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


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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