Terminology for high-risk and vulnerable coronary artery plaques

Johannes A. Schaar, James E. Muller, Erling Falk, Renu Virmani, Valentin Fuster, Patrick W. Serruys, Antonio Colombo, Christodoulos Stefanadis, S. Ward Casscells, Pedro R. Moreno, Attilio Maseri, Anton F W Van Der Steen

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A group of investigators met for two days in Santorini, Greece, to discuss progress in the field of identification and treatment of high risk/vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques and patients. Many differences in the manner in which terms are being utilized were noted. It was recognized that increased understanding of the pathophysiology of coronary thrombosis and onset of acute coronary syndromes has created the need for agreement on nomenclature. The participants spent considerable time discussing the topic and reached agreement on their own usage of the terms as described below. It is the hope that this usage might be of value to the larger community of scientists working in this field, and that widespread adoption of a common nomenclature would accelerate progress in the prevention of acute coronary events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1077-1082
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • High-risk plaque
  • Terminology
  • Vulnerable plaque

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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