Table I

Characteristics of the arteries used for determination of intimal proteoglycans

VesselInternal carotidInternal thoracic
Number1616
Age (years)63 ± 2071 ± 17
Gender (M/F)7/910/6
Focal foam cells (present/absent)13/39/7
Macrophages/mm247 ± 7245 ± 72
Intima/media ratio0.9 ± 0.7*0.4 ± 0.3
  • * p < 0.01 versus internal thoracic artery.