Miranda C A Kramer

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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess differences in thrombus healing between ruptured and eroded plaques, given the natural difference in lesion substrate and that thrombi might exist days to weeks before the presentation of sudden coronary death. BACKGROUND Although the ability to distinguish ruptures and erosions remains a major clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Routine thrombus aspiration is frequently used during primary percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction to prevent distal embolization. Recently, evidence of clinical benefit was published. In 50% of the ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients with an onset of symptoms <12 hours before, thrombi(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary guidewires are indispensable during percutaneous coronary interventions. Nowadays, most guidewires have hydrophilic coatings to improve their trackability, allowing easy lesion passage and facilitating balloon and stent positioning. Recent reports, however, have raised concerns about detachment and subsequent embolization of these(More)
AIMS Inflammation plays a crucial role in plaque vulnerability. Calcifications can be detected by means of in vivo imaging techniques. The study purpose is to assess a potential association between tissue localization of calcifications and the inflammatory biomarkers, C-reactive protein (CRP), osteopontin and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2(More)
Despite advances in the pharmacotherapy of atherosclerosis, the most successful agents used to treat this disease - statins - remain ineffective for the primary or secondary prevention of myocardial infarction in about two-thirds of patients. The lack of a more robust treatment effect underscores the limitations of lipid lowering alone and emphasizes the(More)
BACKGROUND Plaque disruption with superimposed thrombus is the predominant mechanism responsible for the onset of acute coronary syndromes. Studies have shown that plaque disruption and thrombotic occlusion are frequently separated in time. We established the histopathological characteristics of material aspirated during primary percutaneous coronary(More)
BACKGROUND In some patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary percutanous coronary intervention (pPCI) with thrombus aspiration, residual stenosis after thrombus aspiration is non-significant and additional balloon dilatation or stent placement may be unnecessary. We investigated the angiographic, procedural, and(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to investigate which factors are associated with failure of thrombus aspiration (TA) and if this has prognostic implications. BACKGROUND The pathophysiological mechanism and clinical benefit of TA during primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is still in debate. (More)
OBJECTIVE Smooth muscle cells, macrophage infiltration and accumulation of lipids, proteoglycans, collagen matrix and calcification play a central role in atherosclerosis. The early histologic changes of plaque progression from pathologic intimal thickenings (PIT) to late fibroatheroma lesions have not been fully characterized. METHODS A total of 151(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with thrombus aspiration, the histopathology of aspirated thrombus was previously related to long-term mortality. In this study, we sought to investigate the association between histopathology of aspirated thrombus and(More)