Relevant Publications

A.   Peer reviewed publications 

  1. A panel of biomarkers is associated with increased risk of the presence and progression of atherosclerosis in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. McMahon M, Skaggs BJ, Grossman JM, Sahakian L, Fitzgerald J, Wong WK, Lourenco EV, Ragavendra N, Charles-Schoeman C, Gorn A, Karpouzas GA, Taylor MB, Watson KE, Weisman MH, Wallace DJ, Hahn BH. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Jan;66(1):130-9. doi: 10.1002/art.38204.
  2. Prevalence, extent and composition of coronary plaque in patients with rheumatoid arthritis without symptoms or prior diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Karpouzas GA, Malpeso J, Choi TY, Li D, Munoz S, Budoff MJ. Ann Rheum Dis. 2013 Jul 25. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203617. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Low physical activity is associated with proinflammatory high-density lipoprotein and increased subclinical atherosclerosis in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Volkmann ER, Grossman JM, Sahakian LJ, Skaggs BJ, FitzGerald J, Ragavendra N, Charles-Schoeman C, Chen W, Gorn A, Karpouzas G, Weisman M, Wallace DJ, Hahn BH, McMahon M. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010 Feb;62(2):258-65. doi: 10.1002/acr.20076.
  4. Dysfunctional proinflammatory high-density lipoproteins confer increased risk of atherosclerosis in women with systemic lupus erythematosus.McMahon M, Grossman J, Skaggs B, Fitzgerald J, Sahakian L, Ragavendra N, Charles-Schoeman C, Watson K, Wong WK, Volkmann E, Chen W, Gorn A, Karpouzas G, Weisman M, Wallace DJ, Hahn BH. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Aug;60(8):2428-37. doi: 10.1002/art.24677.

B.   Peer reviewed Abstracts

  1. Karpouzas GA, Ahmadi N, Choi TY, HajSadeghi F, Munoz S, Budoff M. Superior protection against “vulnerable” coronary plaque in asymptomatic TNFi-responders vs. DMARD responders with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Arthritis Rheum 2010;62(10):S601
  2. Karpouzas GA, Ahmadi N, Choi TY, HajSadeghi F, Munoz S, Budoff M. Anti-b2-glycoprotein-1 (b2GP1) IgA Ab are highly prevalent and predict “vulnerable” coronary plaque in asymptomatic patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Arthritis Rheum 2010;62(10):S907
  3. Karpouzas GA, Ahmadi N, Choi TY, HajSadeghi F, Munoz S, Budoff M. Increased epicardial and thoracic pre-aortic fat depots predict “vulnerable” coronary plaque in asymptomatic patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Arthritis Rheum 2010;62(10):S907-8
  4. Karpouzas GA, Moran R, Dolatabadi S, Weisman M. Differences in disease severity and response to biologic agents in a racially diverse US-based cohort of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Arthritis Rheum 2010;62(10):S126-7
  5. Ahmadi N, Hajsadeghi F, Choi TY, Flores F, Munoz S, Ebrahimi R, Budoff M, Karpouzas G. Relation of Pulse Wave Velocity Measured by Computed Tomography Angiography with Vulnerable Characteristics of Coronary Plaque Composition among Patients with and without Rheumatoid Arthritis. J Am Coll Cardiol 2011; 57: 49A.
  6. Karpouzas GA, Ahmadi N, Choi TY, HajSadeghi F, Munoz S, Budoff M. Response to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors affords superior protection against vulnerable coronary plaque and arterial stiffness in coronary artery disease-naïve patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):122
  7. Karpouzas GA, Ahmadi N, Choi TY, HajSadeghi F, Munoz S, Budoff M. Higher vulnerable coronary plaque prevalence, burden, and enhanced arterial stiffness in coronary artery disease-naïve patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):441
  8. Karpouzas GA, Ahmadi N, Choi TY, HajSadeghi F, Munoz S, Budoff M. Interleukin-6 is an independent predictor of vulnerable plaque in coronary artery disease naïve patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):448
  9. Karpouzas GA, Malpeso J, Li D, Rezaeian P, Peralta MV, Munoz S, Budoff M. Differential predictors of mixed and densely calcified plaques in coronary artery disease-naïve patients with Rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2011;63 (10):S297
  10. Karpouzas GA, Rezaeian P, Malpeso J, Li D, Peralta MV, Munoz S, Budoff M. Expansion of intra-thoracic Adipose Tissue depots correlate with Mixed Plaque in coronary artery disease- naive patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2011;63 (10):S298
  11. Karpouzas GA, Malpeso J, Choi TY, Li D, Munoz S, Budoff M. Coronary atheroprotection against high-risk mixed plaque independently of good disease response in CAD-naïve patients with Rheumatoid arthritis. Annals Rheum Dis 2012; [FRI0113]
  12. Karpouzas GA, Malpeso J, Choi TY, Munoz S, Budoff MJ. Vulnerability Features Are Common in Coronary Plaques of Asymptomatic Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Compared to Controls: Associations with Lipid and Oxidative Stress Biomarkers. Arthritis Rheum 2012;64(S10):1251
  13. Karpouzas GA, Malpeso J, Choi TY, Munoz S, Budoff MJ. Differential Impact of Cardiac Risk Factors On Coronary Plaque Presence and Features in Asymptomatic Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Compared to Controls. Arthritis Rheum 2012;64 (S10):1685
  14. Karpouzas GA, Malpeso J, Choi TY, Nightingale P, Kitas GD. Differential performance of various cardiovascular risk calculators in predicting surrogate coronary outcomes in Rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis 2013;72(Suppl3):413
  15. Karpouzas GA, Malpeso, Choi TY, Pak Y, Budoff MJ. Traditional cardiac risk factors predict significant coronary plaque burden in asymptomatic patients with RA. Arthritis Rheum 2013;65(S10):158.