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Relationship Between Cardiac Valvular and Arterial Calcification in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
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PMID:  21285175     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac valvular calcification has been linked with systemic atherosclerosis in the general population. The prevalence and relationship with arterial calcification in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is unknown. We investigated the prevalence of valvular calcification in patients with RA and SLE and its relationship with arterial atherosclerotic calcification. METHODS: We compared aortic valve calcification (AVC), mitral valve calcification (MVC), and systemic vascular bed calcification using multidetector computed tomography in 110 patients (mean age 46.5 ± 9.4 yrs, 97 women) with RA (n = 58) or SLE (n = 52) and 60 age and sex-matched healthy controls. RESULTS: Patients with RA and SLE, combined, had significantly higher prevalence of AVC (21.8% vs 3.3% in controls; p < 0.01), MVC (19.1% vs 0% in controls; p < 0.01), and arterial calcification in different vascular beds (all p < 0.05). AVC was not associated with any specific clinical characteristics, but MVC was associated with older age, hypertension, C-reactive protein level, and duration of disease. The presence of MVC was independently associated with coronary calcification and calcification in any vascular bed upon adjustment with clinical measures. CONCLUSION: Our study demonstrated that cardiac valvular calcification is more prevalent in patients with RA and SLE compared with healthy controls. The presence of MVC, but not AVC, independently predicted the occurrence of premature atherosclerosis with arterial calcification in patients with RA and SLE.
Kai-Hang Yiu; Silun Wang; Mo-Yin Mok; Gaik-Cheng Ooi; Pek-Lan Khong; Chak-Sing Lau; Hung-Fat Tse
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of rheumatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0315-162X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
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Created Date:  2011-2-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501984     Medline TA:  J Rheumatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Cardiology Division, Department of Medicine; Department of Diagnostic Radiology; Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine; and the Research Centre of Heart, Brain, Hormone and Healthy Aging, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
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