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Impact of Co-morbidity on the Risk of First-Time Myocardial Infarction, Stroke, or Death After Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

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The impact of co-morbidity on the cardiovascular risk after single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT MPI) remains unclear. We examined the association between a normal versus abnormal SPECT MPI scan on 10-year risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and all-cause death, overall and according to co-morbidity level. We identified all patients without previous myocardial infarction or cerebrovascular disease, who had an SPECT MPI performed at Aarhus University Hospital Skejby during 1999 to 2011. We categorized the SPECT MPI scan as normal (no defects) or abnormal (reversible and/or fixed defects). Using nationwide medical registries, we obtained information on co-morbidity level (using Charlson co-morbidity index) and outcomes. We used Cox regression to compute hazard ratios with 95% confidence intervals (CIs), adjusting for gender, age, and co-morbidity level. Among 7,040 patients, 4,962 (70%) had normal scans and 2,078 (30%) abnormal scans. Patients with a normal versus abnormal scan had a 10-year risk of 5.7% versus 10.9% for myocardial infarction, 6.0% versus 7.8% for stroke, and 16.5% versus 29.0% for all-cause death. After adjustment, an abnormal scan was associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction (adjusted hazard ratio 1.73, 95% CI 1.37 to 2.18) and all-cause death (1.42, 95% CI 1.23 to 1.65) but not stroke (1.12, 95% CI 0.86 to 1.45). Co-morbidity level did not affect substantially the association between the scan result and the outcomes. In conclusion, independently of co-morbidity level, an abnormal SPECT MPI scan was associated with an increased 10-year risk of myocardial infarction and all-cause death but not stroke.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume114
Issue4
Pages (from-to)510-515
Number of pages6
ISSN0002-9149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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