Table 2

SCORE risk, modified SCORE risk*, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) >0.90 mm and carotid plaques in 370 rheumatoid arthritis patients without cardiovascular (CV) events

CV risk
Low (<1%)†Moderate (≥1% and < 5%)†High (≥5% and <10%)Very high (≥10%)High plus very high†
SCORE: n9923732234
Modified SCORE: n9923036541
Carotid IMT >0.90 mm: n (%)027/230 (12)18/36 (50)1/5 (20)19/41 (46)
Carotid plaques: n (%)12/99 (12)149/230 (65)31/36 (86)3/5 (60)34/41 (83)
Carotid IMT >0.90 mm and/or carotid plaques n (%)12/99 (12)149/230 (65)32/36 (89)3/5 (60)35/41 (85)
Age, years: median (IQR)44 (35–50)63 (57–70)68 (65–78)67 (66–69)68 (65–76)
Sex: men/women4/9542/18823/134/127/14
Smoking: Yes/no29/7065/16518/184/122/19
Systolic BP, mm Hg: median (IQR)120 (110–125)134 (125–145)152 (140–166)156 (150–162)154 (140–165)
Atherogenic index: median (IQR)3.14 (2.63–3.59)3.38 (2.77–4.23)3.94 (3.06–4.31)5.89 (5.10–6.00)4.02 (3.07–4.42)
  • *According to the EULAR recommendations.

  • †Three patients with low mSCORE, 29 with moderate mSCORE and 11 with high and/or very high mSCORE had type 2 diabetes or severe chronic kidney disease and, due to this, met definitions for very high CV risk and were excluded from further analyses.

  • BP, blood pressure; EULAR, European League Against Rheumatism; mSCORE, modified EULAR SCORE; SCORE, systematic coronary risk evaluation.