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Circulating Factors and Ultrasono-findings are Linked to Previous Atherosclerotic Burden and Recurrent Risk

[ Vol. 25 , Issue. 12 ]


Kyoung J. Cho, Jihye Kim, Soung H. Jeon and Gyung W. Kim*   Pages 1424 - 1429 ( 6 )


Background: In the progression of atherosclerosis, platelet activation and the interaction of platelets with leukocytes play a crucial role in arterial thrombus formation and are associated with the pathophysiology of carotid and cerebrovascular disease (CVD), including ischemic stroke. With aged participants, we evaluated and followed up the change in circulating factor and platelet-leukocyte aggregate levels in participants with or without CVD history. This study investigated whether circulating factor changes and ultrasonographic characteristics link to CVD risk and other relating long-term outcomes.

Materials and Methods: Two hundred fifteen participants who enrolled in the study were divided into two groups with CVD and without CVD history. We evaluated and analyzed the correlation between ultrasonography-based morphological characteristics and circulating factor-based functional changes in both groups.

Results: There was no difference in p-selectin level between both groups. However, activated monocyte and platelet-monocyte aggregate levels were higher in patients with previous CVD than without previous CVD. Circulating factor and ultrasonographical characteristics were correlated in the group with CVD, whereas these factors were not correlated in the group without CVD.

Conclusion: We found that circulating blood factor levels showed a different tendency in participants with and without CVD history. The results depict that atherosclerotic severity might depend on the history of CVD and progression of atherosclerosis. We suggest that the circulating factor levels, atherosclerotic severity, and history of CVD are considered in the observation of pathologic progression to manage the development of CVD risks and CVD relating outcomes.


Circulating factors, atherosclerosis, platelet monocyte-aggregation, p-selectin, Mac-1, ultrasonography, cerebrovascular disease.


Department of Life Science, College of Science and Engineering, Kyonggi University, Suwon-si, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul

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