Current risk stratification strategies do not fully explain cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. We aimed to evaluate the association of low-density lipoprotein (LDL-P) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL-P) particles with progression of coronary artery calcium and carotid wall injury. All participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study Atherosclerosis (MESA) with LDL-P and HDL-P measured by ion mobility, coronary artery calcium score (CAC), carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), and carotid plaque data available at Exam 1 and 5 were included in the study. CAC progression was annualized and treated as a categorical or continuous variable. Carotid IMT and plaque progression were treated as continuous variables. Fully adjusted regression models included established CVD risk factors, as well as traditional lipids. Mean (±SD) follow-up duration was 9.6 ± 0.6 years. All LDL-P subclasses as well as large HDL-P at baseline were positively and significantly associated with annualized CAC progression, however, after adjustment for established risk factors and traditional lipids, only the association with medium and very small LDL-P remained significant (β -0.02, p = 0.019 and β 0.01, p = 0.003, per 1 nmol/l increase, respectively). Carotid plaque score progression was positively associated with small and very small LDL-P (p <0.01 for all) and non-HDL-P (p = 0.013). Only the association with very small LDL-P remained significant in a fully adjusted model (p = 0.035). Mean IMT progression was not associated with any of the lipid particles. In conclusion, in the MESA cohort, LDL-P measured by ion mobility was significantly associated with CAC progression as well as carotid plaque progression beyond the effect of traditional lipids.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine