1. Low Plasma Adiponectin Level and High Oxidative Stress are Associated with In Vivo Thin-Cap Fibroatheloma Prevalence in Patients with Stable Coronary Artery Disease

    Background; Few studies have investigated the association between biomarkers and in vivo plaque vulnerability in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods; We examined two or three vessels of 55 stable CAD patients with combined use of virtual histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT), and diagnosed thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA). The definition of TCFA was described as follow: necrotic core rich lesion (%necrotic-core>10%) without evident overlying fibrous component and %plaque-volume>40% by VH-IVUS analysis, and the thinnest fibrous-cap thickness
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