Key clinical point: The highest area of lipid core occurred in areas near the most stenosis in coronary artery disease patients.
Major finding: Based on near-infrared spectroscopy data, the highest level of the lipid core burden index was 231.9 and was located 2 mm from the minimal luminal area; lipid core was significantly more common in the proximal vs. the distal region, with an average lipid core burden index of 47.0 vs. 32.4.
Study details: The data come from 117 adults who underwent carotid artery stenting at a single center.
Disclosures: The study was supported by University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic; and the Charles University in Prague. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.
Horvath M et al. Eur Heart J. 2020. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/suaa097.