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Arterial stiffness, but not endothelium-dependent vasodilation, is related to a low Ankle-Brachial index
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Internal Medicine.
2011 (English)In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, ISSN 1475-0961, E-ISSN 1475-097X, Vol. 31, no 3, 182-187 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Arterial compliance and endothelium-dependent vasodilation are two characteristics of the vessel wall. In the Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS) study we studied the relationships between arterial compliance and endothelium-dependent vasodilation versus the Ankle-Brachial index (ABI), a clinically used index of peripheral artery disease. Methods: In the population-based PIVUS study (all aged 70), arterial compliance was determined by ultrasound as the distensibility of the carotid artery and the stroke volume to pulse pressure (SV/PP) ratio by echocardiography, while endothelium-dependent vasodilation was assessed by the invasive forearm technique with acetylcholine (EDV) and brachial artery ultrasound (FMD) in 519 subjects in whom the Ankle-Brachial index was investigated. Results: After adjustments for gender and Framingham risk score, distensibility in the carotid artery and the SV/PP ratio were significantly reduced in subjects with a reduced ABI (<0·9) in both legs (n = 15, P = 0·0006 and P = 0·0003, respectively). Endothelium-dependent vasodilation was not significantly related to a reduced ABI. Conclusion: A reduced arterial compliance, but not endothelium-dependent vasodilation, was related to a low ABI in both legs after adjustment for major risk factors, suggesting that atherosclerosis in the leg arteries is associated with arterial compliance also in other parts of the vasculature.

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2011. Vol. 31, no 3, 182-187 p.
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Artery, atherosclerosis, compliance, endothelium, vasodilation
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-135227DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-097X.2010.00996.xISI: 000289258100003PubMedID: 21078066OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-135227DiVA: diva2:374744
Available from: 2010-12-06 Created: 2010-12-06 Last updated: 2011-05-03Bibliographically approved

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