Vertebrobasilar artery calcification: Prevalence and risk factors in the general population.

Affiliation

Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, United States. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Arteriosclerosis in the vertebrobasilar arteries may play an important role in the etiology of posterior circulation strokes, but little is known on its prevalence, its correlation with arteriosclerosis in other major arteries, and its risk factors. Hence, we investigated these aspects of vertebrobasilar artery calcification (VBAC) as marker of vertebrobasilar arteriosclerosis.

Keywords

Arterial calcification,Atherosclerosis,Basilar artery,CT,Prevalence,Risk factors,Vertebral artery,