Digital arterial pressure pulse wave analysis and cardiovascular events in the general population: the Prevention of Renal and Vascular End-stage Disease study

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BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness influences the contour of the digital pressure pulse wave. METHOD: Here, we investigated whether the digital pulse propagation index (DPPI), based on the digital pressure pulse wave, DPPI is associated with cardiovascular events, heart failure, and mortality in a large population-based cohort. Between 2001 and 2003, DPPI was measured with a PortaPres noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring device (FinaPres Medical Systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) in participants of the Prevention of Renal and Vascular End-stage Disease study, a community-based cohort. We assessed the main determinants of the DPPI and investigated associations of DPPI with cardiovascular events and mortality. RESULTS: The study included 5474 individuals. Mean age was 52.3 ± 11.8 years and 50.5% was male. Median baseline DPPI was 5.81 m/s (interquartile range 5.47-6.20). Higher age, mean arterial blood pressure, body height, heart rate, current smoking, and lower HDL cholesterol levels and waist circumference were independent determinants of the DPPI (r = 0.43). After adjustment for heart rate, highlogDPPI was associated with all-cause mortality [hazard ratio: 1.67, 95% confidence interval (1.55-1.81) per SD; P < 0.001], cardiovascular mortality [hazard ratio 1.95 (1.72-2.22); P < 0.001], and incident heart failure with reduced ejection fraction [hazard ratio 1.81 (1.60-2.06); P < 0.001]. These associations remained independent upon further adjustment for confounders. Optimal cutoff values for DPPI ranged between 6.1 and 6.3 m/s for all endpoints. After multivariable adjustment, DPPI was no longer associated with coronary artery disease events or cerebrovascular events. CONCLUSION: The DPPI is associated with an increased risk of development of new onset heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, but not with coronary artery events or cerebrovascular events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1064-1071
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hypertension
Issue number6
Early online date12-Feb-2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2020

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