1. Multiple Coronary Lesion Instability in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction as Determined by Optical Coherence Tomography

    Autopsy studies have suggested that acute myocardial infarction (AMI) represents a pan-coronary process of vulnerable plaque development. We performed multifocal optical coherence tomographic (OCT) examination to compare coronary lesion instability between AMI and stable angina pectoris (SAP). A total of 42 patients with AMI (n = 26) or SAP (n = 16) who had multivessel disease and underwent multivessel coronary intervention were enrolled in the present study. The OCT examination was performed not only in the infarct-related/target lesions, but also in the noninfarct-related/nontarget lesions. OCT-derived thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) was defined as a lesion with a fibrous cap thickness of
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