Cardiovascular Diseases & Diagnosis

ISSN: 2329-9517

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John T Saxon

School of Medicine, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute and The University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA

  • Research Article   
    Baseline Aortic Valve Calcium Score and Use of Anticoagulants are associated with Rapid Progression of Aortic Valve Calcification
    Author(s): Annapoorna Singh*, John T Saxon, Kevin F Kennedy and Randall C Thompson

    Background: Factors associated with rapid progression of aortic valve calcification (AVC) remains insufficiently addressed. The aim of this study was to identify risk factors that predict the progression of AVC and whether there is an association with coronary artery calcification (CAC). Methods: We retrospectively identified patients with two non-contrast, gated x-ray computed tomography (CT) scans for AVC scoring. Medical records were reviewed, rate of increase in AVC over time was calculated, and a multivariable model was used to determine predictors. Results: In 360 patients studied, the mean rate of increase in AVC per year was incrementally higher according to baseline AVC. For patients with baseline AVC score <250 AU, the mean AVC rate per year was 15.8±26.8; and for >1000 AU the mean rate was 2.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.37421/2329-9517.21.9.464

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