1. Low Endothelial Shear Stress Predicts Evolution to High-Risk Coronary Plaque Phenotype in the Future A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography and Computational Fluid Dynamics Stud

    Low Endothelial Shear Stress Predicts Evolution to High-Risk Coronary Plaque Phenotype in the Future A Serial Optical Coherence Tomography and Computational Fluid Dynamics Stud

    Background— Low endothelial shear stress (ESS) is associated with plaque progression and vulnerability. To date, changes in plaque phenotype over time in relation to ESS have not been studied in humans. The aim of this study was to investigate whether local ESS can predict subsequent changes to plaque phenotype using optical coherence tomography. Methods and Results— A total of 25 coronary arteries from 20 patients who underwent baseline and 6-month follow-up optical coherence tomography were included. Arteries were divided into serial 3-mm segments, and plaque characteristics were evaluated in each segment. A total of 145 segments were divided into low-ESS ...

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