C-reactive protein is increased in patients with degenerative aortic valvular stenosis

Alberto Galante, Antonio Pietroiusti, Marina Vellini, Paola Piccolo, Gianfederico Possati, Michele De Bonis, Rita L. Grillo, Carla Fontana, Cartesio Favalli

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OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess the presence of systemic inflammation in degenerative aortic valvular stenosis. BACKGROUND: Local inflammatory changes, resembling those observed in atherosclerosis, have been recently reported in degenerative aortic valvular stenosis. It is presently unknown whether systemic signs of inflammation, similar to those observed in atherosclerosis, may be present in this disorder. METHODS: C-reactive protein (CRP) was measured by enzyme immunoassay in 141 subjects: 62 with trileaflet degenerative valvular aortic stenosis and 79 volunteers with similar demographic and clinical characteristics. IgG antibodies against Helicobacter pylori (enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay) and Chlamydia pneumoniae (microimmunofluorescence assay) were also measured. RESULTS: C-reactive protein levels (mg/dl, mean ± SD) were 0.848 ± 1.42 in patients and 0.394 ± 0.50 in controls (p = 0.0001, Mann-Whitney U test). Seroprevalence of H. pylori was 68.7% in patients and 79.7% in controls (p = NS), whereas seroprevalence of C. pneumoniae infection was higher in patients than it was in controls (59.7% vs. 33%, p = 0.003; chi-square test). After adjustment for various covariates in multiple logistic regression, the odds ratio for degenerative aortic stenosis was 3.41 for C. pneumoniae infection (95% confidence intervals [CI]: 1.60 to 7.30) and 2.76 for CRP (95% CI: 1.08 to 7.05). There was no significant difference in patients or controls in CRP levels according to the serostatus for C. pneumoniae. CONCLUSIONS: Systemic signs of inflammation, similar to those found in atherosclerosis, are present in patients with degenerative aortic valve stenosis. They do not seem to be linked to C. pneumoniae or H. pylori infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1078-1082
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Chlamydophila pneumoniae
Aortic Valve Stenosis
C-Reactive Protein
Helicobacter pylori
Atherosclerosis
Chlamydia Infections
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Inflammation
Confidence Intervals
Helicobacter Infections
Chi-Square Distribution
Nonparametric Statistics
Immunoenzyme Techniques
Volunteers
Immunoglobulin G
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Demography
Antibodies
Enzymes

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C-reactive protein is increased in patients with degenerative aortic valvular stenosis. / Galante, Alberto; Pietroiusti, Antonio; Vellini, Marina; Piccolo, Paola; Possati, Gianfederico; De Bonis, Michele; Grillo, Rita L.; Fontana, Carla; Favalli, Cartesio.

In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001, p. 1078-1082.

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Galante, A, Pietroiusti, A, Vellini, M, Piccolo, P, Possati, G, De Bonis, M, Grillo, RL, Fontana, C & Favalli, C 2001, 'C-reactive protein is increased in patients with degenerative aortic valvular stenosis', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 1078-1082. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0735-1097(01)01484-X
Galante, Alberto ; Pietroiusti, Antonio ; Vellini, Marina ; Piccolo, Paola ; Possati, Gianfederico ; De Bonis, Michele ; Grillo, Rita L. ; Fontana, Carla ; Favalli, Cartesio. / C-reactive protein is increased in patients with degenerative aortic valvular stenosis. In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2001 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 1078-1082.
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