Noninvasive detection of vulnerable coronary plaques: Locking the barn door before the horse is stolen.

@article{Braunwald2009NoninvasiveDO,
  title={Noninvasive detection of vulnerable coronary plaques: Locking the barn door before the horse is stolen.},
  author={Eugene Braunwald},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={54 1},
  pages={58-9}
}
t is well established from post-mortem studies that rupured atherosclerotic plaques in proximal coronary arteries sually have a large necrotic core with a thin overlying brous cap (1,2). These “thin cap fibroatheromas” usually ave little calcification, and they may not cause critical arrowing of the coronary lumen because of positive remodling (outward expansion) of the artery. Intravascular ultraound (IVUS) has also shown that, when compared with atients with stable coronary artery disease… CONTINUE READING