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Coronary Atherosclerosis : Plaque Hemorrhage

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Acute coronary syndromes (unstable angina, acute myocardial infarction, sudden death) are usually precipitated by disruption of a stable atheromatous plaque in one of the major coronary arteries. The complicating event may be plaque rupture, erosion, ulceration, fissuring, or hemorrhage (shown here). The photograph shows hemorrhage within the plaque (2nd & 3rd sections from the left) in the right coronary artery of a 60 female who died suddenly.

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