Be vigilant for cardiovascular risk factors in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, advise Norwegian researchers.
Reference1. MidtbÃ¸ H, Gerdts E, Berg IJ, et al. Ankylosing spondylitis is associated with increased prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy. J Rheumatol. 2018 Jun 1. pii: jrheum.171124. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.171124. [Epub ahead of print].
MidtbÃ¸ and colleagues in Norway found an increased prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) among patients with ankylosing spondylitis-independent of other cardiovascular (CV) risk factors.1
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AS, ankylosing spondylitis; CRP, C-reactive protein; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate; LVH, left ventricular hypertrophy; NSAID, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
Subjects with AS had more eccentric LVH, while control subjects had more concentric LVH. There was no difference in the rate of valvular disease between the two groups.