Farhad Rikhtegar

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OBJECTIVE While the correlation of atherosclerotic plaque locations with local wall shear stress magnitude has been evaluated previously by other investigators in both right (RCA) and left coronary arteries (LCA), the relative performance of average wall shear stress (AWSS), average wall shear stress gradient (AWSSG), oscillatory shear index (OSI) and(More)
Hemodynamic factors such as low wall shear stress have been shown to influence endothelial healing and atherogenesis in stent-free vessels. However, in stented vessels, a reliable quantitative analysis of such relations has not been possible due to the lack of a suitable method for the accurate acquisition of blood flow. The objective of this work was to(More)
Coronary artery stenosis is commonly treated by stent placement via percutaneous intervention, at times requiring multiple stents that may overlap. Stent overlap is associated with increased risk of adverse clinical outcome. While changes in local blood flow are suspected to play a role therein, hemodynamics in arteries with overlapping stents remain poorly(More)
A key problem in X-ray computed tomography is choosing photon energies for postmortem specimens containing both soft and hard tissues. Increasing X-ray energy reduces image artifacts from highly absorbing hard tissues including plaque, but it simultaneously decreases contrast in soft tissues including the endothelium. Therefore, identifying the lumen within(More)
The coronary stent has propelled our understanding of the term "biocompatibility." Stents are expanded at sites of arterial blockage and mechanically reestablish blood flow. This simplicity belies the complex reactions that occur when a stent contacts living substrates. Biocompatible seek to elicit the intended response; stents should perform rather than(More)
Drug-eluting stents are accepted as mainstream endovascular therapy, yet concerns for their safety may be under-appreciated. While failure from restenosis has dropped to below 5%, the risk of stent thrombosis and associated mortality remain relatively high. Further optimization of drug release is required to minimize thrombosis risk while maintaining(More)
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