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As the name suggests, a microatheroma is a small atheroma. An artheroma is what's commonly known as a plaque. It's a mass on the interior wall of arteries: https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/atheroma atheroma [ath″er-o´mah] an abnormal mass of fatty or lipid material with a fibrous covering, existing as a discrete, raised plaque within the ...


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I think this is probably due to selection bias, but I cannot find a source from someone in the field to reference. Instead, to support this conclusion, note that in the review you reference, the people with near-occlusions overall have fewer negative outcomes than those with lesser occlusions. People who are not already dead while having such a blockage ...


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