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Plaque distribution in the ascending aorta

Risk of stroke with atherosclerosis of the ascending aorta. The color changes from dark red (high risk in the distal left segment) to dark blue, (indicative of low risk of postoperative stroke). (Reproduced with permission. van der Linden J, Bergman P, Hadjinikolaou L. The topography of aortic atherosclerosis enhances its precision as a predictor of stroke. Ann Thorac Surg 2007;83(6):2087-92.)

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  • Carotid atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Plasma homocysteine