Fibrinogen independently predicts the development of ischemic stroke in a Taiwanese population: CVDFACTS study

Shao Yuan Chuang, Chyi Huey Bai, Wei Hung Chen, Li Ming Lien, Wen Harn Pan

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Background and Purpose-: Of few prospective studies that have focused on the relationship between fibrinogen and ischemic stroke (IS) in Asian populations, the findings were inconsistent with those conducted in Western countries. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the temporal relationship between fibrinogen levels (plus several related parameters) and IS in a community-based study in Taiwan. Methods-: Baseline data from 3281 adults (>20 years of age) in the Cardiovascular Diseases Risk Factor Two-Township Study were linked to incidental IS status derived from insurance claims and death certificate records. Hazard ratios and 95% CIs of clotting factors (fibrinogen, factor VII, factor VIII, and antithrombin-III) for IS events were estimated using Cox proportional hazard models. Results-: With 10.4 years (average) follow-up, 128 persons developed IS (3.75 per 1000 person-years). As expected, elevated blood pressure and diabetes were independent predictors of IS events. A dose-response relationship was found in univariate analysis between IS risk and tertiles of fibrinogen (hazard ratio, 3.73; 2.19 to 1.00), factor VII (hazard ratio, 1.86; 1.35 to 1.00), and factor VIII (2.97; 1.70 to 1.00), respectively, but not for antithrombin-III. After adjusting for confounding and known risk factors, fibrinogen independently predicted IS events. A 72% increase (hazard ratio, 1.72; 1.02 to 2.90) in IS risk was observed for individuals with fibrinogen >8.79 μmol/L compared with those

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1578-1584
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2009


  • Fibrinogen
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Prospective study
  • Risk equation
  • Taiwanese

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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