Transthoracic echocardiographic assessment of proximal ascending aorta elasticity in familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia patients.


BACKGROUND Decreased elasticity of the aorta is associated with aging and several risk factors of atherosclerosis. The data regarding this phenomenon in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia are rather sparse. OBJECTIVES To evaluate non-invasively the elasticity of the proximal ascending aorta of 51 heterozygous FH patients compared to 42 normal age… (More)


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