Relationship between carotid intima-media thickness and non valvular atrial fibrillation type

Marco Proietti, Camilla Calvieri, Lorenzo Malatino, Santo Signorelli, Gino Roberto Corazza, Francesco Perticone, Anna Rita Vestri, Lorenzo Loffredo, Giovanni Davì, Francesco Violi, Stefania Basili

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Objective: Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) is a surrogate marker of subclinical atherosclerosis and it is able to predict both coronary and cerebral vascular events. No data exist on the association between cIMT and non valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) type. We conduct this study with the aim to analyze the association between abnormal cIMT and NVAF type. Methods: A cross-sectional study of the "Atrial fibrillation Registry for Ankle-brachial index Prevalence Assessment-Collaborative Italian Study (ARAPACIS)" has been performed. Among 2027 patients enrolled in the ARAPACIS, 673 patients, who underwent carotid ultrasound examination to assess cIMT, were included in the study. Results: Among the entire population, 478 patients (71%) had cIMT>0.90mm. Patients with an abnormal cIMT (>0.90mm) were significantly older and more likely hypertensive, diabetic and with a previous history of stroke than those with normal cIMT (≤0.90mm). These patients had more permanent/persistent NVAF and CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥ 2 (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Carotid intima-media thickness
  • Paroxysmal non valvular atrial fibrillation
  • Persistent/permanent non valvular atrial fibrillation
  • Subclinical atherosclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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