1. Differences in coronary plaque characteristics between patients with and those without peripheral arterial disease

    Differences in coronary plaque characteristics between patients with and those without peripheral arterial disease

    Introduction: Cardiovascular mortality of patients with combined peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) is twice as high as that in those with either disease alone. It is known that patients with PAD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention have a higher incidence of adverse cardiac events such as myocardial infarction or target vessel revascularization. Objective: In this study, we compared the detailed characteristics of culprit and nonculprit plaques between patients with and those without PAD using optical coherence tomography. Patients and methods: We performed propensity score matching using the following variables: (i) age; (ii) sex; (iii) clinical presentation; (iv ...

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