Feature Of The Week 9/20/09: Very late thrombosis of drug-eluding stent: Insights from Optical Coherence Tomography.
Feature Of The Week 9/20/09: Intracoronary Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been recently introduced into the armamentarium of the interventional cardiologist. This technique offers an ultrahigh image resolution that allows detailed characterization of coronary atherosclerotic plaques, including lipid-rich plaques with a thin fibrous cap, called vulnerable plaques. Those plaques are the most frequent cause of acute coronary syndromes due to rupture of the fibrous cap and thrombosis. Intracoronary OCT is also a very useful tool to guide ICP procedures and to evaluate the vascular response after implantation of stents (neointimal coverage of the struts, vessel remodeling, reestenosis...) The ...Read Full Article