Coronary atherosclerosis in end-stage idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: An innocent bystander?

Alessandra Repetto, Barbara Dal Bello, Michele Pasotti, Manuela Agozzino, Mario Viganò, Catherine Klersy, Luigi Tavazzi, Eloisa Arbustini

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Aims: Coronary atherosclerosis is occasionally found in the hearts of patients diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM), who have undergone heart transplantation (HTx). This study investigates the pathology of coronary trees in IDCM patients and correlates the findings with risk factors for atherosclerosis. Methods and results: The coronary trees of hearts excised at transplantation from 55 IDCM patients [43 mates, mean (±SD) age at diagnosis and HTx: 37.4 ± 13.4 and 42.1 ± 14.6 years, respectively] underwent systematic pathological investigation. The inclusion criteria were: interval between the last pre-HTx angiography and the HTx of

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1519-1527
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart transplantation (HTx)
  • Idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM)
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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