Prevalence of tricuspid anular calcium diagnosed by echocardiography in elderly patients

W. S. Aronow, K. S. Schwartz, M. Koenigsberg

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Abstract

Tricuspid anular calcium (TAC) was diagnosed by echocardiograms in a prospective study in 13 (2%) of 628 elderly patients. TAC was present in 12 (3%) of 347 patients with mitral anular calcium (MAC) and in 1 (<1%) of 281 patients without MAC (p < 0.01). Aortic cuspal calcium was present in 11 (85%) of 13 patients with TAC. The high prevalence in our 13 patients with TAC of serum total cholesterol (≥200 mg/dl (85%), history of systemic hypertension (54%), diabetes mellitus (35%), and serum high density lipoprotein cholesterol <35 mg/dl (35%) suggest that TAC is a degenerative process in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-277
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Noninvasive Cardiology
Volume1
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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