The association of Framingham and reynolds risk scores with incidence and progression of coronary artery calcification in MESA (multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis)

Andrew P. Defilippis, Michael J. Blaha, Chiadi E. Ndumele, Matthew J. Budoff, Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, Robyn L. McClelland, Susan G. Lakoski, Mary Cushman, Nathan D. Wong, Roger S. Blumenthal, Joao Lima, Khurram Nasir

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

53 Scopus citations


Objectives: The purpose of this study was to compare the association of the Framingham risk score (FRS) and Reynolds risk score (RRS) with subclinical atherosclerosis, assessed by incidence and progression of coronary artery calcium (CAC). Background: The comparative effectiveness of competing risk algorithms for identifying subclinical atherosclerosis is unknown. Methods: MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) is a prospective cohort study of 6,814 participants free of baseline cardiovascular disease. All participants underwent risk factor assessment, as well as baseline and follow-up CAC testing. We assessed the performance of the FRS and RRS to predict CAC incidence and progression using relative risk and robust linear regression. Results: The study population included 5,140 individuals (mean age 61 ± 10 years, 47% males, mean follow-up: 3.1 ± 1.3 years). Among 53% of subjects (n = 2,729) with no baseline CAC, 18% (n = 510) developed incident CAC. Both the FRS and RRS were significantly predictive of incident CAC (relative risk: 1.40 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.29 to 1.52] and 1.41 [95% CI: 1.30 to 1.54] per 5% increase in risk, respectively) and CAC progression (mean CAC score change: 6.92 [95% CI: 5.31 to 8.54] and 6.82 [95% CI: 5.51 to 8.14] per 5% increase). Discordance in risk category classification (<10% or >10% per 10-year coronary heart disease risk) occurred in 13.7%, with only the RRS consistently adding predictive value for incidence and progression of CAC. These subclinical atherosclerosis findings are supported by a coronary heart disease events analysis over a mean follow-up of 5.6 ± 0.7 years. Conclusions: Both the RRS and FRS predict onset and progression of subclinical atherosclerosis. However, the RRS may provide additional predictive information when discordance between the scoring systems exists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2076-2083
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number20
StatePublished - Nov 8 2011


  • Framingham risk score
  • Reynolds risk score
  • calcium progression
  • coronary artery
  • risk prediction
  • subclinical atherosclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'The association of Framingham and reynolds risk scores with incidence and progression of coronary artery calcification in MESA (multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this