1. Does spotty calcification attenuate the response of nonculprit plaque to statin therapy?: A serial optical coherence tomography study

    Does spotty calcification attenuate the response of nonculprit plaque to statin therapy?: A serial optical coherence tomography study

    Objectives The aim of this study was to determine if spotty calcification decreases the response of plaque progression to statin therapy. Background Previous studies showed that the presence of spotty calcification is a marker of vulnerable plaque. However, the relationship between spotty calcification and plaque progression is not clear. Methods Ninety-six nonculprit lipid-rich plaques in 69 patients who received serial optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging were included. Plaques were divided into three groups: spotty calcification ( n = 38), calcified ( n = 12) and noncalcified ( n = 46) plaques. Spotty calcification was identified by the presence of a lesion <4 mm in length with ...

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