Peak radial and circumferential strain measured by velocity vector imaging is a novel index for detecting vulnerable plaques in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis

  • Zhang L
  • Liu Y
  • Zhang P
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Aims: To evaluate the reliability of velocity vector imaging (VVI) for detecting vulnerable plaques. Methods and Results: After aortic balloon injury, 60 rabbits were fed a 1% cholesterol diet for 10 weeks and normal chow for another 6 weeks. Adenovirus containing p53 or lac Z was then injected into the aortic plaques and rabbits were divided into p53-treated group (n=20), lac Z-treated group (n=20) and blank control group (n=20). Peak longitudinal (LSp), radial (RSp) and circumferential (CSp) strain of plaques was measured using VVI at the end of week 18 before pharmacological triggering. Higher RSp and CSp and lower LSp were found in ruptured than those in non-ruptured plaques, and RSp, CSp and LSp correlated well with the fibrous cap thickness and plaque content of macrophages, smooth muscle cells and collagen (all p< 0.01). A logistic regression model showed that both RSp (RR: 8.96, 95% CI: 5.3575-10.4857, p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Inflammation
  • Strain
  • Ultrasonography
  • Vulnerable plaque

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