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Correlation between total cardiovascular risk and bone density in postmenopausal women


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The aim of the paper was to examine the correlation between the total risk of cardiovascular events, determined by the SCORE (Systematic Coronary Risk Evaluation) system, and bone density in postmenopausal women. Examinees and method: The research involved 300 postmenopausal women. On the basis of bone density measurements, the participants were divided into three groups: group I - 84 examinees had osteoporosis, group II - 115 examinees had osteopenia, and group III - 101 examinees had normal bone mineral density (BMD). Results: Participants with high SCORE risk were statistically significantly older compared to low-risk women (60±3 vs. 55±5; p<0.001). They had significantly lower BMD and T scores (−1.09±0.94 vs. −2.86±0.63; p<0.001). Elevation of the SCORE risk by 1% caused a BMD decrease of 0.033 g/cm2(0.029 to 0.036 gr/cm2). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the following factors caused a significant increase in the risk of decreasing BMD: every year of life by 20%, menopause duration by 26%, increase in systolic blood pressure (BP) by 1 mm Hg by 7%, increase in SCORE risk by 1% by 5.31 times, physical inactivity by 5.96 times, and osteoporosis in the family history by 3.91 times. Conclusion: Postmenopausal women who are at high risk for cardiovascular diseases have a lower BMD than those who are not at high risk for cardiovascular diseases.










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8 - 10 - 2011


  • Health Center Vranje, J. J. Lunge 1, 17500, Vranje, Serbia
  • Health Center Vranje, J. J. Lunge 1, 17500, Vranje, Serbia
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Niš, Bul. Dr Zorana Djindjića 81, 18000, Niš, Serbia
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Niš, Bul. Dr Zorana Djindjića 81, 18000, Niš, Serbia


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