atheroma

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atheroma

[‚ath·ə′rōm·ə]
(medicine)
A lipid deposit in the inner wall of an artery; characteristic of atherosclerosis.
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Participants were classified as having a normal ([less than or equal to]1mm) or an abnormal (>1 mm) IMT, including atheromatous plaques.
Several of these diseases involve vascular pathology, in which CRP has been localized within atheromatous plaques, where it precedes and mediates monocyte recruitment (5).
Conventional MRI using a big external magnet is not well suited for evaluating the composition of atheromatous plaques.
6) This complication is thought to be caused by disruption of atheromatous plaques on the walls of the aorta.
Evidence for increased collagenolysis by interstitial collagenases-1 and -3 in vulnerable human atheromatous plaques.
Increased neopterin is associated with the presence of vulnerable or disrupted atheromatous plaques (3) and represents a marker of increased risk of further events in patients with ACS (4).
Although proponents of chelation therapy hypothesize that chelation with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid might improve ischemia by liberating the calcium in atheromatous plaques, the results of this study show that chelation "remains unproved in the treatment of ischemic heart disease," the investigators said (JAMA 287[4]:481-86, 2001).