Vol 24, No 3 (2020)
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Utility of Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE) system to predict coronary artery disease severity in low to moderate risk hypertensive patients undergoing elective coronary angiography

Mehmet Eyuboglu1, Metin Karayakalı1, Kayihan Karaman1, Arif Arısoy1, Atac Celık1
Arterial Hypertension 2020;24(3):128-134.


Background: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of mortality in hypertensive patients. Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE) is the preferred scoring system to predict future fatal cardiovascular events in hypertensive patients. However, the relationship between SCORE and coronary atherosclerosis is not well described. We aimed to investigate whether SCORE has a relationship with CAD severity in hypertensive patients, even in the absence of high risk features.

Material and methods: Four hundred and fifty-two hypertensive patients who underwent elective coronary angiography and defined as low or moderate risk according to SCORE were included into the study. Patients were divided into two groups. Patients with a SCORE < 1% were defined as low risk group, and patients with a SCORE ≥ 1% and < 5% were defined as moderate risk group. The groups were compared regarding CAD severity.

Results: The frequency of stenotic CAD and multivessel disease, and mean SYNTAX score, were significantly higher in SCORE ≥ 1%, and < 5% group compared to patients with SCORE < 1%. Correlation analysis revealed a significant positive moderate correlation between SCORE and SYNTAX score (Pearson’s r: 0.679, p < 0.001). ROC curve analysis demonstrated that a SCORE ≥ 3% predicted SYNTAX score > 22 with a sensitivity of 75% and a specificity of 86.5% (AUC: 0.879, p < 0.001). Furthermore, multivariate analysis demonstrated that SCORE was an independent predictor of stenotic CAD (OR: 1.616, p < 0.001), multivessel disease (OR: 1.913, p < 0.001), and SYNTAX score > 22. (OR: 1.817, p < 0.001).

Conclusion: Our results suggest that SCORE is associated with CAD severity in hypertensive patients even in the
absence of high risk features. The SCORE system may be useful in further risk stratification of hypertensive patients
with moderate risk features and suspected CAD.

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