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      Which Features of the Metabolic Syndrome Predict the Prevalence and Clinical Outcomes of Angiographic Coronary Artery Disease?


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          Background: The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome (MS) is growing. The Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) III provided a uniform definition of MS but no information on its predictive ability. Methods: We tested the ability of MS and its components to predict angiographic coronary artery disease (CAD) and incident death/myocardial infarction (D/MI) over 2.8 ± 2.3 years in a large cohort of patients undergoing angiography. ATP-III criteria were used for fasting glucose (FG), triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), and blood pressure (BP); body mass index (BMI) >27 kg/m<sup>2</sup> was used as a surrogate for waist circumference. Results: 3,128 subjects were studied; 65% had advanced CAD (≧70% stenosis), and 35%, no CAD. MS was present in 64% (high FG 40%; high TG 52%; low HDL 71%; high BP 76%; high BMI 58%). Presence of CAD was predicted by MS [adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 1.30, 95% CI 1.10–1.55, p = 0.003] and, individually, by high FG (OR = 1.90, CI 1.63–2.23) and low HDL (OR = 1.38, CI 1.18–1.62). In multivariable modeling, CAD was predicted by high FG (OR = 1.80, CI 1.51–2.16) and low HDL (OR = 1.57, CI 1.31–1.89) as well as by age, gender, family history, smoking, and LDL cholesterol (all p < 0.001). For secondary risk of incident D/MI, only high FG of MS features was predictive (adjusted hazard ratio 1.46, CI 1.17–1.82, p = 0.001), and this risk was carried by diabetes (adjusted hazard ratio 1.71, p < 0.001); other predictors were age, heart failure, revascularization strategy, renal insufficiency, prior MI, and number of diseased vessels. Conclusion: MS has primary predictive ability for CAD, carried primarily by high FG and low HDL. Secondary predictive ability of MS features for clinical outcomes, in the setting of established CAD, is carried by diabetes alone. Dysglycemia deserves specific attention as a target for prevention and treatment.

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          Metabolic syndrome with and without C-reactive protein as a predictor of coronary heart disease and diabetes in the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study.

          The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recently proposed a simple definition for metabolic syndrome. Information on the prospective association of this definition for coronary heart disease (CHD) and type 2 diabetes is currently limited. We used a modified NCEP definition with body mass index in place of waist circumference. Baseline assessments in the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study were available for 6447 men to predict CHD risk and for 5974 men to predict incident diabetes over 4.9 years of follow-up. Mean LDL cholesterol was similar but C-reactive protein was higher (P<0.0001) in the 26% of men with the syndrome compared with those without. Metabolic syndrome increased the risk for a CHD event [univariate hazard ratio (HR)=1.76 (95% CI, 1.44 to 2.15)] and for diabetes [univariate HR=3.50 (95% CI 2.51 to 4.90)]. Metabolic syndrome continued to predict CHD events (HR=1.30, 95% CI, 1.00 to 1.67, P=0.045) in a multivariate model incorporating conventional risk factors. Men with 4 or 5 features of the syndrome had a 3.7-fold increase in risk for CHD and a 24.5-fold increase for diabetes compared with men with none (both P<0.0001). C-reactive protein enhanced prognostic information for both outcomes. With pravastatin, men with the syndrome had similar risk reduction for CHD as compared with those without (HR, 0.73 and 0.69; pravastatin versus placebo). A modified NCEP metabolic syndrome definition predicts CHD events, and, more strikingly, new-onset diabetes, and thus helps identify individuals who may receive particular benefit from lifestyle measures to prevent these diseases.
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            Cardiovascular risk factors in confirmed prediabetic individuals. Does the clock for coronary heart disease start ticking before the onset of clinical diabetes?

            Although type II diabetes is associated with both microvascular and macrovascular complications, duration of diabetes and severity of glycemia are strongly associated only with the former. Since prediabetic individuals are hyperinsulinemia, and since hyperinsulinemia may be a cardiovascular risk factor, we hypothesized that prediabetic individuals might have an atherogenic pattern of risk factors even before the onset of clinical diabetes, thereby explaining the relative lack of an association of macrovascular complications with either glycemic severity or disease duration. We documented the cardiovascular risk factor status of 614 initially nondiabetic Mexican Americans who later participated in an 8-year follow-up of the San Antonio Heart Study, a population-based study of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Individuals who were nondiabetic at the time of baseline examination, but who subsequently developed type II diabetes (ie, confirmed prediabetic subjects, n = 43), had higher levels of total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride, fasting glucose and insulin, 2-hour glucose, body mass index, and blood pressure, and lower levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol than subjects who remained nondiabetic (n = 571). Most of these differences persisted after adjustment for obesity and/or level of glycemia, but were abolished after adjustment for fasting insulin concentration. When subjects with impaired glucose tolerance at baseline (n = 106) were eliminated, the more atherogenic pattern of cardiovascular risk factors was still evident (and statistically significant) among initially normoglycemic prediabetic subjects. These results indicate that prediabetic subjects have an atherogenic pattern of risk factors (possibly caused by obesity, hyperglycemia, and especially hyperinsulinemia), which may be present for many years and may contribute to the risk of macrovascular disease as much as the duration of clinical diabetes itself.
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              Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, and Coronary Atherosclerosis


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                S. Karger AG
                February 2004
                27 February 2004
                : 101
                : 4
                : 185-193
                Cardiovascular Department, LDS Hospital and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
                76695 Cardiology 2004;101:185–193
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                : 02 October 2003
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                Figures: 6, Tables: 4, References: 42, Pages: 9
                General Cardiology

                General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
                Prevention,Metabolic syndrome,Diabetes,Risk,Coronary artery disease


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