This special issue of Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy focuses on the characteristics, natural history and prevention of coronary atherosclerosis. Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD) is still increasing in the world despite the use of anti-atherosclerotic medical therapies. Due to global epidemic of obesity and diabetes, the prevalence of CAD will further rise by 2020. These observations suggest the need for effective approaches to prevent and treat CAD. These articles provide a rich variety of learning of coronary atherosclerosis. We hope this special issue will interest readers and contribute to further improvement of cardiovascular outcomes in patients with coronary atherosclerosis.
Guest Editor: Yu Kataoka, MD (National Cerebral & Cardiovascular Centre, Suita, Osaka, Japan)
Guest Editor: Stephen J. Nicholls, MBBS, PhD (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia)