Atherosclerosis burden and coronary artery lesion complexity in acute coronary syndrome patients

Levent Korkmaz, Adem Adar, Ayca Ata Korkmaz, Hakan Erkan, Mustafa Tarik Agac, Zeydin Acar, Ibrahim Halil Kurt, Ali Riza Akyuz, Sukru Celik
Cardiology Journal 2012, 19 (3): 295-300

BACKGROUND: Syntax score (SS) is a prognostic marker in patients with acute coronary sydromes (ACS). Carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) and cardio ankle vascular index (CAVI) are well known surrogate marker of atherosclerosis burden. But association between atherosclerosis burden and coronary artery disease (CAD) complexity in ACS patients has not been investigated yet.

METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients with first time diagnosis of ACS (n = 172) were enrolled. SS, a marker of CAD complexity, was assessed by dedicated computer software. CIMT was examined by B-mode ultrasound. CAVI was assessed by VaSera VS-1000 cavi instrument. SS for low, intermediate and high tertiles of CIMT value were 10.1 ± 8.2 vs 11.4 ± ± 7.9 and 15.2 ± 8.8; p = 0.02). SS for normal, borderline and abnormal CAVI values were 4 ± 3.7 vs 11.1 ± 7.2 and 14.1 ± 9.1, respectively p = 0.009). Also, there was independent association between SS and CIMT (95% coinfidence interval [CI] 2.1-19, p = 0.014) and CAVI (95% CI 15-29, p = 0.021]. Neither traditional cardiovascular risk factor nor thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) risk score was independent determinant of SS.

CONCLUSIONS: We have shown that patients with higher atherosclerosis burden have more complex coronary artery lesions. Also these patients may be identified early by using surrogate markers of atherosclerosis. Its clinical significance requires further research.

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