A study to assess frequency of peripheral arterial disease in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome

Somnath Mukherjee, Prashant Kumar, D. P. Sinha


Background: To determine the frequency of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and association of PAD with different risk factors of coronary artery disease (CAD) and to look for in hospital outcome of ACS patients with or without PAD.

Methods: This cross-sectional observation study was undertaken in the department of cardiology, IPGME&R Hospital, Kolkata from June 2015 to August 2016 to recruit 199 consecutive patients admitted with ACS and were evaluated with detailed clinical history, physical examination, ABI (Ankle Brachial Index) measurement, echocardiography and appropriate blood investigations.

Results: Among 199 total ACS patients, STEMI was the predominant mode of presentation (71.86%) and majorities were male. PAD was seen in 26 patients and mean age was 56.68±8.84 years. Factors independently related with PAD in acute coronary syndromes are hypertension (OR- 1.49; 95% CI: 0.615-3.232), diabetes (OR- 2.55;95% CI : 0.9762-6.6665), smoking (OR-2.55; 95% CI: 1.055-6.19), past history of CVA (OR-11.15;95% CI: 1.77-70.32), LV systolic dysfunction (OR-1.388; 95% CI:0.607-3.1742). 2 and 13 patients died within 7 days of admission among 26 ACS-PAD group (7.69%) and 173 ACS-non-PAD group (7.5%) respectively and most of them had STEMI.

Conclusions: Significant numbers of ACS patients are having PAD and older age, male sex, diabetes, hypertension, smoking and LV systolic dysfunction were found to be independent predictors for PAD in ACS patients. Early in hospital mortality was seem to be dependent on clinical presentation, not on presence or absence of PAD.


Acute coronary syndrome, Peripheral arterial disease

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