Coronary Artery Disease and Risk of Major Vascular Events After Cerebral Infarction

STROKEAHA: April 18, 2013

Background and Purpose—The impact of asymptomatic coronary artery disease on the risk of major vascular events in patients with cerebral infarction is unknown.

Methods—Four hundred five patients with acute cerebral infarction underwent carotid, femoral artery, thoracic, and abdominal aorta ultrasound examination. Of 342 patients with no known coronary heart disease, 315 underwent coronary angiography. We evaluated the 2-year risk of major vascular events (myocardial infarction, resuscitation after cardiac arrest, hospitalization for unstable angina or heart failure, stroke, or major peripheral arterial disease events) in patients with known coronary heart disease (n=63), and in the no known coronary heart disease group (n=315) as a function of coronary angiographic status (n=315). Read more