Cardiovascular calcification typically measured and quantified in patients using imaging modalities such as computed tomography ct serves as a marker for atherosclerotic coronary artery disease and is associated with increased cardiovascular events 7 coronary artery calcification scoring produced via the use of ct has been shown to predict . Arterial stiffness and cardiac valve dysfunction that contribute to ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure respectively arterial calcification is an important mechanism through which nephrologists inflammatory cytokines glycemic control the renin angiotensin aldosterone system . Presents the latest insights from modern imaging modalities into the mechanisms underlying atherosclerosis and calcific aortic valve disease casts light on whether cardiovascular calcification is an inflammatory disease written by leading investigators in the field . Massing evidence suggests that valvular calcification possesses characteristics of arterial calcification 16 clinicopathological studies of human stenotic aortic valves have identified lesions similar to those in atherosclerotic plaques 1718 and atherosclerotic like lesions have been noted in the aortic valve leaflets of rabbit and mouse
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