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Mazzeffi MA, Lin HM, Flynn BC, O'Connell TL, DeLaet DE, et al.
Vascular health and risk management. Date of publication 2010 Oct 21;volume 6():957-62.
1. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2010 Oct 21;6:957-62. doi: 10.2147/VHRM.S13535. Hypothyroidism and the risk of lower extremity arterial disease. Mazzeffi MA(1), Lin HM, Flynn BC, O'Connell TL, DeLaet DE. Author information: (1)Department of Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA. michael.mazzeffi@mssm.edu BACKGROUND: Although an independent association between hypothyroidism and coronary artery disease has been demonstrated, few studies have examined the association between hypothyroidism and peripheral arterial disease. In the current study, we test the hypothesis that there is an independent association between hypothyroidism and lower extremity arterial disease. METHODS: We retrospectively compared the prevalence of hypothyroidism in patients who had infra-inguinal arterial bypass surgery over a 6-year period with that of a control group of surgical patients who had pure cardiac valve surgery during the same time period. Both unadjusted and adjusted odds ratios were calculated to estimate the association between hypothyroidism and lower extremity arterial disease. RESULTS: A total of 614 cases and 529 control subjects had surgery during the study period. When comparing all subjects, there was no association between hypothyroidism and lower extremity arterial disease (unadjusted odds ratio 0.88; 95% confidence intervals [CI]: 0.61-1.28). However, gender was found to be a significant effect modifier (P < 0.001), and gender-stratified analyses were subsequently performed. In men, there was a positive independent association between hypothyroidism and lower extremity arterial disease (adjusted odds ratio 2.65; 95% CI: 1.19-5.89), whereas in women there was a negative independent association (adjusted odds ratio 0.22; 95% CI: 0.11-0.46). CONCLUSIONS: Gender is a significant effect modifier for the association between hypothyroidism and lower extremity arterial disease. The association is positive in men and negative in women. Future prospective studies that evaluate hypothyroidism as a risk factor for peripheral arterial disease should consider gender stratification in order to corroborate this finding. DOI: 10.2147/VHRM.S13535 PMCID: PMC2964948 PMID: 21057580 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
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