Vitamin D deficiency is associated with significant coronary stenoses in asymptomatic African American chronic cocaine users

International Journal of Cardiology, 06/12/2012

The study indicates that the prevalence of significant coronary stenoses is high in asymptomatic young and middle–aged African American chronic cocaine users. These findings emphasize the importance of aggressive reduction of risk factors, including vitamin D deficiency in this population.


  • Between August 2007 and June 2010, 385 African American chronic cocaine users aged 25 to 54years were consecutively enrolled in a study to investigate the prevalence of CT angiographically–defined significant (≥50%) coronary stenosis and related risk factors.
  • Sociodemographic, drug–use behavior, medical history and medication data were obtained by interview and confirmed by medical chart review.
  • Clinical examinations were performed as well as extensive laboratory tests including those for fasting lipid profiles, HIV, high sensitivity C–reactive protein, and vitamin D.
  • Contrast–enhanced coronary CT angiography was performed.


  • Significant coronary stenosis was detected in 52 of 385 participants (13.5%).
  • The prevalences were 12% and 30% in those with low risk and with middle–high risk Framingham score, respectively.
  • In those with low risk scores, the prevalences of significant stenosis were 10% and 18% in those without and with vitamin D deficiency, defined as serum 25–(OH) vitamin D<10ng/mL (p=0.08).
  • Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that vitamin D deficiency (adjusted OR=2.18, 95% CI: 1.07–4.43) is independently associated with the presence of significant coronary stenosis after controlling for traditional risk factors.

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