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The Atherosclerotic Plaque

  • Maddalena Piro
  • Sara di Michele
  • Massimo Fioranelli

Abstract

Even though coronary, cerebral, and peripheral arterial disease represents the most common features of atherosclerosis, it progresses in the absence of any symptoms for most of its developmental course. Generally, the severity of a coronary stenosis is of poor predictive value for cardiac events such as sudden death, myocardial infarction, or unstable angina. For this reason, attention is increasingly being focused on the biology of the atheroma rather than on the severity of the stenosis.

Keywords

Acute Coronary Syndrome Atherosclerotic Plaque Plaque Rupture Acute Coronary Syndrome Patient Vulnerable Plaque 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Italia 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maddalena Piro
    • 1
  • Sara di Michele
    • 2
  • Massimo Fioranelli
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology “Mater Dei” HospitalMolecular and Cellular Cardiology Sacred Heart UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology “Mater Dei” HospitalMolecular and Cellular Cardiology Sacred Heart UniversityRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Cardiology “Mater Dei” HospitalGuglielmo Marconi UniversityRomeItaly

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