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Fibrotic Burden Determines Cardiovascular Risk among Subjects with Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Fatty Liver Disease

 Eugene Han  ;  Yong-Ho Lee  ;  Jae Seung Lee  ;  Hye Won Lee  ;  Beom Kyung Kim  ;  Jun Yong Park  ;  Do Young Kim  ;  Sang Hoon Ahn  ;  Byung-Wan Lee  ;  Eun Seok Kang  ;  Bong-Soo Cha  ;  Seung Up Kim 
 GUT AND LIVER, Vol.16(5) : 786-797, 2022-09 
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Cardiovascular Diseases* / epidemiology ; Cardiovascular Diseases* / etiology ; Fibrosis ; Heart Disease Risk Factors ; Humans ; Liver Cirrhosis / complications ; Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease* / complications ; Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease* / epidemiology ; Nutrition Surveys ; Risk Factors
Cardiovascular disease ; Liver fibrosis ; Metabolic dysfunction associated fatty liver disease ; Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Background/aims: Metabolic dysfunction associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) has recently been introduced to compensate for the conventional concept of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We explored whether fibrotic burden determines the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) among subjects with MAFLD.

Methods: We recruited 9,444 participants from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2008 to 2011). Liver fibrosis was identified using the fibrosis-4 (FIB-4) index and NAFLD fibrosis score. The 10-year ASCVD risk score (>10%) was used to determine a high probability ASCVD risk. For sensitivity analysis, propensity score matching was assessed to subjects with aged 40 to 75 years free from ASCVD.

Results: The prevalence of MAFLD was 38.0% (n=3,592). The ASCVD risk scores stratified in quartile were positively correlated to MAFLD and FIB-4 defined-significant liver fibrosis (p for trend <0.001). Individuals with both MAFLD and FIB-4 defined-significant liver fibrosis had a greater chance of high probability ASCVD risk (odds ratio [OR]=2.40; p<0.001) than those without MAFLD. The impact of MAFLD on high probability ASCVD risk was greater than that of significant liver fibrosis (OR=4.72 for MAFLD vs OR=1.88 for FIB-4 defined-significant liver fibrosis; all p<0.001). Among participants with MAFLD, low muscle mass enhanced the risk of significant liver fibrosis (OR=1.56 to 2.43; p<0.001). When NAFLD fibrosis score was applied to define significant liver fibrosis, similar findings were observed.

Conclusions: Individuals with MAFLD had a substantial ASCVD risk compared to those without MAFLD. Accompanying significant liver fibrosis further enhanced the risk of ASCVD among subjects with MAFLD.
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Kang, Eun Seok(강은석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0364-4675
Kim, Do Young(김도영)
Kim, Beom Kyung(김범경) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5363-2496
Kim, Seung Up(김승업) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9658-8050
Park, Jun Yong(박준용) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6324-2224
Ahn, Sang Hoon(안상훈) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3629-4624
Lee, Byung Wan(이병완) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9899-4992
Lee, Yong Ho(이용호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6219-4942
Lee, Jae Seung(이재승) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2371-0967
Lee, Hye Won(이혜원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3552-3560
Cha, Bong Soo(차봉수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0542-2854
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