Eosinophil count is positively correlated with coronary artery calcification

Hypertens Res. 2012 Mar;35(3):325-8. doi: 10.1038/hr.2011.191. Epub 2011 Nov 10.


Recent studies suggested that allergic disorders and increased eosinophil count were associated with atherosclerosis. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between eosinophil count and coronary artery calcification (CAC). We performed a cross-sectional study in 1363 consecutive participants with clinical suspicion of coronary heart disease (CHD). We evaluated the relationships between CAC score determined by multislice CT and peripheral eosinophil count as well as major cardiovascular risk factors, including age, body mass index, smoking status, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus (DM), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Sex (P=0.0004), hypertension (P=0.0002), dyslipidemia (P=0.0004) and DM (P=0.0061) were associated with log(CAC+1), respectively. Positive correlations were found between log(CAC+1), and age (r=0.325, P<0.0001) and eosinophil count (r=0.165, P<0.0001). Negative correlations were found between log(CAC+1) and eGFR (r=-0.166, P<0.0001). Multivariate linear regression analysis demonstrated that age (β=0.314, P<0.0001), sex (β=0.124, P<0.0001), hypertension (β=0.084, P=0.0008), DM (β=0.108, P<0.0001), eGFR (β=-0.079, P=0.0021) and eosinophil count (β=0.147, P<0.0001) were independent determinants of log(CAC+1). In conclusion, eosinophil count correlated positively with CAC in participants with clinical suspicion of CHD.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Calcinosis / blood*
  • Calcinosis / pathology*
  • Cell Count
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Artery Disease / blood*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / pathology*
  • Coronary Vessels
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Eosinophils / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Regression Analysis
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed