Arterial Velocity Pulse Index as a Novel Marker of Atherosclerosis Using Pulse Wave Analysis on High Sensitivity Troponin T in Hypertensive Patients

Takashi Hitsumoto


Background: The arterial velocity pulse index (AVI) is explored as a novel marker of atherosclerosis using pulse wave analysis in clinical settings. Recent clinical studies have reported that the level of high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-cTnT) is an important biomarker in hypertensive patients. The aim of this study was to clarify the impact of AVI on hs-cTnT in these patients.

Methods: This study enrolled 455 hypertensive outpatients (181 males and 274 females; mean age, 65 ± 11 years (mean ± standard deviation)) without a history of cardiovascular events. AVI and hs-cTnT levels were measured using a commercial device, and relations among various clinical parameters, including AVI and hs-cTnT, were examined.

Results: Hs-cTnT was detected in 405 patients (89.0%). AVI was significantly higher in patients with detectable hs-cTnT than in those without (28 ± 7 vs. 24 ± 8, respectively, P < 0.001). In patients with detectable hs-cTnT, there was a significant positive correlation between AVI and hs-cTnT (r = 0.42, P < 0.001). Furthermore, multiple regression analyses revealed that AVI was an independent variable when hs-cTnT was used as a subordinate factor. On the other hand, hs-cTnT age, Cornell electrocardiographic voltage, height, urinary albumin excretion, pulse rate, and derivatives of reactive oxygen metabolites test were independent variables when AVI was used as a subordinate factor.

Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that AVI reflects features of arterial wave reflection and is an important factor for hs-cTnT elevation in hypertensive patients.

Cardiol Res. 2017;8(2):36-43


Arterial velocity pulse index; High-sensitivity troponin T; Hypertension; Cardiovascular risk factor

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