1. Hiroyuki Okura

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    2. Usefulness of longitudinal reconstructed optical coherence tomography images for predicting the need for the reverse wire technique during coronary bifurcation interventions

      Usefulness of longitudinal reconstructed optical coherence tomography images for predicting the need for the reverse wire technique during coronary bifurcation interventions
      Objectives The aim is to investigate the usefulness of longitudinal reconstructed optical coherence tomography (OCT) images in selecting the reverse wire (RW) technique for inserting a guidewire into a side branch (SB). Background It is sometimes necessary to protect the SB with a guidewire to prevent SB complications in PCI for bifurcation lesions. The RW is a novel method for guidewire insertion into an extremely angulated SB when the standard ...
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    3. Plaque modification of severely calcified coronary lesions by scoring balloon angioplasty using Lacrosse non-slip element: insights from an optical coherence tomography evaluation

      Plaque modification of severely calcified coronary lesions by scoring balloon angioplasty using Lacrosse non-slip element: insights from an optical coherence tomography evaluation
      Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for heavily calcified lesions is challenging because these lesions are resistant to balloon dilatation and stenting. Lacrosse non-slip element (NSE) may have the potential to dilate heavily calcified lesions. We aimed to investigate predictors of successful lesion modification using Lacrosse NSE angioplasty via optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided PCI. We investigated 32 patients with severe target lesion calcification treated with OCT-guided PCI. Successful lesion modification was ...
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    4. Two-year vascular responses to drug-eluting stents with biodegradable polymer versus durable polymer: An optical coherence tomography sub-study of the NEXT

      Two-year vascular responses to drug-eluting stents with biodegradable polymer versus durable polymer: An optical coherence tomography sub-study of the NEXT
      Background This study aimed to compare very late vascular response after stent implantation between everolimus-eluting stent (EES) with a thin, non-adhesive, durable, biocompatible fluorinated polymer and biolimus-eluting stent (BES) with a biodegradable polymer by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods and results In the NOBORI-BES Versus XIENCE V/PROMUS-EES Trial (NEXT), a formal OCT substudy investigated 48 patients (27 EES-treated lesions in 23 patients and 28 BES-treated lesions in 25 patients ...
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    5. Impact of branching angle on neointimal coverage of drug-eluting stents implanted in bifurcation lesions

      Impact of branching angle on neointimal coverage of drug-eluting stents implanted in bifurcation lesions
      Objectives: To investigate the impact of branching angle (BA) on neointimal coverage of drug-eluting stents (DESs) in bifurcation lesions. Background: Previous experimental studies indicated that BA influences the local flow turbulence and wall shear stress, which are associated with neointimal coverage of DESs. Methods: Fifty-five bifurcation lesions in 47 patients were evaluated by serial optical coherence tomography (OCT) before DES implantation and at follow-up. Neointimal coverage was assessed in cross-sectional ...
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    6. Thin-cap fibroatheroma and large calcification at the proximal stent edge correlate with a high proportion of uncovered stent struts in the chronic phase

      Thin-cap fibroatheroma and large calcification at the proximal stent edge correlate with a high proportion of uncovered stent struts in the chronic phase
      Objective: A high proportion of uncovered stent struts is associated with late stent thrombosis after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation, which frequently results in myocardial infarction or death. However, the predictors of uncovered stent struts remain unknown. Here, using optical coherence tomography (OCT), we studied the baseline tissue characteristics of the target coronary segment and evaluated their influence on the neointimal coverage of the strut in the chronic phase. Methods: We ...
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    7. High Platelet Reactivity and Intrastent Thrombi Assessed by OCT After DES

      High Platelet Reactivity and Intrastent Thrombi Assessed by OCT After DES
      High platelet reactivity (HPR) on clopidogrel may be related to stent thrombosis after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation (1) . To investigate the relationship between HPR and intrastent thrombi following DES implantation, 202 lesions treated with DES from 109 patients were studied. Coronary angiography and optical coherence tomography (OCT) examination were performed as parts of routine follow-up examination at our institution except for the presence of renal dysfunction or congestive heart failure ...
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    8. Detection of Plaque Neovascularization by Optical Coherence Tomography: Ex Vivo Feasibility Study and In Vivo Observation in Patients With Angina Pectoris

      Detection of Plaque Neovascularization by Optical Coherence Tomography: Ex Vivo Feasibility Study and In Vivo Observation in Patients With Angina Pectoris
      Abstract: Objectives. The purposes of this study were: (1) to assess the feasibility of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for detecting neovascularization; and (2) to clarify the impact of plaque neovascularization on coronary vessel behavior over time. Background. Plaque neovascularization may be related to plaque vulnerability. Methods. In an ex vivo study, a total of 55 coronary plaques from 31 human cadavers were examined by OCT. Plaque neovascularization was diagnosed based ...
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    9. In-stent neointimal characteristics and late neointimal response after drug-eluting stent implantation: A preliminary observation

      In-stent neointimal characteristics and late neointimal response after drug-eluting stent implantation: A preliminary observation
      Background Progressive neointimal proliferation may lead to late restenosis and/or neoatherosclerosis after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. Late neointimal response may be different among different tissue characteristics. The aim of this study was to assess impact of in-stent neointimal characteristics on late neointimal response following DES implantation. Methods Serial (median 270 days and median 551 days after stent implantation) optical coherence tomography (OCT) examinations were performed in 42 stented lesions ...
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    10. Calcified plaque ablated by rotational atherectomy visualised by optical coherence tomography

      Calcified plaque ablated by rotational atherectomy visualised by optical coherence tomography
      This paper also includes accompanying supplementary data published online at: http://www.pcronline.com/eurointervention/86th_issue/62 Calcification is visualised by optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a well-delineated, signal-poor region with sharp borders. A 63-year-old female patient with stable angina underwent percutaneous coronary intervention. OCT (C7 Dragonfly, ILUMIEN OCT system; St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA) showed lumen narrowing with heavily calcified plaque (Figure 1A) . Rotational atherectomy (RA) was ...
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    11. Assessment of vascular response after drug-eluting stents implantation in patients with diabetes mellitus: an optical coherence tomography sub-study of the J-DESsERT

      Assessment of vascular response after drug-eluting stents implantation in patients with diabetes mellitus: an optical coherence tomography sub-study of the J-DESsERT
      Even in the drug-eluting stent era, diabetes mellitus (DM) patients have high incidences of restenosis and repeat revascularization after percutaneous coronary intervention. The aim of this study was to compare vascular response after stent implantation between sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) and paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES) by using optical coherence tomography (OCT) in DM patients as well as in non-DM patients. In the Japan-Drug Eluting Stents Evaluation; a Randomized Trial (J-DESsERT), the OCT ...
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    12. Vessel Response After First- and Second-Generation Drug-Eluting Stent Detected by Optical Coherence Tomography – Pathological Background and Clinical Importance -

      Vessel Response After First- and Second-Generation Drug-Eluting Stent Detected by Optical Coherence Tomography – Pathological Background and Clinical Importance -
      Editorial. Although drug-eluting stents (DES) have dramatically decreased restenosis and target lesion revascularization rates, very late stent thrombosis has emerged as a new problem related to first-generation DES. Abnormal inflammatory vessel response to the polymer has been considered responsible for the development of stent thrombosis.1 Pathological examinations have revealed that in-stent neointima after implantation of a first-generation DES may contain inflammatory cells and fibrin. Recently, optical coherence tomography (OCT ...
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    13. Vascular Response to Drug-Eluting Stent With Biodegradable vs. Durable Polymer

      Vascular Response to Drug-Eluting Stent With Biodegradable vs. Durable Polymer
      Background: The aim of the present study was to compare vascular healing response between everolimus-eluting stent (EES) and biolimus-eluting stent (BES) using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods and Results: In the NOBORI Biolimus-Eluting Versus XIENCE V/PROMUS Everolimus-Eluting Stent Trial (NEXT), a formal OCT substudy investigated 91 patients (55 EES-treated lesions in 48 patients and 51 BES-treated lesions in 43 patients) with 812 months follow-up imaging at 18 centers. A ...
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  2. About Hiroyuki Okura

    Hiroyuki Okura, MD, is with the Department of Cardiology at the Kawasaki Medical School in Kurashiki, Japan.