Characterization of intravascular cellular activation in relationship to subclinical atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women

CIMT was significantly greater in women with a history of preeclampsia (P = 0.004). Platelet aggregation and platelet interactions with granulocytes and monocytes positively associated with CIMT in postmenopausal women independent of their pregnancy history (ρ = 0.258, P< 0.05). However, the association of the number of platelets, platelet activation and monocyte-platelet interactions with CIMT differed significantly depending upon pregnancy history (test for interaction, P<0.001). Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), as a marker of subclinical atherosclerosis, was measured using B-mode ultrasound in age- and parity-matched women [40 with and 40 without a history of preeclampsia] 35 years after the index pregnancy...

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