Abbreviation for Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults 

A community-based longitudinal prospective study of young, initially non-obese, adults who were assessed at baseline in 1985-1986 and had CTs at 15-, 20- and 25-year followup examinations to evaluate–among other things–the effect of overall and abdominal obesity on coronary artery disease.

Conclusion 41% developed obesity during followup. Not surprisingly, rates of coronary artery calcification–a marker of coronary artery disease–was higher in those who were obese the longest, independent of the degree of obesity 

Reference JAMA 2013; 310:280-288 

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