1. Renu Virmani

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    2. Multiple Simultaneous Plaque Erosion in 3 Coronary Arteries

      Multiple Simultaneous Plaque Erosion in 3 Coronary Arteries

      We performed optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging with matched histology in a 34-year-old man with history of smoking and untreated hyperlipidemia who had suffered from epigastric pain and was found dead at home. Multiple plaque erosions in 3 major coronary arteries were discovered (Figure 1 )

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    3. Matching human pathology is essential for validating OCT imaging to detect high-risk plaques

      Matching human pathology is essential for validating OCT imaging to detect high-risk plaques

      We thank Mark Brezinski for his Correspondence ( Capabilities, limitations, and misconceptions of using OCT to assess vulnerable plaques . Nat. Rev. Cardiol. doi:10.1038/nrcardio.2014.62-c1 ) 1 on our Review ( Clinical classification of plaque morphology in coronary disease . Nat. Rev. Cardiol. 11 , 379 – 389 ; 2014 ), 2 and for his comments and clarifications. We agree that the phenomenon

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    4. Mechanisms of Atherothrombosis and Vascular Response to Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Women Versus Men With Acute Myocardial Infarction : Results of the OCTAVIA (Optical Coherence Tomography Assessment of Gender Diversity in Primary Angiop

      Mechanisms of Atherothrombosis and Vascular Response to Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Women Versus Men With Acute Myocardial Infarction : Results of the OCTAVIA (Optical Coherence Tomography Assessment of Gender Diversity in Primary Angiop

      Objectives This study sought to assess in vivo sex differences in the pathophysiology of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and vascular response to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Background There is no consensus on whether differences in the pathophysiology of STEMI and response to primary PCI between women and men reflect biological factors as opposed to differences in age. Methods In this prospective, multicenter study, 140 age-matched men and women with STEMI undergoing primary PCI with everolimus-eluting stent were investigated with intravascular optical coherence tomography, histopathology-immunohistochemistry of thrombus aspirates, and serum biomarkers. Primary endpoints were the percentages of culprit plaque ...

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    5. Clinical classification of plaque morphology in coronary disease

      Clinical classification of plaque morphology in coronary disease

      In published post-mortem pathological studies, more than two-thirds of acute coronary events are associated with the rupture of lipid-rich, voluminous, and outwardly remodelled plaques covered by attenuated and inflamed fibrous caps in the proximal part of coronary arteries. Superficial erosion of the plaques is responsible for most of the remaining events; the eroded plaques usually do not demonstrate much lipid burden, do not have thin fibrous caps, are not positively remodelled, and are not critically occlusive. Both noninvasive and invasive imaging studies have been performed to clinically define the plaque characteristics in acute coronary syndromes in an attempt to identify ...

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    6. Expectations and limitations of contemporary intravascular imaging: lessons learned from pathology

      Expectations and limitations of contemporary intravascular imaging: lessons learned from pathology

      Acute coronary syndrome is the leading cause of death worldwide and plaque rupture is the most common underlying mechanism of coronary thrombosis. During the last 2 decades the understanding of atherosclerotic plaque progression advanced dramatically and pathology studies provided fundamental insights of underlying plaque morphology, which paved the way for invasive imaging modalities, which bring a new area of atherosclerotic plaque characterization in vivo. The development of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) allowed the field to evaluate the principles of vascular anatomy, which is often underestimated by coronary angiography. Furthermore, IVUS image technologies were developed to obtain improved characterization of plaque composition ...

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    7. Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations of Hemodynamics in Plaque Erosion

      Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations of Hemodynamics in Plaque Erosion

      We investigated whether local hemodynamics were associated with sites of plaque erosion and hypothesized that patients with plaque erosion have locally elevated WSS magnitude in regions where erosion has occurred. We generated 3D, patient-specific models of coronary arteries from biplane angiographic images in 3 human patients with plaque erosion diagnosed by optical coherence tomography. Using computational fluid dynamics, we simulated pulsatile blood flow and calculated both wall shear stress (WSS) and oscillatory shear index (OSI). We also investigated anatomic features of plaque erosion sites by examining branching and local curvature in X-ray angiograms of barium-perfused autopsy hearts. Neither high nor ...

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    8. Increased Thin-Cap Neoatheroma and Periprocedural Myocardial Infarction in Drug-Eluting Stent Restenosis Multimodality Intravascular Imaging of Drug-Eluting and Bare-Metal Stents

      Increased Thin-Cap Neoatheroma and Periprocedural Myocardial Infarction in Drug-Eluting Stent Restenosis  Multimodality Intravascular Imaging of Drug-Eluting and Bare-Metal Stents
      ... MD, 6. Jason C. Kovacic, MD, PhD, 7. Gary S. Mintz, MD, 8. Fumiyuki Otsuka, MD, PhD, 9. Stephen Pan, MD, 10. Renu Virmani, MD, 11. Samin K. Sharma, MD, 12. Pedro Moreno, MD and 13. Annapoorna S. Kini, MD 1. From t...
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    9. Feature Of The Week 8/4/13: MGH OCT Registry Reports on In Vivo OCT Studies of Plaque Erosion and Calcified Nodule In Acute Coronary Syndrome

      Feature Of The Week 8/4/13: MGH OCT Registry Reports on In Vivo OCT Studies of Plaque Erosion and Calcified Nodule In Acute Coronary Syndrome

      Pathology studies reported that three most common causes of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or sudden cardiac death are plaque rupture, plaque erosion and calcified nodules. The morphological and clinical characteristics of the underlying pathology of ACS, especially plaque erosion and calcified nodule, have never been well studied in vivo. Using optical coherence tomography, we found that plaque erosions are the substrate for ACS in 31% of patients and calcified nodules in 8% of patients, which are consistent with pathological findings. Erosions are more likely to cause non-ST-segment elevation ACS than ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Compared to plaque rupture, plaque erosion ...

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    10. In Vivo Diagnosis of Plaque Erosion and Calcified Nodule in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome by Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography

      In Vivo Diagnosis of Plaque Erosion and Calcified Nodule in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome by Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography

      Objectives To characterize the morphological features of plaque erosion and calcified nodule in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Background Plaque erosion and calcified nodule have not been systematically investigated in vivo . Methods One hundred and twenty-six patients with ACS who had undergone pre-intervention OCT imaging were included. The culprit lesions were classified as plaque rupture (PR), erosion (OCT-erosion), calcified nodule (OCT-CN), or others using a new set of diagnostic criteria for OCT. Results The incidences of PR, OCT-erosion, and OCT-CN were 43.7%, 31.0%, and 7.9%, respectively. Patients with OCT-erosion were the ...

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    11. Intracoronary Optical Coherence Tomography and Histology of Overlapping Everolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds in a Porcine Coronary Artery Model : The Potential Implications for Clinical Practice

      Intracoronary Optical Coherence Tomography and Histology of Overlapping Everolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds in a Porcine Coronary Artery Model : The Potential Implications for Clinical Practice

      Objectives This study sought to assess the vascular response of overlapping Absorb stents compared with overlapping newer-generation everolimus-eluting metallic platform stents (Xience V [XV]) in a porcine coronary artery model. Background The everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (Absorb) is a novel approach to treating coronary lesions. A persistent inflammatory response, fibrin deposition, and delayed endothelialization have been reported with overlapping first-generation drug-eluting stents. Methods Forty-one overlapping Absorb and overlapping Xience V (XV) devices (3.0 × 12 mm) were implanted in the main coronary arteries of 17 nonatherosclerotic pigs with 10% overstretch. Implanted coronary arteries were evaluated by optical coherence tomography (OCT ...

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    12. Histogram Analysis of Lipid-Core Plaques in Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography: Ex Vivo Validation Against Histology

      Histogram Analysis of Lipid-Core Plaques in Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography: Ex Vivo Validation Against Histology

      Purpose: In coronary computed tomographic angiography (CTA), low attenuation of coronary atherosclerotic plaque is associated with lipid-rich plaques. However, an overlap in Hounsfield units (HU) between fibrous and lipid-rich plaque as well as an influence of luminal enhancement on plaque attenuation was observed and may limit accurate detection of lipid-rich plaques by CTA. We sought to determine whether the quantitative histogram analysis improves accuracy of the detection of lipid-core plaque (LCP) in ex vivo hearts by validation against histological analysis. Materials and Methods: Human donor hearts were imaged with a 64-slice computed tomographic scanner using a standard coronary CTA protocol ...

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    13. Update on acute coronary syndromes: the pathologists' view

      Update on acute coronary syndromes: the pathologists' view

      Although mortality rates from coronary heart disease in the western countries have declined in the last few decades, morbidity caused by this disease is increasing and a substantial number of patients still suffer acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and sudden cardiac death. Acute coronary syndrome occurs as a result of myocardial ischaemia and its manifestations include acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina. Culprit plaque morphology in these patients varies from thrombosis with or without coronary occlusion to sudden narrowing of the lumen from intraplaque haemorrhage. The coronary artery plaque morphologies primarily responsible for thrombosis are plaque rupture, and plaque erosion, with ...

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    14. Differentiation of Early from Advanced Coronary Atherosclerotic Lesions: Systematic Comparison of CT, Intravascular US, and Optical Frequency Domain Imaging with Histopathologic Examination in ex Vivo Human Heart

      Differentiation of Early from Advanced Coronary Atherosclerotic Lesions: Systematic Comparison of CT, Intravascular US, and Optical Frequency Domain Imaging with Histopathologic Examination in ex Vivo Human Heart

      Purpose: To establish an ex vivo experimental setup for imaging coronary atherosclerosis with coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography, intravascular ultrasonography (US), and optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) and to investigate their ability to help differentiate early from advanced coronary plaques. Materials and Methods: All procedures were performed in accordance with local and federal regulations and the Declaration of Helsinki. Approval of the local Ethics Committee was obtained. Overall, 379 histologic cuts from nine coronary arteries from three donor hearts were acquired, coregistered among modalities, and assessed for the presence and composition of atherosclerotic plaque. To assess the discriminatory capacity of ...

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  2. About Renu Virmani

    Renu Virmani

    Renu Virmani, MD, is President and Medical Director at CV Path Institute, Gaithersburg, MD.

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    1. It is a dangerous thing to put drug-eluting stents in patients who present with acute myocardial infarction...The fibrous cap is thin and has very few smooth muscle cells in it . . . and underneath, this necrotic core has no cells in it. So how does it heal? It needs cells to come in.... “Now you put a drug on top of that [by implanting DES]. It isn’t going to be allowed to heal. The reason [physicians] get away with this is patients are on dual antiplatelet therapy.
      In Incomplete Apposition Implicated in Stent Thrombosis
    2. I've never seen a rate as low as 5%. If it were truly 5%, I would agree it's probably not going to be a problem, clinically, but I think their methodology is probably wrong. . . . They may be seeing fibrin on top of the stent struts, and fibrin is not neointima, it's not healthy. OCT cannot look at the composition of the tissue, and therefore they are reading as 'covered' something that may be covered with a clot.
      In OCT imaging suggests low rates of uncovered/malapposed struts following DES for AMI