The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Braz J Infect Dis 2017;21:226-33 - Vol. 21 Num.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjid.2017.01.007
Original article
Cardiovascular risk profile in patients with myelopathy associated with HTLV-1
Fabio Luís Silva do Pradoa,b,, , Renata Pradoc, Ana Marice Teixeira Ladeiaa
a Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Salvador, BA, Brazil
b Rede Sarah de Hospitais de Reabilitação, Salvador, BA, Brazil
c Vanguard Skin Specialists, Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Received 01 June 2016, Accepted 04 January 2017

HAM/TSP (HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis) is a slowly progressive disease, characterized by a chronic spastic paraparesis. It is not known if the disease carries an independent risk for cardiovascular disease. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cardiovascular risk profile related to HAM/TSP and compare it with the general population.


This was a cross-sectional study, with a control group. HAM/TSP patients were evaluated using cardiovascular risk scores (ASCVD RISK, SCORE and Framingham) and inflammatory markers (ultrasensitive CRP and IL-6), and compared with a control group of healthy individuals. We also evaluated the correlation between cardiovascular risk and the functional status of patients with HAM/TSP evaluated by the FIM scale.


Eighty percent of patients in this study were females, mean age of 51 years (11.3). The control group showed an increased cardiovascular event risk in 10 years when ASCVD was analyzed (cardiovascular risk ≥7.5% in 10 years seen in 43% of patients in the control group vs. 23% of patients with HAM/TSP; p=0.037). There was no difference in ultrasensitive CRP or IL-6 values between the groups, even when groups were stratified into low and high risk. There was no correlation between the functional status of HAM/TSP patients and the cardiovascular risk.


In this study, the cardiovascular risk profile of patients with HAM/TSP was better than the risk of the control group.

HTLV-1, HAM/TSP, Cardiovascular risk, C reactive protein, Interleukin-6
Braz J Infect Dis 2017;21:226-33 - Vol. 21 Num.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.bjid.2017.01.007