Research Paper Volume 11, Issue 15 pp 5807—5816
Association between healthy vascular aging and the risk of the first stroke in a community-based Chinese cohort
- 1 Department of Neurology, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
- 2 Advanced Innovation Center for Human Brain Protection, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
- 3 Department of Neurology, Kailuan General Hospital, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, China
- 4 Graduate School, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, China
- 5 Department of Cardiology, Kailuan General Hospital, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, China
- 6 Department of Cardiology, Tangshan People’s Hospital, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, China
- 7 Department of Geriatric Disease, Kailuan General Hospital, North China University of Science and Technology, Tangshan, China
Received: May 21, 2019 Accepted: August 5, 2019 Published: August 15, 2019https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102170
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In this study we tested whether vascular aging is associated with the risk of first stroke in the Kailuan cohort, a community-based Chinese cohort. For participants aged ≥ 50 years, healthy vascular aging (HVA) was defined as an absence of hypertension and a brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity < the mean + 2 standard deviations, which was determined from a reference sample of healthy participants aged < 30 years. The primary outcome was first stroke (ischemic or hemorrhagic). In total, 11,474 participants were enrolled. The prevalence of HVA decreased from 36.0% in participants aged 50-59 years to 4.7% in those aged ≥ 70 years. During a median follow-up of 3.3 years, the incidence of first stroke was 0.5% in the HVA group but was 2.6% in the Non-HVA group. After adjusting for confounding variables, HVA was associated with a 0.32-fold lower risk of first stroke compared to the Non-HVA group (95% confidence interval, 0.18-0.56; p < 0.001). It thus appears that HVA reduced the risk of first stroke in a community-based Chinese population. This suggests that evaluation of vascular aging as part of public health screening may be useful for stroke risk assessment.