Intravascular atheroma monitoring : Past , present , and future of identifying vulnerable plaques


C oronary artery stenosis is generally asymptomatic until a lesion exceeds 70% to 80% of the vessel lumen. An acute coronary syndrome, however, is often due to the rupture of a 40% to 50% soft, lipid-laden plaque. 1,2 When a plaque ruptures, a cascade of clotting factors occurs at the site, causing the formation of a thrombus. 3 This review will discuss… (More)


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