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    1. Expert consensus published on use of imaging to guide heart attack treatment

      Expert consensus published on use of imaging to guide heart attack treatment

      Imaging provides a more precise diagnosis of a heart attack that can be used to individualise treatment. That’s the main message of an expert consensus paper published today 1 in European Heart Journal, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and presented at EuroPCR in Paris, France. 2 Heart attacks are diagnosed and treated using coronary angiography, an invasive procedure which provides an X-ray outline of the arteries supplying blood to the heart. Invasive imaging of the arteries gives more detail but there has been controversy over when to use it. This document seeks to resolve that ...

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    2. Optical coherence tomography for coronary imaging

      Optical coherence tomography for coronary imaging

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel invasive imaging technique that produces high resolution intracoronary images. Its general principle of operation is similar to IVUS, however OCT uses infrared light, not ultrasound. In the last years, the need for more precise information regarding coronary artery disease to achieve optimal treatment has seen intravascular imaging becoming an area of primary importance in interventional cardiology. OCT in this area has grown and is spreading. It benefits both therapeutic and research purposes and is also proving able to fill gaps in conventional invasive coronary imaging.

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    3. In search of the thrombosis-prone vulnerable plaque

      In search of the thrombosis-prone vulnerable plaque

      The symptomatic plaques that do get treated don't tend to be the dangerous ones. For many cardiologists, the holy grail of prevention is to identify thrombosis-prone (vulnerable) plaques before they rupture. A Symposium will review the latest advances in imaging and biomarkers, and ask whether such techniques provide added value to conventional screening.Introducing the vulnerable plaque concept, Professor Erling Falk, a cardiovascular pathologist from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, will explain that most heart attacks occur in people with average levels of risk factors who would not be considered eligible for preventive treatment. “In fact," he says, "if ...

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