ABSTRACT: A strong degree of co-existence between coronary artery disease (CAD) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is widely acknowledged, however, it remains to be elucidated whether the existence of CAD is associated with an accelerated expansion rate of AAA. Also, the relationship between preoperative CAD and postoperative major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) has not been examined in Japanese patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the deleterious effects of CAD on the progression of AAA and the onset of postoperative MACE after elective AAA repair.
A retrospective cohort study of 665 consecutive Japanese patients who underwent elective surgical repair for infrarenal AAA at 2 high-volume Tokyo hospitals from 2003 through 2010 was performed. Preoperative CAD was shown to be a significant determinant of postoperative MACE (HR 2.29; 95%CI, 1.12-4.66; p=0.02). In the analysis of 510 patients for whom there were at least 2 follow-up CT scans of the size of their AAA before repair, the existence of CAD was shown to be inversely associated with the accelerated expansion rate of AAA.
This study on the patients undergone elective repair for infrarenal AAA identified an inverse association between the existence of CAD and progression of AAA as well as the significant impact of preoperative CAD on the occurrence of postoperative MACE after elective AAA repair.
Atherosclerosis 03/2012; 222(1):278-83. · 3.79 Impact Factor