Impact of fibrinogen levels on angiographic progression and 12-year survival in the armed forces regression study.

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We assessed the role of fibrinogen levels on angiographic progression and long-term survival among 111 patients with coronary disease enrolled in the Armed Forces Regression Study (AFREGS). Baseline fibrinogen levels and quantitative coronary angiography were performed initially and at 30 months. Progression or nonregression of coronary disease was more prevalent in patients with high fibrinogen than patients with normal fibrinogen (66.1% vs 45.5%; P = .022). Twelve-year cardiovascular (CV) mortality was substantially higher if fibrinogen was elevated (17.9% vs 3.6%, P = .016). Among patients with elevated fibrinogen and angiographic progression or nonregression, there were 10 deaths and all were CV. Elevated levels of fibrinogen predict the angiographic progression of existing coronary disease and likelihood of CV death. Among patients with elevated levels of fibrinogen, angiographic progression identifies a significantly increased likelihood of a fatal CV event.





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Devendra, Ganesh P, Stephen A Hart, Edwin J Whitney and Richard A Krasuski (2010). Impact of fibrinogen levels on angiographic progression and 12-year survival in the armed forces regression study. Angiology, 61(4). pp. 333–337. 10.1177/0003319709360525 Retrieved from

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Richard Andrew Krasuski

Professor of Medicine

Dr. Richard Krasuski is Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Center at Duke University Medical Center, the Director of Hemodynamic Research, and the Medical Director of the CTEPH Program. He is considered a thought leader in the fields of pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart disease. His research focus is in epidemiologic and clinical studies involving patients with pulmonary hypertension and patients with congenital heart disease. He is involved in multiple multicenter studies through the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology (AARCC). He has also helped to develop multiple research databases in these patient populations. He is Co-PI in the upcoming EPIPHANY Study examining the impact of medical and transcatheter interventions on RV-PA coupling in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Over his career he has mentored over 80 students, residents and fellows and has published over 300 peer reviewed publications, book chapters and meeting abstracts. He is also the Chief Editor of Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension and on the editorial boards of several leading medical journals.

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