Table 2

Distribution of Ruptured Plaque and Fibrous Cap Atheroma by Gender, Cause of Death, and Presence of Rupture

Fibrous Cap Atheroma
nRuptured PlaqueCap <65 μm65 μm ≤ Cap <100 μmCap ≥100 μmTotalp Value (Chi-Square)
Men3214 (0.44)20 (0.63)15 (0.47)115 (3.59)164 (5.13)<0.001
Women185 (0.28)3 (0.17)8 (0.44)32 (1.78)48 (2.67)
CV3315 (0.45)18 (0.55)18 (0.55)103 (3.12)154 (4.67)<0.001
Non-CV134 (0.31)4 (0.31)3 (0.23)29 (2.23)40 (3.08)
(+) rupture1419 (1.36)17 (1.21)4 (0.29)55 (3.93)95 (6.79)<0.001
(−) rupture360 (0)6 (0.17)19 (0.53)92 (2.56)117 (3.25)
Total5019 (0.38)23 (0.46)23 (0.46)147 (2.94)212 (4.24)

Entries indicate number of plaques, and values in parentheses represent average number of plaques per patient in each group.

CV = cardiovascular.