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Novel Imaging Approaches To Identify Unstable Coronary Plaques

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified December 2012 by University of Edinburgh.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : December 13, 2012
Last Update Posted : December 13, 2012
University of Cambridge
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University of Edinburgh

Brief Summary:
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Scotland and the Western World. Approaches to improve the identification of vulnerable or ruptured coronary atherosclerotic plaques are urgently needed to help risk stratification, to identify patients for intensive therapies, and to provide novel biomarkers for the development of anti-atherosclerotic drug interventions. Using positron emission tomography, we have recently shown that sodium 18-fluoride uptake holds major promise as a novel marker of plaque vulnerability and rupture. Here we wish to characterise coronary atherosclerotic plaque using 128-multidetector computed tomography combined with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose and sodium 18-fluoride positron emission tomography and Virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound in 80 patients with stable and unstable coronary artery disease. This has the potential to provide an innovative and highly valuable translational model with which to test novel therapeutic interventions targeted at reducing atheroma and plaque rupture. This could have major implications for the future treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Condition or disease
Coronary Artery Disease

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 80 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Novel Imaging Approaches To Identify Unstable Coronary Plaques
Study Start Date : February 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2013

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Acute Coronary Syndrome
40 patients admitted with ACS (NSTEMI/STEMI) will be recruited undergo 18F NaF PET, 18F FDG and CTCA within 1 month of the event.
Stable angina cohort
40 patients with previously diagnosed coronary artery disease and listed to undergo elective coronary angiogram will be recruited. VH-IVUS will be attempted in all patients. Selected patients will undergo PET scan after stent implantation.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patients with ACS have focal 18F-NaF uptake and high tissue to background ratio(TBR) and standardised uptake values (SUV) in the culprit vessels. [ Time Frame: Within 1 month of index event ]
    Using PET/CT, the investigators will assess if there is presence of focal uptake at the areas of plaque ruptures in patients presenting with ACS. Standardised uptake values and Tissue to Background ratios of the culprit vessels with be compared with non-culprit lesions.

  2. What are the morphological characteristics of plaque with high 18F-NaF tissue to background ratio or standardised uptake value [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    Using VH-IVUS, the investigators will look at the morphological characteristics of plaques that have higher SUVs and TBRs. Additional information about the plaque characteristics will be derived from CT coronary angiogram

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Is there a co-relation between the two PET/CT tracers(18FDG and 18F NaF) as measured as Tissue to background ratio or standardised uptake value. [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Is there a difference between the coronary and aortic TBR/SUVs in stable and unstable patients [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    The investigators will look for differences in activity in stable angina and ACS patients using 18F-NaF and 18F-FDG

  2. Will patients with higher 18F-NaF uptake as measured by SUV/TBR will have higher levels of cardiac biomarkers such as hsCRP or Troponin [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Blood collected from volunteers in the study will be analysed for inflammatory biomarkers such as hsCRP and Troponin

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
The investigators will recruit two populations of 40 patients each. The first population will be patients with known stable coronary heart disease. They will have previously documented and angiographically proven coronary artery disease (≥70% luminal stenosis of a major epicardial vessel). The second population will be patients with a recent (within 30 days) acute myocardial infarction defined by the Universal definition of myocardial infarction. The culprit plaque will be defined according to the invasive coronary angiogram appearances, electrocardiogram and clinical features by two cardiologists blinded to the results of positron emission tomography.

Inclusion Criteria:

Age > or = 50 yrs. Patients with Acute coronary syndromes or stable coronary artery disease.

Exclusion Criteria:

Insulin dependent diabetes Inability or unwillingness to undergo computed tomography scanning Severe renal failure (serum creatinine >250 µmol/L or estimated glomerular filtration rate <30 mL/min) Known contrast allergy Inability to give informed consent. Females in child bearing age will undergo pregnancy test if pregnancy suspected.

Participation in other research studies requiring exposure to further radiation (over and above mentioned in this study).

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United Kingdom
Clinical Research Imaging Centre/ NHS LOTHIAN Recruiting
Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom, EH16 4SB
Contact: DAVID NEWBY, MD PHD    0131 242 6515   
Principal Investigator: Nikhil Joshi, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Edinburgh
University of Cambridge

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University of Edinburgh Identifier: NCT01749254    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011/R/CAR/13
ETM/160 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Chief Scientist Office )
First Posted: December 13, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 13, 2012
Last Verified: December 2012
Keywords provided by University of Edinburgh:
Culprit plaques
Vulnerable Plaques
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases