Imperial College London

Dr Ranil De Silva

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Clinical Senior Lecturer
 
 
 
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Ms Deborah Curcher +44 (0)20 7351 8626

 
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Ponticelli F, Khokhar AA, Leenders G, Konigstein M, Zivelonghi C, Agostoni P, van Kuijk J-P, Ajmi I, Lindsay S, Bunc M, Tebaldi M, Cafaro A, Cheng K, Ielasi A, Patterson T, Wolter JS, Sgura F, De Marco F, Ioanes D, D'Amico G, Ciardetti M, Berti S, Guarracini S, Di Mauro M, Gallone G, Dekker M, Silvis MJM, Tarantini G, Redwood S, Colombo A, Liebetrau C, de Silva R, Rapezzi C, Ferrari R, Campo G, Schnupp S, Timmers L, Verheye S, Stella P, Banai S, Giannini Fet al., 2021, Safety and efficacy of coronary sinus narrowing in chronic refractory angina: Insights from the RESOURCE study, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY, Vol: 337, Pages: 29-37, ISSN: 0167-5273

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de Silva R, Cheng K, 2021, Reducing refractory angina., EuroIntervention, Vol: 16, Pages: e1466-e1467, ISSN: 1774-024X

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Cheng K, Alhumood K, El Shaer F, De Silva Ret al., 2021, The role of nicorandil in the management of chronic coronary syndromes in the Gulf Region, Advances in Therapy, Vol: 38, Pages: 925-948, ISSN: 0741-238X

Chronic coronary syndromes (CCS) and stable angina are a growing clinical burden worldwide. This is of particular concern in the Gulf region given its high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, especially diabetes mellitus and smoking. Despite recommendations on the use of first- and second-line anti-anginal medication, management challenges remain. Current guidelines for pharmacologic treatment are not determined by the range of pathophysiological mechanisms of ischaemia and consequent angina, which may occur either in isolation or co-exist. In this article, we highlight the need to improve knowledge of the epidemiology of chronic coronary syndromes in the Middle East and Gulf region, and the need for studies of stratified pharmacologic approaches to improve symptomatic angina and quality of life in the large and growing number of patients with coronary artery disease from this region. We discuss the role of nicorandil, currently recommended as a second-line anti-anginal drug in CCS patients, and suggest that this may be a particularly useful add-on therapy for patients in the Gulf region.

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Cheng K, de Silva R, 2021, TCT Connect 2020 Trial Update: FORECAST, COMBINE OCT-FFR and DEFINE-PCI, EUROPEAN CARDIOLOGY REVIEW, Vol: 16, ISSN: 1758-3756

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Rajakulasingam R, Nielles-Vallespin S, Ferreira PF, Scott AD, Khalique Z, Rogers P, Barnes G, Tindale A, Prendergast C, Cantor E, Wage R, Dalby M, Firmin DN, Pennell DJ, De Silva Ret al., 2020, Diffusion tensor cardiovascular magnetic resonance detects altered myocardial microstructure in patients with acute st-elevation myocardial infarction, Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS, Pages: 208-208, ISSN: 0195-668X

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Nielles-Vallespin S, Ferreira PF, Scott A, Rajakulasingam R, Sehmi J, Gorodezky M, Kellman P, Xue H, Pennell DJ, Firmin DN, Arai AE, De Silva Ret al., 2020, Diffusion tensor cardiovascular magnetic resonance predicts adverse remodelling after myocardial infarction, Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS, Pages: 216-216, ISSN: 0195-668X

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Ono M, Tomaniak M, Koenig W, Khamis R, de Silva R, Chichareon P, Kawashima H, Hara H, Gao C, Wang R, Huber K, Vrolix M, Jasionowicz P, Wykrzykowska JJ, Piek JJ, Jüni P, Hamm C, Steg PG, Windecker S, Onuma Y, Storey RF, Serruys PW, GLOBAL LEADERS Study Investigatorset al., 2020, Impact of White Blood Cell Count on Clinical Outcomes in Patients Treated with Aspirin-Free Ticagrelor Monotherapy after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights from the GLOBAL LEADERS Trial., Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Pharmacother

AIMS: To investigate the efficacy and safety of ticagrelor monotherapy in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) stratified according to the baseline white blood cell (WBC) count. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a post-hoc analysis of the GLOBAL LEADERS trial, a multicentre, open-label, randomized all-comer trial in patients undergoing PCI, comparing the experimental strategy (23-month ticagrelor monotherapy following 1-month dual anti-platelet therapy [DAPT]) with the reference strategy (12-month aspirin monotherapy following 12-month DAPT). Patients were stratified into two WBC groups, either < or ≥median WBC count of 7.8 x 109 cells/L (lower or higher WBC group, respectively). The primary endpoint was a composite of all-cause mortality or new Q-wave myocardial infarction (MI) at 2 years.Out of 14,576 patients included in the present study, 7,212 patients (49.5%) were classified as the lower WBC group, who had a significantly lower risk of both ischemic and bleeding outcomes at 2 years. At 2 years, the experimental strategy was associated with a significant lower incidence of the primary endpoint compared with the reference strategy in the lower WBC group (2.8% vs. 4.2%; hazard ratio [HR]: 0.67; 95% CI: 0.52-0.86) but not in the higher WBC group (4.8% vs. 4.7%; HR: 1.01; 95% CI: 0.82-1.25; pinteraction=0.013). There were no significant differences in the risks of BARC type 3 or 5 bleeding between two antiplatelet strategies regardless of the WBC groups. CONCLUSIONS: Increased WBC counts, which may reflect degree of inflammation, at the time of index procedure may attenuate the anti-ischemic benefits of ticagrelor monotherapy observed in patients with lower WBC counts.

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Tomaniak M, Katagiri Y, Modolo R, Silva RD, Khamis RY, Bourantas CV, Torii R, Wentzel JJ, Gijsen FJH, van Soest G, Stone PH, West NEJ, Maehara A, Lerman A, van der Steen AFW, Lüscher TF, Virmani R, Koenig W, Stone GW, Muller JE, Wijns W, Serruys PW, Onuma Yet al., 2020, Vulnerable plaques and patients: state-of-the-art, European Heart Journal, Vol: 41, Pages: 2997-3004, ISSN: 0195-668X

Despite advanced understanding of the biology of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Progress has been challenging as half of the individuals who suffer sudden cardiac death do not experience premonitory symptoms. Furthermore, it is well-recognized that also a plaque that does not cause a haemodynamically significant stenosis can trigger a sudden cardiac event, yet the majority of ruptured or eroded plaques remain clinically silent. In the past 30 years since the term 'vulnerable plaque' was introduced, there have been major advances in the understanding of plaque pathogenesis and pathophysiology, shifting from pursuing features of 'vulnerability' of a specific lesion to the more comprehensive goal of identifying patient 'cardiovascular vulnerability'. It has been also recognized that aside a thin-capped, lipid-rich plaque associated with plaque rupture, acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are also caused by plaque erosion underlying between 25% and 60% of ACS nowadays, by calcified nodule or by functional coronary alterations. While there have been advances in preventive strategies and in pharmacotherapy, with improved agents to reduce cholesterol, thrombosis, and inflammation, events continue to occur in patients receiving optimal medical treatment. Although at present the positive predictive value of imaging precursors of the culprit plaques remains too low for clinical relevance, improving coronary plaque imaging may be instrumental in guiding pharmacotherapy intensity and could facilitate optimal allocation of novel, more aggressive, and costly treatment strategies. Recent technical and diagnostic advances justify continuation of interdisciplinary research efforts to improve cardiovascular prognosis by both systemic and 'local' diagnostics and therapies. The present state-of-the-art document aims to present and critically appraise the latest evidence, developments, and future perspectives in detection, prevent

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Rathod KS, Beirne A-M, Bogle R, Firoozi S, Lim P, Hill J, Dalby MC, Jain AK, Malik IS, Mathur A, Kalra SS, DeSilva R, Redwood S, MacCarthy PA, Wragg A, Smith EJ, Jones DAet al., 2020, Prior Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery and Outcome After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: An Observational Study From the Pan-London Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Registry, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, Vol: 9, ISSN: 2047-9980

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Jones DA, Rathod KS, Koganti S, Lim P, Firoozi S, Bogle R, Jain AK, MacCarthy PA, Dalby MC, Malik IS, Mathur A, DeSilva R, Rakhit R, Kalra SS, Redwood S, Ludman P, Wragg Aet al., 2019, The association between the public reporting of individual operator outcomes with patient profiles, procedural management, and mortality after percutaneous coronary intervention: an observational study from the Pan-London PCI (BCIS) Registry using an interrupted time series analysis, EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, Vol: 40, Pages: 2620-2629, ISSN: 0195-668X

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Khan TZ, de Silva R, 2018, Is there a role for invasive assessment of the coronary microcirculation in patients with unobstructed epicardial coronary arteries in clinical practice?, International Journal of Cardiology, Vol: 267, Pages: 46-47, ISSN: 0167-5273

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Jones DA, Rathod KS, Koganti S, Hamshere S, Astroulakis Z, Lim P, Sirker A, O'Mahony C, Jain AK, Knight CJ, Dalby MC, Malik IS, Mathur A, Rakhit R, Lockie T, Redwood S, MacCarthy PA, Desilva R, Weerackody R, Wragg A, Smith EJ, Bourantas CVet al., 2018, Angiography alone versus angiography plus optical coherence tomography to guide percutaneous coronary intervention: outcomes from the pan-London PCI cohort, JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, Vol: 11, Pages: 1313-1321, ISSN: 1936-8798

OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the effect on long-term survival of using optical coherence tomography (OCT) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND: Angiographic guidance for PCI has substantial limitations. The superior spatial resolution of OCT could translate into meaningful clinical benefits, although limited data exist to date about their effect on clinical endpoints. METHODS: This was a cohort study based on the Pan-London (United Kingdom) PCI registry, which includes 123,764 patients who underwent PCI in National Health Service hospitals in London between 2005 and 2015. Patients undergoing primary PCI or pressure wire use were excluded leaving 87,166 patients in the study. The primary endpoint was all-cause mortality at a median of 4.8 years. RESULTS: OCT was used in 1,149 (1.3%) patients, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) was used in 10,971 (12.6%) patients, and angiography alone in the remaining 75,046 patients. Overall OCT rates increased over time (p < 0.0001), with variation in rates between centers (p = 0.002). The mean stent length was shortest in the angiography-guided group, longer in the IVUS-guided group, and longest in the OCT-guided group. OCT-guided procedures were associated with greater procedural success rates and reduced in-hospital MACE rates. A significant difference in mortality was observed between patients who underwent OCT-guided PCI (7.7%) compared with patients who underwent either IVUS-guided (12.2%) or angiography-guided (15.7%; p < 0.0001) PCI, with differences seen for both elective (p < 0.0001) and acute coronary syndrome subgroups (p = 0.0024). Overall this difference persisted after multivariate Cox analysis (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.48; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.26 to 0.81; p = 0.001) and propensity matching (hazard ratio: 0.39; 95% CI: 0.21 to 0.77; p = 0.0008; OCT vs. angiography-alone cohort), with no difference in matched OCT and IVUS cohorts

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Jones DA, Rathod KS, Pavlidis AN, Gallagher SM, Astroulakis Z, Lim P, Sirker A, Knight CJ, Dalby MC, Malik IS, Mathur A, Rakhit R, Redwood S, MacCarthy PA, Baker C, Desilva R, Di Mario C, Weerackody R, Hill J, Wragg A, Smith EJet al., 2018, Outcomes after chronic total occlusion percutaneous coronary interventions: an observational study of 5496 patients from the Pan-London CTO Cohort., Coron Artery Dis

BACKGROUND: Chronic total occlusions (CTO) are commonly encountered in patients undergoing coronary angiography; however, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is infrequently performed owing to technical difficulty, the perceived risk of complications and a lack of randomized data. The aim of this study was to analyse the frequency and outcomes of CTO-PCI procedures in a large contemporary cohort of successive patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We undertook an observational cohort study of 48 234 patients with stable angina of which 5496 (11.4%) procedures were performed for CTOs between 2005 and 2015 at nine tertiary cardiac centres across London, UK. Outcome was assessed by in-hospital major adverse cardiac events and all-cause mortality at a median follow-up of 4.8 years (interquartile range: 2.2-6.4 years). RESULTS: Over time, there was an increase in the proportion of elective PCI procedures performed for CTOs, but no increase in the absolute number. Overall success rates increased over time (74.3% in 2005 to 81.5% in 2015; P=0.0003) despite an increase in case complexity (previous myocardial infarction, diabetes, renal failure, previous coronary artery bypass grafting, peripheral vascular disease and left ventricular impairment) that correlated with procedural advancements. Successful CTO PCI was associated with lower mortality [9.5%, 95% confidence interval (CI): 8.1-11.6 vs. 15.3%, 95% CI: 13.7-20.6, P<0.0001] that persisted after multivariate cox analysis (hazard ratio: 0.37, 95% CI: 0.25-0.62) and propensity matching (hazard ratio=0.36, 95% CI: 0.18-0.73, P=0.0005). CONCLUSION: Successful procedures were associated with lower mortality suggesting that the greater uptake of CTO PCI may improve clinical outcomes in a wider population than are currently being offered therapy.

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Cheng K, de Silva R, 2018, New Advances in the Management of Refractory Angina Pectoris, EUROPEAN CARDIOLOGY REVIEW, Vol: 13, Pages: 70-79, ISSN: 1758-3756

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Poulsen CB, Pedrigi RM, Pareek N, Kilic ID, Holm NR, Bentzon JF, Bøtker HE, Falk E, Krams R, de Silva Ret al., 2018, Plaque burden influences accurate classification of fibrous cap atheroma by in-vivo optical coherence tomography in a porcine model of advanced coronary atherosclerosis, EuroIntervention, ISSN: 1774-024X

AIMS: In-vivo validation of coronary optical coherence tomography (OCT) against histology and the effects of plaque burden (PB) on plaque classification remain unreported. We investigated this in a porcine model with human-like coronary atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Five female Yucatan D374Y-PCSK9 transgenic hypercholesterolemic mini-pigs were implanted with a coronary shear-modifying stent to induce advanced atherosclerosis. OCT frames (n=201) were obtained 34 weeks after implantation. Coronary arteries were perfusion-fixed, serially sectioned and co-registered with OCT using a validated algorithm. Lesions were adjudicated using the Virmani classification and PB assessed from histology. OCT had a high sensitivity, but modest specificity (92.9% and 74.6%), for identifying fibrous cap atheroma (FCA). The reduced specificity for OCT was due to misclassification of plaques with histologically defined pathological intimal thickening (PIT) as FCA (46.1% of the frames with histological PIT were misclassified). PIT lesions misclassified as FCA by OCT had a statistically higher PB than in other OCT frames (median 32.0% versus 13.4%; p<0.0001). Misclassification of PIT lesions by OCT occurred when PB exceeded approximately 20%. CONCLUSIONS: Compared with histology, in-vivo OCT classification of FCA had high sensitivity but reduced specificity due to misclassification of PITs with high PB.

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Pareek N, Kosovitsas A, Rubens M, de Silva Ret al., 2018, Double Trouble: Two Types of Stent Fracture in a Drug-Eluting Stent Secondary to Traction From a Saphenous Vein Graft, JACC-CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONS, Vol: 11, Pages: 316-318, ISSN: 1936-8798

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Sainsbury PA, Fisher M, de Silva R, 2017, Alternative interventions for refractory angina, HEART, Vol: 103, Pages: 1911-+, ISSN: 1355-6037

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de Silva R, Steg PG, 2017, Identifying patients with acute total coronary occlusion in NSTEACS: finding the high-risk needle in the haystack, EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, Vol: 38, Pages: 3090-3093, ISSN: 0195-668X

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Cheng K, Wright C, De Silva R, 2017, The effect of a multi-disciplinary care pathway for refractory angina on psychological outcomes, quality of life and medication use, Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS, Pages: 450-450, ISSN: 0195-668X

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Ferreira PF, Nielles-Vallespin S, Scott AD, Silva RD, Kilner PJ, Ennis DB, Auger DA, Suever JD, Zhong X, Spottiswoode BS, Pennell DJ, Arai AE, Firmin DNet al., 2017, Evaluation of the impact of strain correction on the orientation of cardiac diffusion tensors with in vivo and ex vivo porcine hearts, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Vol: 79, Pages: 2205-2215, ISSN: 0740-3194

PurposeTo evaluate the importance of strain-correcting stimulated echo acquisition mode echo-planar imaging cardiac diffusion tensor imaging.MethodsHealthy pigs (n = 11) were successfully scanned with a 3D cine displacement-encoded imaging with stimulated echoes and a monopolar-stimulated echo-planar imaging diffusion tensor imaging sequence at 3 T during diastasis, peak systole, and strain sweet spots in a midventricular short-axis slice. The same diffusion tensor imaging sequence was repeated ex vivo after arresting the hearts in either a relaxed (KCl-induced) or contracted (BaCl2-induced) state. The displacement-encoded imaging with stimulated echoes data were used to strain-correct the in vivo cardiac diffusion tensor imaging in diastole and systole. The orientation of the primary (helix angles) and secondary (E2A) diffusion eigenvectors was compared with and without strain correction and to the strain-free ex vivo data.ResultsStrain correction reduces systolic E2A significantly when compared without strain correction and ex vivo (median absolute E2A = 34.3° versus E2A = 57.1° (P = 0.01), E2A = 60.5° (P = 0.006), respectively). The systolic distribution of E2A without strain correction is closer to the contracted ex vivo distribution than with strain correction, root mean square deviation of 0.027 versus 0.038.ConclusionsThe current strain-correction model amplifies the contribution of microscopic strain to diffusion resulting in an overcorrection of E2A. Results show that a new model that considers cellular rearrangement is required.

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Cheng K, Wright C, de Silva R, 2017, THE IMPACT OF A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CARE PATHWAY FOR PATIENTS WITH REFRACTORY ANGINA ON PSYCHOSOCIAL OUTCOMES, QUALITY OF LIFE AND MEDICATION, Annual Conference of the British-Cardiovascular-Society (BCS), Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A70-A71, ISSN: 1355-6037

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Poulsen CB, Pedrigi R, Holm N, Pareek N, Kilic I, Post AL, Di Mario C, Bentzon J, Botker H, Falk E, Krams R, de Silva Ret al., 2017, COMPARISON OF IN VIVO OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY DERIVED PLAQUE PHENOTYPE AND BURDEN WITH HISTOLOGY IN A PORCINE MODEL OF ADVANCED CORONARY ATHEROSCLEROSIS, 66th Annual Scientific Session and Expo of the American-College-of-Cardiology (ACC), Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, Pages: 1072-1072, ISSN: 0735-1097

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Nielles-Vallespin S, Khalique Z, Ferreira PF, de Silva R, Scott AD, Kilner P, McGill L-A, Giannakidis A, Gatehouse PD, Ennis D, Aliotta E, Al-Khalil M, Kellman P, Mazilu D, Balaban RS, Firmin DN, Arai AE, Pennell DJet al., 2017, Assessment of myocardial microstructural dynamics by in vivo diffusion tensor cardiac magnetic resonance, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Vol: 69, Pages: 661-676, ISSN: 0735-1097

BackgroundCardiomyocytes are organized in microstructures termed sheetlets that reorientate during left ventricular thickening. Diffusion tensor cardiac magnetic resonance (DT-CMR) may enable noninvasive interrogation of in vivo cardiac microstructural dynamics. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a condition of abnormal myocardium with unknown sheetlet function.ObjectivesThis study sought to validate in vivo DT-CMR measures of cardiac microstructure against histology, characterize microstructural dynamics during left ventricular wall thickening, and apply the technique in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and DCM.MethodsIn vivo DT-CMR was acquired throughout the cardiac cycle in healthy swine, followed by in situ and ex vivo DT-CMR, then validated against histology. In vivo DT-CMR was performed in 19 control subjects, 19 DCM, and 13 HCM patients.ResultsIn swine, a DT-CMR index of sheetlet reorientation (E2A) changed substantially (E2A mobility ∼46°). E2A changes correlated with wall thickness changes (in vivo r2 = 0.75; in situ r2 = 0.89), were consistently observed under all experimental conditions, and accorded closely with histological analyses in both relaxed and contracted states. The potential contribution of cyclical strain effects to in vivo E2A was ∼17%. In healthy human control subjects, E2A increased from diastole (18°) to systole (65°; p < 0.001; E2A mobility = 45°). HCM patients showed significantly greater E2A in diastole than control subjects did (48°; p < 0.001) with impaired E2A mobility (23°; p < 0.001). In DCM, E2A was similar to control subjects in diastole, but systolic values were markedly lower (40°; p < 0.001) with impaired E2A mobility (20°; p < 0.001).ConclusionsMyocardial microstructure dynamics can be characterized by in vivo DT-CMR. Sheetlet function was abnormal in DCM with altered systolic conformation and reduced mobility, contrasting with HCM, which showed reduced mobility with alte

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Pareek N, Serruys P, de Silva R, 2017, Shedding light on inflammation, EHJ Cardiovascular Imaging / European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging, Vol: 18, Pages: 519-520, ISSN: 2047-2412

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Giavarini A, Kilic ID, Redondo Diéguez A, Longo G, Vandormael I, Pareek N, Kanyal R, De Silva R, Di Mario Cet al., 2017, Intracoronary Imaging., Heart, Vol: 103, Pages: 708-725

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Giavarini A, Kilic ID, Redondo Dieguez A, Longo G, Vandormael I, Pareek N, Kanyal R, De Silva R, Di Mario Cet al., 2017, Chronic ischaemic heart disease: Intracoronary Imaging, HEART, Vol: 103, Pages: 708-725, ISSN: 1355-6037

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Raphael CE, Keegan J, Parker KH, Simpson R, Collinson J, Vassiliou V, Wage R, Drivas P, Strain S, Cooper R, de Silva R, Stables RH, Di Mario C, Frenneaux M, Pennell DJ, Davies JE, Hughes AD, Firmin D, Prasad SKet al., 2016, Feasibility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance derived coronary wave intensity analysis, Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Vol: 18, ISSN: 1532-429X

BackgroundWave intensity analysis (WIA) of the coronary arteries allows description of the predominant mechanisms influencing coronary flow over the cardiac cycle. The data are traditionally derived from pressure and velocity changes measured invasively in the coronary artery. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) allows measurement of coronary velocities using phase velocity mapping and derivation of central aortic pressure from aortic distension. We assessed the feasibility of WIA of the coronary arteries using CMR and compared this to invasive data.MethodsCMR scans were undertaken in a serial cohort of patients who had undergone invasive WIA. Velocity maps were acquired in the proximal left anterior descending and proximal right coronary artery using a retrospectively-gated breath-hold spiral phase velocity mapping sequence with high temporal resolution (19 ms). A breath-hold segmented gradient echo sequence was used to acquire through-plane cross sectional area changes in the proximal ascending aorta which were used as a surrogate of an aortic pressure waveform after calibration with brachial blood pressure measured with a sphygmomanometer. CMR-derived aortic pressures and CMR-measured velocities were used to derive wave intensity. The CMR-derived wave intensities were compared to invasive data in 12 coronary arteries (8 left, 4 right). Waves were presented as absolute values and as a % of total wave intensity. Intra-study reproducibility of invasive and non-invasive WIA was assessed using Bland-Altman analysis and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC).ResultsThe combination of the CMR-derived pressure and velocity data produced the expected pattern of forward and backward compression and expansion waves. The intra-study reproducibility of the CMR derived wave intensities as a % of the total wave intensity (mean ± standard deviation of differences) was 0.0 ± 6.8%, ICC = 0.91. Intra-study reproducib

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Cheng K, Sainsbury P, Fisher M, de Silva Ret al., 2016, Management of refractory angina pectoris, European Cardiology Review, Vol: 11, Pages: 69-76, ISSN: 1758-3756

With improvements in survival from coronary artery disease (CAD) and an ageing population, refractory angina (RA) is becoming an increasingly common clinical problem facing clinicians in routine clinical practice. These patients experience chronic symptoms in the context of CAD, characterised by angina-type pain, which is uncontrolled despite optimal pharmacological, interventional and surgical therapy. Although mortality rates are no worse in this cohort, patients experience a significantly impaired quality of life with disproportionately high utilisation of healthcare services. It has been increasingly recognised that the needs of RA patients are multifactorial and best provided by specialist multi-disciplinary units. In this review, we consider the variety of therapies available to clinicians in the management of RA and discuss the promise of novel treatments.

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