1. Ken-ichi Hirata

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    2. The impact of serum trans fatty acids concentration on plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease: Assessment via optical coherence tomography

      The impact of serum trans fatty acids concentration on plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease: Assessment via optical coherence tomography
      Background and aims Recent epidemiological studies have showed that excessive intake of trans fatty acids (TFA) can be a residual risk for the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) even under medical management, including statins. This study aimed at investigating the association between lipid profile, including serum TFA concentration, and plaque vulnerability using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods Level of serum elaidic acid, a major TFA component, was measured using ...
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    3. Effects of daily glucose fluctuations on the healing response to everolimus-eluting stent implantation as assessed using continuous glucose monitoring and optical coherence tomography

      Effects of daily glucose fluctuations on the healing response to everolimus-eluting stent implantation as assessed using continuous glucose monitoring and optical coherence tomography
      Background Several studies have revealed that glucose fluctuations provoke oxidative stress that leads to endothelial cell dysfunction, progression of coronary atherosclerosis, and plaque vulnerability. However, little is known regarding their effect on neointimal growth after stenting in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to investigate the effects of glucose fluctuations on neointimal growth after everolimus-eluting stent (EES) implantation. Methods This study examined 50 patients who underwent a 9-month ...
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    4. Impact of final kissing balloon inflation on vessel healing following drug-eluting stent implantation: Insight from the optical coherence tomography sub-study of the J-REVERSE trial

      Impact of final kissing balloon inflation on vessel healing following drug-eluting stent implantation: Insight from the optical coherence tomography sub-study of the J-REVERSE trial
      Background We sought to clarify the impact of final kissing inflation (FKI) after single stenting of bifurcation lesions on vessel healing. Methods From the J-REVERSE registry enrolling 303 bifurcation lesions treated with provisional single stenting using sirolimus- (SES) or everolimus-eluting stent (EES), 65 lesions treated with ( n = 30) and without ( n = 35) FKI underwent 9-month follow-up optical coherence tomography. Average stent eccentricity index (SEI: minimum/maximum stent diameter) and neointimal ...
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    5. The impact of in-stent neoatherosclerosis on long-term clinical outcomes: an observational study from the Kobe University Hospital optical coherence tomography registry

      The impact of in-stent neoatherosclerosis on long-term clinical outcomes: an observational study from the Kobe University Hospital optical coherence tomography registry
      Aims: Although pathological studies have indicated the development of neoatherosclerosis (NA) after stenting, its risk factors and impact on future clinical events remain unclear. We aimed to clarify the possible risk factors for NA development and to evaluate the impact of NA in a large Japanese observational OCT database of patients with coronary heart disease. Methods and results: One hundred and seventy-five consecutive patients (314 lesions) who underwent OCT examination ...
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    6. Differences in Vessel Healing Between Sirolimus- and Everolimus-Eluting Stent Implantation for Bifurcation Lesions: The J-REVERSE Optical Coherence Tomography Substudy

      Differences in Vessel Healing Between Sirolimus- and Everolimus-Eluting Stent Implantation for Bifurcation Lesions: The J-REVERSE Optical Coherence Tomography Substudy
      Background We aimed to clarify the differences in vessel healing after stenting of bifurcation lesions using sirolimus-eluting stents (SESs) or everolimus-eluting stents (EESs). Methods J apanese R egistry Study in Comparison Between Ever olimus-Eluting Stent and S irolimus- E luting Stent for the Bifurcation Lesion (J-REVERSE) is a prospective multicentre registry of 303 bifurcation lesions that were treated with provisional SES or EES with or without final kissing inflation. The ...
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    7. Optical coherence tomography study of chronic-phase vessel healing after implantation of bare metal and paclitaxel-eluting self-expanding nitinol stents in the superficial femoral artery

      Optical coherence tomography study of chronic-phase vessel healing after implantation of bare metal and paclitaxel-eluting self-expanding nitinol stents in the superficial femoral artery
      Background This study aimed to assess chronic-phase suppression of neointimal proliferation and arterial healing following paclitaxel-coated (PTX) and bare metal stent (BMS) implantation in the superficial femoral artery using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods Twenty-five patients with 68 stents underwent an 8-month OCT follow-up. Besides standard OCT variables, neointimal characterization and frequencies of peri-strut low-intensity area (PLIA), macrophage accumulation, and in-stent thrombi were evaluated. Results The mean neointimal thickness was ...
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    8. Differences in Vessel Healing between Sirolimus- and Everolimus-eluting Stent Implantation for Bifurcation Lesions: The J-REVERSE OCT Sub-study

      Differences in Vessel Healing between Sirolimus- and Everolimus-eluting Stent Implantation for Bifurcation Lesions: The J-REVERSE OCT Sub-study
      Background We aimed to clarify the differences in vessel healing after stenting for bifurcation lesions using sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) or everolimus-eluting stent (EES). Methods J-REVERSE is a prospective multicenter registry of 303 bifurcation lesions that were treated with provisional SES or EES with or without final kissing inflation. The first 115 lesions at selected study sites were predefined for inclusion in the optical coherence tomography (OCT) sub-study and 9-month follow-up ...
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    9. Early Phase Arterial Reaction Following Drug-Eluting and Bare-Metal Stent Implantation in Patients With ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Optical Coherence Tomography Assessment at 2 Weeks

      Early Phase Arterial Reaction Following Drug-Eluting and Bare-Metal Stent Implantation in Patients With ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Optical Coherence Tomography Assessment at 2 Weeks
      The early phase arterial reaction after implantation of second-generation drug-eluting stents (2nd DES) and baremetal stents (BMS) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains unclear. The MECHANISM pilot study is a multi-center prospective registry that enrolled 24 STEMI patients (from 11 centers) who had undergone implantation of everolimus-eluting ( n = 6), biolimus A9-eluting ( n = 6) or zotarolimus-eluting stents ( n = 6), or BMS ( n = 6). Scheduled optical coherence tomography (OCT ...
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    10. Association between daily glucose fluctuation and coronary plaque properties in patients receiving adequate lipid-lowering therapy assessed by continuous glucose monitoring and optical coherence tomography

      Association between daily glucose fluctuation and coronary plaque properties in patients receiving adequate lipid-lowering therapy assessed by continuous glucose monitoring and optical coherence tomography
      Background Glucose fluctuation has been recognized as a residual risk apart from dyslipidemia for the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). This study aimed to investigate the association between glucose fluctuation and coronary plaque morphology in CAD patients. Methods This prospective study enrolled 72 consecutive CAD patients receiving adequate lipid-lowering therapy. They were divided into 3 tertiles according to the mean amplitude of glycemic excursions (MAGE), which represents glucose fluctuation ...
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    11. Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Evaluation at 6, 12, and 24 months Following Biolimus A9-Eluting Biodegradable Polymer Coated Stent Implantation

      Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Evaluation at 6, 12, and 24 months Following Biolimus A9-Eluting Biodegradable Polymer Coated Stent Implantation
      Background Nobori is a biolimus A9-eluting stent (BES) featured with a biodegradable polymer coated on the abluminal side only. We previously reported that favorable vessel healing was achieved at 6-12 months after BES implantation. However, detailed long-term vessel reaction post-BES deployment is unclear. Methods Twenty-two BESs were serially evaluated by optical coherence tomography (OCT) at 6, 12, and 24 months post-stenting. Average neointimal thickness, uncovered struts and neointimal unevenness score ...
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    12. Optical Coherence Tomography and Histopathology Assessment After Implantation of First- and Second-Generation Drug-Eluting Stents in a Porcine Coronary Model

      Optical Coherence Tomography and Histopathology Assessment After Implantation of First- and Second-Generation Drug-Eluting Stents in a Porcine Coronary Model
      Background: This study directly compared optical coherence tomography (OCT) and histopathology for the assessment of vascular response to first- and second-generation drug-eluting stents. Methods and Results: Sirolimus-, everolimus-, and biolimus-eluting stents (SES, EES, and BES, respectively) were randomly implanted into the coronary arteries of 12 porcine. OCT was conducted after implantation: at 1, 3, and 6 months; histopathology was assessed at 3 and 6 months. At 1-month OCT, EES had ...
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    13. Atherosclerotic plaque characterization by CT angiography for identification of high-risk coronary artery lesions: a comparison to optical coherence tomography

      Atherosclerotic plaque characterization by CT angiography for identification of high-risk coronary artery lesions: a comparison to optical coherence tomography
      AIMS: Adverse plaque characteristics (APCs) by coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CTA) are associated with myocardial ischaemia and future acute coronary syndromes. The overall objective was to determine whether APCs on non-invasive CTA are associated with vulnerable plaque features by invasive optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty-eight coronary plaques in 45 patients were evaluated by CTA and OCT. APCs by CTA were: positive remodelling (PR), remodelling index 1 ...
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    14. Two-year vessel healing after everolimus-eluting stent implantation: Serial assessment by optical coherence tomography

      Two-year vessel healing after everolimus-eluting stent implantation: Serial assessment by optical coherence tomography
      Background Previous reports have suggested the importance of delayed arterial healing and the development of neoatherosclerosis as major contributors to stent thrombosis and delayed restenosis. The difference of in vivo assessment of long-term vessel healing between first-generation drug-eluting stents and current generation everolimus-eluting stents (EESs) is limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate long-term arterial healing in EES in comparison with the first generation sirolimus-eluting stents (SES). Methods ...
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    15. Impact of strut-vessel distance and underlying plaque type on the resolution of acute strut malapposition: serial optimal coherence tomography analysis after everolimus-eluting stent implantation

      Impact of strut-vessel distance and underlying plaque type on the resolution of acute strut malapposition: serial optimal coherence tomography analysis after everolimus-eluting stent implantation
      The consequences of acute strut malapposition in everolimus-eluting stents (EES) are unknown. This study investigated the impact of strutvessel (SV) distance and plaque type underneath acute strut malapposition on the mid-term vessel response in EES. Twenty-nine patients (35 EES) underwent optical coherence tomography (OCT) immediately after percutaneous coronary intervention and at 8-month follow-up. SV distance and plaque type (lipid, calcified, or fibrous) underneath acute strut malapposition were evaluated. Follow-up OCT ...
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    16. Stabilizing effect of combined eicosapentaenoic acid and statin therapy on coronary thin-cap fibroatheroma

      Stabilizing effect of combined eicosapentaenoic acid and statin therapy on coronary thin-cap fibroatheroma
      Background The addition of highly purified eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to statin therapy prevents cardiovascular events. However, the impact of this treatment on vulnerable plaques remains unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of adding EPA to a standard statin therapy on vulnerable plaques by serial optical coherence tomography (OCT). Methods Forty-nine non-culprit thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) lesions in 30 patients with untreated dyslipidemia were included. Patients were ...
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  2. About Ken-ichi Hirata

    Ken-ichi Hirata, MD, is with the Division of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Medicine, in the Department of Internal Medicine at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine.