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Lorbeer, R.* ; Bayerl, C.* ; Auweter, S.* ; Rospleszcz, S. ; Lieb, W.* ; Meisinger, C. ; Heier, M. ; Peters, A. ; Bamberg, F.* ; Hetterich, H.*

Association between MRI-derived hepatic fat fraction and blood pressure in participants without history of cardiovascular disease.

J. Hypertens. 35, 737-744 (2017)
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OBJECTIVES: We assessed whether liver fat content, as determined by MRI, correlates with blood pressure (BP), a major vascular risk factor, in individuals from the general population without history of stroke and coronary or peripheral artery disease. METHODS: Cross-sectional data from 384 participants (161 women; aged 39-73 years) of a MRI substudy of the KORA FF4 survey were used. Hepatic fat fraction (HFF) was measured in the left and right lobe of the liver using single voxel multiecho H-spectroscopy and at the level of the portal vein using a multiecho Dixon-sequence. Associations of HFF with SBP and DBP as well as hypertension were assessed by right censored normal regression (accounting for antihypertensive treatment) and by logistic regression, respectively. RESULTS: High levels of HFF measured on the level of the portal vein (90th percentile, 21.8%), compared with low HFF levels (10th percentile, 1.7%), were associated with higher SBP (131 vs. 122 mmHg; overall P = 0.001), higher DBP (82 vs. 76 mmHg, P < 0.001) and with higher odds of hypertension [odds ratio (OR) = 2.16, P = 0.025]. A level of 5.13% (54th percentile) was identified as optimal HFF cut-off for the prediction of hypertension (OR = 2.00, P = 0.015). Alcohol consumption emerged as an effect modifier for the association between HFF and hypertension (nonalcohol drinker: OR = 3.76, P = 0.025; alcohol drinker: OR = 1.59, P = 0.165). CONCLUSION: MRI-derived subclinical HFF is associated with SBP and DBP as well as with hypertension in participants from the general population without history of cardiovascular disease.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Blood Pressure ; Hepatic Fat Fraction ; Hypertension ; Mri ; Population; Liver-disease; Metabolic Syndrome; Population; Steatosis; Cohort; Risk; Mri; Hypertension; Severity; Adults
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0263-6352
e-ISSN 1473-5598
Quellenangaben Volume: 35, Issue: 4, Pages: 737-744 Article Number: , Supplement: ,
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publishing Place Philadelphia
Reviewing status Peer reviewed