From coronaries to carotids: A shifting paradigm of plaque vulnerability

Giuseppe Sangiorgi, A. Mauriello, S. Trimarchi, V. Rampoldi, R. S. Schwartz

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Stroke is the third most common cause of death in North America: approximately 500,000 new strokes are reported annually in the USA, 75% of these occurring in the distribution of the carotid arteries. Among strokes of a thromboembolic aetiology, carotid occlusive disease is the most common cause. The 30-day and five-year mortality rates for stroke in the carotid distribution are 17% and 40%, respectively, and as many as 150,300 stroke-related fatalities are documented annually with a total cost for the health-care system of approximately USD18 billion per year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalCardiology International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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