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Pulse wave velocity in Korean American men and women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22222176     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Arterial stiffness is an important clinical marker of cardiovascular diseases. Although many studies have been conducted on different racial groups, less is known about arterial stiffness in Asian Americans. Korean Americans constitute the fifth largest subgroup in the Asian American population and reportedly have a noticeably high prevalence of hypertension. The aims of this study were to assess arterial stiffness and blood pressure and to examine the effect of age and gender on arterial stiffness and blood pressure in 102 Korean American men and women aged 21 to 60 years. The values of arterial stiffness for Korean Americans in this study were compared to published reference values for other racial and ethnic groups. Arterial stiffness was measured by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, which is the gold standard for determining arterial stiffness. Findings indicated that aging was an important determinant of arterial stiffness, which increased linearly with age. Although there was no gender difference observed in arterial stiffness, the effect of age on arterial stiffness was greater in women than in men. After adjusting for covariates including age, body mass index, and smoking, multiple regression models showed that arterial stiffness and gender were significant predictors of systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The comparisons of these findings to those from several other studies that used the same method to measure arterial stiffness showed that Korean Americans may have levels of arterial stiffness that are similar to or slightly higher than those of other racial groups. Considering that arterial stiffness is an independent predictor of future development of hypertension, more studies are required to examine cardiovascular risk of this understudied group.
Jeongok G Logan; Debra J Barksdale
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of cardiovascular nursing     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1550-5049     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Nurs     Publication Date:    2013 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-11     Completed Date:  2013-05-28     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703516     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  90-6     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27599-7460, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Americans*
Continental Population Groups
Middle Aged
Pulse Wave Analysis*
Reference Values
Vascular Stiffness
Young Adult
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