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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649949/diagnostic-performance-of-a-lattice-boltzmann-based-method-for-fast-ct-fractional-flow-reserve
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Andreas Giannopoulos, Anji Tang, Yin Ge, Michael Cheezum, Michael Steigner, Shinichiro Fujimoto, Kanako Kumamaru, Dante Chiappino, Daniele Della Latta, Sergio Berti, Sara Chiappino, Frank Rybicki, Simone Melchionna, Dimitrios Mitsouras
AIMS: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) estimated from coronary computed tomography angiography (CT-FFR) offers non-invasive detection of lesion-specific ischemia. We developed and validated a fast CT-FFR algorithm utilizing the Lattice-Boltzmann Method for blood flow simulation (LBM CT-FFR). METHODS AND RESULTS: 64 patients from 3 institutions with clinically-indicated CTA and invasive FFR measurement were retrospectively analyzed. CT-FFR was performed using an on-site tool interfacing with a commercial Lattice-Boltzmann fluid dynamics cloud-based platform...
June 27, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649159/initial-simulated-ffr-investigation-using-flow-measurements-in-patient-specific-3d-printed-coronary-phantoms
#2
Lauren Shepard, Kelsey Sommer, Richard Izzo, Alexander Podgorsak, Michael Wilson, Zaid Said, Frank J Rybicki, Dimitrios Mitsouras, Stephen Rudin, Erin Angel, Ciprian N Ionita
PURPOSE: Accurate patient-specific phantoms for device testing or endovascular treatment planning can be 3D printed. We expand the applicability of this approach for cardiovascular disease, in particular, for CT-geometry derived benchtop measurements of Fractional Flow Reserve, the reference standard for determination of significant individual coronary artery atherosclerotic lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) images during a single heartbeat were acquired with a 320×0...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644727/impact-of-time-and-assisted-donning-on-respirator-fit
#3
Brian Rembialkowski, Margaret Sietsema, Lisa Brosseau
The goal of this study was to examine the impact of assistance with donning and time on quantitative fit factors (FF) and pass rates for subjects wearing an N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) and a non-certified adhesive mask. Fit factors were measured using two side-by-side TSI Portacount instruments sampling second-by-second simultaneous inside- and outside-facepiece concentrations. Naïve subjects made two visits at least one week apart. At each visit subjects first donned either the respirator or adhesive mask without assistance and performed a five-exercise fast fit test...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642995/accuracy-and-reproducibility-of-fast-fractional-flow-reserve-computation-from-invasive-coronary-angiography
#4
A R van Rosendael, G Koning, A C Dimitriu-Leen, J M Smit, J M Montero-Cabezas, F van der Kley, J W Jukema, J H C Reiber, J J Bax, A J H A Scholte
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with favourable outcome compared with revascularization based on angiographic stenosis severity alone. The feasibility of the new image-based quantitative flow ratio (QFR) assessed from 3D quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) and thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count using three different flow models has been reported recently. The aim of the current study was to assess the accuracy, and in particular, the reproducibility of these three QFR techniques when compared with invasive FFR...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612908/association-between-fractional-flow-reserve-and-duke-treadmill-score-in-patients-with-single-vessel-disease
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Süleyman Kalaycı, Belma Kalaycı, Ekrem Şahan, Asiye Ayça Ayyılmaz Boyacı
BACKGROUND: Duke Treadmill score (DTS) is an index that provides prognostic information calculated at exercise stress test (EST). Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is an invasive method used to evaluate intermediate coronary stenosis. The direct relation of DTS and FFR has not been studied to date. AIM: The present study aims to investigate the relationship between the Duke Treadmill score (DTS) and fractional flow reserve (FFR). METHODS: The study population consisted of a total of 106 patients who have single-vessel disease, as confirmed by the coronary angiography (CAG), performed following EST, and whose FFRs have been measured...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612008/hybrid-instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-fractional-flow-reserve-versus-fractional-flow-reserve-in-the-real-world
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Kara Shuttleworth, Kristina Smith, Jonathan Watt, Jamie A L Smith, Stephen J Leslie
BACKGROUND: The instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) is a novel method to assess the ischemic potential of coronary artery stenoses. Clinical trial data have shown that iFR has acceptable diagnostic agreement with fractional flow reserve (FFR), the reference standard for the functional assessment of coronary stenoses. This study compares iFR measurements with FFR measurements in a real world, single-center setting. METHODS AND RESULTS: Instantaneous wave-free ratio and FFR were measured in 50 coronary artery lesions in 42 patients, with FFR ≤ 0...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610962/coronary-physiology-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-comparison-between-fractional-flow-reserve-and-instantaneous-wave-free-ratio
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Roberto Scarsini, Gabriele Pesarini, Carlo Zivelonghi, Anna Piccoli, Valeria Ferrero, Mattia Lunardi, Marco Barbierato, Francesco Caprioglio, Corrado Vassanelli, Flavio Ribichini
BACKGROUND: The functional assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) has not been validated so far, and the best strategy to physiologically investigate the relevance of coronary stenosis in this specific setting of patients remains undetermined. The aim of the study is to compare the diagnostic performance of instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) in patients with severe AS. METHODS: The functional significance of 179 coronary lesions was investigated with on-line iFR and FFR measurements in 85 AS patients and compared with a control group formed by 167 patients (290 lesions) with stable CAD and without AS...
June 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609786/gravimetric-measurements-of-filtering-facepiece-respirators-challenged-with-diesel-exhaust
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Swathi Satish, Jacob J Swanson, Kai Xiao, Andrew S Viner, David B Kittelson, David Y H Pui
Elevated concentrations of diesel exhaust have been linked to adverse health effects. Filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) are widely used as a form of respiratory protection against diesel particulate matter (DPM) in occupational settings. Previous results (Penconek A, Drążyk P, Moskal A. (2013) Penetration of diesel exhaust particles through commercially available dust half masks. Ann Occup Hyg; 57: 360-73.) have suggested that common FFRs are less efficient than would be expected for this purpose based on their certification approvals...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606887/comparison-of-the-prognostic-value-of-non-ischemic-fractional-flow-reserve-using-intracoronary-versus-intravenous-adenosine
#9
Naga Venkata Pothineni, Mohan M Edupuganti, Ahmed Almomani, Jason Payne, Sameer Raina, Shailesh Fnu, Amjad Abualsuod, Joseph Wong, Barry F Uretsky, Abdul Hakeem
AIMS: Intracoronary adenosine (ICA) yields similar fractional flow reserve (FFR) results as the "gold standard" of intravenous adenosine (IVA). Whether they have similar prognostic significance is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: 576 patients with 787 lesions in whom PCI was deferred based on FFR >0.75 were studied. Primary outcome was the first major adverse cardiovascular event [MACE defined as death, myocardial infarction (MI), or target vessel revascularization (TVR)] and secondary outcome was a composite of MI and target vessel failure (TVF)...
June 13, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600102/physiologic-mechanism-of-discordance-between-instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-and-fractional-flow-reserve-insight-from-13-n-ammonium-positron-emission-tomography
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Joo Myung Lee, Doyeon Hwang, Jonghanne Park, Yaliang Tong, Bon-Kwon Koo
BACKGROUND: Invasive physiologic indices, such as fractional flow reserve (FFR) or instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR), are used in clinical practice. We sought to evaluate the physiological mechanism of discordance between iFR and FFR using (13)N-ammonia positron emission tomography (PET)-derived quantitative parameters. METHODS: Data from 113 patients, who underwent both (13)N-ammonia PET and invasive FFR and iFR measurement, were analyzed. Coronary circulatory indices, such as myocardial blood flow (MBF), coronary flow reserve (CFR), microvascular resistance, and trans-stenosis resistance were compared between patients with discordant results (low FFR despite high iFR) and those with concordant abnormal results (low FFR and low iFR), using cut-off values of FFR≤0...
June 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597124/relative-atherosclerotic-plaque-volume-by-ct-coronary-angiography-trumps-conventional-stenosis-assessment-for-identifying-flow-limiting-lesions
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Nahoko Kato, Satoru Kishi, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Frank J Rybicki, Shuzou Tanimoto, Jiro Aoki, Mika Watanabe, Yu Horiuchi, Koichi Furui, Kazuhiro Hara, Kenji Ibukuro, Joao A C Lima, Kengo Tanabe
The new methods for diagnosing the ischemia with coronary computed tomographic angiography (CTA) as a noninvasive test have been investigated. To compare the relative plaque volume to quantitative CTA and quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) for detecting flow-limiting coronary artery stenoses. We studied 49 patients with 55 intermediate lesions (30-69% diameter stenosis) who underwent CTA, coronary angiography (CAG), and FFR. CTA and QCA measures included lesion length, percent diameter stenosis (%DS), minimal lumen diameter (MLD), target main vessel percent plaque volume (%PV), lesion %PV, target main vessel percent lumen volume (%LV), and lesion %LV...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595860/diagnostic-performance-of-a-novel-method-for-fractional-flow-reserve-computed-from-noninvasive-computed-tomography-angiography-novel-flow-study
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Ju-Hyun Chung, Kyung Eun Lee, Chang-Wook Nam, Joon-Hyung Doh, Hyung Il Kim, Soon-Sung Kwon, Eun Bo Shim, Eun-Seok Shin
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA)-derived fractional flow reserve from computed tomography (CT-FFR) may provide better diagnostic performance over CCTA alone, but the complexity of its method limits the use in clinical environment. The aim of the present study is to validate a newly developed vessel-length based computational fluid dynamics scheme for the computation of FFR based on CCTA data, compare them with invasively measured FFR, and evaluate its diagnostic performance with that of CCTA...
May 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595700/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibition-early-after-heart-transplantation
#13
William F Fearon, Kozo Okada, Jon A Kobashigawa, Yuhei Kobayashi, Helen Luikart, Sean Sana, Tiffany Daun, Steven A Chmura, Seema Sinha, Garett Cohen, Yasuhiro Honda, Michael Pham, David B Lewis, Daniel Bernstein, Alan C Yeung, Hannah A Valantine, Kiran Khush
BACKGROUND: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains a leading cause of mortality after heart transplantation (HT). Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) may retard the development of CAV but have not been well studied after HT. OBJECTIVES: This study tested the safety and efficacy of the ACEI ramipril on the development of CAV early after HT. METHODS: In this prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 96 HT recipients were randomized to undergo ramipril or placebo therapy...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586823/cross-linguistic-differences-in-bilinguals-fundamental-frequency-ranges
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Mikhail Ordin, Ineke Mennen
Purpose: We investigated cross-linguistic differences in fundamental frequency range (FFR) in Welsh-English bilingual speech. This is the first study that reports gender-specific behavior in switching FFRs across languages in bilingual speech. Method: FFR was conceptualized as a behavioral pattern using measures of span (range of fundamental frequency-in semitones-covered by the speaker's voice) and level (overall height of fundamental frequency maxima, minima, and means of speaker's voice) in each language...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585893/performance-of-two-respiratory-protective-devices-used-by-home-attending-health-care-workers-a-pilot-study
#15
Yousef Elmashae, Sergey A Grinshpun, Tiina Reponen, Michael Yermakov, Robert Riddle
OBJECTIVES: This pilot study aimed at determining the Workplace Protection Factor (WPF) for respiratory protective devices widely used by health-care workers to reduce exposure to potentially hazardous aerosols when attending patients in their homes. Two devices were tested, an N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) and a surgical mask (SM). METHODS: Three home-attending health-care workers were recruited, medically cleared and fit tested. At the workplace, the aerosol concentrations outside (Cout) and inside (Cin) of the tested respiratory protective device worn by a subject were measured using two simultaneously operating P-Trak condensation particle counters within the particle size range of approximately 20-1,000 nm...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577226/pet-measurements-of-myocardial-blood-flow-post-myocardial-infarction-relationship-to-invasive-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-studies-and-potential-clinical-applications
#16
Henry Gewirtz
This review focuses on clinical studies concerning assessment of coronary microvascular and conduit vessel function primarily in the context of acute and sub acute myocardial infarction (MI). The ability of quantitative PET measurements of myocardial blood flow (MBF) to delineate underlying pathophysiology and assist in clinical decision making in this setting is discussed. Likewise, considered are physiological metrics fractional flow reserve, coronary flow reserve, index of microvascular resistance (FFR, CFR, IMR) obtained from invasive studies performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, typically at the time of PCI for MI...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577046/fractional-flow-reserve-a-clinical-perspective
#17
David Corcoran, Barry Hennigan, Colin Berry
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a reference invasive diagnostic test to assess the physiological significance of an epicardial coronary artery stenosis. FFR-guided percutaneous coronary intervention in stable coronary artery disease has been assessed in three seminal clinical trials and the indications for FFR assessment are expanding into other clinical scenarios. In this article we review the theoretical, experimental and clinical basis for FFR measurement. We place FFR measurement in the context of the comprehensive invasive assessment of coronary physiology in patients presenting with known or suspected angina pectoris in daily clinical practice, and review the recent developments in FFR assessment...
June 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544741/diagnostic-accuracy-of-a-hybrid-approach-of-instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-and-fractional-flow-reserve-using-high-dose-intracoronary-adenosine-to-characterize-intermediate-coronary-lesions-results-of-the-pals-practical-assessment-of-lesion-severity-prospective
#18
Fernando Rivero, Javier Cuesta, Teresa Bastante, Amparo Benedicto, Marcos García-Guimaraes, Manuel Fuentes-Ferrer, Teresa Alvarado, Fernando Alfonso
OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) and high-dose intracoronary adenosine fractional flow reserve (IC-FFR) compared with classical intravenous adenosine fractional flow reserve (IV-FFR) to assess coronary stenosis severity. The usefulness of two hybrid strategies combining iFR and high-dose IC-FFR was also evaluated. BACKGROUND: Physiological assessment of intermediate coronary stenoses to guide revascularization is currently recommended...
May 22, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536897/validation-of-myocardial-perfusion-quantification-by-dynamic-ct-in-an-ex-vivo-porcine-heart-model
#19
Gert Jan Pelgrim, Marco Das, Sjoerd van Tuijl, Marly van Assen, Frits W Prinzen, Marco Stijnen, Matthijs Oudkerk, Joachim E Wildberger, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart
To test the accuracy of quantification of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using computed tomography (CT) in ex-vivo porcine models. Five isolated porcine hearts were perfused according to Langendorff. Hearts were perfused using retrograde flow through the aorta and blood flow, blood pressure and heart rate were monitored throughout the experiment. An inflatable cuff was placed around the circumflex (Cx) artery to create stenosis grades which were monitored using a pressure wire, analysing perfusion at several fractional flow reserve values of 1...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521932/discordance-between-fractional-flow-reserve-and-coronary-flow-reserve-insights-from-intracoronary-imaging-and-physiological%C3%A2-assessment
#20
Sung Gyun Ahn, Jon Suh, Olivia Y Hung, Hee Su Lee, Yasir H Bouchi, Wenjie Zeng, Rounak Gandhi, Parham Eshtehardi, Bill D Gogas, Habib Samady
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the epicardial and microvascular substrates associated with discordances between fractional flow reserve (FFR) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) values. BACKGROUND: Discordances between FFR and CFR remain poorly characterized. METHODS: FFR, hyperemic stenosis resistance (HSR), and intravascular ultrasound were performed as indexes of epicardial function and CFR and hyperemic microvascular resistance (HMR) as measures of microvascular function in 94 patients with moderate coronary stenosis...
May 22, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
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