Research project This project is part of a treatment-substudy of the large VIP-VIZA study (Västerbotten Intervention Programme - VIZualization of Arterial plaque) which in turn is based on the VHU (Västerbotten Hälso Undersökningar).
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in western countries, and most acute cardiovascular events are due to a rupture of vulnerable plaque. The general purpose of the project is to develop a non-invasive method to identify vulnerable plaques of the carotid arteries. Previous non-invasive ultrasound methods to identify vulnerable plaques have mainly focused on systemic variables such as gray-scale-median or area and volume. However, recent research indicate that plaque heterogeneity is much more related to plaque vulnerability. This research addresses the composition of the plaque tissue.
The Kempe Foundations, 2011: SEK 1,150,000
Centrala ALF projekt, 2013: SEK 800,000
VLL FoU, 2013: SEK 110,000