Impedance plethysmography-based method in the assessment of subclinical atherosclerosis

Mira Haapala, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Mikko Peltokangas, Teemu Koivistoinen, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Mika-Matti Laurila, Matti Mäntysalo, Olli T. Raitakari, Mika Kähönen, Terho Lehtimäki, Antti Vehkaoja, Niku Oksala

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Background and aims The aim of this study was to examine an association of individual and combined pulse waveform parameters derived from bioimpedance measurements, that is pulse waves from a distal impedance plethysmographic (IPG), a whole-body impedance cardiographic (ICG) and transformed distal impedance plethysmographic (tIPG) signals, with markers of subclinical atherosclerosis, i.e. carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT), brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and carotid artery distensibility (Cdist). The level of the association was also compared for arterial pulse wave velocity (PWV) and cIMT, FMD, and Cdist. Methods IPG, ICG, tIPG signals were measured from 1741 Finnish adults aged 30–45 years. The association between pulse wave parameters and cIMT, FMD and Cdist was studied using bootstrapped stepwise Akaike's Information Criterion method resulting in selection of parameters other than PWV, i.e. parameters having stronger association with cIMT, FMD and Cdist than PWV, in the model. Then risk scores were calculated from the selected pulse wave parameters and their association between cIMT, FMD and Cdist was studied with multivariable linear regression analysis. Results The risk score was found to be the third strongest predictor of subclinical atherosclerosis as indicated by cIMT measurement, the second strongest predictor of FMD and the strongest predictor of Cdist. These findings show that several individual pulse wave parameters were associated more strongly with cIMT, FMD, and Cdist than PWV when adjusted with clinical risk factors. Conclusions Impedance based pulse waveform analysis provides a useful tool for assessing cardiovascular risk and estimating presence of structural changes in the vasculature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Bioimpedance measurement
  • Carotid artery distensibility
  • Flow-mediated dilation
  • Intima-media thickness
  • Pulse waveform analysis
  • Subclinical atherosclerosis

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