Friday, October 24, 2014

On behalf of Peter Durda- Pathology Grand Rounds report

Pathology Grand Rounds 10/15/2014

Michael Criqui, MD, MPH

New Markers for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prediction – Coronary Artery Calcium Density and Abdominal Aortic Calcium

Dr. Criqui discussed his recent publication in ATVB (Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014;34:1574-1579) where abdominal aortic calcium (AAC) and coronary artery calcium (CAC) were evaluated for their predictive value for incident coronary events.  AAC and CAC data were from computed tomographic scans of 1974 men and women randomly selected form the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.  In this cohort both CAC and AAC were found to be independently predictive of both cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease; while only AAC was found to be independently predictive of cardiovascular disease mortality.  Further study is needed to determine the clinical value of screening for AAC and its use in risk assessment.

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