Blood viscosity in subcortical vascular mild cognitive impairment with versus without cerebral amyloid burden

Hyun J. Noh, Sang W. Seo, Yong Jeong, Jeong E. Park, Geon H. Kim, Young Noh, Hanna Cho, Hee J. Kim, Cindy W. Yoon, Byong S. Ye, David J. Werring, Duk L. Na

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Subcortical vascular dementia (SVaD) is a common form of dementia, attributed to ischemic small-vessel disease. Blood viscosity (BV) may contribute to the pathophysiology of SVaD. However, SVaD patients with coexisting amyloid deposition may not show differences in BV because their small-vessel disease may result from amyloid angiopathy independently of BV. We, therefore, hypothesized that BV might show different changes compared with control subjects in subcortical vascular mild cognitive impairment (svMCI) that refers to the prodromal stage of SVaD according to cerebral amyloid burden detected by the [11C] Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) PET (positron emission tomography), and apolipoprotein 4 (ApoE4) genotype (a known risk factor for vascular and parenchymal amyloid). Methods: Our subjects consisted of 33 healthy normal controls (NC), 28 patients with PiB(-) svMCI, and 12 with PiB(+) svMCI. They underwent scanning capillary tube viscometer measuring BV during systolic and diastolic phases. Results: Compared with the NC group, the PiB(-) svMCI group showed increased diastolic blood viscosity (DBV) but no difference in systolic blood viscosity (SBV). By contrast, there was no significant difference in SBV and DBV between the NC and PiB(+) svMCI groups. Within the PiB(+) svMCI group, ApoE4(-) subgroup showed increased DBV compared with the ApoE4(+) subgroup. Conclusions: Increased DBV is an important contributor to the development of "pure" svMCI (ie, without cerebral amyloid deposition). The relationship between BV and PiB(+) svMCI differed according to ApoE genotype, suggesting that the pathogenesis of PiB(+) svMCI might also be heterogeneous.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-966
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2014

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Korean Healthcare Technology R&D Project Ministry for Health & Welfare Affairs, Republic of Korea (HI10C2020 & HIC120713), by the KOSEF NRL program grant (MEST; 2011-0028333), by Samsung Medical Center (CRL-108011&CRS110-14-1), and by the Converging Research Center Program through the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea (2013K000338). The authors acknowledge useful discussions on the operating principle of scanning capillary tube viscometer with Prof. Y.I.Cho at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.


  • amyloid
  • artherosclerosis
  • Hemodynamic
  • MRI
  • vascular dementia


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