Fibrinolytic Variables in Postmenopausal Women with Unstable Coronary Artery Disease
2001 (English)In: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, ISSN 0929-5305, E-ISSN 1573-742X, Vol. 12, no 3, 217-223 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: Many women with typical anginal chest pain have normal coronary angiograms. The pathogenetic mechanisms behind the chest pain in these patients is unknown but may be due to altered fibrinolytic function enhancing thrombosis formation. We evaluated the two key components of the fibrinolytic system, tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in women with clinical signs of unstable coronary artery disease (CAD).
Methods and results: 158 patients with unstable CAD and 101 controls were examined. Of the patients 16% had normal vessels and 84% coronary atherosclerosis at coronary angiography. Mean plasma concentration of t-PA-ag, but not of PAI-1-act was higher in patients than in controls (t-PA-ag: 2.12 (2.05;2.19) vs. 1.98 (1.89;2.07), p<0.05; PAI-1-act: 1.55 (1.35;1.74) vs. 1.49 (1.24;1.73), p¼n.s.). Patients with coronary atherosclerosis had significantly higher mean plasma levels of both t-PA-ag and PAI-1-act than patients with normal coronary vessels (t-PA-ag: 2.16 (2.08;2.33) vs. 1.94 (1.78;2.10), p<0.05; PAI-1-act: 1.68 (1.47;1.90) vs. 0.82 (0.43;1.21), p<0.01), and these differences were seen whether markers of myocardial damage were elevated or not. Mean plasma levels of PAI-1-act in patients with normal coronary vessels were even lower than in the control group (p<0.05). Almost all significant differences in mean plasma t-PA-ag and PAI-1-act disappeared after adjustments for known covariates.
Conclusion: Our results indicate, regardless of myocardial marker elevation or not, an activated fibrinolytic system in postmenopausal women with unstable CAD and coronary atherosclerosis, but not in the same group of patients with normal coronary vessels. This argues against reduced fibrinolytic capacity in the latter patients and therefore against thrombosis formation as the cause of chest pain in these women. However, we cannot exclude that the differences can be an effect of inequality among some common risk factors between the groups.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 12, no 3, 217-223 p.
tissue plasminogen activator, plasminogen activator inhibitor, unstable coronary artery disease, women
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79488DOI: 10.1023/A:1015270907430OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79488DiVA: diva2:542973