High-sensitivity C-reactive protein predicts cardiovascular events and myocardial damage after vascular surgery

Domenico Scrutinio, Andrea Passantino, Francesca Di Serio, Domenico Angiletta, Daniela Santoro, Guido Regina

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Objective: To assess the association of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) to adverse cardiovascular events and perioperative myocardial damage in patients after elective vascular surgery. Methods: This was a prospective observational study in a tertiary-care teaching hospital, with 239 patients undergoing elective vascular surgery. The receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve was calculated to assess the optimal cut-off value of hsCRP. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify the predictors of the primary outcome. The primary outcome was a composite of periprocedural myocardial damage, defined as cardiac troponin I (cTn-I) elevation above the decision limit of 0.15 μg/L, death, acute coronary syndrome, stroke, acute heart failure, or intrastent thrombosis within 30 days of surgery. Results: On ROC analysis, the optimal cut-off value of hsCRP was 3.2 mg/L. The primary outcome occurred in 48 patients (20.1%). On univariate analysis, smoking (P =.009), known hypercholesterolemia (P =.01), previous ischemic heart disease (P =.0003), open surgery (P =.03), and hsCRP levels (P 3.2 mg/L were 7.5 (CI, 3.7-15.2; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-479
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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