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The Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque by Valentin Fuster

The Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque

Part of the American Heart Association Monograph S. Series

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The Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque by Valentin Fuster

In the late 1950s, atherosclerotic lesions in the arteries were intensely scrutinised at autopsy by the Committee on Vascular Lesions, a creative forum that became part of the American Heart Association in 1959. By the early 1980s, concerned efforts brought many medical subspecialties together to quantify treatments of atherosclerosis in the living, by comparing results and standardising on measurements and terms deployed. With improved understandings about the vascular wall, the Committee was able to develop a classification of atherosclerotic lesions. This work reveals critical understandings about the natural history of plaque, the correlation of vascular lesions and clinical syndromes, and the utility of new imaging methods. Diagnostic imaging, atherosclerosis prevention and treatment will be shaped by these new modalities. Continuous scrutiny by the Committee is culminating in scientific meetings every few years, and is summarised in published statements. The present statement The Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque: Understanding, Identification and Modification is the second of these documents to focus on atherosclerosis pathogenesis and pathological clinical implications. As a multi--disciplinary resource, this book edited by Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, chairman of the committee, consists of twenty four chapters written by experts in mechanical and electrical engineering, pathology, neurology, imaging, clinical and vascular biology, physics, radiology and surgery. This invaluable reference tool identifies problems, perspectives and critical new questions for evaluation and dissemination.


...timely and important...All aspects of the subject are well covered by recognized experts from a wide variety of disciplines including pathology, imaging, clinical medicine and vascular biology. The present publication is another extremely valuable contribution to the literature on this subject. Canadian Journal of Cardiology Dr. Valentin Fuster has assembled an impressive array of contributors, many of whom have made seminal contributions to this field. ...a gem of a book that should be read by any clinician or scientist with an interest in this area. Annals of Vascular Surgery In summary, a detailed yet tolerable overview of the current concepts related to atherosclerotic disease and plaque rupture is presented. Chapters are well written, concise, and contain extensive reference sections for those who want to proceed with a more intense scrutiny of a particular topic. This text outlines the strategies we will use to evaluate and treat atherosclerosis in the next decade. It is important reading for surgeons, internists, radiologists, and the basic scientists with an interest in the treatment of vascular disease. Journal of Vascular Surgery This text is an excellent review of the subject that will be of value to researchers and graduate students as well as cardiovascvular practitioners and trainees in cardiology. ...the future management of atherosclerotic plaque from description to detection to treatment looks very promising. This book is a welcome contribution to the field. Doody's Review Service

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Publication date

1st December 1998


Valentin Fuster

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Blackwell Futura an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


446 pages


Cardiovascular medicine



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