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AIMS In symptomatic patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), computed tomographic angiography (CTA) improves patient selection for invasive coronary angiography (ICA) compared with functional testing. The impact of measuring fractional flow reserve by CTA (FFRCT) is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS At 11 sites, 584 patients with new onset chest(More)
The evaluation of the aortic root in patients referred for transcatheter aortic valve implantation is crucial. The aim of the present study was to compare the accuracy of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) evaluation of the aortic annulus (AoA) with transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in patients(More)
Dipyridamole stress cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) evaluates the key phases (perfusion and wall motion) of the ischemic cascade. We sought to determine the prognostic value of dipyridamole stress-CMR in consecutive patients symptomatic for chest pain. Seven hundred and ninety-three consecutive patients symptomatic for chest pain underwent dipyridamole(More)
PURPOSE To compare the image quality, evaluability, diagnostic accuracy, and radiation exposure of high-spatial-resolution (HR, 0.23-mm) computed tomographic (CT) coronary angiography with standard spatial resolution (SR, 0.625-mm) 64-section imaging in patients at high risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) by using invasive coronary angiography (ICA) as(More)
AIMS Motion artefacts due to high or irregular heart rate (HR) are common limitations of coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CCTA). The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of a new motion-correction (MC) algorithm used in conjunction with low-dose prospective ECG-triggering CCTA on motion artefacts, image quality, and coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Computed tomography coronary angiography (cTCA) and stress cardiac magnetic resonance (stress-CMR) are suitable tools for diagnosing obstructive coronary artery disease in symptomatic patients with previous history of revascularization. However, performance appraisal of noninvasive tests must take in account the consequent diagnostic testing,(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic benefit of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) over transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in ischemic cardiomyopathy and nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy patients evaluated for primary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS We enrolled 409 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Non-invasive stress tests are commonly used as gatekeepers to invasive coronary angiography (ICA) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). New computed tomography angiography (CTA) techniques such as fractional flow reserve calculated by CTA (FFRCT) and stress myocardial computed tomography perfusion (CTP) have emerged as(More)
AIMS To evaluate the relationship between an incremental model including cardiovascular risk factors, carotid disease, and inflammatory biomarkers to predict the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 134 consecutive and asymptomatic intermediate-risk patients (mean age 61 ± 9 years, 52% men) were enrolled.(More)