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Vulnerable Plaques

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A Brief Review of the Concept and Proposed Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment

Technology Assessment


The technology assessment program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides technology assessments for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These technology assessments are used by CMS to inform its national coverage decisions for the Medicare program as well as provide information to Medicare carriers.

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Contents

Glossary
Introduction
Methods
Current Concept of Vulnerable Plaque
Natural History
Proposed Methods To Identify Vulnerable Plaque
Implications for Patient Management
Summary
References
Appendix 1
Appendix 2

Prepared for AHRQ under Contract No. 290-02-0022. By Joseph Lau, M.D., David Kent, M.D., Athina Tatsioni, M.D., et al; Tufts-New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center.

Current as of January 2004

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