Emad Rasoul-Arzrumly

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Patients with myocardial bridging are often asymptomatic, but this anomaly may be associated with exertional angina, acute coronary syndromes, cardiac arrhythmias, syncope, or even sudden cardiac death. This review presents our understanding of the pathophysiology of myocardial bridging and describes prevailing diagnostic modalities and therapeutic options(More)
BACKGROUND Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a novel biomarker released from leukocytes and endothelial cells that has been associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that plasma suPAR level is an independent predictor of coronary microvascular function. METHODS Coronary blood flow velocity and(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesized that nebivolol, a β-blocker with nitric oxide-mediated activity, compared with atenolol, a β-blocker without such activity, would decrease oxidative stress and improve the effects of endothelial dysfunction and wall shear stress (WSS), thereby reducing atherosclerosis progression and vulnerability in patients with nonobstructive(More)
BACKGROUND Wall shear stress (WSS) has been associated with sites of plaque localization and with changes in plaque composition in human coronary arteries. Different values have been suggested for categorizing WSS as low, physiologic or high; however, uncertainties in flow rates, both across subjects and within a given individual, can affect the(More)
BACKGROUND Three-dimensional design simulations of coronary metallic stents utilizing mathematical and computational algorithms have emerged as important tools for understanding biomechanical stent properties, predicting the interaction of the implanted platform with the adjacent tissue, and informing stent design enhancements. Herein, we demonstrate the(More)
BACKGROUND Co-existence of vulnerable plaque and pro-thrombotic state may provoke acute coronary events. It was hypothesized that elevated serum levels of fibrin and fibrinogen degradation products (FDP) are associated with larger total plaque and necrotic core (NC) areas. METHODSANDRESULTS Seventy-five patients presenting with stable anginal symptoms(More)
A growing number of studies have used a combination of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the assessment of atherosclerotic plaques. Given their respective strengths these imaging modalities highly complement each other. Correlations of hemodynamics and coronary artery disease (CAD) have been extensively investigated(More)
The goal of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a novel algorithm that circumferentially co-registers serial virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) data for the focal assessment of coronary atherosclerosis progression. Thirty-three patients with an abnormal non-invasive cardiac stress test or stable angina underwent baseline and(More)
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