Morphological and functional carotid artery alteration can occur already in youth ages, essentially in presence of cardiovascular risk factors. Studies have showed that sonographic assessment of carotid artery (CA) Intima-Media Thickness (IMT) serves as prognostic factors for cardio-vascular disease also in youth patient population. As functional changes occur earlier than vessel wall morphological changes, this might be indicated by a decrease in vessel elasticity prior to the increase of IMT. This hypothesis indicates to use an early functional parameter for cardiovascular risk assessment. This study was designed to assess and evaluate IMT as well as CA vessel elasticity in three groups, in young sportsmen and youth volunteers without any cardio-vascular risk factors (CV-RF) comparing to youth volunteers with CV-RF.
IPR 2016 Conjoint Meeting & Exhibition
cardiovascular risk assessment,