Published: 2016-12-19

Evaluation of the pulse wave velocity in African rheumatoid arthritis subjects

Maïmouna Touré, Valentin Ouédraogo, Demba Dièdhiou, Moustapha Niasse, Souleymane Thiam, Coumba Diouf, Abdou Khadir Sow, Mor Diaw, Arnaud Jean Florent Tiendrébéogo, Aïssatou Seck, Salimata Diagne Houndjo, Abdoulaye Ba, Magid Hallab, Georges Lefthériotis, Abdoulaye Samb


Background: Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease with often fatal vascular events. In addition to traditional cardiovascular risk factors, disease-specific elements contribute to this cardiovascular mortality. The aim of this study was to assess arterial stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis and to determine the factors involved.

Methods: We have recruited the black African patients followed in rheumatology and had rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Only patients between 18 and 60 years and meeting the American College of Rheumatology criteria were included. All controls were healthy. We evaluated the propagation velocity of the pulse wave finger-toe (PWVft) measured by the pOpmètre®.

Results: Present study shows that the PWVft was significantly elevated in over half of patients (55.10%). Besides, the mean patients PWVft was significantly higher than that of the control (respectively 9.40±0.51 and 7.22±0.33 p=0.001). In the patients, no factor was significantly involved in the arterial stiffness, but cons in the control group, the PWVft was significantly correlated with age (p=0.023 and r=0.55).

Conclusions: Rheumatoid arthritis patients had higher PWVft compared to controls. Due to the importance of its cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, arthritis requires a regular monitoring element as arterial stiffness, which is currently a major vascular parameter monitoring.


African black, Arterial stiffness, Rheumatoid arthritis

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