The apolipoprotein E epsilon4-allele and antihypertensive treatment are associated with increased risk of cerebral MRI white matter hyperintensities

Peter Høgh, Ellen Garde, E L Mortensen, O S Jørgensen, K Krabbe, Gunhild Waldemar

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Apolipoprotein E-epsilon4 (APOE-epsilon4) is a potential risk factor for cerebral vascular disease. The aim of the present study was to examine the relative importance of APOE-epsilon4 and other relevant risk factors for the extent of cerebral white matter hyperintensity (WMH) in a community-based sample of elderly subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From a cohort of 976 subjects born in 1914, APOE genotype was determined and MRI examinations were carried out in 75 subjects. WMH were rated using a standard semi-quantitative method. ANOVA and regression analyses were conducted to explore the relative importance of the potential risk factors. RESULTS: APOE genotype and antihypertensive treatment were significantly associated with severity of total WMH load (P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The study confirmed the association between APOE-epsilon4 and WMH. Pharmaceutical treatment for arterial hypertension was also associated with the total burden of WMH in this study.
Udgivelsesdato: 2007-Apr
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Vol/bind115
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)248-53
Antal sider5
ISSN0001-6314
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2007

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