Hyperhomocysteinaemia is not associated with isolated crural arterial occlusive disease. The Hoorn Study.

E.K. Hoogeveen, P.J. Kostense, C.A.J.M. Jakobs, J.A. Rauwerda, J.M. Dekker, M.G.A.A.M. Nijpels, L.M. Bouter, R.J. Heine, C.D.A. Stehouwer

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    Objectives. Hyperhomocysteinaemia is an independent risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The localization of peripheral arterial disease is clinically relevant, because proximal (aortoiliac and femoropopliteal) disease is associated with a particularly poor overall prognosis, whereas isolated distal (i.e. crural) disease is associated with a better overall prognosis. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the strength of the association between hyperhomocysteinaemia and peripheral arterial disease differs according to the localization of the anatomical obstruction. Design. Fasting serum total homocysteine (tHcy) was measured in an age-, sex- and glucose-tolerance stratified random sample (n = 631) of a 50- to 75-year-old general Caucasian population. History of a peripheral arterial reconstruction was recorded. Aortoiliac, femoropopliteal and crural arterial obstructions were registered by means of Doppler flow velocity curves. Results. The median serum tHcy level was 12.2 μmol L
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)442-448
    JournalJournal of Internal Medicine
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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