Arterial stiffness, central blood pressures, and wave reflections in cardiomyopathy-implications for risk stratification.

@article{Weber2007ArterialSC,
  title={Arterial stiffness, central blood pressures, and wave reflections in cardiomyopathy-implications for risk stratification.},
  author={Thomas Weber and Johann W Auer and Gudrun Lamm and Michael F. O'Rourke and Bernd Eber},
  journal={Journal of cardiac failure},
  year={2007},
  volume={13 5},
  pages={353-9}
}
BACKGROUND In general, pulse pressure (PP), augmentation index (AIx), and pulse wave velocity (PWV) are directly and positively associated with cardiovascular risk. However, in patients with systolic heart failure, the opposite (ie, an association between a lower PP and a worse outcome) has been reported as well. METHODS AND RESULTS We assessed central PP and AIx, using applanation tonometry (SphygmoCor, AtCor Medical) in 63 patients with cardiomyopathy (CMP) and 126 controls, matched for age… CONTINUE READING
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