Increased aortic pulse wave velocity in middle-aged women with systemic lupus erythematosus
2006 (English)In: Lupus, ISSN 0961-2033 (print), 1477-0962 (online), Vol. 15, no 10, 644-650 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a connective tissue disease where inflammatory activity affects several organ systems. An increased risk of cardiovascular disease has been identified in these patients, even after correction for traditional risk factors. The aim of the present study was to evaluate arterial stiffness and central hemodynamics in women with SLE in comparison to controls.
Arterial tonometry was used to measure aortic (carotid-femoral) and arm (carotid-radial) pulse wave velocity (PWV), reflected pressure waves, and aortic augmentation index (AIx) in 27 women with SLE (52 to 68 years) and 27 controls. Aortic PWV was higher in women with SLE than controls, 9.8 m/s versus 8.2 m/s (P 0.01), after correction for mean arterial pressure and body mass index, 9.5 m/s versus 8.5 m/s (P 0.05). Other parameters were similar, arm PWV, 8.4 versus 8.5 m/s, AIx 34 versus 33% and calculated central aortic pulse pressure 48 versus 43 mmHg, in SLE and controls, respectively (NS). Aortic PWV was positively associated to C-reactive protein (CRP) and complement factor 3 (C3).
Women with SLE have increased stiffness of their elastic central arteries. This may be one factor contributing to the increased cardiovascular risk seen in this cohort.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 15, no 10, 644-650 p.
arteries, blood pressure, elasticity, pulse, SLE, women
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13030DOI: 10.1177/0961203306071402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13030DiVA: diva2:17692