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Coronary artery atherosclerosis revisited in Korean war combat casualties.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3307684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To confirm earlier studies of a high prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis in combat casualties of the Korean and Vietnam wars, we examined previously uncut coronary arteries from the hearts of 94 American male combat casualties (mean age, 20.5 years) from the Korean War using computerized planimetry and microscopic evaluation. Six (6.4%) men had severe atherosclerosis (75% to 90% cross-sectional area luminal narrowing) in one or more coronary arteries; five of the six had fibrous plaques, and one had a complicated plaque. Our prevalence is similar to that reported previously (5%). Therefore, to determine whether the decrease in the incidence of severe coronary atherosclerosis today is the result of decreased plaque formation in the young, we will need to examine at least 772 men to detect a 50% decline with 85% to 90% confidence.
R Virmani; M Robinowitz; J C Geer; P P Breslin; J C Beyer; H A McAllister
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  111     ISSN:  0003-9985     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  1987 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-10-21     Completed Date:  1987-10-21     Revised Date:  2009-03-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  972-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Disease / epidemiology*,  pathology
History, 20th Century
Military Personnel*
United States

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