1. Clinical Classification and Plaque Morphology Determined by Optical Coherence Tomography in Unstable Angina Pectoris

    Clinical Classification and Plaque Morphology Determined by Optical Coherence Tomography in Unstable Angina Pectoris
    Unstable angina pectoris (UAP) is categorized with the Braunwald classification. However, the association of clinical presentation and plaque structure/function has not yet been elucidated in relation to cause. We used optical coherence tomography to investigate this relation. One hundred fifteen patients with primary UAP were categorized according to the Braunwald classification. Patients with class I UAP had the highest frequency of ulcers without fibrous cap disruption (p = 0.003) and the smallest minimum lumen area (class I, median 0.70 mm2, quartiles 1 to 3 0.42 to 1.00; class II, 1.80 mm2, 1.50 to 2 ...
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