Research Article | Open Access
Caterina Mas-Lladó, Jaume Maristany, Josep Gómez-Lara, Marcos Pascual, María del Mar Alameda, Alfredo Gómez-Jaume, Vicente Peral-Disdier, "Optical Coherence Tomography for the Diagnosis of Exercise-Related Acute Cardiovascular Events and Inconclusive Coronary Angiography", Journal of Interventional Cardiology, vol. 2020, Article ID 8263923, 10 pages, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/8263923
Optical Coherence Tomography for the Diagnosis of Exercise-Related Acute Cardiovascular Events and Inconclusive Coronary Angiography
Objectives. The aim of this study is to assess the utility of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients with exercise-related acute coronary syndrome (ACS) presenting with inconclusive angiographic findings. Background. Regular physical activity reduces the incidence of cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, the risk of ACS or sudden cardiac death (SCD) increases during sport. In adults older than 35 years, exercise-related ACS or SCD is associated with plaque rupture, but not infrequently patients present ambiguous angiographic findings. Methods. Between September 2015 and January 2020, patients admitted for ACS or SCD triggered by physical exertion and with coronary stenosis ≤50% were included in this prospective observational study. OCT was performed on the artery deemed to be responsible of the event. Results. Ten patients were enrolled, predominantly men (80%) of middle age (51 years old, IQR 41–63) with low cardiovascular risk burden. Cycling was the most frequent (50%) exercise-related trigger, 8 patients were regular sport practitioners, and 7 had the clinical event during strenuous exertion. Five patients presented with non-ST-elevation ACS, two with ST-elevation ACS, and three with SCD. Angiographic analysis showed nonsignificant stenosis in all patients (42% stenosis, IQR 36–46). OCT identified the etiology of the event in 9 patients (4 plaque erosion, 3 plaque rupture, 1 eruptive calcific nodule, and 1 coronary dissection). Treatment was adjusted according to OCT findings. Conclusions. OCT is a valuable technique to identify the etiology of exercise-related ACS or SCD in patients with nonobstructive coronary arteries and, as a result, may lead to a more specific treatment.
Regular physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness both reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events [1–4]. Despite these robust long-term benefits, the risks of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) are increased during and shortly after physical exertion, with a relative risk that range from 2.4 to 74 depending on the intensity of exercise and the previous physical condition [5–17]. Indeed, vigorous physical activity increases the risk of acute myocardial infarction and SCD especially among sedentary individuals with previously known or unnoticed cardiovascular disease .
Up to 13.6% of acute myocardial infarctions have been related to exertion [5, 12, 13]. In adults >35 years of age, exercise-related ACS and SCD are predominantly associated with underlying coronary artery disease and acute plaque rupture [17–20]. Coronary angiography is often indicated to rule out coronary artery disease in patients admitted for ACS. However, about 5–20% of ACS patients present with nonsignificant stenosis and ambiguous angiographic findings [20–23]. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an intravascular image technique with high spatial resolution, permitting to accurately detect unstable plaques, plaque composition, minimal lumen area, and the presence of alternative conditions associated with ACS (i.e., spontaneous coronary dissection, coronary spasm, or myocardial bridging). In addition, OCT has a prominent role in optimizing stent implantation and evaluating causes of stent failure [24–27]. The aim of the present study is to assess the utility of OCT to reach a final etiologic diagnosis in exercise-related ACS and SCD patients with inconclusive angiographic findings.
2.1. Study Design
This is a prospective, single-center, and observational study. All consecutive patients admitted for ACS or SCD triggered by physical exertion and presenting with nonsignificant angiographic stenosis (≤50% diameter stenosis) were included. All the individuals underwent OCT imaging on the artery deemed to be responsible of the event considering angiographic, electrocardiographic, and echocardiographic data. When necessary, OCT was performed in more than one artery. Percutaneous coronary intervention was left to the operator’s criteria after careful revision of the angiographic and OCT images. In patients treated with stents, OCT was repeated to assess the result at the operator’s discretion.
Prior physical condition of the individuals and type of sport triggering the ACS were prospectively registered with a questionnaire to assess sport intensity during the event according to the Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale, and previous regular physical activity defined as 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise weekly or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise weekly.
All patients provided written informed consent. The authors declare that all data are available within the article.
2.2. OCT and Angiographic Analysis
OCT runs were acquired with the Dragonfly Optis catheter (Abbott, Westford, MA) with automatic pullback of 55 or 75 mm on the target segment. OCT images were analyzed with the OCT Optis Ilumien System (Abbott). Angiographic analysis was performed with Stenosis Analysis 1.6 software (GE Healthcare, Advantage Workstation 4.5, Chicago, IL).
Offline OCT qualitative analysis was performed by two experienced analysts. The following OCT findings were assessed according to previously published expert consensus: (1)Causes of the ACS or SCD: plaque rupture was defined as the presence of an intimal tearing or dissection on the fibrous cap, usually accompanied by the presence of thrombus. Plaque erosion was defined as an exclusion diagnostic in case of white thrombus overlying fibrous plaques without fibrous cap disruption (definite) or in case of irregular luminal surface (with or without thrombus attenuating the underlying plaque) without evidence of superficial lipid or calcification in the vessel upstream or downstream of the thrombus site (probable). Eruptive calcific nodule was recognized when calcific nodules (a signal-poor region with sharply delineated borders) protrude into the intracoronary lumen forming sharp angles and with the presence of a disruption or a thrombus on the surface . Spontaneous coronary dissection was defined as a separation of the intima and media from the adventitia, with or without communication with the vessel lumen [25, 26].(2)Vulnerable plaque findings: thin cap fibroatheroma, presence of macrophages, neovascularization, and cholesterol crystals. Thin cap fibroatheroma was defined as fibrolipidic plaques with an overlying fibrous cap ≤65 μm. Macrophages appeared as signal-rich punctate focal regions that exceeded the background intensity speckle noise. Neovascularization was defined as signal-poor voids within the intima visualized in multiple contiguous frames. Cholesterol crystals were recognized as high-intensity thin linear regions usually associated with a fibrous cap or necrotic core .
2.3. Statistical Analysis
Statistical analysis was obtained with StataIC 16.0. Quantitative variables are expressed as median and interquartile range (IQR), and qualitative variables are shown in absolute numbers and percentages as frequency measure.
Between September 2015 and January 2020, 10 consecutive patients who presented with exercise-related ACS or SCD attributed to underlying ACS and stenosis ≤50% on coronary angiography were included. Before coronary angiography, no patient received thrombolytic therapy or thrombus aspiration.
3.1. Clinical Characteristics
Table 1 shows baseline characteristics of the study individuals. Median age was 51 years old (IQR 41–63), and 80% of patients were male. Patients had low cardiovascular risk burden: 4 were current or past smokers, 1 had hypertension, 4 had dyslipidaemia, and none was diabetic; in total, 2 patients had 2 risk factors, 5 had one single risk factor, and 3 did not have any. Clinical presentation was ACS without ST segment elevation in 50% of patients, ACS with ST segment elevation in 20%, and SCD in 30%. Nine patients (90%) had a significant high value of ultrasensitive troponin I. Left ventricular ejection fraction was >50% in all. In our series, the most frequent sport triggering acute cardiovascular events was cycling (50% of cases). A majority of the individuals were usual sport practitioners (8 patients). The acute cardiovascular event was related to vigorous exertion in 7 patients, yet 6 of those 7 patients with strenuous exercise as trigger of the clinical event were regular sport practitioners.
ACS: acute coronary syndrome; AMI: acute myocardial infarction; IQR: interquartile range; LVEF: left ventricle ejection fraction; SCD: sudden cardiac death.
3.2. Angiographic Characteristics
Median time from initial diagnosis to angiography was 48 hours (IQR 48–72). All patients had at least one nonsignificant stenosis in the vessel deemed to be culprit. Table 2 summarizes the angiographic data of the study. The most frequently involved coronary artery was the left anterior descending (6 patients). The median coronary stenosis was 42% (IQR 36–46) by quantitative coronary angiography analysis. The angiographic appearance of the stenosis was smooth in 4 patients, calcified in 1, mildly irregular in 4, and irregular with possible thrombus in 1. Therefore, angiography suggested an unstable plaque in this last patient only.
CX: circumflex coronary artery; IQR: interquartile range; LAD: left anterior descending coronary artery; QCA: quantitative coronary angiography analysis; RCA: right coronary artery.
3.3. OCT Findings
OCT was conducted in a total of 11 arteries. Median minimal luminal area was 3.0 mm (IQR 2.6–4.7). A total of 8 patients had atherosclerotic plaques responsible of the clinical event: plaque erosion was documented in 4, plaque rupture in 3, and eruptive calcific nodule with thrombus and intimal discontinuity in 1 patient. Thrombus was detected in 7 patients. OCT showed two or more characteristics of vulnerable plaque in 50% of patients. One patient had spontaneous coronary dissection, and only one patient did not have any of the aforementioned OCT findings. Table 3 shows the OCT findings.
ACS: acute coronary syndrome; IQR: interquartile range; OCT: optical coherence tomography; SCD: sudden cardiac death.
3.4. Treatment Decision
The 8 patients with atherosclerotic culprit plaques were treated with percutaneous coronary intervention and drug-eluting stent implantation. The other two patients were medically managed. OCT was repeated for stent assessment in 6 of the 8 patients treated with stents: 1 case of stent underexpansion was treated with balloon postdilation. Stent malapposition, uncovered struts, or stent edge dissection was not detected. In-hospital evolution was excellent in all patients, without any major adverse cardiovascular event.
CCA: culprit coronary artery; CC: cholesterol crystals; DLP: dyslipidaemia; DX: diagnose on admission; F: female; HBP: high blood pressure; usTrI: ultrasensitive troponin I; LAD: left anterior descending coronary artery; M: male; MC: macrophages; NSTEMI: non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction; NV: neovascularization; OCT: optical coherence tomography; PCI: percutaneous coronary intervention; PHARM: pharmacological treatment; pre-Tx: in-hospital treatment prior to coronary angiography; QCA: quantitative coronary angiography; RCA: right coronary artery; REG: regular sport practitioner; RF: risk factors; SCD: sudden cardiac death; SMK: smoker; STEMI: ST-elevation myocardial infarction; TCFA: thin cap fibroatheroma; TX: treatment. QCA of the maximal stenosis detected on that patient, despite there was no suspicion of which plaque was the culprit lesion.
Some previous investigations described clinical and angiographic characteristics of exercise-related ACS and SCD [5, 19, 20, 22, 29], but to our knowledge, this is the first OCT study in this particular subgroup of sport-triggered ACS and SCD patients with nonsignificant stenosis on angiography.
The individuals of our study were predominantly middle-aged men with low cardiovascular risk burden in agreement with prior studies [5, 15, 19, 20, 30]. Remarkably, 80% of the included patients were usual sport practitioners, particularly endurance sports such as cycling. In contrast, Mittelman et al. found that sedentary subjects were more prone to exercise-related ACS compared to regular sport practitioners . Previous works connected long-term endurance exercise with increased coronary calcification, although it is not clear whether it poses an increase in cardiovascular risk or not [31–33]. However, in our series of patients, OCT showed very scarce calcified plaques. Iannaccone et al. observed that thin cap fibroatheroma was a strong predictor of plaque rupture in patients with ACS (it was detected in 77% of ACS with ST segment elevation and in 60% of ACS without ST segment elevation) . In the present study, thin cap fibroatheroma was detected in 4 patients (40%): one ACS with ST segment elevation, two ACS without ST segment elevation, and one SCD. In our series, patients with thin cap fibroatheroma presented different mechanisms of plaque disruption: 1 case with plaque rupture, 2 with plaque erosion, and 1 with eruptive calcific nodule. Unfortunately, there are no OCT studies in stable sport practitioners to further elucidate the atherosclerotic plaque burden of this population.
Left anterior descending artery was the most frequently involved artery, as previously published in the exercise-induced ACS setting . One aspect to take into consideration is that all the analyzed patients had nonsignificant stenosis on angiography both by visual and quantitative coronary angiography. Minimal luminal area assessed by OCT confirmed nonsignificant area reductions in all the individuals as well . Moreover, angiography only suggested unstable plaque in one patient. Due to the high spatial resolution for characterization of atherosclerotic plaques and detection of culprit lesions [24–26, 28, 37–39], OCT imaging permitted a final etiologic diagnosis in 9 of the ten patients: atherosclerotic culprit plaques in 8 and coronary dissection in 1 individual. The value of OCT to identify plaque disruption and vulnerable plaques has already been published in myocardial infarction with nonobstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) patients, but not in an exercise-induced ACS scenario . In addition, a recently published OCT study described plaque characteristics in exercise-induced non-ST segment elevation ACS in patients with clearly significant angiographic stenosis . Differently, the scope of our study was to assess the usefulness of OCT to obtain further diagnostic information in patients with inconclusive angiographic findings.
The operators decided to implant stents in all the patients with atherosclerotic culprit plaques. Nevertheless, whether stent implantation or medical approach is more appropriate to treat unstable nonsignificant plaques is a controversial issue [42–44]. In this cohort of sport-triggered acute cardiovascular events, we consider of paramount value the role of OCT to identify the underlying etiology to prescribe a more tailored therapy and avoid unnecessary or unspecific treatments, such as implantable defibrillators for false “primary” SCD, aggressive antithrombotic regimens or stent implantation in spontaneous coronary dissections, or patients without plaque disruption. Previous studies have already shown that an OCT-guided approach may improve outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndromes . Furthermore, OCT is not only a technique for plaque characterization or to guide treatment but for stent assessment too [25, 27, 37].
Finally, our study has some limitations. First, due to the acute setting of patients with exercise-induced ACS or SCD, it is possible that some critically ill patients or presenting in nonworking hours may have been not enrolled in the present study. Second, the profile of our study individuals is probably selected, as there was a strong suspicion of acute coronary event of atherosclerotic origin according to clinical presentation, electrocardiography, echocardiography data, and in whom angiography showed some degree of nonsignificant stenosis to guide the location of OCT pullbacks. This could explain the excellent performance of OCT to identify the etiology of the ACS in 9 of the 10 patients. And last, the overall study follow-up was short because six of the ten patients were lost from follow-up after hospital discharge as they were tourists from a foreign country. The evolution of the remaining four individuals was excellent (median follow-up of 14 months, IQR 5–22, with no adverse cardiovascular events).
Optical coherence tomography is a valuable technique to identify the etiology of exercise-related ACS or SCD in selected patients with nonobstructive coronary arteries and thus may lead to a more specific therapy.
The data used to support the findings of this study are included within the article.
All patients provided written informed consent.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
Caterina Mas-Lladó and Jaume Maristany contributed equally to this work. All authors have read and approved the submission of the manuscript.
- Y. Li, A. Pan, D. D. Wang et al., “Impact of healthy lifestyle factors on life expectancies in the us population,” Circulation, vol. 138, no. 4, pp. 345–355, 2018.
- S. Kodama, K. Saito, S. Tanaka et al., “Cardiorespiratory fitness as a quantitative predictor of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events in healthy men and women,” JAMA, vol. 301, no. 19, pp. 2024–2035, 2009.
- P. D. Thompson, D. Buchner, I. L. Piña et al., “Exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” Circulation, vol. 107, no. 24, pp. 3109–3116, 2003.
- F. Bouisset, J.-B. Ruidavets, V. Bongard et al., “Long-term prognostic impact of physical activity in patients with stable coronary heart disease,” The American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 125, no. 2, pp. 176–181, 2020.
- M. A. Mittleman, M. Maclure, G. H. Tofler, J. B. Sherwood, R. J. Goldberg, and J. E. Muller, “Triggering of acute myocardial infarction by heavy physical exertion—protection against triggering by regular exertion,” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 329, no. 23, pp. 1677–1683, 1993.
- D. S. Siscovick, N. S. Weiss, R. H. Fletcher, and T. Lasky, “The incidence of primary cardiac arrest during vigorous exercise,” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 311, no. 14, pp. 874–877, 1984.
- C. M. Albert, M. A. Mittleman, C. U. Chae, I.-M. Lee, C. H. Hennekens, and J. E. Manson, “Triggering of sudden death from cardiac causes by vigorous exertion,” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 343, no. 19, pp. 1355–1361, 2000.
- P. D. Thompson, E. J. Funk, R. A. Carleton, and W. Q. Sturner, “Incidence of death during jogging in rhode island from 1975 through 1980,” JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 247, no. 18, pp. 2535–2538, 1982.
- J. Hallqvist, J. Möller, A. Ahlbom, F. Diderichsen, C. Reuterwall, and U. D. Faire, “Does heavy physical exertion trigger myocardial infarction?: a case-crossover analysis nested in a population-based case-referent study,” American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 151, no. 5, pp. 459–467, 2000.
- W. Whang, J. E. Manson, F. B. Hu et al., “Physical exertion, exercise, and sudden cardiac death in women,” JAMA, vol. 295, no. 12, pp. 1399–1403, 2006.
- S. Von Klot, M. A. Mittleman, D. W. Dockery et al., “Intensity of physical exertion and triggering of myocardial infarction: a case-crossover study,” European Heart Journal, vol. 29, no. 15, pp. 1881–1888, 2008.
- S. N. Willich, M. Lewis, H. Lowel, H.-R. Arntz, F. Schubert, and R. Schroder, “Physical exertion as a trigger of acute myocardial infarction,” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 329, no. 23, pp. 1684–1690, 1993.
- A. Smyth, M. O’Donnell, P. Lamelas, K. Teo, S. Rangarajan, and S. Yusuf, “Physical activity and anger or emotional upset as triggers of acute myocardial infarction,” Circulation, vol. 134, no. 15, pp. 1059–1067, 2016.
- G. H. Tofler, P. H. Stone, M. Maclure et al., “Analysis of possible triggers of acute myocardial infarction (the milis study),” The American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 22–27, 1990.
- J. E. Muller, G. S. Abela, R. W. Nesto, and G. H. Tofler, “Triggers, acute risk factors and vulnerable plaques: the lexicon of a new frontier,” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 809–813, 1994.
- I. J. Dahabreh and J. K. Paulus, “Association of episodic physical and sexual activity with triggering of acute cardiac events,” JAMA, vol. 305, no. 12, pp. 1225–1233, 2011.
- B. A. Franklin, P. D. Thompson, S. S. Al-Zaiti et al., “Exercise-related acute cardiovascular events and potential deleterious adaptations following long-term exercise training: placing the risks into perspective-an update: a scientific statement from the American heart association,” Circulation, vol. 141, no. 13, 2020.
- A. P. Burke, A. Farb, G. T. Malcom, Y.-H. Liang, J. E. Smialek, and R. Virmani, “Plaque rupture and sudden death related to exertion in men with coronary artery disease,” JAMA, vol. 281, no. 10, pp. 921–926, 1999.
- S. Giri, P. D. Thompson, F. J. Kiernan et al., “Clinical and angiographic characteristics of exertion-related acute myocardial infarction,” JAMA, vol. 282, no. 18, pp. 1731–1736, 1999.
- R. Ciampricotti, M. El Gamal, T. Relik et al., “Clinical characteristics and coronary angiographic findings of patients with unstable angina, acute myocardial infarction, and survivors of sudden ischemic death occurring during and after sport,” American Heart Journal, vol. 120, no. 6, pp. 1267–1278, 1990.
- X. Halna Du Fretay, H. Akoudad, M. Nejjari, and H. Benamer, “Infarctus du myocarde au cours d’une activité sportive: caractéristiques cliniques et angiographiques en phase aiguë d’une série de 16 cas,” Annales de Cardiologie et d’Angéiologie, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 398–403, 2013.
- L. Vicent, A. Ariza-Solé, J. R. González-Juanatey et al., “Exercise-related severe cardiac events,” Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 1404–1411, 2018.
- M. T. Roe, R. A. Harrington, D. M. Prosper et al., “Clinical and therapeutic profile of patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes who do not have significant coronary artery disease,” Circulation, vol. 102, no. 10, pp. 1101–1106, 2000.
- G. S. Mintz and G. Guagliumi, “Intravascular imaging in coronary artery disease,” The Lancet, vol. 390, no. 10096, pp. 793–809, 2017.
- T. W. Johnson, L. Räber, C. Di Mario et al., “Clinical use of intracoronary imaging: part 2—acute coronary syndromes, ambiguous coronary angiography findings, and guiding interventional decision-making: an expert consensus document of the european association of percutaneous cardiovascular interventions,” EuroIntervention, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 434–451, 2019.
- F. Alfonso, M. Paulo, N. Gonzalo et al., “Diagnosis of spontaneous coronary artery dissection by optical coherence tomography,” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 59, no. 12, pp. 1073–1079, 2012.
- M. Iannaccone, F. D’Ascenzo, C. Templin et al., “Optical coherence tomography evaluation of intermediate-term healing of different stent types: systemic review and meta-analysis,” European Heart Journal—Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 159–166, 2017.
- G. J. Tearney, E. Regar, T. Akasaka et al., “Consensus standards for acquisition, measurement, and reporting of intravascular optical coherence tomography studies: a report from the international working group for intravascular optical coherence tomography standardization and validation,” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 59, no. 12, pp. 1058–1072, 2012.
- Y. Brodov, A. Sandach, V. Boyko et al., “Acute myocardial infarction preceded by potential triggering activities: angiographic and clinical characteristics,” International Journal of Cardiology, vol. 130, no. 2, pp. 180–184, 2008.
- V. Čulić, D. Eterović, D. Mirić, Z. Rumboldt, and I. Hozo, “Gender differences in triggering of acute myocardial infarction,” The American Journal of Cardiology, vol. 85, no. 6, pp. 753–756, 2000.
- S. Möhlenkamp, N. Lehmann, F. Breuckmann et al., “Running: the risk of coronary events: prevalence and prognostic relevance of coronary atherosclerosis in marathon runners,” European Heart Journal, vol. 29, no. 15, pp. 1903–1910, 2008.
- M. Hamer, S. M. Venuraju, A. Lahiri, A. Rossi, and A. Steptoe, “Objectively assessed physical activity, sedentary time, and coronary artery calcification in healthy older adults,” Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 500–505, 2012.
- T. M. H. Eijsvogels, A. B. Fernandez, and P. D. Thompson, “Are there deleterious cardiac effects of acute and chronic endurance exercise?” Physiological Reviews, vol. 96, no. 1, pp. 1-2, 2016.
- M. Iannacone, G. Guadri, S. Taha et al., “Prevalence and predictors of culprit plaque rupture at OCT in patients with coronary artery disease: a meta-analysis,” European Heart Journal—Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 17, no. 10, pp. 1128–1137, 2016.
- D. Mirić, D. Eterović, L. Giunio et al., “Triggers of acute myocardial infarction regarding its site,” International Journal of Cardiology, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 67–71, 1997.
- N. Gonzalo, J. Escaned, F. Alfonso et al., “Morphometric assessment of coronary stenosis relevance with optical coherence tomography,” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 59, no. 12, pp. 1080–1089, 2012.
- J. Herrero-Garibi, I. Cruz-González, P. Parejo-Díaz, and I.-K. Jang, “Tomografía de coherencia óptica: situación actual en el diagnóstico intravascular,” Revista Española de Cardiología, vol. 63, no. 8, pp. 951–962, 2010.
- H. Sinclair, C. Bourantas, A. Bagnall, G. S. Mintz, and V. Kunadian, “OCT for the identification of vulnerable plaque in acute coronary syndrome,” JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 198–209, 2015.
- N. Bogale, M. Lempereur, I. Sheikh, D. Wood, J. Saw, and A. Fung, “Optical coherence tomography (OCT) evaluation of intermediate coronary lesions in patients with nstemi,” Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 113–118, 2016.
- M. P. Opolski, M. Spiewak, M. Marczak et al., “Mechanisms of myocardial infarction in patients with nonobstructive coronary artery disease,” JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 2210–2221, 2019.
- A. Kato, Y. Minami, A. Katsura et al., “Physical exertion as a trigger of acute coronary syndrome caused by plaque erosion,” Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 377–385, 2020.
- H. Jia, J. Dai, J. Hou et al., “Effective anti-thrombotic therapy without stenting: intravascular optical coherence tomography-based management in plaque erosion (the erosion study),” European Heart Journal, vol. 38, no. 11, pp. 792–800, 2017.
- L. Xing, E. Yamamoto, T. Sugiyama et al., “Erosion study (effective anti-thrombotic therapy without stenting: intravascular optical coherence tomography-based management in plaque erosion): a 1-year follow-up report,” Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, vol. 10, no. 12, 2017.
- A. Taruya, A. Tanaka, T. Nishiguchi et al., “Lesion characteristics and prognosis of acute coronary syndrome without angiographically significant coronary artery stenosis,” European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 202–209, 2020.
- M. Iannaccone, F. D’Ascenzo, A. H. Frangieh et al., “Impact of an optical coherence tomography guided approach in acute coronary syndromes: a propensity matched analysis from the international formidable-cardiogroup IV and usz registry,” Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. E46–E52, 2017.
Copyright © 2020 Caterina Mas-Lladó et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.