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Correlation of concentrations of high-sensitivity troponin T and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein with plaque progression as measured by CT coronary angiography.
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PMID:  25467832     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Elevated levels of inflammatory biomarkers are associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine whether elevated concentrations of high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) predict progression of coronary artery disease (CAD) as determined by coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA).
METHODS: Patients presenting to the emergency department with acute chest pain who initially showed no evidence of an acute coronary syndrome underwent baseline and follow-up coronary CTA (median follow-up, 23.9 months) using identical acquisition and reconstruction parameters. Coronary CTA data of each major coronary artery were co-registered. Cross-sections were assessed for the presence of calcified and noncalcified plaques. Progression of atherosclerotic plaque and change of plaque composition from noncalcified to calcified plaque was evaluated and correlated to levels of hs-TnT and hs-CRP at the time of the baseline CT.
RESULTS: Fifty-four patients (mean age, 54.1 years; 59% male) were included, and 6775 cross-sections were compared. CAD was detected in 12.2 ± 21.2 cross-sections per patient at baseline. Prevalence of calcified plaque increased by 1.5 ± 2.4 slices per patient (P < .0001) over the follow-up period. On average, 1.6 ± 3.6 slices with new noncalcified plaque were found per patient (P < .0001) and 0.7 ± 1.7 slices with pre-existing noncalcified plaque had progressed to calcified plaque (P < .0001). After multivariate adjustment, change of overall CAD burden was predicted by baseline hs-TnT and hs-CRP (r = 0.29; P = .039 and r = 0.40; P = .004). Change of plaque composition was associated with baseline hs-TnT (r = 0.29; P = .03).
CONCLUSION: Concentrations of hs-TnT and hs-CRP are weakly associated with a significant increase in CAD burden and change in plaque composition over 24 months independent of baseline risk factors.
Harald Seifarth; Christopher L Schlett; Sam J Lehman; Fabian Bamberg; Patrick Donnelly; James L Januzzi; Wolfgang Koenig; Quynh A Truong; Udo Hoffmann
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2014-09-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1876-861X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr     Publication Date:    2014 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101308347     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  452-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2014 Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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