Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Atherosclerotic Plaque Characteristics by CT Angiography Identify Coronary Lesions That Cause Ischemia: A Direct Comparison to Fractional Flow Reserve.

Percent vessel stenosis of the coronary arteries is not a uniform predictor of myocardial ischemia. Other important factors include the atherosclerotic plaque characteristics of aggregate plaque volume percent, positive remodeling, low attenuation, and spotty calcification.  (JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Jan;8(1):1-10)
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Coronary artery calcium and incident cerebrovascular events in an asymptomatic cohort. The MESA Study.

The presence of coronary artery calcium is an independent predictor of cerebrovascular events.  (JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Nov;7(11):1108-15.)
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