Jesper Møller Jensen

Subclinical Coronary Plaque Burden in Asymptomatic Relatives of Patients With Documented Premature Coronary Artery Disease

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Introduction: A family history of premature coronary artery disease (CAD) is a well-known risk factor for adverse coronary events with age of onset being inversely related to the degree of heritability.

Hypothesis: We hypothesized that asymptomatic first degree relatives, of patients with premature CAD, suffer a high burden of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis.

Methods: First degree relatives, aged 30-65 years, of patients with a documented coronary revascularization procedure before the age of 40 years, were invited to participate in the study. Participants were matched by age, sex and absence of a family history, with patients referred for coronary CT angiography (CTA) because of atypical angina or non-anginal chest pain. A pooled blinded analysis was performed.

The main outcome measure was the number of plaque-affected coronary segments.

Results: 88 relatives and 88 symptomatic controls underwent CTA. Treatment of hypertension and dyslipidemia tended to be more common among controls (p=0.06). 4 relatives reported vague symptoms of which none had angiographic signs of obstructive CAD (any luminal stenosis above 50%). The calculated SCORE risk among relatives was generally low (85% having a 10-year risk of ≤1%).

Relatives had significantly (p=0.006) more affected segments than controls (0 segments: 29,6% vs. 48,9%, 1-2 segments: 27,3% vs. 31,8%, 3-5 segments: 23,9% vs. 11,4% and ≥6 segments: 19,3% vs. 8,0%). In a multivariable logistic regression analysis, the presence of any CAD (OR 3.16 (1.50;6.70)) as well as non-calcified plaques (OR 2.2 (1.14;4.26)), mixed plaques (OR 6.77 (2.7;16.98)) and calcified plaques (OR 2.34 (1.01;5.43)) were more frequent. Although increased, the presence of obstructive plaques, however, did not differ statistically significantly between relatives and controls (OR 2.58 (0.85;7.83)).

Conclusions: Asymptomatic relatives of patients with premature CAD suffer a high coronary plaque burden even when compared with symptomatic patients with an a priori higher risk of CAD. Our results indicate a strong genetic component in the genesis of coronary atherosclerosis and, moreover, underline the limitations of current guidelines on prevention of CAD.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAmerican Heart Association Scientific Sessions - Orlando, United States
Duration: 7 Nov 201511 Nov 2015


ConferenceAmerican Heart Association Scientific Sessions
CountryUnited States

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