Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is thought to be associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) events, perhaps secondary to increased inflammation. We sought to examine the angiographic burden of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with HCV compared to HCV-negative patients. All consecutive HCV RNA-positive patients (n = 61) who underwent coronary angiography at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences from 2001 to 2013 were identified. A parallel group of HCV-negative controls (n = 61), matched for age, gender, and indication for coronary angiography served as control. Angiographic burden of CAD was assessed by computing Gensini scores. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 21.0. Patients with HCV had significantly lower levels of total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Preangiographic use of aspirin and statin was significantly lower in the HCV cohort. Number of patients with obstructive CAD was less in HCV group (23% vs 39%, p <0.05). However, angiographic Gensini score was similar in both groups. There was no correlation between HCV RNA titers and Gensini score (p = 0.9, analysis of variance). In conclusion, patients with active HCV infection have similar angiographic CAD burden as HCV-negative patients. Furthermore, viral load does not appear to correlate with atherosclerosis burden. Patients with HCV have less-obstructive CAD and less-frequent use of aspirin and statins.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine