Artery Research

Volume 12, Issue C, December 2015, Pages 6 - 6

P2.1 AGING AND STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS OF SUBCUTANEOUS SMALL RESISTANCE ARTERIES IN HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS

Authors
Carolina De Ciuceis, Claudia Rossini, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Enzo Porteri, Alice Gavazzi, Stefano Caletti, Paola Pileri, Maria Antonietta Coschignano, Enrico Agabiti Rosei, Damiano Rizzoni*
Clinica Medica, Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Available Online 23 November 2015.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artres.2015.10.209How to use a DOI?
Abstract

Background: It was proposed that early vascular ageing may be an important mechanism of vascular damage in large conductance arteries. However it is not known whether aging may also affect small resistance artery morphology.

Patients and methods: For this reason, we investigated 100 patients with essential hypertension. Secondary forms of hypertension were excluded according to standard clinical evaluations and biochemical or instrumental assessments. In all patients, an evaluation of small resistance arteries morphology was performed by wire micromyography. A small amount of subcutaneous tissue was obtained by local biopsy or during election surgery and subcutaneous small resistance arteries were dissected and mounted on a myograph; the media to lumen ratio (M/L) was then measured.

Results: The age range of our population was 22-81 years, with a mean value of 57±12 years; 14% of them were current smokers, 32% had alterations in lipid patterns, none of them had diabetes mellitus, 58 were males and average blood pressure values were 156/95±19/12 mmHg.

We found a significant correlation between M/L and age (r=0.30, p=0.002): the statistical significance of the correlation persisted after correction for confounding variables (gender, serum cholesterol, smoking status, serum glucose, systolic or diastolic blood pressure values). A statistically significant inverse correlation was also observed between internal diameter and age (r=−0.20, p=0.046).

Conclusion: Our data suggest that age may affect microvascular structure in hypertensive patients. It is also possible that hypertension may anticipate the effects of physiological aging, and this should be explored in a relatively large population of normotensive subjects.

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Journal
Artery Research
Volume-Issue
12 - C
Pages
6 - 6
Publication Date
2015/11
ISSN (Online)
1876-4401
ISSN (Print)
1872-9312
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artres.2015.10.209How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

Cite this article

TY  - JOUR
AU  - Carolina De Ciuceis
AU  - Claudia Rossini
AU  - Claudia Agabiti Rosei
AU  - Enzo Porteri
AU  - Alice Gavazzi
AU  - Stefano Caletti
AU  - Paola Pileri
AU  - Maria Antonietta Coschignano
AU  - Enrico Agabiti Rosei
AU  - Damiano Rizzoni*
PY  - 2015
DA  - 2015/11
TI  - P2.1 AGING AND STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS OF SUBCUTANEOUS SMALL RESISTANCE ARTERIES IN HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS
JO  - Artery Research
SP  - 6
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VL  - 12
IS  - C
SN  - 1876-4401
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