Peripheral arterial tonometry for risk stratification in men with coronary artery disease

Kevin S. Heffernan, Richard H. Karas, Eshan A. Patvardhan, Haseeb Jafri, Jeffrey T. Kuvin

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Background: Coronary artery disease (CAD) risk is not fully revealed by traditional risk factors. Identification of a simple, noninvasive tool that allows for detection of high-risk CAD patients and can be applied in large populations and clinical settingswould prove valuable. Hypothesis: We sought to test the hypothesis that peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) would be associated with residual risk in men with CAD. Methods: In this study, finger PAT was used to measure pulse wave amplitude (PWA) during reactive hyperemia (RH) and taken as a measure of microvascular endothelial function in 42 men with stable CAD and well controlled low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. Plasma levels of high-sensitivity Creactive protein (hs-CRP) and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) were measured and used to reclassify men into high-risk (elevated hs-CRP and Lp-PLA2), moderate-risk (either elevated hs-CRP or Lp-PLA2), or low-risk (low hs-CRP and Lp-PLA 2) groups. Results: PWA-RH was significantly lower in the high-risk group (1.3 ± 0.04) compared to the moderate-risk (1.6 ± 0.07, P < 0.05) and low-risk (2.0± 0.1, P < 0.05) groups. According to binary logistic regression, PWA-RH was a significant predictor of high-risk status among men with CAD (P < 0.05). Conclusion:Measurement of peripheralmicrovascular endothelial functionwith PATmay be able to distinguish high-risk men frommoderate- and low-risk men with stable CAD and well-controlled LDL-C levels and thus aid in residual risk stratification in this at risk cohort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-98
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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