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    2. Predictors of Rapid Plaque Progression: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Predictors of Rapid Plaque Progression: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study
      Objectives This study sought to identify morphological predictors of rapid plaque progression. Background Two patterns of plaque progression have been described: slow linear progression and rapid step-wise progression. The former pattern will cause stable angina when the narrowing reaches a critical threshold, whereas the latter pattern may lead to acute coronary syndromes or sudden cardiac death. Methods Patients who underwent optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging during the index procedure and ...
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    3. Spatial Distribution of Vulnerable Plaques: Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping

      Spatial Distribution of Vulnerable Plaques: Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping
      Objectives The authors performed a comprehensive analysis on the distribution of coronary plaques with different phenotypes from our 3-vessel optical coherence tomography (OCT) database. Background Previous pathology studies demonstrated that thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) is localized in specific segments of the epicardial coronary arteries. A detailed description of in vivo coronary plaques of various phenotypes has not been reported. Methods OCT images of all 3 coronary arteries in 131 patients were ...
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    4. Effects of Fatty Acid Therapy in Addition to Strong Statin on Coronary Plaques in Acute Coronary Syndrome: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Effects of Fatty Acid Therapy in Addition to Strong Statin on Coronary Plaques in Acute Coronary Syndrome: An Optical Coherence Tomography Study
      ACKGROUND Vascular healing response associated with adjunctive n‐3 polyunsaturated fatty acid therapy therapy in patients receiving strong statin therapy remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of polyunsaturated fatty acid therapy with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) or docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in addition to strong statin therapy on coronary atherosclerotic plaques using optical coherence tomography. METHODS AND RESULTS This prospective multicenter randomized controlled trial included 130 ...
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    5. Circadian variations in pathogenesis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: an optical coherence tomography study

      Circadian variations in pathogenesis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: an optical coherence tomography study
      Previous studies have reported a circadian variation in the onset of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, underlying mechanisms for the circadian variation have not been fully elucidated. We investigated the relationship between onset of STEMI and the underlying pathology using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Patients with a diagnosis of STEMI were selected from a multicenter OCT registry. Patients were divided into 4 groups based on the estimated time of ...
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    6. A detailed comparison between the endoscopic images using blue laser imaging and three-dimensional reconstructed pathological images of colonic lesions

      A detailed comparison between the endoscopic images using blue laser imaging and three-dimensional reconstructed pathological images of colonic lesions
      Blue laser/light imaging (BLI) is an image-enhanced endoscopy (IEE) technique that can provide an accurate diagnosis by closely observing the surface structure of various colonic lesions. However, complete correspondence between endoscopic images and pathological images has not been demonstrated. The aim of this study was to accurately compare endoscopic images and the pathological images using a three-dimensionally (3D) reconstructed pathological model. Continuous thin layer sections were prepared from colonic ...
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    7. Predictors for layered coronary plaques: an optical coherence tomography study

      Predictors for layered coronary plaques: an optical coherence tomography study
      Healed coronary plaques, morphologically characterized by a layered pattern, are signatures of previous plaque disruption and healing. Recent optical coherence tomography (OCT) studies showed that layered plaque is associated with vascular vulnerability. However, factors associated with layered plaques have not been studied. The aim of this study was to investigate predictors for layered plaque at the culprit plaques and at non-culprit plaques. Patients with coronary artery disease who underwent pre-intervention ...
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    8. COMPARISON OF POST STENT OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY FINDINGS AMONG THREE SUBTYPES OF CALCIFIED CULPRIT PLAQUES IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME

      COMPARISON OF POST STENT OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY FINDINGS AMONG THREE SUBTYPES OF CALCIFIED CULPRIT PLAQUES IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME
      Background Recently, three subtypes of calcified plaques at the culprit lesion were reported in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS): eruptive calcified nodule, superficial calcific sheet, and calcified protrusion. Methods A total of 157 patients with ACS and calcified plaque at the culprit lesion were selected from our database. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings at index procedure and after stent implantation were compared among the three subgroups. Results In the ...
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    9. Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping: A 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Comprehensive In Vivo Coronary Plaque Mapping: A 3-Vessel Optical Coherence Tomography Study
      Background Previous pathology studies demonstrated that thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) is localized in specific segments of the epicardial coronary arteries. A detailed description of in vivo coronary plaques of various phenotypes has not been reported. Objectives We performed a comprehensive analysis on the distribution of coronary plaques with different phenotypes from our 3-vessel optical coherence tomography (OCT) database. Methods OCT images of all 3 coronary arteries in 131 patients were analyzed ...
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    10. Comparison of post‐stent optical coherence tomography findings among three subtypes of calcified culprit plaques in patients with acute coronary syndrome

      Comparison of post‐stent optical coherence tomography findings among three subtypes of calcified culprit plaques in patients with acute coronary syndrome
      Objectives To compare the postprocedural optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings and in‐hospital outcomes among the three subtypes of calcified plaques: eruptive calcified nodules, superficial calcific sheet, and calcified protrusion. Background Recently, three subtypes of calcified culprit plaques were reported in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). How these subtypes respond to stenting is unknown. Methods ACS patients with calcified plaque at the culprit lesion were selected from our database ...
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    11. Characteristics of non-culprit plaques in acute coronary syndrome patients with layered culprit plaque

      Characteristics of non-culprit plaques in acute coronary syndrome patients with layered culprit plaque
      Aims Layered plaques represent signs of previous plaque destabilization. A recent study showed that acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients with layered culprit plaque have more vulnerability at the culprit lesion and systemic inflammation. We aimed to compare the characteristics of non-culprit plaques between patients with or without layered plaque at the culprit lesion. We also evaluated the characteristics of layered non-culprit plaques, irrespective of culprit plaque phenotype. Methods and results ...
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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. Clinical Predictors for Lack of Favorable Vascular Response to Statin Therapy in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease: A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study

      Clinical Predictors for Lack of Favorable Vascular Response to Statin Therapy in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease: A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography Study
      Background Previous studies have demonstrated that statin therapy improves cardiac outcomes, probably by stabilizing thin‐cap fibroatheroma in patients with coronary artery disease. However, major adverse cardiac events still occur in some patients, despite statin therapy. The aim of this study is to identify clinical predictors for the lack of a favorable vascular response to statin therapy in patients with coronary artery disease. Methods and Results A total of 140 ...
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    15. Neointimal coverage of jailed side branches in coronary bifurcation lesions: an optical coherence tomography analysis

      Neointimal coverage of jailed side branches in coronary bifurcation lesions: an optical coherence tomography analysis
      Objectives: The jailed strut at the side-branch (SB) orifice may be a cause of delayed neointimal coverage and SB flow disturbance after single stenting to bifurcation. The aim of this study was to characterize the exact relationship between the jailed strut pattern at the SB orifice immediately after stent implantation and neointimal coverage of the jailed SB orifice in the chronic phase. Patients and methods: A total of 29 bifurcation ...
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    Nara Medical University

    Nara Medical University is a public university in Kashihara, Nara, Japan. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1945.