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Forty female patients (mean age 48.6 +/- 1.4 years) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were examined to study an association between coronary atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. The coronary arteries were examined using a LightSpeed VCT 64-slice computed tomography scanner (GE, USA). Coronary calcium was measured by SmartScore software; calcium index was determined by the Agatston score. Bone mineral density was estimated in the left hip and lumbar spine, by applying a Lunar Prodigy-3 device (USA). Coronary atherosclerosis and calcification were accompanied by reduced bone mineral density in the hip and lumbar spine. The women with osteoporosis had increased coronary artery calcification.


A V Sineglazova. Coronary atherosclerosis and osteoporosis in rheumatoid arthritis]. Vestnik rentgenologii i radiologii. 2013 Jan-Feb(1):25-8

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