Is carotid atherosclerosis a shared risk factor for arterial and venous thrombosis?

Recent studies have demonstrated an association between arterial and venous thrombosis. Whether carotid atherosclerosis, a risk factor for myocardial infarction (MI), is associated with venous thrombosis (VTE) is unclear.

In a prospective TREC study from a general population, participants with the highest levels of carotid plaques and arterial wall thickness had a 70-88% increase in MI risk, but no such risk increase was demonstrated for VTE.

In conclusion, carotid atherosclerosis is not a shared risk factor for arterial and venous thrombosis.

The article is published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

Reference:

Hald EM, Lijfering WM, Mathiesen EB, Johnsen SH, Løchen ML, Njølstad I, Wilsgaard T, Rosendaal FR, Brækkan SK, Hansen JB. Carotid atherosclerosis predicts future myocardial infarction but not venous thromboembolism: the Tromso study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Jan;34(1):226-30. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.113.302162. Epub 2013 Oct 31.



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