THE OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE OF ACR CONVERGENCE 2022 • NOVEMBER 10-14



Iris Colunga, MD, PhD: Pulse pressure as a predictor of carotid plaque

Poster presenter: Iris Colunga, MD, PhD, Hospital Universitario UANL

Poster title: Pulse Pressure as a Predictor of Carotid Plaque in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Poster Session A
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Nov. 6
All ACR Convergence 2021 poster presentations are available on demand to registered meeting participants through March 11, 2022.

What is your poster about?
It’s about the finding that RA patients have higher values of pulse pressure and the association of pulse pressure with the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis in this specific population, and how this could be a useful tool to detect patients who would benefit from a carotid ultrasound evaluation.

Why did you decide to investigate this topic?
Because higher values of pulse pressure have been previously described as indicators of worse cardiovascular prognosis and there is no information about the association of pulse pressure and subclinical atherosclerosis in RA patients.

What are you working on next related to this research?
We intend to write a full manuscript of our findings and, in the future, study the association of pulse pressure with echocardiographic parameters in RA patients.

What excites you most about your work?
That it’s the first time this association has been described and that pulse pressure is an easy, reproducible, and highly available parameter to evaluate that could identify patients with high cardiovascular risk who would benefit from further cardiovascular evaluation and an opportune treatment.

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