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JBR-BTR. 2012 Jul-Aug;95(4):229-34.

The association of intramammarian arterial calcifications detected on mammography with coronary artery disease and its risk factors.

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Department of Radiology, S.B. Ankara Diskapi YB Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

AIM OF THE STUDY:

To evaluate the association of intramammarian arterial calcifications seen on mammography with coronary artery disease and its risk factors and to discuss intramammarian arterial calcifications value as a predictor of coronary artery disease.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Mammography was performed on 55 women over 40 years of age who have undergone coronary angiography and have not had a mammography in the past year. Coronary angiography results, coronary artery disease risk factors and intramammarian arterial calcifications are evaluated.

RESULTS:

The prevalance of intramammarian arterial calcifications was 41.8%. A significant relationship between intramammarian arterial calcifications and coronary artery disease was indicated (OR 10,8, 95% Cl 3,02-38,59). The positive predictive value and negative predictive value of intramammarian arterial calcifications for coronary artery disease was 78.3% and 75% respectively. Also advancing age was found relevant with these calcifications (OR 1,15, 95% Cl 1,05-1,25).

CONCLUSION:

The results support the present literature and suggest that mammography, already widely in use as a screening tool among women over 40, may be used simultaneously in coronary artery disease risk assessment. These results should be confirmed by further larger group controlled studies.

PMID:
23019988
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