1. Achilles tendon thickening is associated with disease severity and plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease

    Achilles tendon thickening is associated with disease severity and plaque vulnerability in patients with coronary artery disease

    Background Tendon xanthomas are accumulations of collagen and macrophages which contain cholesterol esters and a marker of high risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). Objective To clarify whether the presence of Achilles tendon thickening (ATT) was associated with disease severity and plaque vulnerability in patients with CAD. Methods A total of 241 consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention and ATT assessment were analyzed. ATT was defined as Achilles tendon thickness of 9 mm or more on radiograph. The severity of CAD and plaque vulnerability were assessed by the findings on angiogram and optical coherence tomography, respectively. Results ATT was ...

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