Angina Pectoris Is Associated with Cervical Disc Disease: A Cross-Sectional, Population-Based Study Using the Medicare Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)


Atherosclerotic disease in the vessels that supply the cervical spine may lead to degenerative disease. In angina pectoris (AP), atherosclerotic disease leads to coronary vessel occlusion and resulting symptoms. This study aims to determine the relationship between AP and neck pain. Analysis was focused on respondents who had a history of cervical pain disorders, adjusting for demographic, education, and mental health confounders. A total of 30,461 participated in the survey. Of 1,049 respondents, 21% reported neck pain. Mean age of the respondents was 62.6 ± 16.1 years. Nonwhite race, current everyday smokers, lower family income, hypertension, and diabetes had higher prevalence of neck pain (p < 0.05). On multivariate analysis, AP was associated with increased odds of neck pain (odds ratio [OR] = 1.42 [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.04 to 1.92], p = 0.026). AP was independently associated with 42% increased odds of having neck pain. Further study into the association of cardiovascular disease with degenerative disc disease pain should be performed. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 33(2):093- 096, 2024)

Key words: spine, cervical spine, degenerative cervical disease, angina pectoris

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Peter Ahorukomeye, BS; Jerry Du, MD; Amit K. Bhandutia, MD; Charles C. Yu, MD; Douglas S. Weinberg, MD; and Nicholas U. Ahn, MD