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The association between upper gastrointestinal lesions and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in coronary artery disease patients.
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PMID:  19179966     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Although high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) testing is not specific for coronary atherosclerosis, elevated hs-CRP is recently accepted as an independent predictor of future cardiovascular events. Also, a connection between upper gastrointestinal lesions (UGILs) and coronary artery disease (CAD) has been observed. The authors hypothesized that UGILs increase hs-CRP in CAD patients. MATERIAL/METHODS: One hundred fifty patients with stable CAD were enrolled in the study. Demographic and clinical variables and chronic medication used were gathered from a structured questionnaire. UGIL severity was determined by a modified Lanza score, H. pylori status by histology of the gastric mucosa, and the severity of CAD by a modified Gensini score. Independent correlation between hs-CRP and UGIL was tested by logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: The overall hs-CRP value was higher in patients with UGIL than in those with normal endoscopic results (8.14+/-4.53 mg/l vs. 4.64+/-3.06 mg/l, P<0.0001). hs-CRP level positively correlated with UGIL severity (r=0.434, P<0.0001). Correlation between UGIL and hs-CRP level remained significant after adjustment for coronary risk factors, medication used, CAD severity, and H. pylori status (standardized coefficient beta=1.272, P<0.0001). However, when hs-CRP level was used as a categorical variable, multivariate analysis revealed independent correlation only between UGIL and hs-CRP categories > or =6.1 mg/l. CONCLUSIONS: Elevated hs-CRP levels may be predictive of UGIL; thus endoscopy should be considered in CAD patients with elevated hs-CRP even with no dyspeptic symptoms. Because CRP plays an active role in atherothrombosis, UGILs with subsequent elevated CRP levels could increase cardiovascular risk in those patients.
Damir Fabijanić; Marko Banić; Dusko Kardum; Zeljko Sutlić; Miroslav Simunić; Damir Bonacin; Zeljko Romić; Lidija Petricusić; Milan Kujundzić
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1643-3750     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Sci. Monit.     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-30     Completed Date:  2009-04-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609063     Medline TA:  Med Sci Monit     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  CR45-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
University Hospital Split, Split, Croatia.
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MeSH Terms
C-Reactive Protein / metabolism*
Coronary Artery Disease / complications*,  metabolism*
Dyspepsia / complications
Gastrointestinal Diseases / complications*,  metabolism
Middle Aged
Regression Analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
9007-41-4/C-Reactive Protein

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