The Association between Arterial Stiffness, Initial Stroke Severity, and 3-Week Outcomes in Patients with Ischemic Stroke

Emma Ormerod, Khalid Ali, James Cameron, Muzaffar Malik, Richard Lee, Spas Getov, Chakravarthi Rajkumar

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Objectives: Vascular compliance is emerging as a useful cardiovascular risk factor. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between arterial stiffness and stroke severity at presentation and 3 weeks. Methods: Forty two patients with acute ischemic stroke (55% male, mean age 71 years) were recruited over 15-months. Stroke subtypes were classified into lacunar circulation infarct (LACI), partial anterior circulation infarct (PACI), and posterior circulation infarct (POCI). Arterial stiffness was measured by QKD (defined as the time interval between the appearance of the Q wave [Q] on the ECG and the arrival of the diastolic Korotkoff [K] sound over the brachial artery in diastole [D]; QKD It is measured in milliseconds) using 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (BP) and electrocardiogram monitoring. The measured QKD values were then corrected for a heart rate of 60 bpm and a systolic BP of 100 mm Hg (QKD100-60). Stroke severity was assessed on admission and at 3 weeks using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). Results: Regression analysis for all patients showed a weak non-significant correlation between arterial stiffness and stroke severity. However, on performing subgroup analysis using Trial of Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment (TOAST) classification, we found that in large-artery atherosclerosis, arterial stiffness predicted stroke severity significantly at baseline (r = .45, b = .093, P = .04), but not significant for cardio embolism or small-artery occlusion subtypes. QKD100-60 and stroke severity were not significantly associated in week 3. There was no difference in NIHSS scores at weeks 0 and 3, or in QKD100-60 between LACI, PACI, and POCI, or dipper versus non-dippers and reverse dippers. Conclusion: Further research is needed to explore the association between QKD and stroke severity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2541-2546
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • Arterial stiffness
  • QKD
  • Stroke outcome

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