Aortic Valve Calcium Independently Predicts Coronary and Cardiovascular Events in a Primary Prevention Population
JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, 06/22/2012
Owens DS et al. – In this Multi–Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) cohort, free of clinical cardiovascular disease, aortic valve calcium (AVC) predicts cardiovascular and coronary event risk independent of traditional risk factors and inflammatory biomarkers, likely due to the strong correlation between AVC and subclinical atherosclerosis. The association of AVC with excess cardiovascular mortality beyond coronary atherosclerosis risk merits further investigation.