Aims: The European Collaborative Project on Inflammation and Vascular Wall Remodeling in Atherosclerosis - Intravascular Ultrasound (ATHEROREMOIVUS) study aims to investigate the relations of genetic profile and novel circulating biomarkers with coronary plaque phenotype and vulnerability as determined by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Methods and results: ATHEROREMOIVUS is a prospective, observational cohort study of 846 patients with stable angina pectoris or acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who are referred for coronary angiography. Prior to the catheterisation procedure, blood samples are drawn for biomarker measurements and genetic analyses. During the catheterisation procedure, IVUS is performed in a nonculprit coronary artery. The primary endpoint is the presence of vulnerable plaque as determined by IVUS virtual histology. Secondary endpoints include the incidence of major adverse cardiac events during longterm followup. Conclusions: Results from ATHEROREMOIVUS are expected to improve our knowledge of the role of genetic profile and circulating biomarkers in relation to the development of atherosclerosis and vulnerable plaques. Assessment and early validation of the prognostic value of novel biomarkers and intracoronary imaging techniques will be performed.

Association study, Atherosclerosis, Biomarkers, Genomewide, Intravascular ultrasound, Nearinfrared, Prognosis, Spectroscopy
Department of Cardiology

de Boer, S.P.M, Cheng, J.M, Garcia-Garcia, H.M, Oemrawsingh, R.M, van Geuns, R.J.M, Regar, E.S, … Serruys, P.W.J.C. (2014). Relation of genetic profile and novel circulating biomarkers with coronary plaque phenotype as determined by intravascular ultrasound: Rationale and design of the ATHEROREMO-IVUS study. EuroIntervention, 10(8), 953–960. Retrieved from