Robert Kwee1, Robert van Oostenbrugge, Martin Prins, Jos van Engelshoven, Joachim Wildberger, Werner Mess, Eline Kooi
1Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
We found that TIA/stroke patients with moderate carotid stenosis have a higher prevalence of complicated plaques at MRI compared to TIA/stroke patients with mild stenosis. Increasing age is positively associated with the presence of IPH, while the use of statins is negatively associated with complicated plaque features. Other major cardiovascular risk factors were not associated with plaque composition, suggesting that assessment of plaque composition provides independent information, which might be used to improve risk-stratification for stroke.