Patterns of urinary albumin and IgM associate with markers of vascular ageing in young to middle-aged individuals in the Malmö offspring study

Per Swärd, Rafid Tofik, Omran Bakoush, Ole Torffvit, Peter M. Nilsson, Anders Christensson

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Background: Increased urinary excretion of IgM and low-grade albuminuria are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between urinary IgM, albuminuria, and vascular parameters reflecting arterial structure and function. Methods: Subjects of the present study were from the Malmö Offspring study (MOS) cohort, and included 1531 offspring (children and grand-children) to first-generation subjects that participated in the Malmö Diet Cancer-Cardiovascular Arm study cohort. At baseline, technical measurements of arterial stiffness (carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity; c-f PWV), carotid arterial morphology, 24-h ambulatory blood pressure recordings, ankle-brachial-index (ABI), and evaluation of endothelial function (reactive hyperemia index, RHI) were performed. Urinary (U) IgM, U-albumin, and U-creatinine were measured. Multivariate adjusted logistic regression was used to test whether U-IgM excretion and increasing urinary albumin excretion were related to vascular parameters. Results: Detectable U-IgM was independently associated with higher systolic blood pressure, odds ratio (OR) 1.021, 95% confidence interval (CI, 1.003-1.039), p = 0.025 and lower ABI; ABI dx: OR 0.026, 95% CI (0.002-0.381), p = 0.008, ABI sin: OR 0.040, 95% CI (0.003-0.496), p = 0.012. Low-grade albuminuria was independently associated with systolic and diastolic blood pressure, aortic blood pressure, the c-f PWV and the number of carotid intima plaques (p < 0.05). Conclusions: In young to middle-aged, mostly healthy individuals, increased U-IgM excretion and low-grade albuminuria are associated with adverse vascular parameters. Increased U-IgM excretion may reflect subclinical peripheral atherosclerosis, whereas increased U-albumin excretion is associated with a wide range of cardiovascular abnormalities. This may reflect different pathophysiological mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number358
JournalBMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 5 2020


  • Albumin creatinine ratio
  • Ankle-brachial-index
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Glomerular filtration barrier
  • Microalbuminuria
  • Pulse wave velocity
  • Urinary IgM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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