and the lipid plaque group on the basis of the underlying plaque type. Results The percentage of ...

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    13. Clinical Predictors for Lack of Favorable Vascular Response to Statin Therapy in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease: A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Clinical Predictors for Lack of Favorable Vascular Response to Statin Therapy in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease: A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Background Previous studies have demonstrated that statin therapy improves cardiac outcomes, probably by stabilizing thin‐cap fibroatheroma in patients with coronary artery disease. However, major adverse cardiac events still occur in some patients, despite statin therapy. The aim of this study is to identify clinical predictors for the lack of a favorable vascular response to statin therapy in patients with coronary artery disease. Methods and Results A total of 140 nonculprit plaques from 84 patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with a statin and had serial optical coherence tomography imaging (median interval, 6.3 months) were included. Thin ...

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    14. Dynamic neointimal pattern after drug-eluting stent implantation defined by optical coherence tomography

      Dynamic neointimal pattern after drug-eluting stent implantation defined by optical coherence tomography

      Objectives: Certain neointimal patterns including neoatherosclerosis (NA) are known to be associated with poor clinical outcome. The prevalence and time course of different neointimal patterns have not been studied systematically. The aim of this study was to investigate the serial changes in neointimal pattern after drug-eluting stent implantation. Patients and methods: A total of 132 patients with 207 drug-eluting stents, who underwent two follow-up optical coherence tomography studies at 6 and 12 months, were included. Neointimal patterns were categorized as homogeneous, heterogeneous, layered, or NA using optical coherence tomography. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of neointima were carried out. Results: Both ...

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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. Does Residual Thrombus After Aspiration Thrombectomy Affect the Outcome of Primary PCI in Patients With ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction? An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Does Residual Thrombus After Aspiration Thrombectomy Affect the Outcome of Primary PCI in Patients With ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction? An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate if residual thrombus burden after aspiration thrombectomy affects the outcomes of primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Background Recent studies failed to show clinical benefit of aspiration thrombectomy in STEMI patients. This might be due to insufficient removal of thrombus at the culprit lesion. Methods A total of 109 STEMI patients who underwent aspiration thrombectomy followed by stenting within 24 h from symptom onset were included. Optical coherence tomography was performed after thrombectomy to measure residual thrombus burden. Patients were divided into tertiles based on ...

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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. Serial Optical Coherence Tomography and Intravascular Ultrasound Analysis of Gender Difference in Changes of Plaque Phenotype in Response to Lipid-lowering Therapy

      Serial Optical Coherence Tomography and Intravascular Ultrasound Analysis of Gender Difference in Changes of Plaque Phenotype in Response to Lipid-lowering Therapy

      Although the clinical benefit of statins have been demonstrated in both genders, gender differences in the response to statin therapy on plaque morphological changes have not been reported. A total of 66 non-culprit plaques from 46 patients who had serial image acquisition at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months by both optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) were included. Patients were treated with atorvastatin 60mg (AT60) or 20mg (AT20). The baseline characteristics were similar between women (n=16) and men (n=30) except for age (59.3±6.8 vs. 52.5±10.6, years, P=0.027 ...

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    21. Coronary Calcification and Plaque Vulnerability An Optical Coherence Tomographic Study

      Coronary Calcification and Plaque Vulnerability An Optical Coherence Tomographic Study

      Background— Spotty superficial calcium deposits have been implicated in plaque vulnerability based on previous intravascular imaging studies. Biomechanical models suggest that microcalcifications between 5 and 65 µm in diameter can intensify fibrous cap stress, promoting plaque rupture. However, the 100- to 200-µm resolution of intravascular ultrasound limits its ability to discriminate single calcium deposits from clusters of smaller deposits, and a previous optical coherence tomographic investigation evaluated calcifications within a long segment of artery, which may not truly reflect the mechanics involved in potentiating focal plaque rupture. Methods and Results— Detailed optical coherence tomographic assessment of coronary calcification at ...

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    22. Comparison of Intensive versus Moderate Lipid-lowering Therapy on Fibrous Cap and Atheroma Volume of Coronary Lipid-rich Plaque Using Serial Optical Coherence Tomography and Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging

      Comparison of Intensive versus Moderate Lipid-lowering Therapy on Fibrous Cap and Atheroma Volume of Coronary Lipid-rich Plaque Using Serial Optical Coherence Tomography and Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging

      Despite marked clinical benefit, reduction in atheroma volume with statin therapy is minimal. Changes in plaque composition may explain this discrepancy. We aimed in the present study to assess the effect of statin therapy on coronary plaque composition as well as plaque volume using serial multimodality imaging. From an open-label, single-blinded study, patients with angiographically mild to moderate lesion were randomized to receive atorvastatin 60 (AT 60) mg or atorvastatin 20 (AT 20) mg for 12 months. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used to assess fibrous cap thickness (FCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) to assess atheroma burden at three time ...

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