Risk Factors Associated With Cerebrovascular Recurrence in Symptomatic Carotid Disease: A Comparative Study of Carotid Plaque Morphology, Microemboli Assessment and the European Carotid Surgery Trial Risk Model Stroke

Background The European Carotid Surgery Trial (ECST) risk model is a validated tool for predicting cerebrovascular risk in patients with symptomatic carotid disease. Carotid plaque hemorrhage as detected by MRI (MRIPH) and microembolic signals (MES) detected by transcranial Doppler (TCD) are 2 emerging modalities in assessing instability of the carotid plaque. The aim of this study was to assess the strength of association of MES and MRIPH with cerebrovascular recurrence in patients with symptomatic carotid artery disease in comparison with the ECST risk prediction model. Methods and Results One hundred and thirty-four prospectively recruited patients (mean [SD]: age 72 [9.8] years, 33% female) with symptomatic severe (50% to 99%) carotid stenosis underwent preoperative TCD, MRI of the carotid arteries to assess MES, PH, and the ECST risk model. Patients were followed up until carotid endarterectomy, recurrent cerebral event, death, or study end. Event-free survival analysis was done using backward conditional Cox regression analysis. Of the 123 patients who had both TCD and MRI, 82 (66.7%) demonstrated PH and 46 (37.4%) had MES. 37 (30.1%) cerebrovascular events (21 transient ischemic attacks, 6 amaurosis fugax, and 10 strokes) were observed. Both carotid PH (HR=8.68; 95% CI 2.66 to 28.40, P
Source: JAHA:Journal of the American Heart Association - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Stroke Source Type: research

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Intraplaque haemorrhage (IPH) has been independently associated with a higher risk of future ipsilateral stroke in patients with carotid artery stenosis. Evaluation of plaque characteristics may contribute to risk assessment of recurrent (silent) cerebrovascular events in order to prioritise patients for timing of treatment. It is unknown if patients showing histologically apparent IPH also have increased risk of silent ischaemic brain lesions in the waiting period between index event and revascularisation.
Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Introduction: Intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) is an important feature of plaque vulnerability. Patients with a history of transient ischemic attack or stroke are treated with platelet aggregation inhibitors to prevent secondary myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. Although antiplatelet medication is effective in reduction of clot formation, it also has adverse effects. It has therefore been hypothesized that platelet aggregation inhibitors could also initiate the onset or progression of IPH. A histopathological study on 154 carotid endarterectomy plaques found that preoperative antiplatelet therapy was associated with an...
Source: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Intraplaque haemorrhage (IPH) has been independently associated with a higher risk of future ipsilateral stroke in patients with carotid artery stenosis. Evaluation of plaque characteristics may contribute to risk assessment of recurrent (silent) cerebrovascular events in order to prioritise patients for timing of treatment. It is unknown if patients showing histologically apparent IPH also have increased risk of silent ischaemic brain lesions in the waiting period between index event and revascularisation.
Source: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Symptomatic patients with ipsilateral carotid stenosis and silent brain ischaemia on pre-operative MR-DWI, more often showed pathological evidence of IPH compared with those without ischaemic lesions. This identifies carotid IPH as a marker for patients at risk of silent brain ischaemia and possibly for future stroke and other arterial disease complications. Such patients may be more likely to benefit from CEA than those without evidence of ipsilateral carotid IPH. PMID: 31631008 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: PubMed: Eur J Vasc Endovasc ... - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg Source Type: research
Conclusions: Embolism associated with asymptomatic carotid stenosis shows circadian variation with highest rates 4–6 h before midday. This corresponds with peak circadian incidence of stroke and other vascular complications. These and ASED Study results show that monitoring frequency, duration, and time of day are important in ES detection. Introduction Transcranial Doppler (TCD) detected microembolism in the ipsilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) may help stratify the risk of stroke and other arterial disease complications in persons with advanced (≥60%) asymptomatic carotid stenosis. If so, this techniqu...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Ahmed Mohamed Elhfnawy1*, Peter U. Heuschmann2, Mirko Pham3†, Jens Volkmann1† and Felix Fluri1,4 1Department of Neurology, University Hospital Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 2Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 3Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 4Department of Neurology, Kantonssptial St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland Background and Purpose: Internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS)≥70% is a leading cause of ischemic cerebrovascular event...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Increased HbA1c values seem to contribute to plaque instability through the formation of a thin fibrous cup. Thus, of the carotid artery plaque parameters including fibrous cup thickness, plaque rupture, lipid core, inflammation, intraplaque hemorrhage, thrombus, calcification, necrotic core, and neovascularization, fibrous cup thickness is the only histomorphological feature that affected by HbA1c.
Source: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice - Category: Rural Health Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: In this experience combined with the data given in literature, our findings suggest a possible superiority of the staged CABG/CEA approach. Large, randomized studies are required to verify our findings and to establish applicable guidelines. PMID: 30311885 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Heart Surgery Forum - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Heart Surg Forum Source Type: research
This article provides a detailed study design and protocol of HeCES2, an observational prospective cohort study with the objective to investigate the pathophysiology of carotid atherosclerosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Recruitment and carotid endarterectomies of the study patients with carotid atherosclerosis were performed from October 2012 to September 2015. After brain and carotid artery imaging, endarterectomised carotid plaques (CPs) and blood samples were collected from 500 patients for detailed biochemical and molecular analyses. Findings to date: We developed a morphological grading for macroscopic characteristic...
Source: Annals of Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Ann Med Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
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