1. Cholesterol crystals in non-culprit plaques of STEMI patients: A 3-vessel OCT study

    Cholesterol crystals in non-culprit plaques of STEMI patients: A 3-vessel OCT study

    Background: Cholesterol crystals (CCs) are regular microstructures found within the necrotic core of atherosclerotic plaques and have been hypothesized to be related to plaque destabilization. We attempted to investigate the potential association between CCs and non-culprit plaque vulnerability in patients with ST-segment elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) and study morphological features of CCs in ruptured non-culprit plaques. Methods: A total of 261 patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction who underwent 3-vessel optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging were included. Non-culprit plaques were divided into two groups according to the presence or absence of CCs in the plaque to compare the morphological characteristics ...

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