1. Update on acute coronary syndromes: the pathologists' view

    Update on acute coronary syndromes: the pathologists' view

    Although mortality rates from coronary heart disease in the western countries have declined in the last few decades, morbidity caused by this disease is increasing and a substantial number of patients still suffer acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and sudden cardiac death. Acute coronary syndrome occurs as a result of myocardial ischaemia and its manifestations include acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina. Culprit plaque morphology in these patients varies from thrombosis with or without coronary occlusion to sudden narrowing of the lumen from intraplaque haemorrhage. The coronary artery plaque morphologies primarily responsible for thrombosis are plaque rupture, and plaque erosion, with ...

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