Lipoprotein(a) as a correlate of stroke and transient ischemic attack prevalence in a biracial cohort: The ARIC study

Pamela J. Schreiner, L. E. Chambless, Spencer A. Brown, Robert L. Watson, James Toole, Gerardo Heiss

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Although both mean lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] concentration and national stroke prevalence estimates are consistently higher in American blacks than in whites, no information exists on the relationship of Lp(a) and stroke prevalence in African-Americans. Associations of Lp(a) with stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) are addressed in this report for 15,160 participants-4160 blacks and 11,000 whites-in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Lp(a) was measured in ARIC as its total protein component by double-antibody enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for apo(a) detection. Self-reported stroke/TIA history was assessed as part of a standardized questionnaire, and resulted in age-adjusted stroke/TIA prevalences of 3.0% in blacks (n = 120) and 2.0% in whites (n = 222). Overall, mean Lp(a) protein levels were markedly higher for blacks than for whites (160.5 versus 81.6 μg/mL, respectively), and were statistically significantly higher among individuals reporting stroke/TIA history for both races (191.3 versus 159.6 μg/mL in blacks; 100.6 versus 81.2 μg/mL in whites). Multivariable logistic regression analysis for the association of Lp(a) protein with stroke/TIA status yielded a prevalence odds ratio (OR) (95% confidence intervals) of 1.17 (1.05, 1.30) overall (based on one standard deviation difference, 108.2μg/mL, in Lp[a] protein). Race-specific ORs, after adjustment for the same covariates, were equivalent for blacks [OR = 1.17 (0.99, 1.39)] and whites [OR = 1.19 (1.04, 1.36)]. These data suggest that Lp(a) is an independent risk factor for stroke/TIA in both blacks and whites, and that the relative risk of stroke/TIA associated with Lp(a) protein does not vary by race. Because the number of events in this middle-aged population is small and the data are cross-sectional, replication of these results among older individuals and in prospective data is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-359
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of epidemiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1994

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The ARIC Study is carried out as a collaborative study supported by Contracts NOl-HC-55015, NOl-HC-55016, NOl-HC-55018, NOl-HC-55019, NOl-HC-55020, NOl-HC-55021, and NOl-HC-55022 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


  • Lipoprotein(a)
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • cohort study
  • race

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