Association between Mental Health and Arterial Stiffness in Middle-aged and Older Adults
Department of Sports Research, Japan Institute of Sports Sciences, 3-15-1 Nishigaoka, Kitaku, Tokyo, Japan
Department of Health and Sports Sciences, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, 5 Misasagi-Nakauchi-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University, 2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
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- Pulse wave velocity, general health questionnaire, elderly, stress
Background: Mental stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, little is known about the impact of mental stress on arterial function in middle-aged and older adults.
Objective: This study is aimed to investigate the association between mental stress and arterial function in this population.
Methods: A total of 156 healthy middle-aged and older adults (aged 50–79 years) participated in this study. Mental stress was evaluated by the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), and arterial stiffness was measured by the Carotid-femoral Pulse Wave Velocity (cfPWV).
Results: cfPWV was significantly correlated with the GHQ score, even after adjustment for age, sex, body mass index, and cholesterol, triglyceride, and glucose. Multiple regression analysis further indicated that GHQ score was a significantly independent determinant of cfPWV (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: GHQ is positively associated with arterial stiffness, independent of the potential confounding factors in healthy middle-aged and older adults.
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TY - JOUR AU - Nobuhiko Akazawa AU - Koichiro Tanahashi AU - Keisei Kosaki AU - Ai Hamasaki AU - Seiji Maeda PY - 2020 DA - 2020/07 TI - Association between Mental Health and Arterial Stiffness in Middle-aged and Older Adults JO - Artery Research SN - 1876-4401 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/artres.k.200720.001 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/artres.k.200720.001 ID - Akazawa2020 ER -