Pathology of carotid artery atherosclerotic disease

  title={Pathology of carotid artery atherosclerotic disease},
  author={Renu Virmani and Allen P. Burke and Elena R Ladich and Frank D Kolodgie},
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 600 000 cases each year, of which about 500 000 are first attacks (American Heart Association, 2001; Heart and Stroke Statistical Update. Dallas, TX, 2001). The pathologic events leading to stroke are complex, and involve atherosclerosis of the aorta and its branches, especially the carotid artery, obstruction of blood flow by increasing plaque burden, embolization of plaque components, especially of thrombotic… CONTINUE READING

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