1. Vasa Vasorum Restructuring in Human Atherosclerotic Plaque Vulnerability

    Vasa Vasorum Restructuring in Human Atherosclerotic Plaque Vulnerability

    Background Previous studies have suggested that vasa vasorum (VV) is associated with plaque progression and vulnerability. Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between coronary neovascularization structures and plaque characteristics. Methods We included 53 patients who underwent optical coherence tomography to observe the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery. Patients were classified into 5 groups according to lesion characteristics: normal; fibrous plaque (FP); fibroatheroma (FA); plaque rupture (PR); and fibrocalcific plaque (FC). We defined signal-poor tubuloluminal structures recognized in cross-sectional and longitudinal profiles located in adventitial layer as VV, and within plaque as intraplaque neovessels. Two ...

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