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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2014, Article ID 825461, 4 pages
Research Article

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Coronary Artery Disease in a Small Country with High Cardiovascular Burden

1Vascular Surgery, Hamad General Hospital, P.O. Box 3050, Doha, Qatar
2General Surgery, Hamad General Hospital, Doha, Qatar
3Clinical Research, Hamad General Hospital, HMC, P.O. Box 3050, Doha, Qatar
4Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical School, P.O. Box 24144, Doha, Qatar
5Cardiology Unit, Internal Medicine, Ahmed Maher Teaching Hospital, Cairo, Egypt

Received 24 November 2013; Accepted 13 January 2014; Published 20 February 2014

Academic Editors: A. Becker, J. A. F. Ramires, and A. Stephanou

Copyright © 2014 Hassan Al-Thani and Ayman El-Menyar. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We aimed to evaluate the frequency, clinical profiles and outcomes of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), and their association with coronary artery disease (CAD) in a small country with high cardiovascular burden. Methods. Data were collected for all adult patients who underwent abdominal computed tomography scans at Hamad General Hospital in Qatar between 2004 and 2008. Results. Out of 13,115 screened patients for various reasons, 61 patients (0.5%) had abdominal aneurysms. The majority of AAA patients were male (82%) with a mean age of 67 ± 12 years. The incidence of AAA substantially increased with age reaching up to 5% in patients >80 yrs. Hypertension was the most prevalent risk factor for AAA followed by smoking, dyslipidemia, renal impairment, and diabetes mellitus. CAD and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) were observed in 36% and 13% of AAA patients, respectively. There were no significant correlations between CAD or PAD and site and size of AAA. Conclusion. This is the largest study in our region that describes the epidemiology of AAA with concomitant CAD. As the mortality rate is quite high in this high risk population, routine screening for AAA in CAD patients and vice versa needs further studies for proper risk stratification.