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Impairment of endothelial function after a high-fat meal in patients with coronary artery disease

Zhao, Shui-Ping a; Liu, Ling a; Gao, Mei b; Zhou, Qi-Chang b; Li, Yu-Ling c; Xia, Bing c

Pathophysiology and Natural History

Objective To determine the effect of postprandial lipid changes on endothelial function in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) after a high-fat meal.

Methods We studied 50 CAD patients and 25 control participants, who were all normocholesterolemic. Flow-mediated vasodilatation of the brachial artery was evaluated by the high-resolution ultrasound technique before and after a single high-fat meal (800 calories; 50 g fat).

Results Postprandial serum triglyceride level increased significantly at 2–7 h and mean flow-mediated vasodilatation was impaired significantly (from 4.22 ± 0.44 to 2.75 ± 0.33%, P  < 0.01) for 75 subjects. The increment in 2 h serum triglyceride level correlated positively with the decrement in postprandial flow-mediated vasodilatation (r  = 0.459, P  < 0.01). Postprandial triglyceride level was significantly higher in CAD patients than in control participants. Flow-mediated vasodilatation was significantly impaired in CAD patients (from 3.04 ± 0.39 to 1.69 ± 0.23%, P  < 0.01) and control participants (from 6.58 ± 0.52 to 4.87 ± 0.19%, P  < 0.05) after a high-fat meal. The impairment of flow-mediated dilatation was more severe in CAD patients (44.41%) than in control participants (25.99%, P  < 0.01).

Conclusion Postprandial endothelium-dependent vasodilatation after a single high-fat meal was severely impaired in normocholesterolemic CAD patients and control participants. The disordered postprandial metabolism of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins may play an atherogenic role by inducing endothelial dysfunction.

Departments of a Cardiology, b Ultrasound and c Nutrition, Second Affiliated Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, China

Correspondence and requests for reprints to Shui-Ping Zhao MD, PhD, Department of Cardiology, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410011, China. Tel: +86 731 5550313; fax: +86 731 4895989

Received 27 March 2001

Revised 18 June 2001

Accepted 19 June 2001

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.