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    2. Optical coherence tomography detection of vulnerable plaques at high risk of developing acute coronary syndrome

      Optical coherence tomography detection of vulnerable plaques at high risk of developing acute coronary syndrome
      Aims: The ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to detect plaques at high risk of developing acute coronary syndrome (ACS) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between non-culprit plaques characterized as both lipid-rich plaque (LRP) and thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) by OCT and the risk of subsequent ACS events at the lesion level. Methods and results: In 1378 patients who underwent OCT, 3533 non-culprit plaques ...
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    3. Automatic Characterisation of Human Atherosclerotic Plaque Composition from Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Using Artificial Intelligence

      Automatic Characterisation of Human Atherosclerotic Plaque Composition from Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography Using Artificial Intelligence
      Background Intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) enables detailed plaque characterisation in-vivo, but visual assessment is time-consuming and subjective. Aims This study aims to develop and validate an automatic framework for IVOCT plaque characterisation using artificial intelligence (AI). Methods IVOCT pullbacks from 5 international centres were analysed in a corelab, annotating basic plaque components, inflammatory markers and other structures. A deep convolutional network with encoding-decoding architecture and pseudo-3D input was developed ...
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    4. Using optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound imaging to quantify coronary plaque cap thickness and vulnerability: a pilot study

      Using optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound imaging to quantify coronary plaque cap thickness and vulnerability: a pilot study
      ...age: 70.4; m: 6; f: 4) with coronary heart disease who underwent IVUS, OCT, and angiography were collected at Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) using approved protocol with informed consent obtained. 348 slices wi...
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    5. Intravascular Imaging-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Universal Approach for Optimization of Stent Implantation

      Intravascular Imaging-Guided Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Universal Approach for Optimization of Stent Implantation
      Despite consistent clinical data supporting the use of intravascular imaging with percutaneous coronary intervention, utilization remains low. A practical and standardized approach to incorporating intravascular imaging with percutaneous coronary intervention may overcome the barriers to utilization. This review focuses on basic image interpretation with intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography and proposes an algorithmic approach to stent sizing and optimization. Incorporation of this strategic method for percutaneous coronary intervention may ...
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    6. OPtical Coherence Tomography Guided Coronary Stent IMplantation Compared to Angiography: A Multicenter Randomized TriaL in PCI

      OPtical Coherence Tomography Guided Coronary Stent IMplantation Compared to Angiography: A Multicenter Randomized TriaL in PCI
      AIMS: Randomized trials have demonstrated improvement in clinical outcomes with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) compared with angiography-guided PCI. The ILUMIEN III trial demonstrated non-inferiority of an optical coherence tomography (OCT)- versus IVUS-guided PCI strategy in achieving similar post-PCI lumen dimensions. ILUMIEN IV is a large-scale, multicenter, randomized trial designed to demonstrate the superiority of OCT- versus angiography-guided stent implantation in patients with high-risk clinical characteristics (diabetes ...
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    7. Culprit lesion morphology in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction assessed by optical coherence tomography

      Culprit lesion morphology in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction assessed by optical coherence tomography
      Aims This study sought to evaluate the incidence of ruptured plaques and nonruptured plaques (NRP) and to compare patient characteristics and detailed plaque morphology features between the two culprit types in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients, using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods and results Using OCT, the culprit lesions in patients with STEMI were assessed prior to stent implantation. The culprit lesion was categorized as ruptured plaques or NRP ...
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    8. A case report of a coronary myocardial bridge with impaired full-cycle ratio during dobutamine challenge

      A case report of a coronary myocardial bridge with impaired full-cycle ratio during dobutamine challenge
      Background A myocardial bridge (MB) is a coronary variant in which an epicardial coronary artery tunnels through the myocardial band. Although MBs have been reported to cause ischaemia, physiological assessment of an MB has not been fully established. Case summary We encountered a case with exertional chest pain who underwent coronary angiography showing an MB at the mid-left anterior descending artery with systolic compression. Optical coherence tomography showed an MB ...
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    9. Outcomes of Optical Coherence Tomography Compared With Intravascular Ultrasound and With Angiography to Guide Coronary Stent Implantation: One-Year Results from the ILUMIEN III: OPTIMIZE PCI trial

      Outcomes of Optical Coherence Tomography Compared With Intravascular Ultrasound and With Angiography to Guide Coronary Stent Implantation: One-Year Results from the ILUMIEN III: OPTIMIZE PCI trial
      Aims: In the ILUMIEN III trial, among 450 randomised patients with non-complex lesions undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), optical coherence tomography (OCT) guidance led to greater stent expansion than angiography guidance, similar minimal stent area compared to both intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) guidance and angiography guidance, and lower rates of uncorrected dissection and malapposition than both IVUS guidance and angiography guidance. Whether these differences impact clinical outcomes is unknown. Methods and ...
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    10. Chronic Stent Recoil in Severely Calcified Coronary Artery Lesions. A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Chronic Stent Recoil in Severely Calcified Coronary Artery Lesions. A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study
      Chronic second-generation drug-eluting stent recoil in severely calcified coronary lesions has not been studied. We aimed to evaluate chronic stent recoil by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in severely calcified lesions treated with thin strut stents after rotational atherectomy. In 28 lesions (26 patients with 23% on hemodialysis) treated with everolimus-eluting stents after rotational atherectomy, baseline and 8-month follow-up OCT were compared. Stent recoil was defined as10% decrease in stent area ...
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    11. Supporting evidence from optical coherence tomography for shortening dual antiplatelet therapy after drug-eluting stents implantation

      Supporting evidence from optical coherence tomography for shortening dual antiplatelet therapy after drug-eluting stents implantation
      Introduction : Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is required for coronary artery disease treated with drug-eluting stents (DES) implantation. Shortening DAPT duration would be beneficial for patients with high bleeding risk. Areas covered : Early healing patterns, especially stent strut coverage, assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a surrogate of neointima have been investigated to make decisions on whether short DAPT would be a safe alternative. This review evaluates the OCT evidence ...
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    12. Serial OCT Imaging of Multiple Woven-Appearing Lesions in a Single Patient Demonstrating Long-Term Clinical Stabilit

      Serial OCT Imaging of Multiple Woven-Appearing Lesions in a Single Patient Demonstrating Long-Term Clinical Stabilit
      We report the case of a 58-year-old man with a history of myocardial infarction presenting with chest pain. Serial coronary artery optical coherence tomography over a 3-year period showed multiple woven-appearing lesions without progression, indicating that this type of lesion is potentially stable. ( Level of Difficulty: Advanced. )
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    13. Clinical use of intracoronary imaging. Part 2: acute coronary syndromes, ambiguous coronary angiography findings, and guiding interventional decision-making: an expert consensus document of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervent

      Clinical use of intracoronary imaging. Part 2: acute coronary syndromes, ambiguous coronary angiography findings, and guiding interventional decision-making: an expert consensus document of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervent
      This consensus document is the second of two reports summarizing the views of an expert panel organized by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) on the clinical use of intracoronary imaging including intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)-IVUS. Beyond guidance of stent selection and optimization of deployment, invasive imaging facilitates angiographic interpretation and may guide treatment in acute coronary syndrome. Intravascular ...
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    14. In-Stent Restenosis Lesion Morphology Related to Repeat Stenting Underexpansion as Evaluated by Optical Coherence Tomography

      In-Stent Restenosis Lesion Morphology Related to Repeat Stenting Underexpansion as Evaluated by Optical Coherence Tomography
      Aims: To use optical coherence tomography (OCT) to predict newly implanted stent expansion for treatment of in-stent restenosis (ISR). Methods and results: With OCT-guidance, 143 ISR lesions were treated with a new stent. Stent underexpansion was defined as minimum stent area (MSA) 4.5mm 2 and MSA/average of reference lumen area 70%. New stent underexpansion was found in 33 lesions (23%), had a smaller old stent MSA (4.13 ...
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  2. About Cardiovascular Research Foundation

    Cardiovascular Research Foundation

    Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) strives to improve the quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease. Our goal is to advance the development and use of safe and effective minimally invasive cardiovascular treatments.  In addition to its world-renowned Core Labs, and the many ground-breaking studies and trials conducted under the Foundation's auspices each year, CRF also sponsors a number of patient-based special projects such as the Women's Health Initiative. Furthermore, through its Data Coordinating and Analysis Center, CRF maintains a vast database of clinical inquiry and outcomes. This important database has been created to track the real-world, long-term effectiveness of new treatment models.
    CRF's dedication to research and education is demonstrated at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) symposium where CRF's distinguished faculty joins forces with more than 600 of the world's leading cardiologists to teach, share and discuss the latest techniques and developments in the field with over 11,000 symposium participants from across the globe. Where once it took years for such theories and practices to achieve currency in the medical community, TCT now ensures the timely dissemination of this critical body of research and therapeutic practice. It is an exchange, as Dr Leon says, "that influences the way hundreds of thousands of patients are treated every year."