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Reference pulse wave velocity values in a healthy, normotensive Turkish population [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2019; 47(5): 373-378 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2019.92428

Reference pulse wave velocity values in a healthy, normotensive Turkish population

Alparslan Kılıç
Department of Cardiology, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey


OBJECTIVE
Pulse wave velocity (PWV) is the primary determiner of arterial stiffness. In daily practice, the normal range of arterial stiffness is based on large multi-center studies conducted in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The goal of this study was to identify the reference values of brachial PWV in a healthy, normotensive Turkish population with no cardiovascular risk factors.

METHODS
This retrospective study involved healthy, adult Turkish participants from Ankara. A total of 353 consecutive, normotensive individuals were enrolled in the study between September 2017 and January 2018 according to strict inclusion criteria, Normal PWV and 95% confidence interval values were acquired for 353 patients (mean age: 55.03±15.38 years; range: 20–95 years) who were divided into 6 age groups.

RESULTS
The mean PWV was 7.75±1.89 m/s (range: 4.25– 15.90 m/s). The PWV had a positive linear correlation with age (r2=0.94; p=0.00). The PWV increased gradually by an average of 5% to 9% with each decade of life until the age of 50 years, after which the average PWV increased by 16%.

CONCLUSION
To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to define PWV reference values via brachial measurement in a healthy, normotensive Turkish population. These data provide important information for daily clinical practice in Turkey.

Keywords: Aging process, arterial stiffness; pulse wave velocity.

How to cite this article
Alparslan Kılıç. Reference pulse wave velocity values in a healthy, normotensive Turkish population. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2019; 47(5): 373-378

Corresponding Author: Alparslan Kılıç, Türkiye
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