Total cerebral small-vessel disease score is associated with mortality during follow-up after acute ischemic stroke

Tae Jin Song, Jinkwon Kim, Dongbeom Song, Joonsang Yoo, Hye Sun Lee, Yong Jae Kim, Hyo Suk Nam, Ji Hoe Heo, Young Dae Kim

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Background and Purpose The recently developed total cerebral small-vessel disease (CSVD) score might appropriately reflect the total burden or severity of CSVD. We investigated whether the total CSVD score is associated with long-term outcomes during follow-up in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Methods In total, 1,096 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging were enrolled. We calculated the total CSVD score for each patient after determining the burden of cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), high-grade white-matter hyperintensities (HWHs), high-grade perivascular spaces (HPVSs), and asymptomatic lacunar infarctions (ALIs). We recorded the date and cause of death for all of the patients using data from the Korean National Statistical Office. We compared the long-term mortality rate with the total CSVD score using Cox proportional-hazards models. Results CMBs were found in 26.8% of the subjects (294/1,096), HWHs in 16.4% (180/1,096), HPVSs in 19.3% (211/1,096), and ALIs in 38.0% (416/1,096). After adjusting for age, sex, and variables that were significant at p<0.1 in the univariate analysis, the total CSVD score was independently associated with long-term death from all causes [hazard ratio (HR)=1.18 per point, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.07–1.30], ischemic stroke (HR=1.20 per point, 95% CI=1.01–1.42), and hemorrhagic stroke (HR=2.05 per point, 95% CI=1.30– 3.22), but not with fatal cardiovascular events (HR=1.17 per point, 95% CI=0.82–1.67). Conclusions The total CSVD score is a potential imaging biomarker for predicting mortality during follow-up in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Neurology (Korea)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the Korea Healthcare Technology Research and Development Project, Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs, Republic of Korea (grant no. HI08C2149) and by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (grant no. 2015R1D1A1A01057934).

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© 2017 Korean Neurological Association

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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