Vesa, Stefan; Crişan, Sorin; Macarie, Antonia; Donca, Valer; Ghidrai, Olimpia
December 2009
Clujul Medical;Dec2009, Vol. 82 Issue 4, p534
Academic Journal
Objective. The study was realized to explore a possible association between cardiovascular risk factors and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of lower limbs in the elderly. Material and methods. Two groups were created from patients aged over 65: group A (44 patients diagnosed with DVT) and group B (patients without DVT). DVT was diagnosed with the aid of duplex-Doppler ultrasonography. Several clinical and lab data were noted. Results. Diabetes mellitus type 2 (odd ratio (OR) - 2.4; confi dence interval (CI) 95% - 1-5.6; p=0.04), arterial hypertension (OR - 1.7; CI 95% 1-2.8; p=0.03) were risk factors significantly associated with DVT. High levels of HDL-cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) (OR - 0.54; CI 95% - 0.3-0.9; p=0.03) were considered as protective for the development of DVT. We did not found any association between DVT and obesity, high levels of triglycerides, LDL-cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein), intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery or the presence of carotid plaques. Conclusion. Some cardiovascular risk factors were associated with DVT in the elderly.


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