Table 3

SCORE risk, modified SCORE risk*, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) >0.90 mm and carotid plaques in 327 rheumatoid arthritis patients without cardiovascular (CV) events, diabetes mellitus or severe chronic kidney disease

CV risk
Low (<1%)Moderate (≥1% and <5%)High (≥5% and <10%)Very high (≥10%)High plus very high
SCORE: n9620623225
Modified SCORE: n9620125530
Carotid IMT >0.90 mm: n (%)019/201 (10)7/25 (28)1/5 (20)8/30 (27)
Carotid plaques: n (%)12/96 (13)126/201 (63)20/25 (80)3/5 (60)23/30 (77)
Carotid IMT >0.90 mm and/or carotid plaques n (%)12/96 (13)126/201 (63)21/25 (84)3/5 (60)24/30 (80)
Age, years: median (IQR)43.5 (34.5–50)62 (56–69)68 (65–76)67 (66–69)68 (65–76)
Sex: men/women4/9235/16617/84/121/9
Smoking: yes/no29/6761/14012/134/116/14
Systolic BP, mm Hg: median (IQR)120 (110–125)134 (125–145)145 (140–160)156 (150–162)150 (140–162)
Atherogenic index: median (IQR)3.14 (2.67–3.66)3.38 (2.77–4.2)3.91 (3.00–4.31)5.89 (5.10–6.00)4.03 (3.07–4.44)
  • *According to the EULAR recommendations.

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