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Tinnitus is Associated With Increase in the Intima-Media Thickness of Carotid Arteries in Japanese Undergoing a Brain Screening Program.
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PMID:  21642819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION:: Increased intima-media thickness of carotid arteries is considered as an early indicator of atherosclerosis. The authors here aimed to assess whether tinnitus is associated with such thickening by a cross-sectional approach. METHODS:: A total of 820 male (53.5 ± 9.6 years) and 528 female (54.5 ± 9.7 years) Japanese undergoing a brain screening program including ultrasonographical evaluation of carotid arteries between April 2007 and April 2009 were included in the study. Increased intima-media thickness was defined as ≥ 1 mm. Multiple logistic regression analyses were performed with adjustment for sex, age, body mass index, hypertension and smoking. RESULTS:: Increased intima-media thickness was observed in 53.1% overall (in 57.6% of men and in 46.2% of women), with significant associations with tinnitus (odds ratio, 1.62; 95% confidence interval, 1.19-2.22), age, male gender and hypertension. The tinnitus link persisted after adjustment for the confounding factors. CONCLUSIONS:: Tinnitus is associated with increased intima-media thickness of carotid arteries in Japanese undergoing a brain screening program.
Mitsuru Fukatsu; Tamaki Yamada; Sadao Suzuki; Akihiko Yoneyama; Takashi Joh
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of the medical sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1538-2990     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
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Created Date:  2011-6-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0370506     Medline TA:  Am J Med Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Okazaki City Medical Association (mf, ty, ay), Public Health Center, Okazaki, Aichi, Japan; and Departments of Public Health (ss) and Gastroenterology and Metabolism (tj), Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.
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