Ankylosing Spondylitis Is Associated with Increased Prevalence of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Is Associated with Increased Prevalence of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy. J Rheumatol. 2018 Jun 01;: Authors: Midtbø H, Gerdts E, Berg IJ, Rollefstad S, Jonsson R, Semb AG Abstract OBJECTIVE: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy is a strong precursor for clinical CVD. The aim of our study was to assess whether having AS was associated with increased prevalence of LV hypertrophy. METHODS: Clinical and echocardiographic data from 139 AS patients and 126 age- and sex-matched controls was used. LV mass was calculated according to guidelines and indexed to height2.7. LV hypertrophy was considered present if LV mass index was> 49.2 g/m2.7 in men and> 46.7 g/m2.7 in women. RESULTS: Patients with AS were on average 49 ± 12 years old, and 60% were men. The prevalence of hypertension (HTN; 35% vs 41%) and diabetes (5% vs 2%) was similar among patients and controls, while patients with AS had higher serum C-reactive protein level (CRP; p
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