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The goal of this study was to review the prognostic value of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging findings for future cardiovascular events in patients with a recent myocardial infarction (MI) and patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease (CAD). Although the diagnostic value of CMR findings is established, the independent prognostic(More)
AIMS Patients with prior major cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events (MACE) are more likely to have future recurrent events independent of traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors. The purpose of this study was to determine if patients with traditional risk factors and prior MACE had increased cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) plaque burden(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to study the impact of direct referral to an intervention center after pre-hospital diagnosis of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) on treatment intervals and outcome. BACKGROUND Primary angioplasty has become the preferred reperfusion strategy in STEMI. Ambulance diagnosis and direct referral to an intervention center(More)
BACKGROUND Detection of cardiac fibrosis based on endogenous magnetic resonance (MR) characteristics of the myocardium would yield a measurement that can provide quantitative information, is independent of contrast agent concentration, renal function and timing. In ex vivo myocardial infarction (MI) tissue, it has been shown that a significantly higher(More)
The haemodynamic effect of a coronary artery stenosis is a better predictor of prognosis than anatomical lumen obstruction. Until recently, no individual non-invasive test could provide both accurate coronary anatomy and lesion-specific myocardial ischaemia. However, computer tomography (CT) fractional flow reserve, which can be calculated from a standard(More)
BACKGROUND The reliability of imaging techniques to assess early atherosclerosis remains unclear. We did a cross-sectional, prospective study to test reproducibility of MRI when imaging arteries, to assess risk of cardiovascular disease and correlations with age and sex. METHODS Between January 2003 and December 2006 we performed black-blood MRI of both(More)
BACKGROUND Hemodynamically significant coronary artery disease is an important indication for revascularization. Stress myocardial perfusion imaging is a noninvasive alternative to invasive fractional flow reserve for evaluating hemodynamically significant coronary artery disease. The aim was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial perfusion(More)
PURPOSE Aortic vessel wall imaging requires large coverage and a high spatial resolution, which makes it prohibitively time-consuming for clinical use. This work explores the feasibility of imaging the descending aorta in acceptable scan time, using two-dimensional (2D) spatially selective excitation and a new way of inversion recovery for black blood(More)
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