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- Received November 7, 2006
- Revision received March 5, 2007
- Accepted March 20, 2007
- Published online September 18, 2007.
- James K. Min, MD⁎,†,⁎ (, )
- Leslee J. Shaw, PhD‡,
- Richard B. Devereux, MD⁎,
- Peter M. Okin, MD⁎,
- Jonathan W. Weinsaft, MD⁎,
- Donald J. Russo, MD†,
- Nicholas J. Lippolis, MD†,
- Daniel S. Berman, MD‡ and
- Tracy Q. Callister, MD†
- ↵⁎Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. James K. Min, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 520 East 70th Street, K415, New York, New York 10021.
Objectives The purpose of this study was to examine the association of all-cause death with the coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA)-defined extent and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD).
Background The prognostic value of identifying CAD by CCTA remains undefined.
Methods We examined a single-center consecutive cohort of 1,127 patients ≥45 years old with chest symptoms. Stenosis by CCTA was scored as minimal (<30%), mild (30% to 49%), moderate (50% to 69%), or severe (≥70%) for each coronary artery. Plaque was assessed in 3 ways: 1) moderate or obstructive plaque; 2) CCTA score modified from Duke coronary artery score; and 3) simple clinical scores grading plaque extent and distribution. A 15.3 ± 3.9-month follow-up of all-cause death was assessed using Cox proportional hazards models adjusted for pretest CAD likelihood and risk factors. Deaths were verified by the Social Security Death Index.
Results The CCTA predictors of death included proximal left anterior descending artery stenosis and number of vessels with ≥50% and ≥70% stenosis (all p < 0.0001). A modified Duke CAD index, an angiographic score integrating proximal CAD, plaque extent, and left main (LM) disease, improved risk stratification (p < 0.0001). Patients with <50% stenosis had the highest survival at 99.7%. Survival worsened with higher-risk Duke scores, ranging from 96% survival for 1 stenosis ≥70% or 2 stenoses ≥50% (p = 0.013) to 85% survival for ≥50% LM artery stenosis (p < 0.0001). Clinical scores measuring plaque burden and distribution predicted 5% to 6% higher absolute death rate (6.6% vs. 1.6% and 8.4% vs. 2.5%; p = 0.05 for both).
Conclusions In patients with chest pain, CCTA identifies increased risk for all-cause death. Importantly, a negative CCTA portends an extremely low risk for death.
The first two authors contributed equally to this work.
- Received November 7, 2006.
- Revision received March 5, 2007.
- Accepted March 20, 2007.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation