Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2012; 40(8): 683-689 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2012.83707
Assessment of the relationship between aortic pulse wave velocity and aortic arch calcification
, Davut Baltacı2
, Suzi Selim Ayhan1
, İsmet Durmuş3
, Ömer Gedikli3
, Mehmet Soytürk4
, Mehmet Yazıcı1
, Şükrü Çelik51
Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Bolu, Turkey2
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,duzce University, Duzce, Turkey3
Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey4
Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey5
Ahi Evren Cardiovascular And Thoracic Surgery Training And Research Hospital, Department Of Cardiology, Trabzon, Turkey
OBJECTIVES We aimed to assess arterial stiffness parameters and to investigate the relationship between these parameters and aortic calcification in patients with aortic arch calcification and without symptomatic atherosclerotic disease.
STUDY DESIGN The population of this study consisted of 41 patients with aortic arch calcification verified by chest X-ray (group I, 17 males, mean age 70±5 years) and individuals without aortic arch calcification (group II, 17 males, mean age 68±6 years). Subjects with symptomatic or known vascular disease were excluded from the study. The arterial stiffness parameters of all subjects were measured non-invasively with a SphygmoCor device. Aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), augmentation pressure (AP), augmentation index (AIx) and heart rate normalized augmentation index (AIx@75) were used as parameters of arterial stiffness.
RESULTS The two groups were compared according to demographic characteristics, medications currently being taken, and levels of serum lipids. There was no significant difference between the groups. AP in group I was significantly higher than that of group II (p=0.002). AIx and AIx@75 were similar in both groups. Aortic PWV of group I was significantly higher than that of group II (p<0.0001).
CONCLUSION According to the results of this study, the presence of aortic calcification, verified by chest radiography, was associated with increased aortic PWV.
Aorta/physiopathology, blood pressure, calcinosis/complications/physiopathology/radiography, elasticity; hypertension
How to cite this article
Serkan Öztürk, Davut Baltacı, Suzi Selim Ayhan, İsmet Durmuş, Ömer Gedikli, Mehmet Soytürk, Mehmet Yazıcı, Şükrü Çelik. Assessment of the relationship between aortic pulse wave velocity and aortic arch calcification. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2012; 40(8): 683-689
Corresponding Author: Serkan Öztürk, Türkiye