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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31897586

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PURPOSE: 18F-sodium fluoride (18F-NaF) has shown promise in assessing disease activity in coronary arteries, but currently used measures of activity - such as maximum target to background ratio (TBRmax) - are defined by single pixel count values. We aimed to develop a novel coronary-specific measure of 18F-NaF PET reflecting activity throughout the entire coronary vasculature (coronary microcalcification activity [CMA]). METHODS: Patients with recent myocardial infarction and multi-vessel coronary artery disease underwent 18F-NaF PET and coronary CT angiography. We assessed the association between coronary 18F-NaF uptake (both TBRmax and CMA) and coronary artery calcium scores (CACS) as well as low attenuation plaque (LAP, attenuation < 30 Hounsfield units) volume. RESULTS: In 50 patients (64% males, 63 ± 7 years), CMA and TBRmax were higher in vessels with LAP compared to those without LAP (1.09 [0.02, 2.34] versus 0.0 [0.0, 0.0], p < 0.001 and 1.23 [1.16, 1.37] versus 1.04 [0.93, 1.11], p < 0.001). Compared to a TBRmax threshold of 1.25, CMA > 0 had a higher diagnostic accuracy for detection of LAP: sensitivity of 93.1 (83.3-98.1)% versus 58.6 (44.9-71.4)% and a specificity of 95.7 (88.0-99.1)% versus 80.0 (68.7-88.6)% (both p < 0.001). 18F-NaF uptake assessed by CMA correlated more closely with LAP (r = 0.86, p < 0.001) than the CT calcium score (r = 0.39, p < 0.001), with these associations outperforming those observed for TBRmax values (LAP r = 0.63, p < 0.001; CT calcium score r = 0.30, p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Automated assessment of disease activity across the entire coronary vasculature is feasible using 18F-NaF CMA, providing a single measurement that has closer agreement with CT markers of plaque vulnerability than more traditional measures of plaque activity.

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Br J Pharmacol ; 2019 Oct 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31596945

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Advances in imaging technology have driven the rapid expansion in the use of CT in the assessment of coronary atherosclerotic plaque. Based on a rapidly growing evidence base, current guidelines recommend coronary CT angiography as the first-line diagnostic test for patients presenting with stable chest pain. There is a growing need to refine current methods for diagnosis and risk stratification to improve the individualisation of preventative therapies. Imaging assessments of high-risk plaque with CT can be used to differentiate stable from unstable patterns of coronary atherosclerosis and potentially to improve patient risk stratification. This review will focus on coronary imaging with CT with a specific focus on the detection of coronary atherosclerosis, high-risk plaque features, and the implications for patient management.

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J Am Coll Cardiol ; 74(16): 2058-2070, 2019 Oct 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31623764

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BACKGROUND: Within the SCOT-HEART (Scottish COmputed Tomography of the HEART Trial) trial of patients with stable chest pain, the use of coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) reduced the rate of death from coronary heart disease or nonfatal myocardial infarction (primary endpoint). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the consistency and mechanisms of the 5-year reduction in this endpoint. METHODS: In this open-label trial, 4,146 participants were randomized to standard care alone or standard care plus coronary CTA. This study explored the primary endpoint by symptoms, diagnosis, coronary revascularizations, and preventative therapies. RESULTS: Event reductions were consistent across symptom and risk categories (p = NS for interactions). In patients who were not diagnosed with angina due to coronary heart disease, coronary CTA was associated with a lower primary endpoint incidence rate (0.23; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.13 to 0.35 vs. 0.59; 95% CI: 0.42 to 0.80 per 100 patient-years; p < 0.001). In those who had undergone coronary CTA, rates of coronary revascularization were higher in the first year (hazard ratio [HR]: 1.21; 95% CI: 1.01 to 1.46; p = 0.042) but lower beyond 1 year (HR: 0.59; 95% CI: 0.38 to 0.90; p = 0.015). Patients assigned to coronary CTA had higher rates of preventative therapies throughout follow-up (p < 0.001 for all), with rates highest in those with CT-defined coronary artery disease. Modeling studies demonstrated the plausibility of the observed effect size. CONCLUSIONS: The beneficial effect of coronary CTA on outcomes is consistent across subgroups with plausible underlying mechanisms. Coronary CTA improves coronary heart disease outcomes by enabling better targeting of preventative treatments to those with coronary artery disease. (Scottish COmputed Tomography of the HEART Trial [SCOT-HEART]; NCT01149590).

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Circ Cardiovasc Imaging ; 12(8): e008574, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31382765

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BACKGROUND: Coronary 18F-fluoride positron emission tomography identifies ruptured and high-risk atherosclerotic plaque. The optimal method to identify, to quantify, and to categorize increased coronary 18F-fluoride uptake and determine its reproducibility has yet to be established. This study aimed to optimize the identification, quantification, categorization, and scan-rescan reproducibility of increased 18F-fluoride activity in coronary atherosclerotic plaque. METHODS: In a prospective observational study, patients with multi-vessel coronary artery disease underwent serial 18F-fluoride positron emission tomography. Coronary 18F-fluoride activity was visually assessed, quantified, and categorized with reference to maximal tissue to background ratios. Levels of agreement for both visual and quantitative methods were determined between scans and observers. RESULTS: Thirty patients (90% male, 20 patients with stable coronary artery disease, and 10 with recent type 1 myocardial infarction) underwent paired serial positron emission tomography-coronary computed tomography angiography imaging within an interval of 12±5 days. A mean of 3.7±1.8 18F-fluoride positive plaques per patient was identified after recent acute coronary syndrome, compared with 2.4±2.3 positive plaques per patient in stable coronary artery disease. The bias in agreement in maximum tissue to background ratio measurements in visually positive plaques was low between observers (mean difference, -0.01; 95% limits of agreement, -0.32 to 0.30) or between scans (mean difference, 0.06; 95% limits of agreement, -0.49 to 0.61). Good agreement in the categorization of focal 18F-fluoride uptake was achieved using visual assessment alone (κ=0.66) and further improved at higher maximum tissue to background ratio values. CONCLUSIONS: Coronary 18F-fluoride activity is a precise and reproducible metric in the coronary vasculature. The analytical performance of 18F-fluoride is sufficient to assess the prognostic utility of this radiotracer as a noninvasive imaging biomarker of plaque vulnerability. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifiers: NCT02110303 and NCT02278211.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31422134

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OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to determine whether ticagrelor reduces high-sensitivity troponin I concentrations in patients with established coronary artery disease and high-risk coronary plaque. BACKGROUND: High-risk coronary atherosclerotic plaque is associated with higher plasma troponin concentrations suggesting ongoing myocardial injury that may be a target for dual antiplatelet therapy. METHODS: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, patients with multivessel coronary artery disease underwent coronary 18F-fluoride positron emission tomography/coronary computed tomography scanning and measurement of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I. Patients were randomized (1:1) to receive ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily or matched placebo. The primary endpoint was troponin I concentration at 30 days in patients with increased coronary 18F-fluoride uptake. RESULTS: In total, 202 patients were randomized to treatment, and 191 met the pre-specified criteria for inclusion in the primary analysis. In patients with increased coronary 18F-fluoride uptake (120 of 191), there was no evidence that ticagrelor had an effect on plasma troponin concentrations at 30 days (ratio of geometric means for ticagrelor vs. placebo: 1.11; 95% confidence interval: 0.90 to 1.36; p = 0.32). Over 1 year, ticagrelor had no effect on troponin concentrations in patients with increased coronary 18F-fluoride uptake (ratio of geometric means: 0.86; 95% confidence interval: 0.63 to 1.17; p = 0.33). CONCLUSIONS: Dual antiplatelet therapy with ticagrelor did not reduce plasma troponin concentrations in patients with high-risk coronary plaque, suggesting that subclinical plaque thrombosis does not contribute to ongoing myocardial injury in this setting. (Dual Antiplatelet Therapy to Reduce Myocardial Injury [DIAMOND]; NCT02110303).

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31422147

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Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Atherosclerosis imaging has traditionally focused on detection of obstructive luminal stenoses or measurements of plaque burden. However, with advances in imaging technology it has now become possible to noninvasively interrogate plaque composition and disease activity, thereby differentiating stable from unstable patterns of disease and potentially improving risk stratification. This manuscript reviews multimodality imaging in this field, focusing on carotid and coronary atherosclerosis and how these novel techniques have the potential to complement current imaging assessments and improve clinical decision making.

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Circ Cardiovasc Imaging ; 11(6): e007849, 2018 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29807889
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J Cardiovasc Magn Reson ; 13: 57, 2011 Oct 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-21978669

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BACKGROUND: The indications, complexity and capabilities of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) have rapidly expanded. Whether actual service provision and training have developed in parallel is unknown. METHODS: We undertook a systematic telephone and postal survey of all public hospitals on behalf of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance to identify all CMR providers within the United Kingdom. RESULTS: Of the 60 CMR centres identified, 88% responded to a detailed questionnaire. Services are led by cardiologists and radiologists in equal proportion, though the majority of current trainees are cardiologists. The mean number of CMR scans performed annually per centre increased by 44% over two years. This trend was consistent across centres of different scanning volumes. The commonest indication for CMR was assessment of heart failure and cardiomyopathy (39%), followed by coronary artery disease and congenital heart disease. There was striking geographical variation in CMR availability, numbers of scans performed, and distribution of trainees. Centres without on site scanning capability refer very few patients for CMR. Just over half of centres had a formal training programme, and few performed regular audit. CONCLUSION: The number of CMR scans performed in the UK has increased dramatically in just two years. Trainees are mainly located in large volume centres and enrolled in cardiology as opposed to radiology training programmes.


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Serviço Hospitalar de Cardiologia/estatística & dados numéricos , Doenças Cardiovasculares/diagnóstico , Hospitais Públicos/estatística & dados numéricos , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética/estatística & dados numéricos , Serviço Hospitalar de Radiologia/estatística & dados numéricos , Cardiologia/educação , Cardiologia/estatística & dados numéricos , Serviço Hospitalar de Cardiologia/economia , Doenças Cardiovasculares/economia , Competência Clínica/estatística & dados numéricos , Assistência à Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Acesso aos Serviços de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Disparidades em Assistência à Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Custos Hospitalares/estatística & dados numéricos , Hospitais Públicos/economia , Humanos , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética/economia , Valor Preditivo dos Testes , Indicadores de Qualidade em Assistência à Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Radiologia/educação , Radiologia/estatística & dados numéricos , Serviço Hospitalar de Radiologia/economia , Características de Residência/estatística & dados numéricos , Sociedades Médicas , Sociedades Científicas , Inquéritos e Questionários , Reino Unido
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