Prediction of intermittent claudication, ischemic stroke, and other cardiovascular disease by detection of abdominal aortic calcific deposits by plain lumbar radiographs.

@article{Levitzky2008PredictionOI,
  title={Prediction of intermittent claudication, ischemic stroke, and other cardiovascular disease by detection of abdominal aortic calcific deposits by plain lumbar radiographs.},
  author={Yamini S. Levitzky and L. Adrienne Cupples and Joanne M. Murabito and William Bernard Kannel and Douglas P Kiel and Peter W. F. Wilson and Philip A. Wolf and Christopher J. O'Donnell},
  journal={The American journal of cardiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={101 3},
  pages={326-31}
}
There has been little attention to vascular calcium testing for generalized assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes, such as intermittent claudication (IC) and ischemic stroke (IS). We hypothesize that aortic calcium is an important predictor of CVD outcomes. Lumbar x-rays were obtained in 848 men and 1,301 women (mean ages 59.7 and 60.1 years, respectively) from the original cohort of the Framingham Heart Study. Abdominal aortic calcium (AAC) deposits were graded using a previously… CONTINUE READING