1. The impact of blood pressure variability on coronary plaque vulnerability in stable angina: an analysis using optical coherence tomography

    The impact of blood pressure variability on coronary plaque vulnerability in stable angina: an analysis using optical coherence tomography

    Background: Blood pressure variability (BPV), especially visit-to-visit BPV, has been reported to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The impact of BPV on coronary plaque vulnerability remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between BPV and coronary plaque vulnerability. Patients and methods: From August 2013 to May 2014, 36 patients with both hypertension and stable angina pectoris who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention guided by frequency-domain optical coherence tomography were investigated retrospectively. The size of the lipid cores and the thickness of the fibrous cap covering the lipid core were measured by frequency-domain optical ...

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