Coronary artery disease (CAD), acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and other conditions related to atherosclerosis are leading causes of death in developed countries. The incidence of CAD cannot be explained only by clinical risk factors, such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and smoking; the genetics also matters. Major findings concerning the genetics of CAD have emerged during the last decade with many CAD-related risk variants found. This study evaluated the characteristics of the Corogene cohort of Finnish consecutive patients who underwent coronary angiography between 2006 and 2008. Furthermore, it evaluated the importance of clinical risk factors and genetic risk scores (GRS) formed of known CAD risk variants in predicting the ACS prognosis and sought for genetic differences between patients with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The most common reason for coronary angiography in the Corogene Study during the study period was ACS. About half of all patients were finally revascularized either by percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery by-pass grafting. One-fourth of the patients had no signs of obstructive CAD in coronary angiography. GRS formed of 47 confirmed risk variants was found to be associated with recurrent ACS independent of clinical factors. Smoking and STEMI had an inverse association with the GRS. When compared to other studies evaluating GRS in recurrent ACS prediction, the GRS with 47 confirmed CAD variants included the greatest number of risk variants. As it did not improve the accuracy of prediction by clinical factors, the GRS has thus not yet proven useful in clinical practice. Smoking, having an inverse association with the GRS, may outweigh the genetic predisposition to CAD. Both clinical and genetic differences between STEMI and NSTEMI patients were studied and genome-wide association analysis revealed variants, including rs656843, at a locus near 1p13.3, to be associated nominally with NSTEMI. This finding could be replicated in another case-control sample of MI patients, but not in a prospective sample of FINRISK participants. The inverse correlation of the GRSs with STEMI, the finding of a genetic variant linked nominally to NSTEMI, and the fact that patients with NSTEMI and STEMI present with different clinical risk-factor profiles suggest that these two ACS subtypes may have somewhat different etiologies. The genetic variant conferring the risk for NSTEMI (rs656843) was also associated with peripheral artery disease (PAD) in ACS patients, but not in a general population sample of FINRISK individuals. The heterogeneity in PAD phenotypes and genetics may explain why the association could not be shown in a general population sample but only in a selected cohort of ACS patients.
|Place of Publication||Helsinki|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|MoE publication type||G5 Doctoral dissertation (article)|
Fields of Science
- 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine