Objective: Growing evidence suggested an association between aortic valve sclerosis (AVSc) and cardiovascular (CV) events. However, little is known about the association of AVSc with major markers of subclinical atherosclerosis. We performed a meta-analysis of literature studies to address this issue. Approach and Results: Studies on the relationship between AVSc and common carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT), prevalence of carotid plaques (CPs), flow-mediated dilation (FMD), aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index (AIx) were systematically searched in electronic databases. Thirteen studies enrolling 1086 AVSc patients and 2124 controls were included. Compared to controls, AVSc patients showed higher IMT (MD: 0.32 mm; 95%CI: 0.07, 0.58; p=0.014), and higher prevalence of CPs (OR: 4.06; 95%CI: 2.38, 6.93; p<0.001). Moreover, lower FMD (MD: -4.48%; 95%CI: -7.23, -1.74; p=0.001) and higher PWV (MD: 0.96%; 95%CI: 0.11, 1.81; p=0.027) were found in AVSc subjects than in controls, with no differences in AIx (MD: 0.76%; 95%CI: -0.97, 2.49; p=0.389). In Meta-regression analyses body mass index and triglycerides levels have an impact on the difference in IMT between cases and controls, while male gender and smoking habit were associated with the difference in the prevalence of CPs between the two groups. Conclusion: AVSc is significantly associated with altered markers of subclinical atherosclerosis, thus supporting the concept that AVSc and atherosclerosis share common etiopathological mechanism and/or risk factors. On this basis, an echocardiogram carried out to assess the state of the aortic valve would be desirable whenever an altered subclinical marker of atherosclerosis is found.
Markers of subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with aortic valve sclerosis : A meta-analysis of literature studies / M.N.D. Di Minno, A. Di Minno, P. Songia, P. Ambrosino, P. Gripari, A. Ravani, M. Pepi, P.O. Rubba, E. Medda, E. Tremoli, D. Baldassarre, P. Poggio. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY. - ISSN 0167-5273. - 223(2016 Aug 09), pp. 364-370.
|Titolo:||Markers of subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with aortic valve sclerosis : A meta-analysis of literature studies|
DI MINNO, ALESSANDRO (Secondo)
BALDASSARRE, DAMIANO (Penultimo)
POGGIO, PAOLO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||aortic valve sclerosis; arterial stiffness; carotid plaques; endothelial function; intima-media thickness; subclinical atherosclerosis|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||9-ago-2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.08.122|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|