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Adrenomedullin is a potent vasodilator peptide exerting anti-atherosclerotic actions in vitro. We investigated the impact of the severity of atherosclerosis on plasma mature-adrenomedullin (m-AM) levels in 38 patients with chronic ischemic stroke. The variables of carotid artery atherosclerosis assessed using ultrasound measurement, blood pressure, and risk factors were related to m-AM levels. Severe atherosclerosis was associated with a further elevation of the increased m-AM level in patients with high systolic blood pressure. Even in patients with fewer risk factors, the presence of severe atherosclerosis was associated with an increased m-AM level. Thus, atherosclerosis elevates m-AM independent of the blood pressure level or presence of risk factors. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
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