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Carotid artery anatomy and geometry as risk factors for carotid atherosclerotic disease


Phan, TG and Beare, RJ and Jolley, D and Das, G and Ren, M and Wong, K and Chong, W and Sinnott, MD and Hilton, JE and Srikanth, V, Carotid artery anatomy and geometry as risk factors for carotid atherosclerotic disease, Stroke, 43, (6) pp. 1596-1601. ISSN 0039-2499 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 American Heart Association, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.645499


Background and Purpose: Traditional vascular risk factors do not completely explain the asymmetry, racial, and sex differences in carotid artery disease. Carotid anatomy and geometry may play a role in the pathogenesis of internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis, but their effects are unknown. We hypothesized that carotid artery anatomy and geometry would be independently associated with ICA stenosis.

Method: This is a retrospective study of patients with CT angiography at Monash Medical Centre, 2006 to 2007. Carotid arteries were segmented using semiautomated Methods to estimate measures of carotid anatomy and geometry. Measurements of carotid artery geometry were performed according to the recent article by Thomas and colleagues. ICA stenosis was dichotomized as <30% or ≥30% stenosis. Cluster logistic regression was used to examine the associations of anatomy and geometry with stenosis accounting for the paired arteries within subjects, adjusting for age, sex, and vascular risk factors.

Results: Mean age of the sample (n=178) was 68.4 years (SD, 14 years). The following were independently associated with ICA stenosis: ICA radius at the bifurcation (OR, 0.20; 95% CI, 0.14-0.29), ICA angle (OR, 1.05 per degree increment; 95% CI, 1.04-1.07), age (OR, 1.05 per year increment; 95% CI, 1.03-1.07), male sex (OR, 1.72; 95% CI, 1.08-2.8), and ever-smoker (OR, 1.85; 95% CI, 1.15-2.96).

Conclusions: Carotid anatomy and geometry may enhance the risk of stenosis independent of traditional vascular risk factors and may be of help in very early identification of patients at high risk of developing carotid artery atherosclerosis for aggressive intervention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:anatomy, angiography, carotid stenosis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Srikanth, V (Dr Velandai Srikanth)
ID Code:82399
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:78
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-01-31
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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