Coronary artery calcium in relation to initiation and continuation of cardiovascular preventive medications: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).
In this observational study, we examined whether high baseline CACS were associated with the initiation as well continuation of new lipid-lowering medication (LLM), blood pressure-lowering medication (BPLM), and regular aspirin (ASA) use in a multi-ethnic population-based cohort. Findings indicate that CACS >400 was associated with a higher likelihood of initiation and continuation of LLM, BPLM, and ASA. The association was weaker for continuation than for initiation of these preventive therapies.
- Year: 2010
- Topic: Blood Pressure, Cardiac CT, Cholesterol / Lipids / Statins
- Read more articles by: Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH