1. In Search of Vulnerable Plaque

    In Search of Vulnerable Plaque

    Between 1970 and 2010, the number of cardiovascular deaths per 100 000 persons in the United States has fallen from ≈450 to ≈125, a reduction >70%.1 This marked decline in cardiovascular mortality represents one of the true success stories of modern medicine. The improving lifespan of both men and women can be attributed principally to prevention of death first from coronary artery disease (CAD) and second from stroke, with a much smaller contribution from other disease states.2 The decrease in coronary heart disease deaths may be ascribed to both treatment of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and chronic CAD ...

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