Association of mitral annulus calcification, aortic valve calcification with carotid intima media thickness

Luca Sgorbini, Angelo Scuteri, Massimo Leggio, Francesco Leggio

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Backgound: Mitral annular calcification (MAC) and aortic annular calcification (AVC) may represent a manifestation of generalized atherosclerosis in the elederly. Alterations in vascular structure, as indexed by the intima media thickness (IMT), are also recognized as independent predictors of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Aim: To examine the relationship between the degree of calcification at mitral and/or aortic valve annulus and large artery structure (thickness). Methods: We evaluated 102 consecutive patients who underwent transthoracic echocardiography and carotid artery echoDoppler for various indications; variables measured were: systemic blood pressure (BP), pulse pressure (PP=SBP-DBP), body mass index (BMI), fasting glucose, total, HDL, LDL chlolesterol, triglycerides, cIMT. .The patients were divided according to a grading of valvular/annular lesions independent scores based on acoustic densitometry: 1= annular/valvular sclerosis/calcification absence; 2 = annular/valvular sclerosis; 3 = annular calcification; 4 = annular-valvular calcification; 5 = valvular calcification with no recognition of the leaflets. Results: Patient score was the highest observed for either valvular/annulus. Mean cIMT increased linearly with increasing valvular calcification score, ranging from 3.9±0.48 mm in controls to 12.9±1.8 mm in those subjects scored 5 (p <0.0001). In the first to fourth quartile of cIMT values the respective maximal percentual of score were: score 1: 76.1%, score 2: 70.1%, score 4: 54.3% and score 5: 69.5% (p>0.0001). Conclusion: MAC and AVC score can identify subgroups of patients with different cIMT values which indicate different incidence and prevalence of systemic artery diseases. This data may confirm MAC-AVC as a useful important diagnostic parameter of systemic atherosclerotic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalCardiovascular Ultrasound
Publication statusPublished - Oct 8 2004


  • Atherosclerosis, imaging
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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