Vascular inflammation and aortic stiffness relate to early left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in prehypertension

Turgay Celik, U. Cagdas Yuksel, Francesco Fici, Murat Celik, Halil Yaman, Selim Kilic, Atila Iyisoy, Raffaella Dell'Oro, Guido Grassi, Mehmet Yokusoglu, Giuseppe Mancia

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Prehypertension is characterized by an increased cardiovascular risk and by an increased prevalence of target organ damage compared with the pure normotensive state. The present study was designed to assess in prehypertensive subjects the possible relationships between early left ventricular dysfunction, vascular inflammation and aortic stiffness. The study population consisted of 31 untreated prehypertensive subjects (age: 34±6 years, mean±SD) and 31 age-matched pure normotensive controls. Left ventricular function was assessed by echocardiography, aortic distensibility parameters were derived from aortic diameters measured by ultrasonography, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein was assessed by latex-enhanced reagent. Prehypertensive subjects displayed a significantly lower E/A ratio and a significantly greater deceleration time and isovolumetric relaxation time compared with normotensive controls. They also displayed aortic systolic diameter, diastolic diameter and mean aortic stiffness index beta significantly increased while systo-diastolic diameter change, mean aortic distensibility and aortic strain were significantly reduced compared with controls. Values of inflammatory markers were increased. At multiple regression analysis, E/A ratio was significantly related to high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and aortic stiffness index beta, after correction for age, left ventricular mass index and mean blood pressure (β coefficient=-0.49, overall r2=0.24, p=0.01 and β coefficient=-0.46, overall r2=0.21, p=0.02, respectively). Thus, in prehypertension, left ventricular dysfunction is significantly related to vascular inflammation and aortic stiffness, suggesting that early cardiac and vascular alterations may have an increased inflammatory process as a common pathophysiological link.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
JournalBlood Pressure
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Arterial stiffness
  • Diastolic dysfunction
  • Prehypertension
  • Vascular inflammation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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