Blood Viscosity and Elevated Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Men and Women: The Edinburgh Artery Study

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Abstract

Background

Several hemostatic and rheological factors have been associated with incident cardiovascular events. However, there have been no reports on the relationship of rheological factors with early atherosclerosis and very few on hemostatic factors. We therefore studied the relationship between these factors and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT).

Conclusions

These findings suggest that in men, blood viscosity and its major determinants are associated not only with incident cardiovascular events but also with the early stages of atherosclerosis. This may be one explanation for the link between rheological factors and events. (Circulation. 1998;97:1467-1473.)

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