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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine