Mar 01, 2013
Evan Muse, MD, PhD, of Scripps Health in La Jolla, Calif., said it was unclear whether this study will lead to a change in clinical practice “because it was known for quite some time that stroke and coronary artery disease exist along the same spectrum of disease process in terms of atherosclerosis [and] inflammation.”
Muse, who was not involved in the study, told MedPage Today that clinicians may choose to perform a calcification assessment for an individual patient to help better convey that patient’s stroke risk and induce the changes necessary to manage it.
Primary source: Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association
Source reference: Hermann D, et al “Coronary artery calcification is an independent stroke predictor in the general population” Stroke 2013; DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.678078.