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Association of aortic arch pulse wave velocity with left ventricular mass and lacunar brain infarcts in hypertensive patients: assessment with MR imaging.
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PMID:  19864506     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To assess the possible association between aortic arch stiffness, which may cause hypertensive cardiovascular disease, and cardiac and cerebral end-organ damage in patients with hypertension by using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Approval from the local institutional review board was obtained, and patients gave informed consent. Fifty patients with hypertension (31 women and 19 men; mean age +/- standard deviation, 49.2 years +/- 12.7; mean systolic blood pressure, 152.1 mm Hg +/- 22.3; mean diastolic blood pressure, 88.0 mm Hg +/- 13.1), compliant for treatment with antihypertensive medication, were prospectively enrolled for MR examinations of the aorta, heart, and brain with standard pulse sequences. Aortic arch pulse wave velocity (PWV), left ventricular (LV) mass, LV systolic and diastolic function, lacunar brain infarcts, and periventricular and deep white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) were assessed. Univariable and multiple linear and logistic regression analyses were used for statistical analyses. RESULTS: Mean aortic arch PWV was 7.3 m/sec +/- 2.5. Aortic arch PWV was statistically significantly associated with LV mass (r = 0.30, P = .03, beta = 1.73); indexes of systolic function, including ejection fraction (r = -0.38, P = .01, beta = -1.12); indexes of diastolic function, including the ratio of early diastolic to atrial contraction peak filling rates (r = -0.44, P < .01, beta = -0.11); lacunar brain infarcts (odds ratio [OR] = 1.8, P < .01); and periventricular (OR = 1.5, P = .01) and deep (OR = 1.6, P = .01) WMHs. Aortic arch PWV was statistically significantly associated with LV mass (r = 0.37, P = .03, beta = 2.11) and lacunar brain infarcts (OR = 1.8, P = .04), independent of age, sex, and hypertension duration, but not with indexes of diastolic and systolic function and WMHs. CONCLUSION: Aortic arch stiffness is associated with LV mass and lacunar brain infarcts in hypertensive patients, independent of age, sex, and hypertension duration; these manifestations of end-organ damage may help to risk stratify hypertensive patients.
Anne Brandts; Saskia G C van Elderen; Jos J M Westenberg; Jeroen van der Grond; Mark A van Buchem; Menno V Huisman; Lucia J M Kroft; Jouke T Tamsma; Albert de Roos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-10-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiology     Volume:  253     ISSN:  1527-1315     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiology     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-02     Completed Date:  2010-01-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401260     Medline TA:  Radiology     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  681-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology and Section of Vascular Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Flow Velocity
Brain Infarction / etiology,  physiopathology*
Hypertension / complications,  physiopathology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Regression Analysis
Risk Factors
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / etiology,  physiopathology*

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