publication . Article . 2009

Walking speed and subclinical atherosclerosis in healthy older adults: the Whitehall II study

Mika Kivimäki; Andrew Steptoe; Ajay Yerramasu; Michael Marmot; Mark Hamer; Avijit Lahiri; John E. Deanfield;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2009 Journal: Heart, volume 96, pages 380-384 (issn: 1355-6037, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: BMJ
  • Country: United Kingdom
Objective Extended walking speed is a predictor of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older individuals, but the ability of an objective short-distance walking speed test to stratify the severity of preclinical conditions remains unclear. This study examined whether performance in an 8-ft walking speed test is associated with metabolic risk factors and subclinical atherosclerosis.Design Cross-sectional.Setting Epidemiological cohort.Participants 530 adults (aged 63 +/- 6 years, 50.3% male) from the Whitehall II cohort study with no known history or objective signs of CVD.Main outcome Electron beam computed tomography and ultrasound was used to assess the p...
Medical Subject Headings: cardiovascular diseases
free text keywords: Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine, Epidemiology, 1506, Ageing, atherosclerosis, computed tomography scanning, exercise testing, gait speed, imaging, physical function, risk stratification, Coronary-artery calcium, intima-media thickness, physical-activity, cardiovascular-disease, risk-factors, gait variability, association, calcification, performance, disability, Asymptomatic, medicine.symptom, medicine, Lower risk, Odds ratio, Intima-media thickness, Cardiology, medicine.medical_specialty, Agatston score, Preferred walking speed, Cohort study, Cohort, Surgery, Internal medicine, business.industry, business
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