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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212965/effects-of-ezetimibe-statin-combination-therapy-on-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Kiyoshi Hibi, Shinjo Sonoda, Masanori Kawasaki, Yutaka Otsuji, Toyoaki Murohara, Hideki Ishii, Katsuhiko Sato, Ryoji Koshida, Yukio Ozaki, Masataka Sata, Yoshihiro Morino, Tadashi Miyamoto, Tetsuya Amano, Satoshi Morita, Ken Kozuma, Kazuo Kimura, Hisayoshi Fujiwara
BACKGROUND: The results of previous clinical trials on the effects of ezetimibe-statin combination therapy on atherosclerosis are inconsistent, and the anti-atherosclerotic effect of ezetimibe remains controversial.Methods and Results:We conducted a prospective, randomized open-label study at 10 centers. One hundred and twenty-eight statin-naïve patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention were randomized to receive either 2 mg/day pitavastatin plus 10 mg/day ezetimibe, or 2 mg/day pitavastatin...
December 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190694/contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-the-detection-of-ruptured-coronary-plaques-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Christian H P Jansen, Divaka Perera, Andrea J Wiethoff, Alkystis Phinikaridou, Reza M Razavi, Aldo Rinaldi, Mike S Marber, Gerald F Greil, Eike Nagel, David Maintz, Simon Redwood, Rene M Botnar, Marcus R Makowski
PURPOSE: X-ray coronary angiography (XCA) is the current gold standard for the assessment of lumen encroaching coronary stenosis but XCA does not allow for early detection of rupture-prone vulnerable plaques, which are thought to be the precursor lesions of most acute myocardial infarctions (AMI) and sudden death. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of delayed contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance coronary vessel wall imaging (CE-MRCVI) for the detection of culprit lesions in the coronary arteries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171212/plaque-characteristics-and-ruptured-plaque-location-according-to-lesion-geometry-in-culprit-lesions-of-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Ju Hyun Chung, Joo Myung Lee, Ae Young Her, Heeyoun Cho, Joon Hyung Doh, Chang Wook Nam, Hyung Il Kim, Bon Kwon Koo, Eun Seok Shin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The correlations between plaque characteristics and plaque rupture location according to segmental lesion analysis have not been well defined. The aim of this study was to assess those characteristics of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) culprit lesions according to segmental lesion geometry using virtual histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS). METHODS: Sixty single discrete lesions found in the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary arteries of 60 patients with STEMI were included...
October 26, 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148241/peri-procedural-myocardial-infarction-plaques-and-patients-at-risk
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EDITORIAL
James A Goldstein
Patients with acute coronary syndrome are at risk for peri-procedural myocardial infarction (PMI) Lipid-laden plaques with thinned disrupted fibrous caps are most prone to PMI PMI is associated with worse outcome over time, though whether such damaging events are causal or instead reflect patients prone to future instability from non-culprit vulnerable plaques requires further delineation.
November 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131800/qualitative-and-quantitative-evaluation-of-dynamic-changes-in-non-culprit-coronary-atherosclerotic-lesion-morphology-a-longitudinal-oct-study
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Bu-Chun Zhang, Antonios Karanasos, Muthukaruppan Gnanadesigan, Johannes N van der Sijde, Nienke van Ditzhuijzen, Karen T Witberg, Jurgen Ligthart, Roberto Diletti, Robert-Jan van Geuns, Jouke Dijkstra, Felix Zijlstra, Gijs van Soest, Evelyn Regar
AIMS: There is limited in vivo evidence regarding the temporal evolution of non-culprit coronary plaque morphology. We evaluated changes in non-culprit plaque morphology over time by optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS AND RESULTS:  72 patients with 257 non-culprit segments with serial OCT studies were analyzed. Non-culprit 5mm-long coronary segments from the same imaged region were matched between baseline and follow-up. OCT plaque characterization including automated attenuation analysis was performed and changes over a median follow-up of 6...
November 14, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064537/in-stent-restenosis-prone-coronary-plaque-composition-a-retrospective-virtual-histology-intravascular-ultrasound-study
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Duck-Jun Seo, Yong-Kyun Kim, Young-Hoon Seo, In-Geol Song, Ki-Hong Kim, Taek-Geun Kwon, Hyun-Woong Park, Jang-Ho Bae
BACKGROUND: The mechanism of in-stent restenosis (ISR) is multifactorial, which includes biological, mechanical and technical factors. This study hypothesized that increased inflammatory reaction, which is known to be an important atherosclerotic process, at a culprit lesion may lead to higher restenosis rates. METHODS: The study population consisted of 241 patients who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention with virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) and a 9-month follow-up coronary angiography...
October 24, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047360/comparison-of-circulating-dendritic-cell-and-monocyte-subsets-at-different-stages-of-atherosclerosis-insights-from-optical-coherence-tomography
#7
Jianhui Zhuang, Yang Han, Dachun Xu, Guofu Zhu, Shekhar Singh, Luoman Chen, Mengyun Zhu, Wei Chen, Yawei Xu, Xiankai Li
BACKGROUND: While specific patterns of circulating dendritic cells (DCs) and monocytes are associated with the incidence of coronary artery disease, the characterization of circulating DC and monocyte subsets in patients with different stages of atherosclerosis remains unclear. METHODS: Forty-eight patients with unstable angina pectoris (UAP) diagnosed by angiography were enrolled. Likewise, 31 patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) were enrolled and confirmed with the presence of thrombosis by angiography...
October 18, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943494/association-between-coronary-atherosclerosis-progression-and-in-stent-neoatherosclerosis-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-at-5-years-follow-up
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Giulia Paoletti, Josep Gomez-Lara, Salvatore Brugaletta, Marcos Ñato, Rafael Romaguera, Gerard Roura, José-Luis Ferreiro, Luis Teruel, Montserrat Gracida, Luis Ortega-Paz, Joan-Antoni Gomez-Hospital, Manel Sabate, Angel Cequier
AIMS: To investigate the association between in-stent neoatherosclerosis (NA) and atherosclerosis progression (AP) in non-culprit segments in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction at 5 years. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty-two out of 169 consecutive patients included in the EXAMINATION study underwent optical coherence tomography (OCT) at 5 years. NA plaques were observed in 13 (21.0%), signal-rich bands (SRB) in 22 (35.5%) and AP in 11 (17.7%). NA plaques were more frequently observed in patients treated with two stents (53...
September 26, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941357/microrna-in-alzheimer-s-disease-revisited-implications-for-major-neuropathological-mechanisms
#9
Reihaneh Dehghani, Farzaneh Rahmani, Nima Rezaei
Pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) goes far beyond neurotoxicity resulting from extracellular deposition of amyloid β (Aβ) plaques. Aberrant cleavage of amyloid precursor protein and accumulation of Aβ in the form of the plaque or neurofibrillary tangles are the known primary culprits of AD pathogenesis and target for various regulatory mechanisms. Hyper-phosphorylation of tau, a major component of neurofibrillary tangles, precipitates its aggregation and prevents its clearance. Lipid particles, apolipoproteins and lipoprotein receptors can act in favor or against Aβ and tau accumulation by altering neural membrane characteristics or dynamics of transport across the blood-brain barrier...
September 23, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938968/the-lipid-rich-plaque-study-of-vulnerable-plaques-and-vulnerable-patients-study-design-and-rationale
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REVIEW
Ron Waksman, Rebecca Torguson, Mia-Ashley Spad, Hector Garcia-Garcia, James Ware, Rui Wang, Sean Madden, Priti Shah, James Muller
BACKGROUND: It has been hypothesized that the outcome post-PCI could be improved by the detection and subsequent treatment of vulnerable patients and lipid-rich vulnerable coronary plaques (LRP). A near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) catheter capable of detecting LRP is being evaluated in The Lipid-Rich Plaque Study. STUDY DESIGN: The LRP Study is an international, multicenter, prospective cohort study conducted in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) who underwent cardiac catheterization with possible ad hoc PCI for an index event...
October 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877655/developing-a-strategy-for-interventional-molecular-imaging-of-oxidized-low-density-lipoprotein-in-atherosclerosis
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Samata S Pandey, Dorian O Haskard, Ramzi Y Khamis
The identification of vulnerable coronary artery atherosclerotic plaques offers the prospect of either localized or systematic therapeutic targeting in order to prevent myocardial infarction. Molecular imaging of atherosclerosis adds to morphological imaging by focusing on the immunobiology hidden in and behind the endothelium and therefore may be able to improve the identification of prospective culprit lesions. Our focus has been on identifying arterial accumulation of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) by exploiting advances in knowledge of vascular pathobiology...
January 2017: Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867129/frequency-of-cholesterol-crystals-in-culprit-coronary-artery-aspirate-during-acute-myocardial-infarction-and-their-relation-to-inflammation-and-myocardial-injury
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George S Abela, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Abed Janoudi, Dale Leffler, Gaurav Dhar, Negar Salehi, Joel Cohn, Ibrahim Shah, Milind Karve, Veera Pavan K Kotaru, Vishal Gupta, Shukri David, Keerthy K Narisetty, Michael Rich, Abigail Vanderberg, Dorothy R Pathak, Fadi E Shamoun
Cholesterol crystals (CCs) have been associated with plaque rupture through mechanical injury and inflammation. This study evaluated the presence of CCs during acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and associated myocardial injury, inflammation, and arterial blood flow before and after percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients presenting with AMI (n = 286) had aspiration of culprit coronary artery obstruction. Aspirates were evaluated for crystal content, size, composition, and morphology by scanning electron microscopy, crystallography, and infrared spectroscopy...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831995/intravascular-imaging-in-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Gary S Mintz, Giulio Guagliumi
Although it is the method used by most interventional cardiologists to assess the severity of coronary artery disease and guide treatment, coronary angiography has many known limitations, particularly the fact that it is a lumenogram depicting foreshortened, shadowgraph, planar projections of the contrast-filled lumen rather than imaging the diseased vessel itself. Intravascular imaging-intravascular ultrasound and more recently optical coherence tomography-provide a tomographical or cross-sectional image of the coronary arteries...
August 19, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818353/does-calcium-burden-impact-culprit-lesion-morphology-and-clinical-results-an-adapt-des-ivus-substudy
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Peiren Shan, Gary S Mintz, Bernhard Witzenbichler, D Christopher Metzger, Michael J Rinaldi, Peter L Duffy, Giora Weisz, Thomas D Stuckey, Bruce R Brodie, Philippe Généreux, Aaron Crowley, Ajay J Kirtane, Gregg W Stone, Akiko Maehara
BACKGROUND: Increasing coronary lesion calcification is thought to be associated with adverse percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and clinical outcomes. We investigated the effects of calcium burden on culprit lesion morphology and clinical events after intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided PCI in the ADAPT-DES study. METHODS: ADAPT-DES was a prospective, multicenter registry of 8582 consecutive patients undergoing successful PCI using DES. A pre-specified virtual histology (VH)-IVUS substudy of 638 culprit lesions (638 patients) had both pre- and post-PCI VH-IVUS...
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797410/prevalence-predictors-and-clinical-presentation-of-a-calcified-nodule-as-assessed-by-optical-coherence-tomography
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Tetsumin Lee, Gary S Mintz, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Wenbin Zhang, Yang Cao, Eisuke Usui, Yoshihisa Kanaji, Tadashi Murai, Taishi Yonetsu, Tsunekazu Kakuta, Akiko Maehara
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the anatomic characteristics and clinical presentation associated with a calcified nodule (CN) as assessed by optical coherence tomography. BACKGROUND: CN is an unusual but demonstrable cause of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). METHODS: We studied 889 de novo culprit lesions in 889 patients (48% ACS) who underwent optical coherence tomography before intervention. CN was defined as an eruptive accumulation of nodular calcification (small fractured calcifications)...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768751/loss-of-y-chromosome-in-blood-is-associated-with-major-cardiovascular-events-during-follow-up-in-men-after-carotid-endarterectomy
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Saskia Haitjema, Daniel Kofink, Jessica van Setten, Sander W van der Laan, Arjan H Schoneveld, James Eales, Maciej Tomaszewski, Saskia C A de Jager, Gerard Pasterkamp, Folkert W Asselbergs, Hester M den Ruijter
BACKGROUND: Recent studies found an immune regulatory role for Y chromosome and a relationship between loss of Y chromosome (LOY) in blood cells and a higher risk of cancer and mortality. Given involvement of immune cells in atherosclerosis, we hypothesized that LOY is associated with the severity of atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and outcome in men undergoing carotid endarterectomy. METHODS AND RESULTS: LOY was quantified in blood and plaque from raw intensity genotyping data in men within the Athero-Express biobank study...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765884/enhanced-expression-of-natriuretic-peptide-receptor-a-and-b-in-neutrophils-of-culprit-lesions-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
#17
Masashi Nakagawa, Takahiko Naruko, Kenichi Sugioka, Chizuko Kitabayashi, Nobuyuki Shirai, Masahiko Takagi, Minoru Yoshiyama, Masahiko Ohsawa, Makiko Ueda
Natriuretic peptides and their specific receptors have been suggested to have regulatory effects on smooth muscle cell (SMC) growth and inflammatory cell reactions. However, the roles of natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPR‑A) and B (NPR‑B) in unstable plaques remain to be studied in detail. Frozen sections from 82 coronary artery segments were used. These segments were obtained at autopsy from 13 patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI; 7 ruptured and 6 eroded plaques) and from 30 patients with non‑cardiovascular diseases...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754399/relation-between-superficial-calcifications-and-plaque-rupture-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
#18
Yefei Zhan, Yingying Zhang, Jingbo Hou, Guochang Lin, Bo Yu
BACKGROUND: There are several forms of calcium deposition, which play different roles in the stability of the coronary artery. It remains unknown whether certain calcification morphological characteristics determine rupture of lipid-rich lesions in the same plaque in acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 550 patients with ACS between May 2008 and October 2014, who had undergone preintervention optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging examination...
August 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738484/-correlation-between-serum-inflammatory-cytokine-levels-and-fibrous-cap-thickness-of-fibrofatty-plaque-in-coronary-culprit-lesions
#19
Y Zhong, F Ye, W You, Z M Wu
Objective: To identify the correlation between serum inflammatory cytokine levels including high sensitive C reactive protein (hs-CRP) and lipoprotein associated phospholipase (Lp-PLA2) and the fibrous cap thickness of fibrofatty plaque in coronary culprit lesions. Methods: Clinical data of 117 patients with selective coronary artery angiography diagnosed coronary artery disease admitted to our hospital from January 2015 to January 2016 were retrospective analyzed. According to type of coronary disease, patients were divided into 3 subgroups: SAP group (containing 47 stable angina patients), UAP group (containing 52 unstable angina patients), and NSTEMI group(containing 18 acute non ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients)...
July 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734913/uncovered-culprit-plaque-ruptures-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-assessed-by-optical-coherence-tomography-and-intravascular-ultrasound-with-imap
#20
Mikkel Hougaard, Henrik Steen Hansen, Per Thayssen, Lisbeth Antonsen, Lisette Okkels Jensen
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the incidence and course of healing of uncovered plaque ruptures (PR) following primary percutaneous coronary intervention. BACKGROUND: The infarct-related occlusion is frequently located at the lesion site with maximum thrombus burden, whereas the culprit PR may be situated more proximally or distally. METHODS: Uncovered PR in segments adjacent to the stent were identified by optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound using iMap (Boston Scientific, Marlborough, Massachusetts) within 48 h and after 12 months...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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