Child-parent screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia: screening strategy based on a meta-analysis

Cholesterol level and vasculitis – are they interlinked

24 December 2012

There is a link between diffuse endothelial dysfunction , a predictor of atherosclerosis closely to vasculitis .There is a mechanism of endothelial damage and low density lipoprotein oxidation, promoted by the inflammatory microenvironment [1].Anti-endothelial cell antibodies found in vasculitis , systemic lupus erythematosus and the antiphospholipid syndrome have also been shown both to activate and precipitate endothelial dysfunction [2][3].Antinuclear antibody positivity is associated with decreased carotid elasticity in women [4].Several invasive and non-invasive techniques may be useful in endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness .Monitoring IMT( intima – medial thickness) is an excellent evaluation of risk stratification.
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Competing interests: None declared

Kaushik Sanyal, Department of Rheumatology

East Surrey Hospital , Redhill, Surrey , UK

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