PURPOSE:To investigate the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD), ischemic stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and carotid disease in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
METHODS:Ninety-six patients underwent elective surgery during 2006–2007 for an AAA >5.5 cm in diameter. The 96 patients included 77 men and 19 women, mean age 76 years.
RESULTS:Of the 96 patients, 31 (32%) were smokers, 85 (89%) had hypertension, 24 (25%) had diabetes mellitus, and 78 (81%) were on statins for hypercholesterolemia. Of the 96 patients, 71 (74%) had CAD, 17 (18%) had a prior ischemic stroke, 37 (39%) had PAD, and 19 (20%) had carotid disease.
CONCLUSION:Patients with AAA have a high prevalence of coronary risk factors and a high prevalence of coexistent CAD, ischemic stroke, PAD, and carotid disease.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:Patients with AAA need aggressive treatment of modifiable risk factors.
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