Background: Aortic valve calcification (AVC) is a key feature of aortic stenosis, and patients with aortic stenosis often have coronary artery disease. Therefore, proving the association between the progression of AVC and coronary atherosclerosis could improve follow-up and treatment strategies. Purpose: To explore the association between the progression of AVC and the progression of total and plaque volume composition from a large multicenter registry of serial coronary CT angiographic examinations. Materials and Methods: A prospective multinational registry (PARADIGM) of consecutive participants who underwent serial coronary CT angiography at intervals of every 2 years or more was performed (January 2003–December 2015). AVC and the total and plaque volume composition at baseline and follow-up angiography were quantitatively analyzed. Plaque volumes were normalized by using the mean total analyzed vessel length of the study population. Multivariable linear mixed-effects models were constructed. Results: Overall, 594 participants (mean age ± standard deviation, 62 years ± 10; 330 men) were included (mean interval between baseline and follow-up angiography, 3.9 years ± 1.5). At baseline, the AVC score was 31 Agatston units ± 117, and the normalized total plaque volume at baseline was 122 mm3 ± 219. After adjustment for age, sex, clinical risk factors, and medication use, AVC was independently associated with total plaque volume (standardized β = 0.24; 95% CI: 0.16, 0.32; P < .001) and both calcified (β = 0.26; 95% CI: 0.18, 0.34; P < .001) and noncalcified (β = 0.17; 95% CI: 0.08, 0.25; P < .001) plaque volumes at baseline. The progression of AVC was associated with the progression of total plaque volume (β = 0.13; 95% CI: 0.03, 0.22; P = .01), driven solely by calcified plaque volume (β = 0.24; 95% CI: 0.14, 0.34; P < .001) but not noncalcified plaque volumes (β = -0.06; 95% CI: -0.14, 0.03; P = .17). Conclusion: The overall burden of coronary atherosclerosis was associated with aortic valve calcification at baseline. However, the progression of aortic valve calcification was associated with only the progression of calcified plaque volume but not with the progression of noncalcified plaque volume.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging