IMPROVE – Carotid Intima Media Thickness and IMT-Progression as Predictors of Vascular Events in a High Risk European Population Study
Damiano Baldassarre - University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Fabrizio Veglia - Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS, Milan, Italy
Mauro Amato - Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS, Milan, Italy
Elena Tremoli - Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS, Milan, Italy
The Carotid Intima Media Thickness and IMT-Progression as Predictors of Vascular Events in a High Risk European Population Study (IMPROVE) is focusing on individuals with at least three vascular risk factors and is based in seven centres in five European countries: Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Individuals enrolled in this study were between 55 to 79 years old. The principal aim of the study was to investigate carotid intima-media thickness and its progression as predictors of vascular events in European individuals at high risk of cardiovascular diseases. The Ethics Committees of all participating institutions approved the IMPROVE study. Written informed consent was obtained from all subjects.
The IMPROVE Study has been supported by the European Commission, Ministero della Salute Ricerca Corrente, Italy, Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, Swedish Research Council, Foundation for Strategic Research, Stockholm County Council, and the British Heart Foundation.
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