Turkish Thoracic Journal
Original Article
Evaluation of Subclinical Atherosclerosis with Carotid Intima-Media and Epicardial Fat Thickness in Patients with Sarcoidosis

Evaluation of Subclinical Atherosclerosis with Carotid Intima-Media and Epicardial Fat Thickness in Patients with Sarcoidosis

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Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Adana, Turkey

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Department of Cardiology, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Adana, Turkey

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Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Turk Thorac J 2020; 21: 174-179
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2019.19017
Read: 9 Downloads: 6 Published: 13 September 2019

OBJECTIVES: Since many similar mechanisms may play a role in the pathophysiology of sarcoidosis and atherosclerosis, the risk of subclinical atherosclerosis may be increased in patients with sarcoidosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate known markers of subclinical atherosclerosis, namely epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in patients with sarcoidosis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study included a total of 183 subjects, including 94 patients with sarcoidosis (patient group) and a control group of 89 healthy individuals. Measurements of EFT and CIMT were taken from all subjects and recorded. The groups were compared, and differences were analyzed statistically.

RESULTS: EFT was higher in patients than in control subjects (6.42±1.12 mm vs 7.13±1.41 mm, p<0.001). CIMT was higher in patients than in control subjects (0.51±0.02 mm vs 0.52±0.02 mm, p=0.003).

CONCLUSION: EFT and CIMT were found to be higher in patients with sarcoidosis than in healthy people. These results indicate that the risk of subclinical atherosclerosis might be increased in these patients.

Cite this article as: Bozkurt Yılmaz HE, Yılmaz M, Erol T, et al. Evaluation of subclinical atherosclerosis with carotid intima media and epicardial fat thickness in patients with sarcoidosis. Turk Thorac J 2020; 21(3): X.

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