Plaque Rupture in Coronary Atherosclerosis Is Associated With Increased Plaque Structural Stress.


OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify the determinants of plaque structural stress (PSS) and the relationship between PSS and plaques with rupture. BACKGROUND: Plaque rupture is the most common cause of myocardial infarction, occurring particularly in higher risk lesions such as fibroatheromas. However, prospective intravascular ultrasound-virtual histology studies indicate that 135 kPa was a good predictor of rupture in higher risk regions. CONCLUSIONS: PSS is determined by plaque composition, plaque architecture, and lumen geometry. PSS and PSS variability are increased in plaques with rupture, particularly at proximal segments. Incorporating PSS into plaque assessment may improve identification of rupture-prone plaques.