1. Have I lost my large rupture cavity? The fingerprint of atherosclerotic plaque healing detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging

    Have I lost my large rupture cavity? The fingerprint of atherosclerotic plaque healing detected by serial optical coherence tomography imaging

    A 64-year-old man, prior smoker, with a history of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was referred to our hospital due to worsening dyspnoea, progressively worsening angina, and a positive stress EKG testing. Coronary angiography (CAG) showed an angiographically intermediate stenosis of the mid left anterior descending (LAD) artery and a focal, complex lesion of the distal right coronary artery (RCA) (Figure 1A and B, red arrow). Treatment of the LAD stenosis was deferred based on a negative fractional flow reserve value (i.e. 0.85). Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging (ILUMIEN OPTIS, Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA) was performed to better characterize ...

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