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Breast Arterial Calcification: A Potential Biomarker for Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

Authors
 Yeonyee E Yoon  ;  Bo La Yun  ;  Kyoung Min Kim  ;  Jung-Won Suh 
Citation
 CURRENT ATHEROSCLEROSIS REPORTS, Vol.23(5) : 21, 2021-03 
Journal Title
CURRENT ATHEROSCLEROSIS REPORTS
ISSN
 1523-3804 
Issue Date
2021-03
MeSH
Atherosclerosis* / diagnosis ; Atherosclerosis* / epidemiology ; Biomarkers ; Breast / diagnostic imaging ; Cardiovascular Diseases* ; Coronary Artery Disease* / diagnosis ; Coronary Artery Disease* / epidemiology ; Female ; Humans ; Mammography ; Risk Assessment ; Risk Factors ; Vascular Calcification*
Keywords
Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease ; Breast arterial calcification ; Coronary artery disease ; Primary prevention ; Risk Prediction
Abstract
Purpose of review: We aimed to summarize the current evidence regarding the association between breast arterial calcification (BAC) and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in women and discuss the potential role of BAC in the risk stratification and preventive approaches for ASCVD.

Recent findings: BAC has emerged as a potential women-specific risk marker for ASCVD. Although BAC presents as a medial calcification of the arteries, notably different from the intimal atherosclerotic process, current evidence supports a correlation between BAC and ASCVD risk factors or subclinical and clinical ASCVD, such as coronary artery disease or stroke. As millions of women undergo mammograms each year, the potential clinical application of BAC in enhanced ASCVD risk estimation, with no additional cost or radiation, has tremendous appeal. Although further research regarding optimal risk assessment and management in women with BAC is required, the presence of BAC should prompt healthy cardiovascular lifestyle modifications.
Full Text
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11883-021-00924-5
DOI
10.1007/s11883-021-00924-5
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Kyung Min(김경민)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/191006
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