Are we aware of a new atherosclerosis nomenclature?
Coronary artery disease continues to be the main cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, in spite of the many ongoing advances in the last years in prevention programs, and pharmacological and myocardial revascularization treatments. Although coronary artery disease patient survival has been improving, cardiovascular diseases represented 17.3 million deaths worldwide in 2012, and it is expected that this number will increase to more than 23.6 million in 2030.1 Recent estimates show that a third of the adult population in the United States (approximately 71.3 million) has some form of cardiovascular disease, including almost 17 million with coronary artery disease and 10 million with angina.2,3 The nomenclature of degenerative vascular diseases has been confusing and without unanimity of concepts.--p.e-15
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