Open Access
BIO Web Conf.
Volume 22, 2020
International Conference “Longevity Interventions 2020” (ICLI 2020)
Article Number 01011
Number of page(s) 4
Section Problems of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Published online 06 July 2020

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1 Background

Worldwide, cardiovascular (CV) mortality remains at a high level [1], due to a wide spread of risk factors (RF), including premature vascular aging, determined by the level of arterial wall stiffness, which is regarded now as implemented RF [2]. It is proved that this marker of CV risk has a higher prognostic potential than traditional RF [3]. From a biological point of view, it is the vessels that begin to age earlier than other organs and tissues. For this reason, it is necessary to establish a system of wide angiological screening among young people as soon as possible, since this group has the maximum chance of inhibiting vascular remodeling in the case of preventive intervention [4]. At the same time, it is desirable to evaluate the identified RF in relation to the belonging of the subject to a particular vascular aging phenotype. The features of such associations are clearly insufficiently studied, as well as the possibility of using the vascular age indicator to motivate young people to conduct preventive interventions and monitor their effectiveness

Aim – to determine the features of associations of various vascular aging phenotypes with certain RF in young people from the standpoint of tercile analysis of the arterial stiffness index, as well as to study its dynamics in the process of correcting of behavioral RF in the framework of an intra-University preventive project.

2 Materials and methods

Angiological screening was performed for 224 young people (81 boys and 162 girls) aged 18-25 years (group 1) on the basis of the StSMU Health Center as part of the National Preventive Project “University Territory of Health”. Another 382 students (2nd group) was performed only antropometria and questionnaires. Angiological screening was performed using the VASERA VS-1500 device (‘Fukuda Denshi’, Japan), which allows us to evaluate such an indicator of arterial stiffness as the cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) [5,6]. This indicator, unlike others, does not depend on the level of stretching blood pressure acting on the arterial wall at the time of registration of the pulse wave. The method is based on recording phonocardiography, determining the heart tone II, plethysmography, which registers pulse waves on the shoulder and popliteal artery from both sides through the cuff, and then transforms the function. All sex-adjusted subjects were divided into tercile groups based on the CAVI and gender. According to the views of leading experts [4], the upper tercile of this distribution corresponds to premature vascular aging or EVA-syndrome (early vascular aging). Lower tercile corresponds to favorable one and average – to normal vascular aging. In these CAVI-tercile groups, the representation of individuals with signs of arterial hypertension/prehypertension (AH/PH) and overweight was evaluated. The obtained data were processed using the statistical software package “Statistica 10.0” (StatSoft Inc,USA).

3 Results and Discussion.

According to the data of the tercile analysis, carriers of EVA-syndrome were characterized by the presence of CAVI from 6.1 to 8.1, and carriers of favorable vascular aging differed in CAVI from 3.2 to 5.6. Distribution of students with AH/PH from the lower to upper tercile group for young men was as follows: 21.0%, 18.5% and 12.3% of all the examined boys. For girls, this ratio was 2.5%, 4.9% and 2.5% of the total number of girls surveyed. Among boys the incidence of overweight in these groups varied as follows: 22.2%, 8.6% and 6.2% of all boys, and among girls – 4.4%, 2.5% and 2.5% of all girls. Among the 1st group students, 87.8% expressed a desire to participate in the prevention program, and 65.4% completed educational training. In the second group,there were only 28.6% (p<0,05) and 22.6% (p<0, 05). This correction of behavioral stereotypes in students was carried out in the conditions of the University School of Student Health, organized on the basis of the Health Center with the inclusion of a psychologist and psychotherapist in the team. To date, during the control angiological study in seven people who followed the recommendations for RF correction for six months, a decrease in the CAVI-level was detected by an average of 9.5±1.1%. O ur data are consistent with the opinion of other authors on the feasibility of early predictive diagnostics of vascular phenotype at a young age [5]. The instrumental angiological screening we used among young people is optimally suited for this purpose. These results show that it is no longer possible to limit the use of classical RF [7,8], as was done until recently when conducting youth screening. Predictive diagnostic advantages of vascular stiffness in comparison with other RF are due to its nature as a “tissue” biomarker in comparison with “circulating” biomarkers such as lipids, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, etc., the level of which constantly fluctuates in the human body [9]. It is believed that arterial stiffness integrates the long-term effect of all present RF [2]. Timely recognition of cases with increased arterial rigidity helps to exclude the erroneous inclusion of a such patients in a low-risk group. The use of this method in the course of medical examination will contribute to the implementation of timely, and therefore effective predictive diagnostics at a young age. Early verification of the vascular phenotype will allow optimizing preventive interventions towards their maximum individualization, taking into account the peculiarities of the vascular status of each young person [10]. An argument in favor of the introduction of angiological technologies in the field of youth preventology is the evidence that the vascular wall is involved in the process of biological aging earlier than other organs and systems [11-12]. In the case of further clinical manifestations of a particular atherosclerotic CV disease, the presence of a vascular history with data on the dynamics of the vascular phenotype will contribute to a more personalized treatment of the detected pathology [13]. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the system of mass diagnostic measures within the framework of organized youth groups [14], in order to further conduct individualized preventive measures of anti-aging orientation.

4 Conclusion

Thus, both among boys and girls with the presence of such traditional RF as AH/PH and overweight the carriers of various vascular phenotypes from favorable to early vascular aging are noted. Such data indicate the need to form youth groups of CV risk, taking into account the presence of not only classical RF, but also the assessment of vascular stiffness, which allows us to correlate each young person with a certain phenotype of vascular aging. The vascular stiffness index is also useful for monitoring the effectiveness of preventive measures.


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