Associations between lipids and subclinical coronary atherosclerosis

Seamus P. Whelton*, Jennifer A. Deal, Michelle Zikusoka, Lisa P. Jacobson, Sudipa Sarkar, Frank J. Palella, Lawrence Kingsley, Matthew Budoff, Mallory D. Witt, Todd T. Brown, Wendy S. Post

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Whether HIV modifies the relationship of serum lipids with coronary atherosclerosis and coronary plaque subtypes is uncertain. We examined the associations between traditional lipids and coronary atherosclerosis among HIV-infected (HIV+) and HIV-uninfected (HIV-) men.Design:The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study is an observational cohort with a total of 429 HIV+ and 303 HIV- men who had non-contrast cardiac computed tomography performed to measure coronary artery calcium and coronary computed tomography angiography to measure coronary stenosis, coronary plaque presence, and composition.Methods:We used multivariable adjusted prevalence ratios to examine the relationship between the SD difference in each lipid parameter and coronary atherosclerosis.Results:Total cholesterol (TC)/HDL-cholesterol had the strongest associations with coronary atherosclerosis regardless of HIV status. Overall, lipid parameters were most strongly associated with the presence of mixed plaque, stenosis more than 50%, and coronary artery calcium for both HIV+ and HIV- men. HIV+ men had similar, but weaker associations, between lipid parameters and coronary atherosclerosis compared with HIV- men. The strongest association was between the TC/HDL-cholesterol and stenosis more than 50% for both HIV+ [prevalence ratios 1.25 per SD (95% confidence interval 1.07-1.43)] and HIV- men [prevalence ratios 1.46 per SD (95% confidence interval 1.08-1.85)].Conclusion:The associations between lipids and coronary atherosclerosis tended to be weaker for HIV+ compared with HIV- men, although TC/HDL had the strongest association for both HIV+ and HIV- men. A weaker association between lipid levels and coronary atherosclerosis for HIV+ men may contribute to the decreased discrimination of cardiovascular disease risk observed in HIV+ individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1061
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • HIV
  • atherosclerosis
  • coronary artery disease
  • lipids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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