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Vascular endothelial function of patients with stable coronary artery disease

Zhe Wang, Xinchun Yang, Jun Cai, Hui Shi, Guangzhen Zhong, Hongjie Chi


Objectives: To evaluate vascular endothelial function and contributing factors in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients.

Methods: One hundred twenty six CHD outpatients were randomly recruited. Reactive hyperemia index (RHI) <1.67 indicates endothelial dysfunction. Correlation between RHI and different biochemical parameters was evaluated.

Results: RHI in patients receiving statins treatment was significantly higher than patients without statins treatment (P<0.05). RHI in patients with more than 3 risk factors for CHD was also markedly lower than that in patients with ≤2 risk factors (P<0.05). Patients with lesions at several branches of coronary artery had a markedly lower RHI when compared with those with coronary lesions at a single branch (P<0.05). For patients without statins treatment, RHI increased significantly after statins treatment for 1 month (P=0.01). In patients with endothelial dysfunction, FBG, HbA1C, hs-CRP and Hcy were significantly higher than those in patients with normal endothelial function (P<0.05 for all). Smokers with CHD had a remarkably lower RHI when compared with non-smokers (P<0.05).

Conclusions: Smoking, FBG, HbA1C, Hcy and hs-CRP are significantly associated with endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction is also related to the numbers of risk factors for CHD, degree of coronary lesions and statins. Statins treatment may significantly improve the endothelial function of CHD patients.


How to cite this:Wang Z, Yang X, Cai J, Shi H, Zhong G, Chi H. Vascular endothelial function of patients with stable coronary artery disease. Pak J Med Sci 2015;31(3):538-542.   doi:

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