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A prospective, open-label, pilot study with 24 cardiovascular high risk patients (N=24) having insufficient Low density lipoprotein cholesterin (LDL-C) reduction despite standard of care lipid-modifying therapies (LMTs), to evaluate the effects of potent lipid-therapy intensification via the recently approved monoclonal, human anti-PCSK9 antibody Alirocumab on endothelial function, inflammation, lipoprotein particle subfractions, carotid arteries and post-prandial lipemia in clinical routine at the Medical University of Graz.
This is a phase IV, multi-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo- controlled study evaluating the effect of alirocumab on SVG atherosclerotic disease burden, as assessed by IVUS at baseline and following 78 weeks of treatment in subjects with at least one intermediate SVG lesion receiving optimal statin therapy. Subjects will be randomized 1:1 into 2 treatment groups: alirocumab 150 mg subcutaneously every 2 weeks or placebo subcutaneously every 2 weeks.
This study will look at the effects of standardised balloon inflation times, pressure and balloon types and atherosclerotic plaque morphology on the procedural results of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
Coronary artery calcification is a sign of heart disease. A nuclear medicine PET-CT test using sodium fluoride (18F-NaF) radioisotope has been shown to help identify growing calcification plaques early on in the disease process. It is known that diabetic patients are at a high risk of developing premature coronary disease; the investigators intend to use this new technology to identify those patients at higher risk of developing coronary artery disease.
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of a 6-months program of Adapted Physical Activity (APA) on body composition, insulin resistance and adipokines, oxidative stress and microcirculatory haemodynamics in post-menopausal, physically inactive breast cancer patients in oncological follow-up with or without hormone therapy that had completed adjuvant treatment (radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy). Furthermore, the study will determine the impact of APA on functional capabilities, on self-reported physical activity, quality of life and psychic health.
Antibodies directed against angiotensin-II receptor (AT1-Ab) are agonist antibodies previously studied in human diseases such as preeclampsia, transplantation and scleroderma. They act by binding to the AT1 receptor and their effects can be blocked with the use of angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB). In this randomized open clinical trial the investigators will study the effect of the blockade of AT1-Ab with losartan in carotid intima-media thickness progression in patients with lupus nephritis compared to patients treated with enalapril.
The investigator prospectively enroll 30,000 outpatients who were suspected of coronary artery disease (CAD) and underwent cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA). The endpoint was major adverse cardiac events (MACE).The investigator aim to evaluate the prognostic value of CTA, risk factors and bio-markers for MACE.
The objective of this clinical investigation is to demonstrate the superiority of an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)-guided stent implantation strategy as compared to an angiography-guided stent implantation strategy in achieving larger post-PCI lumen dimensions and improving clinical cardiovascular outcomes in patients with high-risk clinical characteristics and/or with high-risk angiographic lesions.
This will be a randomized double blind placebo-controlled pilot study using a repeated measures design in which participants with acute ischemic stroke and intracranial atherosclerotic disease are randomized to either drug or placebo.
This study proposes to develop an MRI technique named Coronary Atherosclerosis T1-weighed Characterization (CATCH) that will improve the quality and reliability of coronary atherosclerosis evaluation, as well as simplify the scanning process and significantly shorten imaging time compared with conventional imaging methods.