Intravascular ultrasound assessment of ruptured atherosclerotic plaques in left main coronary arteries.

@article{Tyczynski2005IntravascularUA,
  title={Intravascular ultrasound assessment of ruptured atherosclerotic plaques in left main coronary arteries.},
  author={Pawel Tyczynski and Jerzy Pręgowski and Gary S. Mintz and Adam Witkowski and Sang Wook Kim and Ron Waksman and Lowell F Satler and Augusto D. Pichard and Lukasz Kalińczuk and Akiko Maehara and Neil Weissman},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={96 6},
  pages={794-8}
}
Atherosclerotic plaque rupture is the main cause of acute coronary syndromes. There is no systematic description of ruptured plaques located in the left main coronary artery (LMCA). The aim of our study was to describe ruptured plaques in the LMCA with intravascular ultrasound. We identified 17 LMCA plaque ruptures in 16 patients. Two patients had a recent myocardial infarction, 13 had unstable angina, and 1 had stable angina. Two left main ruptures were clinically considered to be incidental… CONTINUE READING