Time course and determinants of arterial stiffening

Study code

Lead researcher
Professor Kevin O'Shaughnessy

Study type
Participant re-contact

Institution or company
University of Cambridge

Researcher type

Speciality area
Cardiovascular Disease

Recruitment Site


As we get older, our arteries stiffen. This leads to an increase in blood pressure and places us at greater risk of strokes and heart attacks. We are not sure how quickly our arteries stiffen, or whether they stiffen more quickly in older, than in younger people. Also, the reasons our arteries stiffen with age are not well understood.

We now have the means to assess arterial stiffness. The aim of this study is to measure how quickly arteries stiffen over time, and why they stiffen.