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Carotid intima media thickness and low HDL in South Asian immigrants: could dysfunctional HDL be the missing link?
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Submission date: 2011-03-09
Final revision date: 2012-01-12
Acceptance date: 2012-01-14
Online publication date: 2014-10-23
Publication date: 2014-10-31
Arch Med Sci 2014;10(5):870–879
Introduction: South Asian immigrants (SAIs) in the US exhibit higher prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) and its risk factors compared with other ethnic populations. Conventional CAD risk factors do not explain the excess CAD risk; therefore there is a need to identify other markers that can predict future risk of CAD in high-risk SAIs. The objective of the current study is to assess the presence of sub-clinical CAD using common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT), and its association with metabolic syndrome (MS) and pro-inflammatory/dysfunctional HDL (Dys-HDL).
Material and methods: A community-based study was conducted on 130 first generation SAIs aged 35–65 years. Dys-HDL was determined using the HDL inflammatory index. Analysis was completed using logistic regression and Fisher’s exact test.
Results: Sub-clinical CAD using CCA-IMT ≥ 0.8 mm (as a surrogate marker) was seen in 31.46%. Age and gender adjusted CCA-IMT was significantly associated with type 2 diabetes (p = 0.008), hypertension (p = 0.012), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (p < 0.001) and homocysteine (p = 0.051). Both the presence of MS and Dys-HDL was significantly correlated with CCA-IMT, even after age and gender adjustment. The odds of having Dys-HDL with CCA-IMT were 5 times (95% CI: 1.68, 10.78).
Conclusions: There is a need to explore and understand non-traditional CAD risk factors with a special focus on Dys-HDL, knowing that SAIs have low HDL levels. This information will not only help to stratify high-risk asymptomatic SAI groups, but will also be useful from a disease management point of view.