[Correlation between carotid and aortic atherosclerosis in asymptomatic subjects].

Abstract

BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between carotid and aortic atherosclerosis in asymptomatic subjects. METHODS Eighty-three consecutive patients without history of cardio- and cerebrovascular disease, referred for transesophageal echocardiography, were enrolled into the study. RESULTS Aortic plaques were found in 40 out of 83 patients, whereas carotid atherosclerosis was present in 43% of the entire study population and in 75% of patients with aortic atherosclerosis (30 out of 40 patients). At multivariate logistic analysis, the presence of carotid atherosclerosis was a predictor of aortic atheroma, independently of traditional risk factors. CONCLUSIONS In asymptomatic patients, aortic plaque occurrence may reflect the presence of carotid plaques and an ultrasound assessment should be advised.

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@article{Tommaso2010CorrelationBC, title={[Correlation between carotid and aortic atherosclerosis in asymptomatic subjects].}, author={Italo De Tommaso and Giandomenico Tarsia and Mario De Michele and Agostino Lopizzo and Marco Costantino and Giuseppe Grandinetti and Antonio Lopizzo}, journal={Giornale italiano di cardiologia}, year={2010}, volume={11 2}, pages={138-41} }